Rache – 21st August. Vuda Point Marina, Lautoka, Fiji

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.

Neomai, Littea, Jarrah at Dravuni Village.

Milli organising pandanas leaves for drying.  Nambauwalu Village, Ono.

Milli organising pandanas leaves for drying. Nambauwalu Village, Ono.

Makogai Primary School - combined younger classes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Matasawalevu Village, Kadavu.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gumboots are the best footwear when you’re in and out of boats and mud. Vunisea, Kadavu.

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A multitude of stalls sprang up to feed the masses. Vunisea, Kadavu.

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Hanging out in Nabourwalu Village, Ono.

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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.

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Justin doing an emergency alternator belt replacement on route to Savusavu from Split Rock, Vanua Levu.

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Khan showing there are many ways to row a kayak.

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Mailolo Lai Lai. (one for you Keith)

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Boat kids – Jarrah and Khan with Julian, Molly and Angelina. Mailolo Lai Lai.

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Buying spices at Lautoka market.

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Yes he is!

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Loving sailing in the sun and warm on the west of Viti Levu.

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What’s not to love!

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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.

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Mr Hermit Crab

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Nearly 8 months in and our first beach fire!! we loved it…even though in rained for the first time in ages. Navadra Island

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Bay at Navadra Island.

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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

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Jarrah, Ken and Khan ran the muddy trails non stop back to the village store, in desperate search of an icecream. Kavala Bay, Kadavu

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..and boat guests don’t escape the mundane chores! Thanks Reima! Kavala Bay.

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Natalie, Jarrah and Khan on the village boat as we zoom out for a snorkell on the Naigoro Passage. Kadavu

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I love a bunch of bananas hanging on our back porch, a gift from Sailosi’s family. Matasawalevu village, Kadavu

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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

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Yum. Vunisea, Kadavu

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Excellent anchorage at Vunisea, Kadavu

 

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Turtle Rock, on a walk from Vunisea, Kadavu

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The shell they call the turtles with. …none came for us. Vunisea, Kadavu

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Jarrah captaining the ship

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Justin and I pulling down sails while Jarrah steers us into the wind.

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Looking over the steep cliff down at the Bay of Islands, Vanuabalavu, Lau

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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.

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A cheery ‘Bula!’ from a boat load of workers. Suva Harbour.

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Suva Market

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The Esplanade. Suva

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Suva sunset

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Jarrah and Khan and locals heading back along the wall, to Suva city.

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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.

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A desperate Justin successfully begged a ride out to the reef for a surf. Suva harbour.

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…Guess whether Justin loved his first Fiji surf. Suva Harbour

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Ken and Khan having a stand up paddle race. Nabourwalu, Ono.

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Villagers from Kavala drop over to gift us fresh coconuts and Taro. Kadavu

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Friend Di taught a keen Jarrah how to weave using Pandanus and Coconut leaf stem (broomstraw). 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Rache – 21st August. Vuda Point Marina, Lautoka, Fiji

  1. The photos are just so amazing, beautiful places and fabulously welcoming people – what more could you ask for!!!
    Don’t know how your going to be able to come back…..

    • Great to get all these pics…you’re as good as National Geographic, even better as we know who the people are!Just waiting for the next episode.Love to all, Judy.

  2. Brilliant experience, thanks for sharing. jarrah and khan, and you 2 will have grown so much in the time you have been gone. love it, pics are amazing, almost feels like we are there, apart from a few minor details. nice fire on the beach, cant believe it has taken 8 months for your first, worth the wait 🙂 love xoxo

  3. Justin and Rachel, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and experiences, I’m reminiscing of my Fiji island visit last year-smiling faces, kind and friendly people. Wishing you safe travels and navigation through the coral reefs and on to Vanuatu.

  4. Wonderful pics, everyone 🙂 I’m glad to see Rachael’s washing clothes pic is way more flattering than the ones from India. 😛 Hope everything is going well and you’re all having a great time. xxx

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