Panormitis happenings

24 May 2016 | Rodds Bay
24 December 2015
06 November 2015 | Bustard bay
04 November 2015 | Port Bundaberg Marina
27 October 2015 | Port Bundaberg
17 October 2015 | Mele Maat
04 October 2015 | Village of Mele
27 September 2015 | Port Vila
27 September 2015 | Mololo LaiLai
10 September 2015 | Vuda Marina
02 September 2015 | Lautoka
31 August 2015 | Lautoka Fiji
24 August 2015 | Nieafu Tonga
24 August 2015 | Aloft Niue
24 August 2015 | Beveridge Reef
24 August 2015 | Palmerston Island
24 August 2015 | Maupihaa
23 August 2015 | Raiatea
22 August 2015 | Moorea
21 August 2015 | Baie D'Opunohu

Clearing in

02 September 2015 | Lautoka
the monumental task of clearing in took most of the day. Questioned why we didn't clear in on Friday night and not happy about the Port Authority telling us to anchor til Monday. Started the process......please now take the health officer to your boat for you need to go to the bio security office.....$89 plus $112 to dispose of your garbage ( 1 small bag )...... Now you have to get a cruising permit from in town......Oh! Please go with the health officer to the nearest ATM to get $279.50 and pay her in the car.....did they think we wouldn't pay? After the payment, back in the bio security office we could pay their exorbitant fee by credit card. Now how does 2 Government offices in the same building have such extreme methods of payment?
Now we headed for the cruising permit which had to be brought back to the customs/immigration. After a long wait in a queue, the question was....where are your immigration papers? This is all I have was the immigration papers, no permit. So I showed our passports duly stamped with an immigration stamp.....half an hour later, please fill in this request and come back in 4 hours. This time we spent at the fruit/veg markets and supermarket plus travel agent for flights for Janelle and Darrell. Back for the permit. You have to sign your crew off at immigration. Armed with travel tickets and hoping to finish things off, after many sorts of directions I found the office to be told, you do this after they leave Fiji. Bit like Greece where each office does not know where others are located and exactly what they do and when. Back to customs and the lady was surprised I had the permit as she said it usually takes 3days. And was she surprised that immigration don't want to see us until the crew flys out...what a day, and to boot we are getting covered with black trash from the sugar mill. Better days ahead!!!
Vessel Name: Panormitis
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 410S2
Hailing Port: Gladstone Australia
Crew: Gary and Del Whitmore
About: Gary has salt water in his veins and needs to be near or on the water. Del is his wife and his sailing partner.
Extra: We learned to sail together back in 1977 and have enjoyed a variety of yachts since then. We have previously purchased a monohull in Croatia and took 18months to sail it back to Australia. Now we are doing the trip again this time with a catamaran.
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Who: Gary and Del Whitmore
Port: Gladstone Australia