Volivoli Point is only a few miles from Nananu-i-ra. A channel separates the small island from the main island of Viti Levu, a channel easily crossed by longboat and ferry. We stayed anchored at Volivoli Point in part because strong south winds were blowing and the anchorage there is well protected. When the south winds subsided, we moved over to Nanana-i-ra.
This island is an idea get-away destination. Just across the channel is Ellington Wharf and the road leading to Rakiraki and supplies. The King’s Highway runs close to the wharf, bringing guests in from the international airport at Nadi.
But still, being a separate island with no bridge and no airfield, it feels remote and secluded.
The southern beach of Nananu-i-ra with Margarita and Velic. Ellington Wharf off left in the far distance, on Viti Levu, the “mainland.” These are all private homes, or private rentals.
After leaving the lovely people of Rukuruku with many waves and smiles, we set off to continue our coastal cruise around the top of Viti Levu. Continue reading
We left Makogai in the morning for the short trip to Levuka on the island of Ovalau. Once outside the reef pass at Mokagai there was clear water in the Koro Sea until the pass into Levuka. A perfect angle in the moderate SE trades set up a great three hour day sail. We did find a stow-a-way, however.
Our stow-a-way from Makogai
She got feisty fighting off the camera. A Praying Mantis is faster than auto focus.
The Koro Sea
After six weeks and a few days, we left Savusavu on Vanua Levu and headed southwest to Koro Island, in the Koro Sea and its namesake. The Koro Sea is essentially created by the archipelago of the Fiji Islands. Reef systems of the Lau Group to the east and south break the open Pacific swell. The Koro Sea, while still open and deep water, is noticeably calmer than open ocean. This was a motor-sail in light air, so we took the opportunity of running the water maker during the six-hour passage. We arrived at Dere Bay on the west side of the island and found one other yacht already there.
Dere Bay on Koro Island. A few buildings, not many people.
Boat work in Paradise
We have new feet. More properly speaking, we have new flex mounts on the engine. The Beta is running more smoothly and sounding better than it has in a very long time. We now realize the failed flex mount was probably in the process of failing for a long time and we just hadn’t realized it was happening because the damage progressed slowly. Remember back to the failed engine mounting foot replaced in Papeete, Tahiti. This failure was the flex mount in the same location. The flex mount seemed fine, until a catastrophic final break in Savusavu one day, puttering over to take on fresh water.
Cruising is working on your boat in exotic locations.
This is one of those cliches that every cruiser knows, and knows to be true.
We are still enjoying Savusavu. We are thankful to be in a place that’s easy to enjoy: A protected anchorage, ready access to well-stocked markets, a number of good restaurants, lovely people, and good facilities for guests. We’re getting to know people, both local residents like the friendly and efficient marina staff, and our fellow cruisers. Continue reading
Bula means “Cheers!”, “Hello!” Literally, it means “life” according to the Lonely Planet guide. It’s the greeting, offered with a big smile, you’ll receive and give whenever you meet someone, or just pass them by along the roadside, here in Fiji. It’s among the first Fijian words we heard on arrival, and the first one we learned. Continue reading