The Sailabout of Mauliola

30 August 2016 | Fakarava, south pass
22 August 2016 | Tahiti
23 October 2015 | Port Denarau
05 October 2015 | Fakarava, south pass
05 October 2015 | Vurolevu Island
26 September 2015 | Matasawalevu Bay
24 September 2015 | Vunisea, Kadavu
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
04 September 2015 | Susui Island
03 September 2015 | Susui Island,
31 August 2015 | Susui Island
29 August 2015 | Raviravi Bay, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Bay of Islands, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Batavu Bay, Vanua Balavu
29 August 2015 | Raviravi Bay, Vanua Balavu
26 August 2015 | Vanua Balavu, Fiji
22 August 2015 | Taveuni
16 August 2015

North Pass

30 August 2016 | Fakarava, south pass
C. Farias
Ia Orana. We, Felipe and I, had 2 fabulous dive days in the South Pass. There is so much life in the pass although the coral reef is in distress. We can't get tired of looking at a such a concentration of grey reef sharks. I noticed much less fish, like parrot fish, compared with 4 years ago when we dove and snorkled the same sites. We noticed much more people in the area and even a few more houses. Today we sailed in light winds to the north pass. Our friend Bob is leaving tomorrow and the small airport is here. Jerry also needs to have internet connection and we had none in the south pass. I cooked rattatuille and ciabata bread for dinner while underway. Looking forward to going ashore tomorrow and see if I can get anything fresh. We are getting low in fruit and could use some greens. My Aloha to all and have a good Labor Day weekend.

Tahiti

22 August 2016 | Tahiti
Overcast and very hot
Ia Orana. Here I am again. It has been a long time since Fiji. Mauliola was in Aotearoa for a few months and in May of this year Jerry sailed her to Tahiti. It was a fabulous crossing, which I chose not to do, being a fair weather sailor that I am. I just joined the vessel in Tahiti. Getting her fully provisioned for the next few months was a chore that I am glad is done. I may have bought too much oatmeal and olive oil, unlike cheese and wine these too do not go together very well. I got a little confused with the amounts as the measurements here are in kilos and litters. We didn't get to explore and enjoy Tahiti much because there was a lot to be done and the time is short. We really want to sail to the Tuamotus. I dream of seeing my friendly sharks again and the beautiful turquoise waters of the atolls. If the weather Gods allow we may be leaving tomorrow. We have our nephew Felipe and our very dear friend from Aotearoa, Bob Evans with us. I got to say au revoir and good night. Aloha to all and until next post. CF

Nadi

23 October 2015 | Port Denarau
C. Farias/very hot weather
Bula. We are back to the modern work and its conveniences and inconveniences. Culture shock indeed. We have done quite a lot since we left Kadavu Island, including ripping the reacher sail while under way with winds blowing from 22 to 38 knots. The seas were from behind which made the short passage not too bad. In Nadi we picked up our fried Jamie who stayed with us for a short visit.
We spent a few days in Navadra Island, a small unihabited one, but very beautiful. The waters were so much warmer than everywhere else we been here. I said goodbye to the layers of wet suits and could stay in the water as long as I wanted without getting cold. Hurray. The reef condition is very poor but there was a large amount of fish. The wather forecast changed and a tropical stom came down on us bringing very gusty wnds but not much rain with it. The storm passed mostly to the west of us. However, we went to Waya Island to get some protection from the storm in case it strengthened. Waya is a beautiful island with high peaks which reminded us of the Marquesas. We did our sevusevu, the briefest one, and soon after we met many of te villagers under a covered area. They had trinkets to sell, which to our disappointment were not made by them, except for the post cards made out of tapa cloth. The stuff was all store bought probably all made in China. The reef in the south side of Waya is also in very poor condition. I saw a large number of crown of torns, the starfish that kills the coral. I wish I knew what is causing so much destruciion to the reefs here. Is the starfish doing it all?
We have been super busy getting the boat ready for the crossing to NZ. We really like Fiji and will leave with many wonderful memories and many new friends in our hearts. Jerry and the crew will be sailing Mauliola to Aotearoa and I will be flying home. Sotatale and until next post.

Back to Paradise - Fakarava

05 October 2015 | Fakarava, south pass
C. Farias
Ia Orana. We are back to my very favorite diving place on earth, the south Pass of Fakarava. We sailed from Tahit on Monday afternoon and had a good sail although a bit bumpy, arriving here yesterday afternoon. We were very lucky and arrived at 3PM when the tide was slack, the only good and safe time to enter the pass. It is so beautiful here that is difficult to describe. We were very tired but very excited to anchor in the same location as we did 4 years ago. As soon as we dropped anchor the welcoming committee came to greet us. 4 black tip sharks were the leaders of the group. Today they were close by and every scrap of food that hit the water was consumed promptly. We spent the day cleaning up the boat and went for a superb snorkeling this afternoon. The sad part is to see all the bleaching in the coral that we didn't notice when we were here 4 years ago and there is much less fish. I am sending this via SSB radio. I am sorry Anna but I can't sent photos. I will say good night and Aloha to all. We are all well and happy to be here.

Vurolevu Island

05 October 2015 | Vurolevu Island
C. Farias
We spent a few days in the lovely shores of Vurolevu Island, inside the Astrolabe Reef. Great snorkeling and a few minutes of swimming with Manta rays made our stay memorable. The wind didn't cooperate and we couldn't dive in the famous reef. Tomorrow we leave to the Viti Levu area, one of the two large Fijian Islands. It will be our comeback to the city. We are not too excited about it as we would love to explore a bit more, but our time in Fiji is getting close to an end so we need to start sailing towards our exit port. No internet connection where we are. But plenty of beautiful sunsets and fishes and corals and many wonderful Fijians. Bula and until next time.

A Kava cerimony

26 September 2015 | Matasawalevu Bay
C. Farias
Another unforgettable welcoming we had this afternoon. We left Vunisea and motor sailed for 3 hours to Matasawalevu Bay. Calm seas, overcast skies and light winds. Perfect for fishing. And we not only fished, we caught a big Mahimahi. Probably 40lbs. I will post a photo when we get wifi. It was very exciting as we haven't had much luck with our fishing here in Fiji. Coming thru the Nagoro pass was also exciting as Jerry has been dreaming of coming here to dive and I was a bit anxious, as I am always when we come thru a pass without the sun to help us see the reefs. And the Great Astrolabe Reef is truly great. We dropped anchor and put on our sulus to go to the village for the sevusevu. As soon as we tied the dinghy to the concrete wharf, a bunch of kids came to greet us. The Chief's wife was in the water collecting clams which she offered us some. She had a hug bag full. We were directed to village hall, a rather large building, where the Chief, Apsia, welcomed us. We all sat on the pandanus mat, and after the proper offering of a bundle of kava, and introductions, we were invited to his brother's house do drink kava. His brother is ill but he got out of bed to sit in the floor with us. The Chief's younger brother prepared the kava and told us the proper etiquette to drink it. We say Bula when the bowl is given to us and after drinking it all everybody yells "Mada", which means empty, done, and everybody cheerfully clap 5 times. In Kadavu they clap 5 times. We had a few rounds of kava and were all very relaxed and happy but had to say sotatale (good bye) as we knew that there would be many more rounds. Just before leaving the Chief asked us if we could fix his brother's wheel chair. It has a flat tire and they have no way to fix it. We started walking down the path and met almost all the villagers. They all came out of their houses with a sincere and happy smile, something that we found everywhere in Fiji. The village is lovely, in a hill surrounded by beautiful mountains and facing the magnificent bay. There are so many fruit trees and the emerald green of the forest reminded us of New Zealand. There is a feeling of abundance and serenity here. We came back to boat in a high. I think that the kava had the opposite effect of what it is supposed to have on us. Except for Jerry that really mellowed out. Yeeeyy. Cassandra said that Jerry should drink more kava. I seconded the call. Now we are back on Mauliola ready for a fabulous dinner. Fresh mahimahi and rice. We have poisson cru and sauteed mahi. No internet connection here and I hope I can get a radio connection to send this. My aloha to all.

Kadavu Island

24 September 2015 | Vunisea, Kadavu
C. Farias/ overcast,, light rain, cool
This is just a quick update on our sailabout. With much sadness we left Fulaga and their beautiful people and sailed to Kadavu Island. Jerry has been dreaming of coming back here for a long time. We had a smooth and quiet time in the short passage, less than 200 miles, with light winds, from 10 to 18kts from the SSE, seas pretty flat except for a few hours, and overcast skies. In the night, the moon lighted the seas for a few hours, but the clouds were the master of the skies that night. We anchored off Galoa island where there is a village of about 200 people. We went ashore to do the Sevusevu, and also to see if we could get some fruit. The village is tucked in behind the mangrove and it is not the prettiest one we have seen but the people are the same welcoming and generous as all that we have met in Fiji. The school being the main center of the village is where we first stopped by. The headmaster told us that the kids were taking a serious examination in preparation to go to high school and that the parents were in another room drinking kava, in support of the kids. We were invited into the room so we could present our kava bundle to the Chiief. There were lots of man in the room and they were all seated in a circle with one of them in the center preparing the kava. By the looks of it, all very relaxed, I think that the party had started long ago. There are 5 chiiefs in the village, including the head Chief. One of the village man presented Jerry and I to the Chief and placed the kava bundle in front of him. The Chief then said a few words in Fijian, and the kava bundle was passed to another Chiief who also gave a short speech. I would love to know what he was saying, and then we were offerered a small bowl of kava to drink. It was the best kava I ever had. Kadavu is famous for the kava. After a few kava bowls we politely asked permission to leave which really pleased Jerry. Sitting on the mat crossed leg for many hours is something that only the Fiijians can do so well. We met some of the children, so friendly and curious about us and of course I fell in love with them. The headmaster asked if he could bring the kids to see the boat next day. We promplty said yes and set up a time for today. Unfortunately the rain didn't allow their visit. Larry and I did a quick run to the village to pick up some rotis that I had asked one of the village woman to make for us. The tide was still too low and we had to leave the dinghie and walk along a very slippery mud trail, thru the mangrove. The kids had scrapped many coconuts for us to squeeze the cream out as a thank you for the visit they were going to make to the boat. I felt so bad we couldn't set up another day as we had to move the boat to Vunisea which is the main village. We are in need of fresh fruit and vegetables and the farmers market is early morning. The forecast is for rain and we need to be closer to the village. There is so much more to share but I need to get my zzzzzs. My aloha to all and until next post.

Fulaga

06 September 2015 | Fulaga, Fiji
C. Farias
Bula. We are still in Fulaga. The small community, as many other Fijian villages, have been treating us like old friends and we have had an amazing welcome. A host family, Tara and Jo, have been assigned to take care of us. Last Sunday was Father's Day in Fiji and we all went to the Church service where we met almost all the village people. All the Fathers were dressed in the traditional sulu, coat and tie. They were all very elegant. It was a long service as each Father gave a speech during the service. Unfortunately it was all on Fijian. The singing during the event was powerful. Jerry and I wore the beautiful flower leis that were given to us in Susui Island and we too dressed in our best. Jo, our host, was the most elegant of all of them. After the service we went to our host family house for a feast. We had smoked mullet, fish in coconut sauce, octopus that were as tender as a pudding, lumi, which is a flan like savory dish made out of coconut cream and seaweed, manioc baked wrapped in coconut leaves, made in little bundles that looked like a chinese lantern. We had no idea that we were going to be treated to such an amazing meal. Every time we go to the village we are treated to something special. We also bring them a few things like fresh bread, which is a treat to them, books for Tara who loves to read, and a few other things that they can use. Fulaga is very isolated and the only way to get here is if you have a boat. A permit is also required from the government and from the weather guy. The winds blows from the southeast most all of the time and one has to come from the mainland Fiji where the permit is obtained, and that is not a good direction to sail to Fulaga. Waiting for the weather to allow a good passage can take many weeks. Last week I visited the school where I briefly met the children. I seem to cause too much disruption with my camera and tried not to take too long. I took photos of them and tomorrow I am bringing the prints for them. It will be Sunday here and we also have the Church service and lunch with Tara and Jo's family. The weather has been beautiful until yesterday. Lots of wind and overcast, misty and now raining pretty good. Jerry and I went gathering clams today. We have about 2 dozen of them. That will be for tomorrow's meal. My Aloha to you all and forgive me for the lack of news. No internet here and the SSB radio has been out.
Vessel Name: Mauliola
Vessel Make/Model: Morrelli&Melvin Custom 65' Catamaran
Hailing Port: Hawaii
Crew: Jerry King and Conceicao Farias, owners
About: Conceicao is a Brazilian, Hawaiian by heart, wahine (girl). Conceicao e uma Brasileira, Cearence, Hawaiana de coracao. Jerry is from California, an old Hobie cat sailor, the man with a vision and a mission.
Extra: Our plans: to do a sailabout and come out in the other side of the seas. The South Pacific is our first stop.
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