2016-09-01 Bay of Islands

After sailing from Tonga we spent five days in Savusavu to provision and visit with cruisers in town.  With light easterly winds, we motor-sailed to the Vanua Balavu, in the northern part of the Lau Group. We had some company on the 110 mile passage.  Roundabout II, another Canadian boat, and Sequoia were within sight [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|2016-Fiji|10 Comments

2016-09-02 Plantation Anchorage

We followed Roundabout II to Bavatu Bay, also known as the "plantation Anchorage", on the other side of Vanua Balavu.  It was a 10 mile trip around but we ended up less than a mile, as the crow flies, from our anchorage in the Bay of Islands.  In a protected cove to the east of [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|2016-Fiji|6 Comments

2016-09-07 Fishing Highs and Lows

After a wonderful time in Vanua Balavu, we sailed back to Savusavu.  Though we had our lines out, we had no luck on the overnight passage. The harbour was very full but one of the marinas found us a mooring owned by the famous Curly, the fellow who runs the cruisers' net and makes the [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|2016-Fiji|4 Comments

2016-10-14 Navandra

The site of four Survivor TV series, this little bay is surrounded by two deserted islands, known as the Sacred Islands.  Navandra and Vanua Levu, not to be confused with the second largest island in Fiji with the same name.  Currently, the only residents are a few wild goats. We heard them bleating early in the morning [...]

By | October 23rd, 2016|2016-Fiji|3 Comments

2016-10-08 Looking for a new home!

Location: Sandbar on Vanua Levu, by Navandra, in the Sacred Islands, the Mamanucas, Fiji. Lat: 17 27.52S Lon: 177 02.72 When walking on the 200m long stretch of sand separating the two land masses that make up the island, one can't help but notice the number of shells and broken coral underfoot. Then I noticed something [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|2016-Fiji|2 Comments

2016-09-22 Musket Cove Regatta

Whistler attended the 33rd Annual Fiji Regatta Week at Musket Cove.  From September 16th to 21st, the sponsors provide a wide variety of fun events for the cruisers. Monty and I caught a boat ride out to Namotu Island.  It is a paradise-like island resort famous for its surfing.  Good friends of ours from Canada were [...]

By | November 24th, 2016|2016-Fiji|6 Comments

2016-10-13 Friends Visit

Good friends and fellow cruisers, Carol and David, from Vancouver/Whistler came for a visit in early October.  They flew into Nadi and joined us at Port Denarau, a large marina with lots of restaurants, shops and services.  Their arrival was like Christmas as they brought us a suitcase full of parts, supplies and gifts!  Many thanks [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|2016-Fiji|1 Comment