Posts in Fiji
Notes from Mom

If you’ve been reading the blog since the start of the sailing season, you know that last June my parents joined us for a three week cruise around western Fiji. Here, my mom shares her notes about life on the boat, a daughter living at sea, and getting the most out of 40 years of marriage...

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Five Fiji Favorites

We're leaving Fiji! Maxing out our tourist visas to the very last day, we're raising anchor this morning and leaving for Vanuatu. Our four-month circum-Fijian navigation has been a dream—enjoying so many islands, adventures, wildlife, and wonderful people in such a small area has been a fantastic balance to the nautical-mile-making extravaganza that was our experience last season.

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Creepy Crawlers

It's not all sea fans and adorable baby reef fish out here; often the critters below the surface seem like some of the more diabolical species on Earth. Above, a crown of thorns star fish raises two of its spiked legs to launch an attach on a defenseless piece of coral.

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Astrolabe Reef

Our number one activity in Kadavu has been diving various sections of the Astrolabe Reef. We have visited a few famous hotspots (the Alacrity Rocks, the Naigoro Pass), but most frequently find ourselves jumping in and exploring whatever coral we find near Helios. 

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Kadavu Sunset

We’ve spent the last few days cruising along the northern coast of Kadavu. We’ve been diving the reefs, paddle boarding with dolphin, dodging squalls, swimming with turtles and sharks, and relaxing in the cockpit while the sun paints evening colors in the sky. We’re still eating that wahoo we caught, going on six days of lunch and dinner (and the occasional breakfast) for three. Just another week in paradise!

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Bread and Brawn

We have many adventures while we are exploring the islands, but we also have plenty of downtime. Dimitri's new hobby is bread baking. Above is the braided brioche he spent some six hours working on a few days ago; below is the Irish soda bread he whipped up in about 30 minutes this morning.

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Kadavu Village

We have found Fiji's most beautiful village, Kadavu. It's the capitol village on the island, so to speak, and houses the chief of all the villages on the island. We visited with our friends aboard Il Sogno as we'd heard there was a phenomenal waterfall nearby. 

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Hiking Kadavu

Kadavu is as spectacular on land as it is in the water. We hiked a ridge on the eastern end of the island. The path was lined with pine trees and fields of wild orchids; to our left we saw dense jungle foliage cascading down a volcanic precipice; to our right there hills covered with long, dry grasses, the likes of which we're used to seeing on the golden hillsides of California.

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Wahoo!

We caught a monster! Yesterday, while cruising outside Kadavu's southern reef near the Korolevu Pass, we were trolling with two lines and a flasher in the water when I heard the clicker on the starboard reel start to tick with a frenzy.

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Mantas of Ono Island

Similar to the manta pass we found in the Yasawas, Ono has a high current pass filled with microscopic manta food. We dove the pass twice, both times in blustery conditions, but were rewarded with lots of time swimming with our favorite oversized fishy friends.

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Bro Photos

A few blissful moments of 3G while we are on our way to our next anchorage—just enough cell coverage to chat with my mom (headed to Burning Man today!) and share a few photos of Dimitri enjoying his first Helios adventures and settling into life on Fiji time.

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Dimitri is here!

Actually, he’s been here for ten days. Dimitri, Dominic’s younger brother, arrived on August 18 after traveling some 54 hours between Weaverville, California and Suva, Fiji (his connecting flight out of SFO was delayed, resulting in a 24 hour stay at the airport). He made it to the Royal Suva Yacht Club around noon on Thursday, spent two rainy days with us in Suva schlepping groceries and purchasing a speargun, and has been enjoying the island life ever since.

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Sailing to Suva

We left Falaga on August 12 in route to Suva, the most populous city in Fiji and the South Pacific. We really, really didn’t want to leave Falaga, but the ice box and the wine cellar were empty. So when the winds turned a favorable direction, we dove the pass one last time and weighed anchor. The winds were blowing a steady 15 knots from the southeast, making our 200 mile passage to Suva the first downwind sailing we’ve seen since leaving New Zealand in May. 

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Moana-i-Cake

Moana-i-Cake is the main village on Fulaga, and its inhabitants quickly adopted us as one of their own. After presenting our sevusevu to the 93 year old chief, we were assigned Tai as a host. 

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Dog Tooth

The clouds lifted enough by Wednesday evening for us to enjoy some final adventures in Falaga. We went for a dive on the reef outside the pass Thursday morning, spotting two-foot spade fish, an eight-foot grey reef shark, a tornado of four-foot barracuda, and a school of snapper 100 deep. It was magnificent, even if we were racing against squalls looming on the horizon.

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Fulaga

Last Thursday, we sailed south from Munia to Fulaga, a remote island in the southeastern corner of Fiji. It was one of my favorite sails yet: 16 knots of wind on our beam, the Milky Way hanging low and swollen in the sky, so many shooting stars they were practically falling on the deck until the moon rose blindingly bright around 0300. The seas were mild, and the movement of the boat felt like the gentle rocking of a cradle as we navigated between dozens of islands and reefs that compose the Lau group of Fiji.

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Happy 40th!

My parents are raising a glass to 40 years of marriage this July 31. I remember their 30th, when my dad gave my mom a pair of gorgeous sapphire earrings, and she and I went to Zebra's in Berkeley to have a second piercing put in her ears. The woman with the needle against her ear lobe was amazed that a marriage could last so long.

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Fruit Bats

Dominic and I spent a long afternoon exploring the abandoned village in Munia. There were frangipani trees in blossom, a lonely dog sleeping in a doorway, a single pig in a pen. There was an old Morris Commercial lightweight truck close to being fully reclaimed by the jungle. Dominic examined a rusted-through leaf spring, dropping it on the pile of other parts with a loud clang. The clanging caused an eruption of eerily human baby-like wails from the tree tops above us.

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