23rd July 2010 – Riman Bay, Moturina
Anchored close to the coral, great for snorkelling, some of
the best we’d seen in years, clear water, perfect soft and good
cauliflower and lettuce corals. Huge Maori wrasse following young turtles
swimming past, huge cuttlefish changing their colours, loads of Christmas tree
worms, plenty of royal angel fish and many coral fish not seen before.
View from the pass that children cross to go to school every
day, across the second anchorage
It didn’t take long for the children to come out and
greet us, these are primary school children mainly, trying to see what
‘goodies’ we might have for them, our friends on Swanky had plenty
of lollies for them....
David tended to the eye of this young lad who had it half
closed due to conjunctivitis.
Ashore, we are
surrounded by children excited to have visitors
The houses are on
stilts to keep the air beneath them, and the pigs and dogs at bay
They all just love
having their photo taken, but note the rags they are mostly dressed in,
specially the girls!
We shelter on the
platform of one family’s house during the rain, and chat about their
Some of which is happening before our eyes, such as the
feeding time for these pigs, (half coconuts)
The carving on the front of their sailing canoes represents
the eyes and nose of the spirit of the tree from whom the dugout is made, so
that the new owner can become a partner with him.
This young boy is carrying his younger brother home in the
rain, they get to be strong very early!
And this one is
taking his young sibling out in the canoe to see what’s on the go, or to
do some trading with us = usually shells for fruit and vegetables or coconuts.
Our friends on Swanky joined iin the football game these
young lads are playing with a piece of rounded polystyrene used for a fishing
Over the other side of the island, they have a football
match between adults from different villages:
Some play in football boots, but the marjority with bare
feet, like they did as lads, and very good they are too!