|Sea planes land at Mana regularly bringing guests to |
the Mana Island Resort on the beach to the left of this one.
With the generator fixed (hopefully this time it is), we headed out to explore another island group here in Fiji. We had seen beautiful underwater reef photos from another World ARC boat taken in the Mamanuca Island Group starting with Mana Island. The weather was perfect and visibility good. This is important when navigating within the barrier reefs here. We really haven't put the sails up inside the barrier reefs.
|Mana Island Resort has the better beach and covers an |
area that runs across the island for a beach on the other side.
|One of the fun events at Mana Island Resort is riding |
on this "Oscar Meyer" tube. Not sure what they call it!
Ashore we found the lovely Mana Island Resort and a couple of backpacker resorts. The Japanese own the fancy resort and do not play nice in the sand with the lower priced ones. The guide book states that there is actually a fence dividing the island! Apparently there some bad vibes between the two groups. When we asked about a dinner reservation, we were told we had to register with the resort. So we didn't bother to eat there.
After a nice walk on the beach, a cold refreshment and a rising tide, it was time to return to the boat. Our plan was to return to shore in the morning to walk to the north side of the island to go snorkeling since the visibility was not good on the south side near our anchorage. When the wind blows hard it churns up the barrier reefs and it takes several days for it to settle down again. The wind is coming from the east-southeast so the north shore is clearer.
|It is hard to get to shore at low tide.|
Morning gave us the opportunity to rethink our plans! The wind was howling and the waves we crashing across the reef in front of us and slamming the hull. It took a nano-second to say, "we're leaving!" We did not want another three days of sitting at anchor watching the position. Our plan was to head to Musket Cove Yacht Club on Sunday, so we moved it up a few days.
|This little guy grabbed my camera and started|
taking pictures. Then he wanted to see them.
I had trouble getting it back from him.
|At the native end of the beach, the local women have a |
small market set up with their crafts. No fruits or veggies.
|This is now totally covered with duct tape until |
we can get a new one from Sweden!
Once again it lives up to its reputation! But now we need to have a replacement glass shipped from Sweden to somewhere in our future itinerary. And we pray the tape holds until then. When be get back to Vuda Marina, we will try to find a piece of Plexiglas to strengthen the area. Without something there, we will be doused with sea water on our passages. Not to mention the wind. The same thing had happened to the starboard sidelight back in Herrington Harbor, MD. No one knows why it happens. It could be the sun or wind or both. Or there could have been a scratch on the tempered surface that weakened it. The glass is slightly curved so it is under tension. At least we know it wasn't a stone!
Once the window was secure, we weighed anchor and set off for Musket Cove Marina on Malolo Lailai island. The less than five mile trip was a game of reef-dodging and fighting the current and wind.
|There was a loud BANG! Then this!|
The wind here in the anchorage is hitting 27 knots at times. That means another night of anchor watch as there is a reef in front of us and one behind us. The kite surfers are loving it, but not the rest of us at anchor. At least, it gives us a good reason to lay around the boat and relax. Sometimes we forget to do just that!
|S/V Trillium at anchor on Mana Island|
Actually, someone just informed me that the superyacht belongs to Bill Gates! And it is for sale. How many million dollars was that? I wonder if it is listed on YachtWorld.com? Hey, I think I helped pay for that!