Sunday June 20, we participated in long boat fun races today, a lot harder than it looks! These are the boats we raced, four person crews.
During dinner we were entertained by the Copra Shed Marina staff performance of traditional Fijian dances, followed by a fire dance and songs.
Later in the evening the karaoke machine was set up, Julian and Debra on s/v Quokka2 performed a great rendition of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
Monday June 21, lunch pool party at Daku Resort, it was a very refreshing afternoon!
Our friends on Andy and Alison s/v Venture Lady, we met in Tahiti arrived here on Friday. Today they were allowed out of quarantine and are docked next to us in the marina. We went to dinner with them along with Kate and Graham.
Tuesday June 22, I bought a new sewing machine! (Like I need another one) This one is a new hand crank Singer, made in China. No electricity needed, which is great because there will be no drain on the batteries.
We did provisioning today after a trip to the doctor. We needed letters from a doctor stating we are in good health and have no COVID symptoms. This is for an eVisa for Indonesia. $30 Fijian dollars ($15 USD) total for the visit. He did take our temperature and listen to our hearts.
Dinner at Surf n Turf with Kate, Graham, Alison, Andy and Michael from s/v Peregrine, he’s from San Francisco.
Wednesday June 23, more provisioning for our sail to the southern islands of Fiji. Dinner with Alison and Andy, then played a couple rounds of the dice game Farkle with them.
Thursday June 24. Interesting lesson learned trying to do financial business in a foreign country. Bank wire transfers, not credit cards is the method to purchase between countries, but it comes with an pricy bank fee on our end.
More provisioning today, perishables. Dinner with Alison and Andy, a card game of 99.
Friday June 25, departed Savusavu by 6:45am. It was a rough sail, quite windy, 25-31knots. Arrived around 3:30pm back to Viani Bay, as the majority of the rendezvous group is here.
The rest of the afternoon we submitted papers and forms to obtain an eVisa to enter Indonesia, it may take three weeks to receive it. Chatted a bit with our friends on s/v Falbala who had just arrived in New Caledonia. We will hopefully be buddy boating with them to Indonesia and beyond.
We opted not to join in the Lovo, hosted by the Dive Academy, had a quite evening just the two of us.
Saturday June 26, A few cruisers went on a hike yesterday before we arrived in Viani Bay, to the village of Korodogo. It’s up and over the hill behind the Dive Academy, about 1.25 miles one way. They invited everyone back to a traditional Fijian meal to be held the next day. Everyone brought a dish to pass as well as gifts to the villagers like food, clothing, kava and money presented to Chief Solo.