Thursday, October 25, 2007 - Mana Island
25 October 2007 | Mana Island, Fiji
Sand Dollar weighed anchor this afternoon with the overhauled anchor winch. To my delight, it ran like a sewing machine and easily lifted the weight off the bottom and dropped the chain into the locker without jamming. What a pleasure!
We made the nine mile trip to Mana Island motor sailing because the passage was among many reefs and some small islands. In fact, we passed Castaway Island, close by where Tom Hanks was filmed in the movie by the same name. Most of the islands here of any size have at least one resort and many have several. The climate is dry during the winter so Kiwis and Ausies flock here to get their fill of beach life. Mana Island has one large moderately expensive resort and three backpacker type resorts. Tonight we will have dinner at one of these resorts for $3.50. Guess which one.
All else is well onboard. There are two other boats in the anchorage which is well-protected with very little swell entering the lagoon.