Friday, August 21, 2009

Mothey Fiji

Mothey is Fijian for goodbye and our time in Fiji is quickly coming to a close. On Monday we will set sail for Vanuatu. Our plan is to arrive in three to four days at the island of Tanna home of the famous Mount Yasur volcano. During our last days in Fiji we have gotten in a bit more snorkeling, had one more Fijian feast and we also got a surprise visitor. Our friend Sean arrived a few days ago from Phoenix. Not only do we have a fun guest but we also have crew for our passage.
See you in Vanuatu!

Dancing at Likuri island

Monday, August 10, 2009

More Fiji Photos

Baby pineapple
An afternoon out Another gorgeous dinner

Tiki Man

Friday, August 07, 2009

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is indeed the place where both Blue Lagoon movies were filmed. These days, it is just another Yasawa island paradise and home to several small resorts as well as Blue Lagoon Cruises. After some time in the hinterlands of the northern Yasawas we were happy to spend a few days at the lovely Nanuya Resort and meet some fellow travelers. This island has the ideal white sand beaches and dozens of anemones full of clown fish. The restaurant was excellent and we liked it so much we went back for a second night in a row. Sick of our own cooking, we enjoyed Fijian lobster and fresh Walu (like wahoo) caught that morning. Dessert wasn't bad either. There are no markets or stores in the Yasawas. At this point we were running low on fresh stores. We found out from a fellow cruiser about a Fijian couple just a water taxi away who had a huge farm. We arrived and Miri took us through acres of fruit and veggies. We picked what we wanted and left with bags stuffed with tomatoes, watermelons, green beans, get the idea. If it sounds idyllic, it was.The margaret H.

That is Scholarship in the background The chefs at Nanuya
Miri's farm

The water taxi ride

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Sau-i-lau, Yasawas

After crossing the Bligh waters, a stretch of water that can be notorious for swift winds we arrived safely on a cloudy day in the Yasawa Islands. The Yasawa islands are Fiji's crown jewels and a place that not many tourists get to see save for mini cruise ships or flying in on a small plane. Our first anchorage was near the Sau-i-lau limestone cave. The cave had crystal clear water for swimming and a resident eel. Every morning a small boat load of tourists would come from other islands to see the cave and snorkel.
When we arrived in the anchorage we paid our respects to the nearby village by diligently delivering our kava. Again there was no chief and the kava was accepted by the chiefs brothers cousin or something like that. We were welcomed and given a short tour of the village. Several women offered to bake us fresh bread for two dollars a loaf, and we arranged to come back the following day to take a look at the handicrafts of the village.
Except for a bit of high winds that kept us there an extra few days we had a lovely visit and the snorkeling was great. I saw my first banded sea crate (poisonous sea snake) of the season.
In the village Mark and Katie with the chief's fill in that day
Sau-i-lau cave

Scholarship anchored next to the cave
One of the mini cruise ships were shared the Yasawas with