Musket Cove, Malolo Lailai Island, Mamanucas, Fiji

17:46.218S 177:11.255E

 

Wednesday 29th July 2015

 

Momi Bay turned out to be a calm and peaceful anchorage and we had a good night’s sleep and a lazy start to the day watching the big ships being led to or from the pass by the pilot boat that had shared the bay with us overnight.  Around mid-morning we lifted the anchor and motored the 12 nmiles to Malolo Lailai Island and Musket Cove anchorage.  It was very crowded as there were 20-odd rally boats in for their ‘farewell to Fiji’ bash before checking out and heading to Vanuatu, but we found a suitable spot and were soon settled, with Beez Neez not far away.  In fact we didn’t need to use the radio, we could just talk to each other from the deck, but there would be more space when the rally boats left in a couple of days, which was just as well because when the tide dropped we realised how close we were to the reef behind us!

 

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At low tide we could see how close we were to this large reef!

 

Sheer Tenacity and State of Mind were already here, and arrangements were soon made to meet up ashore later for Happy Hour at the dollar bar followed by a pot-luck barbecue.  The gang were back together again!