Back on our mooring off the Quarantine dock at Opua. Another Oyster clearing in this morning, 2 yesterday, stacks in the marina. Great to see so many of these awesome vessels around. Sonya starts work on Wednesday, back to the real world.
Motorsailing right now, will head in towards North Cape when the SE starts later today. When we near the cape the wind looks like it will go SW. If weather stays as our charts say should be in late fri- sat morning. All good on board.
Were aboard Blowing Bubbles having drinks last night and had the the local hindus celebrating the end of their Ganesh Chaturthi festival on the beach. They then took a fairly large statue of the elephant god ganesh out into the bay by boat and threw it in. We had ringside seats....
Had a drink in at the Likuri Island resort bar last night, the Barmaid remembered us from a previous visit 4 years ago. The resort has new owners since we were here but the original guy who set it up is visiting right now and we had a beer with him. He also set up Captain Cook Cruises.
Two other boats here but they are on the other side of one of the other islands and we cant see them. We are anchored off the cliffs near a Booby colony (gannets in trees??) Also hundreds of Frigates came in to roost just on dark last night right near us. Lightish winds today we hope as I plan on spending most of the day in the water. The water is incredibly clear and these islands are uninhabited so it should be good. No beaches this side of the island but a very scenic spot 100 meters off steep wooded cliffs.
It was a nice 1 hour sail here yesterday from Fulanga. This place is very like Fulanga with the little mushroom islands. There is no atoll like barrier island though and we have a bit of movement at High tide. Will explore more tomorrow and if we like what we find might stay another day or two. Plan is to island hop back through the Southern Lau towards Gau and then around the south coast of Viti Levu towards Nadi.
However everything happens for a reason. We went to another spot and had been in the water a while when Sonya said she heard a blow. We looked up and there were two humpbacks which dived less than 150 meters from us. Part of a small group feeding right off the reef. Awesome. Days like this make it hard to leave pardise.
The sun came out about mid day so we went out for snorkel at a nearby island, then I rigged up the windsurfer for the afternoon. Nowhere near as good here as the sandspit anchorage, choppy water and the islands here are higher so the wind not as constant. Once ICA leave we will go back up the other end when its windy.
Got another big day tomorrow. The boat that I fixed is coming around from the village on the other side and we are having a picnic on Berras island. They are going to put down a lovo as a thank you for the work I did. Think they are going to spend the night and we will do some cleanup in the small plantation here. Loving being back here, we are part of the village but being anchored way out here (berras is about 1.5 miles from Navindavu) we are not right in their faces as you often are anchored right off the village.
The great weather continues and we have been out and dived the pass the last 2 days on the turn of the tide. Thats when the tuna are there. We had been diving the turn at high and not seen them but the low turn is when they are there in force. Haven't got one yet but just missed on a solid one yesterday. Would have been a village feeder!!! Tricky to get near as they are schooling and deep. The locals do not shoot them, they dont have they gear.
Well done to David on the cloud band moving in. We were interested to see how his models compared with the "Fulanga model". I saw a spotted eagle ray jump clear of the surface 3 times in a row about 100 meters from calypso the day before yesterday and was told by a friend in the village that this meant the weather will be good. However we now have 100% overcast and just had a shower go through. Perhaps the Eagle ray jumping model is only good for 24hrs, in which case it was right on the money...
I went in to Navindavu on Tuesday to fix a hole in a fibreglass water tank and ended up going to Muani-i-ra village to repair a hole in the bottom of Sai's niece's long boat. There are three longboats in the village, and all were turned turtle on land with holes in them. very dry, they had been there for weeks. They now have an operating fleet again thanks to fact we carry a small chandlery aboard.
The google guys huge superyacht Dragonfly has been anchored at Onegea which is the closest island to here, just 6 miles SE. They have had a floatplane visit a couple of times, guess they have not run out of fresh food like us...Cant see it on AIS this morning so they might have left.
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