2018-05 Fiji

2018-04-26 Minerva or Fiji

We set off from Opua, NZ, on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.  Before leaving the Bay of Islands, we raised the mainsail and unfurled the genoa.  It was a lovely day in the bay. A couple other boats checked out of Opua on the same morning. Bright Angel, a Vancouver boat, was going to Tahiti and [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|18 Comments

2018-05-04 Paradise & Lagoons

We spent a few days in Savusavu, got some rest, did laundry, cleaned the boat, reprovisioned and had a few meals ashore with our sister boats. Then we were all off again heading to Taveuni.  It is about 50 miles SE of Savusavu and the third largest island in Fiji. We all moored on brand [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|12 Comments

2018-05-22 Strike!

After a week of diving at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, (more on that soon), we met up with our sister boat, Golden Glow, in Savusavu. A quick turn around and we were off to Paradise in Fiji on Taveuni Island again. This time, diving the Great White Wall at Rainbow Reef was on the agenda. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|17 Comments

2018-05-13 What to do in Savusavu?

After our trip to the Ngelelevu Lagoon, we arrived back in Savusavu on Cinco de Mayo.  We had returned with the idea we would go on to Nananu-I-Thake to kite.  Unfortunately, our timing was off.  My kite instructor was going away for 10 days.  Monty could kite, but not me, as I needed more instruction [...]

By | June 24th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|4 Comments

Diving & Snorkelling in Fiji

We anchored Whistler off the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. It was a nice anchorage, with 5-star resort views! The resort bures line the shore. Resort dock The resort caters to families. Children enjoy an array of activities with their Fijian nannies during the day, giving the parents some free time.  These girls [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|6 Comments

Suva Excursion

While eating spaghetti on Monday night, Monty's crown fell off (his tooth)! Luckily, he didn't swallow it.  We were on our boat near the kiting spot off Nananu-I-Cake, 150 miles by car or a two-day sail from any major Fijian centre. The blue dot is where we were anchored. We immediately sent messages to [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|3 Comments

Bays and Bats

After finishing our Advanced Open Water Dive Course in Savusavu, we headed south. We planned on following our sister boat, Exit Strategy, to Fulaga, 200NM south in the Southern Lau Group. About 20 miles south of Savusavu Bay, we reassessed our itinerary.  It looked like it was going to be a long slog, motoring much [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|6 Comments

Nananu-I-Cake

Fifty-two days at Nananu-I-Cake! A sufferer of "itchy anchor syndrome", who would have guessed I (Margy) would have let Whistler remain in the same anchorage for that long?  It was an interesting and active time for us. We arrived at Nanana-I-Cake Island (pronounced Nananu-I-Thake) with S/Y Fusio on June 21st. For a few days, it [...]

By | August 15th, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|3 Comments

Back to Nananu and In Between

After a couple nights on a mooring at Port Denarau, we got our raw water pump fixed.  It was not expensive, only an hour's labour and some parts, and they returned it in "like-new" condition. Raw water pump after service Raw water pump after service Monty replacing the raw water [...]

By | August 23rd, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|4 Comments

Lautoka Trip

Fiji Customs allow yachts to stay in the country for 18 months, but Immigration only allow visitors 4 months.  Our visas were going to expire in 3 1/2 weeks so we had to leave the country or apply for a visa extension.  We were told it was a fairly simple process but could take some time. [...]

By | September 1st, 2018|2018-05 Fiji|4 Comments