Fiji – with Samantha
21 September 2015 | Namena, Musket Cove Malolo, Vuda Point Viti Levu, Fiji
Mark Morwood (Aug-2017)
The day after picking up Samantha at the Savusavu airport we were off to Namena Island, another of Fiji’s great diving spots. It’s a small island surrounded by reef, with a small resort and dive shop. We were the only boat anchored there, and the resort didn’t seem very busy, so it was just Roan, Samantha and me along with 2 other guests on the dive boat for each of the 2 days we went diving. The weather was a bit overcast so the colours were a bit muted, but the diving was once again great.
After a couple of days at Namena Island it was time to get moving if we were to get to Musket Cove before the annual cruising regatta finished, and we missed the chance to catch up again with a number of the boats we had met at various points across the Pacific. So to keep it interesting for Samantha we did an overnight passage down around the southern end of Fiji, coming back in through the reef the next morning to pick up a mooring at the island of Malolo where Musket Cove is located. We spent an enjoyable couple of days on a mooring at Musket Cove, catching up with friends, including a fun trip out to the Cloud Nine restaurant with Justin and Deb on Miss Behaving along with the crew of Skyus. Cloud Nine is a floating pizza restaurant and bar moored on the inside edge of the reef near the famous Cloud surf break. A fun-filled day with pizza’s, jumping off the roof of the restaurant into the water, and halyard catapulting (see the picture).
Too soon it was time to do the 2 hour sail over to Vuda Point marina on the main island Viti Levu, where we’d be sending Samantha off to continue her travels and picking up Jenny and Cathie (my mum and sister) who were going to be the final visitors on our three and a half year trip.
For a short video of Sam’s visit see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa-0ht9CifU