Thursday 10th October 2013 - The Other Vanua Levu
Thursday 10th October 2013 – The Other
After a few days off Drawaqa we upped anchor and
headed south for about 25 miles. We had agreed to rendezvous with our friends,
Ding and Sue on Chiquita in a small bay formed by two little islands, Navadra
The day started off pretty overcast and our Google Earth display in the cockpit was quite a blessing – reef spotting was not easy. Fortunately, by the time we arrived off Navadra the clouds had dispersed and we were able to choose a clear sandy patch in which to drop the anchor. The anchorage is absolutely delightful; both little islands are uninhabited and the sandy beaches are a beautiful golden colour. We sent a very peasant couple of days beach combing and snorkelling, although the large reef in the centre of the bay was somewhat disappointing; it must have been damaged by Cyclone Evan last year.
An unusual find- tiny hermit crabs devouring an unknown fruit.
On the eastern side of the bay joined by a causeway that never quite disappears is the islet of Vanua Lei Lei – literally “small land”. We’d seen a couple of people on the top, so whilst it looked a bit of a scramble, it was obviously possible to get to the top. It was a little challenging in places, not helped by the heavens opening, but it didn’t take that long to reach the summit and the view was definitely worth it.
Vanu Lei Lei Islet. The striking head on the right ought to have inspired a more imaginative name.
Jon looking from the top for an alternative route out around the central reef
Sue, somewhat bedraggled, but delighted to have made it to the top
We couldn’t stay too long in this little bit of
paradise as we had to return to the mainland to renew our visas. We had originally planned to go to
So, a little after 0800 on Thursday 10th October we weighed anchor and headed back for Vuda Point marina. Quite serious SW winds were forecast for later in the day so we got a move on under main engine and genoa to arrive a little after midday to tie up on the central buoy in the marina.