Some snaps of Fiji (not in order) on our eve of departing, as we sit in a bar watching the sunset over the Mamanuca Islands. Tomorrow we clear customs and sail toward our next adventure in Vanuatu. We’ve been 3 months in Fiji and it feels sad to be leaving, feels a little like we are heading for home but we are very, very much looking forward to sailing in Vanuatu, which friends have raved about. We are going to check into Anietyum, the southern most island in Vanuatu. Our passage should take about 3 days…..
Neomai, Littea, Jarrah at Dravuni Village.
Milli organising pandanas leaves for drying. Nambauwalu Village, Ono.
Makogai Primary School – combined younger classes.
Peter the Head teacher, Makogai Primary School. they had been donated computers. There is no electricity in the village, so they had started fundraising to install some solar panels to power them.
When we are off the boat we relish the opportunity to stretch our legs by walking. On Kadavu the villages generally thought we were mad because why wouldn’t we go by boat.
Usual household duties take lots of time to do. This day was taken up by hand washing our clothes and bedding and filling up our water tanks.
Matasawalevu Village, Kadavu.
Matasawalevu Village, Kadavu
Getting water can take many return trips in the dingy to fill jerry cans then back to fill up the boat tanks. if low tide then carrying the tanks across muddy or coral low water. a day’s work. Matasawalevu village, Kadavu.
School Area Carnival for school children from Kadavu and the Great Astrolabe Reef – everyone arrives by boat. whole schools in one boat, about 25+ children and teachers and parents to cook for the 3 day carnival. Vunisea, Kadavu.
Non-stop netball and rugby action and passion. It was excellent to see and cheer-on the many children we had met at the villages along our way. Vunisea, Kadavu.
Gumboots are the best footwear when you’re in and out of boats and mud. Vunisea, Kadavu.
A multitude of stalls sprang up to feed the masses. Vunisea, Kadavu.
Hanging out in Nabourwalu Village, Ono.
Milli, Isaac and Sammy’s family generously gave us heaps of delicious fruit and on the verandah, an afternoon tea of lemon tea and Taboi (flour and sugar and maybe coconut ? – boiled). Naborwalu, Ono.
Justin doing an emergency alternator belt replacement on route to Savusavu from Split Rock, Vanua Levu.
Khan showing there are many ways to row a kayak.
Mailolo Lai Lai. (one for you Keith)
Boat kids – Jarrah and Khan with Julian, Molly and Angelina. Mailolo Lai Lai.
Buying spices at Lautoka market.
Yes he is!
Loving sailing in the sun and warm on the west of Viti Levu.
What’s not to love!
Not a bad anchorage, bit rolly. Uninhabited (by humans, but not by goats) Navadra Island, Mamanuca Group. A good place to explore, Jarrah and Khan made like Blue Lagoon and built palm frond huts on the beach to play with their hermit crabs and imagine being stranded.
Mr Hermit Crab
Nearly 8 months in and our first beach fire!! we loved it…even though in rained for the first time in ages. Navadra Island
Bay at Navadra Island.
Friend’s Ken and Di (Platinum IV) lent us kayaks to increase our fleet and so that we could go for a kayak at the same time. Kavala Bay, Kadavu
Jarrah, Ken and Khan ran the muddy trails non stop back to the village store, in desperate search of an icecream. Kavala Bay, Kadavu
..and boat guests don’t escape the mundane chores! Thanks Reima! Kavala Bay.
Natalie, Jarrah and Khan on the village boat as we zoom out for a snorkell on the Naigoro Passage. Kadavu
I love a bunch of bananas hanging on our back porch, a gift from Sailosi’s family. Matasawalevu village, Kadavu
The women of Matasawalevu in the community hall making wall mats for a nearby resort. Three women spent days there weaving and slept in the hall during the night until the job was complete. Kadavu
Yum. Vunisea, Kadavu
Excellent anchorage at Vunisea, Kadavu
Turtle Rock, on a walk from Vunisea, Kadavu
The shell they call the turtles with. …none came for us. Vunisea, Kadavu
Jarrah captaining the ship
Justin and I pulling down sails while Jarrah steers us into the wind.
Looking over the steep cliff down at the Bay of Islands, Vanuabalavu, Lau
The kittens were a draw card for Jarrah and Khan (although Jarrah looks like she’s holding a kitten-baby!) Plantation village. Bavatu Harbour, Vanuabalavu.
A cheery ‘Bula!’ from a boat load of workers. Suva Harbour.
The Esplanade. Suva
Jarrah and Khan and locals heading back along the wall, to Suva city.
Sailing through the reefs calls for frequent checking of multiple paper and electronic charts. Accuracy varying from good (sometimes) to really, really bad. Rache on chart watch.
A desperate Justin successfully begged a ride out to the reef for a surf. Suva harbour.
…Guess whether Justin loved his first Fiji surf. Suva Harbour
Ken and Khan having a stand up paddle race. Nabourwalu, Ono.
Villagers from Kavala drop over to gift us fresh coconuts and Taro. Kadavu
Friend Di taught a keen Jarrah how to weave using Pandanus and Coconut leaf stem (broomstraw).