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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
Puffer fish

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

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

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

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu » Savusavu September 22nd 2013

Have made it to Savusavu after overnighting in Nadi. It was a really early start so really aren't going to do anything today. Wee had to fly through Suva with quite a long wait. have managed a quick walk along the beach to find the swimming hole which looks fantastic. It is a area of deep water within the reef. Will investigate later. Just going to kick back for a bit before we get out and about. In the mean time take a look out "our" beach.... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu October 30th 2012

16. Oktober 2012 - Abflug nach Auckland, NZ 18. Okt. - nach 30 Stunden Flug Landung in Neuseeland: Begrüßung durch den Zollbeamten: "Welcome tp New Zealand, no worries, I am a friendly person!" 19. Okt. Weiterflug nach Nadi, Fiji; tropische Hitze empfängt uns, wir gehen gleich ins Meer baden, gehen am Strand spazieren, geniesen den tropischen Abend. 20. Okt. - unser Flug nach Savusavu, Insel Vanua Levu wird abgesagt wegen "Heavy Thunderstroms, Low Pressure all over the coutry") 21. Okt. - Abflug ET 6:30, Pilot verschläft Umstellung auf Sommerzeit, Abflug 7:30; verregneter Flug über die Atolle; Landung auf dem winzigen Airstrip von Savusavu; die Piloten machen alles von Hand, kein Tower, keine ATC; richtiger Bush-Airstrip. Der Taxifahrer bringt uns über eine nur mit 4WD zu befahrende Straße ins kleine Paradies von Mario und Tatiana, zwei Expats ... read more
Guesthouse in Savusavu
Bucht von Savusavu
The old man and the sea

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu June 7th 2012

It's been a 18 months since since I last published a travel blog. The date is Wednesday, May 1st, 2012 and time to head to Fiji. I think, my wife, Caroline is looking forward to having me out of the house and her hair for a month. My ticket to Fiji is with Air New Zealand and I 'm going to take the opportunity to say that I'm not impressed with their do-it-yourself approach to short-haul travel. For small hops, Air New Zealand has adopted the Ryan Air model and it's cafeteria style, luggage, food, movie , all cost extra, or you can purchase the “works” when you book,. However, if you opt for the cheapest option and want to by a snack on-board, it must be purchased with a credit card. Ugh! Enough bitching about ... read more
Colorful Tug-boats
Suva Bay

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu November 3rd 2011

Savusavu - September, 2011 The blog is published a little after the fact, so please excuse my tardiness!! It's time for me to take a trip to Fiji. Caroline is visiting family in the US and I haven't visited the Fiji property in two years. And yes, there will be lots of maintenance that requires attention. Normally, I visit every year, however, Europe and India for five months in 2010 left me little time to spend in the Pacific Islands. August 31 – Sept 1, 2011 The trip starts with a bus ride from Paihia to Auckland where I am picked up by our son, Harrison, and taken to an airport motel for the night. My luggage is right on the 23kg limit, partly because I have dismantled a free standing fan and put it in ... read more
A few beers at Malcolm
The Hollywood House
Hollywood House  for Sale

Oceania » Fiji » Vanua Levu September 24th 2011

Friday April 27th 1990. The dawn chorus begins and we emerge – slowly, this grog definitely slows you down - to see the mist hovering over the river. It is already hot and we drive straight off the veranda for a swim. Decide that we both need a proper wash and take a makeshift shower under one of the village standpipes. Obviously being in a village Abi has to do this practically fully clothed and she’s not happy about the lack of attention her nether regions are receiving. Quick breakfast of flour and water pancakes with coconut oil and then we set off on a trek into the bush armed only with a spade, several tins of tuna and a bag of salt?! Trek it was as we traipsed through long grass, reeds, prickly undergrowth, muddy ... read more

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