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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 19th 2015

After a detour to Kioa Island and a blustery time trying to reach Matui in the North of Taveuni, a day for packing in preparation for departure from Rewa, currently at anchor in Viani bay, Vanua Levu, enroute to Nadi to see Priya and Ian, from Taveuni. The great guys from Dolphin Bay Divers is swinging by to collect me by boat and cross the Somosomo Straits in the morning. A change of plan and I find myself heading home for a few days before driving to France for the summer - what a treat lies in store. This morning Rewa crew headed off to trek the waterfalls I visited last year. Jack Fisher is a local guy who looks after visiting yachties and he stayed aboard for a couple of hours during which time we ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 14th 2015

That's a good description of visiting traditional societies around the world. Vanuatu in the South Pacific falls into this category along with the remote Lau group of islands in Fiji. Next week we begin our sail to that region and to experience life as it was many hundreds of years ago and continues today. For anyone interested on this topic, Jared Diamond has written several books describing bands, chiefdoms etc and their ways of child rearing, caring for the elderly etc. it's a privilege to glimpse into the past like this. Meanwhile aboard Rewa we snorkel and dive to our hearts content, plan our routes, eat like royalty and have movie night each evening. Some don't quite see films to the end!!! The boat song sums up our adventures and mindset. Gonna put the world away ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 13th 2015

After six months of crewing aboard Rewa, Robbie left for home, which involved about 40 hours of flight time and layovers. the great guys at Dolphin Bay Divers make a weekly boat trip to the nearby island of Taveuni (otherwise known as the garden island because of its rainfall and fertility) to provision and kindly offered to take him to the airport via a detour to see waterfalls and enjoy the natural water slides. Robbie has a beautiful, caring nature, great musical (sax, guitar, vocal) and sailing skills and a sheer joy for life iand he's already missed by me (One day after his departure). I truly hope our paths intersect again as he's one of those gems you encounter infrequently and whose approach to life mirrors your own in so many ways that you recognize ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 11th 2015

After Edith departed for New Zealand after a few days in Savusavu, we were joined by Anna and Tabby from Denmark who would join us for a five week cruise around the north Eastern corner of the Fijian islands. We'd met in Whangarei and they'd joined a power boat called Atlantis with Stadem from the U.S. S/V Atlantis pulled in after a couple of days and aboard were Ernst and Inge - friends from 2008/2009 when we met in Apia, Samoa. Diving at Viani Bay with Dophin Bay Divers who I dived with last year. Long talks with Rashid and Natalie about the wedding and the Dubai ceremony as I walked along the beach and celebrated by running into the sea and doing a silly dance - true Tigs fashion. I had a little cry too ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 6th 2015

Rewa is anchored in Savusavu for a short while after clearing customs in Suva and sailing to Namena for a few days of diving and snorkeling.... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu September 9th 2014

Well so started the slow process of finding crew for the sail to Fiji. It is only 3 to 4 days with the wind from behind so should be a good sail. I placed adds in the 4 main cafes in Neiafu and most mornings did a short add over the Cursers Net. No responses so far. So on the 16t I went out sailing by myself. I headed out towards Tapana Is as I knew the Geoff and Jo where heading out that way. I came across them at Nuku Is, with their collection of day crew – five on a 27 foot yacht. Not a lot of space. It was funny to watch they all sitting in the tinny cockpit. After anchoring just north of Tapana Is I invited Geoff and his crew over ... read more
Doug after a good feed (about day 2)
Mona, not sure she has done a wise thing coming on this voyage
The clouds look like good weather

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu » Savusavu October 1st 2013

Last few hours before we go back to Nadi. Have had wonderful time, the place we have been staying has been great, great people incredibly relaxing but pretty much everything you need here. Will have to come back sometime.... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu September 28th 2013

Hi all still here. Managing to get out each day for at least one snorkel. Have also done one of the nature walks for a few hours. last night went to a Mele night (I think that is correct) at a local resort. Great food. Also have some neighbours for the past couple of days in villa. There at only the two accommodation units here so is very quiet. Just thinking about what we are going to do today. May go into the township or for a walk, or for a snorkel, Terry has just said the tide is really low so we could just about walk out to the second reef without getting our feet wet. Might have to try that. ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu » Savusavu September 25th 2013

Yet another day of relaxation, yesterday we spent several hoJustin the waters unfortunately ended up a little like a lobster. It is extremely relaxing here much like the old kiwi holiday were. Today we shot hack into Savusavu for a couple of things. This afternoon were back out at the second reef, very full of life today.... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu September 24th 2013

Yesterday we went into the township to get supplies for a couple of days. Thanks for the text from work, sorry I was not available for teaching much better things to do - see photos. In the afternoon we tried the swimming hole quiet amazing the first foot is warm then quite cold I think there is fresh water under the salt water which never drains. Then we went snorkelling - there is an unusual feature here were there is one shallow reef which almost dries at low tide and a second deep water reef so we went to the second reef to see what it was like. There was a bit of current but it was better than many dives I've been on - no photos from here yet. Today as it was high tide ... read more
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