Thankful for a safe passage.
Thank you Patricia and David for your watch.
Really gusty in here, water is green and really murky. Quite different from the last 4 days we have been in the southern lagoon at Mato then Ua watching turtles on the bottom in 10 metres just by looking over the side.
We've had dolphins in the anchorage, black tip sharks, turtles, sea snakes and the most amazing snorkelling ever at Ua.
Having run out of fresh provisions, wine, cheese and chocolate we are heading backwards to Noumea to go shopping again.
Tried to get into Anse Majic to walk up to the lighthouse at Ndua but the ICA are in town so it's full up. Hopefully we can get in there in the next few days.
Meanwhile the water is so clear we are watching the parrotfish swimming around in the coral under the boat in 5-6 m water from the deck!
Walked around the island this morning and swam back to the boat afterwards.
Met Moose the resident dog and saw some amazing landscapes and cool plants ?
Bit of a lumpy passage driving into the southerly swells but at least there wasn't much wind on the nose. We got rained on and it's still pretty grey.
Hopefully the sun will come out tomorrow and we can have a snorkel around
Eating baguette with emmental yum yum.
It's so tranquil in here, looking forward to our trip to Isle de Pines tomorrow.
Had a good trip over from Vanuatu - sailed all the way for a nice change and got in with the tide through the Havannah passage.
Will be off to the southern lagoon area tomorrow.
Have made lots of friends due to our ability to charge phones, tablets and laptops.
Hopefully the cloud will lift tomorrow or the next day and we can get up the volcano.
Rescued a small wading bird that isn't doing too well now :(
Found a flying fish on the deck, have filleted it for later.
Got followed by a 'fishing vessel' for about 2 hours the other day. Was quite creepy.
Hopefully the weather will clear after tomorrow and we can explore this place a bit.
'Out of the Bag', 'Plastic Plankton', Isebella' and 'Roundabout II' all anchored here.
The Sun Princess cruise ship arrived when we did but didn't stop as it was too windy! pussies!
Just cleared the reef at Malolo passage.
Vanuatu here we come.
450m to Anatom approx
ETA Thursday ish
We have decided to make a break for it on Monday to Vanuatu. All provisioned up ready to go. Had a good night at the sunset bar at the Boatshed for our 33rd Anniversary. Will go over there agin later for the 2nd Bledisloe match, theres a few Aussies in here so it should be entertaining.
ssb net in the mornings. hopefully Patricia will be updating this for us while we are out of mobile phone coverage.
Had a good time with Kirsty, Colin Lyn and Pete in Momi and we had a good time in Musket apart from the blowy bit, spent some time with Ryan and Ellie and we're now looking forward to being at sea again.
Had an exciting night as the wind and swell woke us up at about 0030. Peaked in intensity between 0200 and 0300 with sustained 25 knots Northerlies gusting 30 w/rain and 1m swells rolling through the anchorage. Lots of lightning off to the South East. At least one boat had to re anchor during the worst of it but our mooring held strong.
Have very noisy neighbours on a cat with brazillian flag loud music and running genset last evening now at 0700 have started their engines again.
So tired! :/
A lot more room here now all the ICA fleet have taken off for Vanuatu.
Had a snorkel on the adjacent reef with Ryan and Ellie, spot of lunch then dropped them off on the beach near their resort.
Fixed the hole in the bottom of the dinghy ?
Since our last check in we have been from Savusavu to Koro, Makogai, Levuka on Ovalau, Naigani and Yadua tuning in to GHR when we can for the weather and updates on boats we know. we had some great snorkelling, met some interesting people and seen a few different places. now looking forward to exploring over this side. Its going really well for our first trip to the islands.
Will be a whole new store when we come back. now heading back to the boat to cast off .
A bit nervous but looking forward to it all.
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