The snorkling here is not very good and to windy to explore so we will move to another anchorage.
The wind was blowing into Kuto so went round to Bai de Kanumera where it was flat calm but got asked to leave in no uncertain terms by two local Kanaks in a small fishing boat so moved to Ilot Bayonnaise where it was sheltered from the wind but a bit rolly.
Be here for a couple of days repairing the dingy yet again. We will have to bite the bullet and get a new one when we get back to NZ, but at least we now know the best glue and method to use to do successful repairs but the pontoon hypalon cloth is well and truly past it's used by date. At least we know that our dingy will be the last one stolen from the dingy dock.
Came back with about 6kg of rocks Jan had picked up some may even be Jade!!!
Had a bit of a walk round town will do a bit of a shop up this morning off to the market now.
Cold night had a blanket on but felt as if two would of been better.
Moved round to Vunasea to get the internet and will be leaving for Lautoka early tomorrow morning.
We did see 2 Humpback whales and a pod of about 30 Pilot Whales that looked as if they were just resting on the surface slowly sailed right up to them and they were all round the boat but hardly moving. So all was not lost for the day.
Heading in on the morning tide Jan is baking a big brownie to take in and a load of popccorn for all the kids, Sita now seems to have about 8 grandkids running round the place now, but they have extended their house,got a generator and big TV since we were there last. Not quite the same drinking kava with the TV going for the kids to watch though but that's progress IU guess.
Off fishing with them tomorrow.
Lots of litter on the beach mainly empty beer bottles and woodstock burban and coke cans disgusting. Saw a lot of young men drinking on the beach before heading back to their villages in the long boats. A lot different from when we were here last and not very nice to see after the Lau must be money here though as 1 large bottle of beer costs $10.
The place was hit by the last cyclone a lot of the shops damaged badly but all back up and running,apparently the water came right overb the road and the flat piecce of land before the hill was chest deep in water.
Off to do the glasses in the last two villages this morning so another early morning longboat trip to the end of the island with Ron the island nurse.
We are been picked up at 0800 this morning to be taken to another village of about 100 people and the next Tuesday are been taken to the two villages on the other side of the island. Hopefully we will have enough glasses as we are running terribly short of the 1.25-1.75 range which is the most needed.
Every one here is super friendly were given boiled buns with local marmalade for lunch and there is a lot of talk about the upcoming 7's world cup. Who is going to win Fiji or NZ hopefully we get to see some of the games.
Went for a nice snorkel with good coral but had to cut it short as we could see the front approaching and wanted to get back to the boat, Got there just as the wind and rain came, wind swung from north to south but only in the 20,s.
Had a fire on the beach with our sun downers lovely day.
We are been picked up this morning by longboat and taken round to the village to do reading glasses we have brought up with us. there are over 300 people in this village so we could possibly run out of the most used strengths the 1.25 & 1.75.
So all in all it was a great end to our stay in Fulunga.
Apparently all the leaders of the Lau group are coming to Fulunga next week to discuss the drugs that were found here. Tai a local elder is saying that there is a very good possibility that they will close the Lau again. We will have to wait and see on that. The locals don't want it to happen as they are benefiting from the majority of cruisers that visit. lets hope not and hopefully all cruisers coming to the islands will respect their culture.
An amazing night last night, no wind and clear sky with the stars so bright you felt as if you could touch them, but because it was so calm the stars were duplicated on the water so it made you feel that you were floating in space and instead of falling off the boat into water you would of just sailed off into space.
Anchored in bay with no wind and very hot and humid conditions then at 1727 a dark cloud band approached wind went from 0 to 30 gusts higher with rain. Wind was in a southerly direction and moved more to the SE over the next 2 hrs slowly moderating but with steady rain.
Have spent a good part on the NZ summer visiting our son'and his family in Queensland then spending time with our other son and family in NZ and on the boat.
Intend to head back ton the Lau and distribute reading glasses then off to New Cal
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