Northern Passage around Viti Levu and on to Musket Cove, Malolo, Lailai. Fiji
Yet again, Mailasail have let us down!! Here is the blog once again,,,,,,,at great expense!!
On the morning of the 5th July we raised the anchor and headed out west from Makongai.
There was a relatively short hop to the first significant
point which was the
This is the after filleting photo opportunity
After this excitement we passed through the main reef and
headed towards our first planned stop at anchorage on the south side of
Along the way we passed some quite outstanding scenery. It
was just like cruising through the Kyle’s of Lochalch on the West coat of
As we progressed further westwards the scenery changed and became less luxuriant. With arid mountains in the background.
We were completely surrounded by reefs for most of the passage, and we have never used so many waypoints on a passage before. The markers on the reefs are very basic.
No lights at all, only the occasional bird perched on these
rotting poles. This course around the north of
Some of the locals were out and about on very crude rafts. Some trying in a very lazy way to sell fresh produce and perhaps other services to passing yachts…………..
The anchorage in Nananu is blissful. The bay has some very expensive looking properties around it. All occupied by Australians and Kiwis. There are two pristine coral reefs. On the evening of our arrival I almost crashed into one in the dingy at very high speed. Only Jennie’s sharp eyesight preventing a disaster. The reef was covered in stunning corals and soft sponges and all manner of reef fish. We decided to snorkel the reef the following morning before heading off to the next anchorage. Unfortunately there was yet another mega thunderstorm overnight, so the rain run off wrecked the visibility. But none the less it was good to get into the water and it was a nice start to the day.
The following day we headed off in convoy with Anahi,
Moonshadow, Rascal, Stargazer and our selves for a bay just west of
We were off at first light in the morning. Next stop Lautoka…the next formal Port of entry. Here we dashed into customs, got the paperwork sorted and then ploughed onto Malolo Lailai and Musket Cove. Very boisterous passage with breaking waves and lashings of wind. Stupidly we were still towing our dingy. Not something I will repeat on passage ever again!! Quite a change after the last few tranquil days.
Then there was Musket Cove…………….