The birthday boat on the Marovo Lagoon
We write to you having just indulged ourselves in relative luxury for Pete’s 30th birthday. We are anchored in the Marovo Lagoon which is said to be the largest lagoon in the world and is also considered so spectacular that it is in the process of becoming a world heritage site. Some say it is the 8th wonder of the world. We have not seen that much of it yet but so far it has been stunning.
We left the Indispensable Reefs rather disappointed, as we did not manage to leave the boat and explore this sub sea world. The weather was ferocious. Firstly we had torrential rain and then a steady Force 6, which was fine as far as the ocean swell went but as the lagoon itself was so large we had a pretty long fetch (about 11 miles) and so a fairly severe chop.
We headed for
In fact we hardly spent much time on the boat. Rennell is famous for having the biggest
fresh water lake in all the Pacific
But Pete’s birthday was looming and so we set off for the Marovo Lagoon in the hopes of finding a meal ashore (maybe some meat) and some alcohol which we had now completely run out of. Can you imagine, Kokiri a dry boat?
Uipi Island is pretty much the only resort in the whole of the Western Province so we headed there and had an exceptionally fast sail up from Rennell, for the first 36 hours we were going over 7 knots over the ground the whole time! It was lovely. We decided that Peter’s real birthday treat was that we would go diving. It was just the most wonderful thing imaginable. There are loads of the black-tipped reef sharks here. We had been feeding small ones scraps of fish from the jetty the night before. Jill (who owns this place) showed us how to tie the fish to a string so that the sharks can be played. It was really exciting it has to be said. So we knew there were sharks around and we did see a lot and one quite big one. But it was really everything else that was so amazing. 100s of fish, not in the least bit bothered by us. Wonderful corals, fan corals, soft coral, brain corals etc. And it is just the little things. The hundreds of colours of the christmas tree worms, the giant clams and just being able to breathe underwater and be a part of the whole place. All it really did was confirm that we have to find the time and the money to get ourselves diving. We are in the very best diving in the whole world and will be for the next 4 months or so and we really should not waste it. Here is definitely too expensive to get Peter certified (K already certified!), but we will try elsewhere. The snorkelling is great, but the diving is so much more exciting.
As promised, we had plenty to drink in the evening and wonderful birthday meal and even chocolate birthday cake. We definitely made the right decision coming here.
We hear from Al that Sass and Rich are now the parents of Fred. Congratulations both of you and we send loads of love to all 3 of you, and we think Fred is a great name!
Also we hear that Edwin has also got engaged since we left. We didn’t think it would be long and are just really thrilled. Congratulations all around in the Teall family!
Hope you are all well and happy
Loads of love as ever
Katharine and Pete