We found Fiji!
09 June 2017 | Port Denarau Marina, Fiji
It was right where it was supposed to be.
We saw the sun rise behind Fiji's mountains on the morning of Thursday, June 8, after a 60 hour, 400 mile trip from North Minerva.
Fiji Meteorological Service (FijiMet) had issued a "high wind warning." The high winds worked in our favor, providing us with 20-25 knots of wind from a good direction for much of the trip, which kept SCOOTS bopping along at 7-9 knots.
I was happy that our weeks of waiting in Whangarei for just the right weather window paid off...we encountered no snarly weather along the 1200 mile route.
Eric and I were thrilled when the sweet fragrance of the island wafted out to meet us...essences of flowers, citrus, and a little bit of smoke.
As soon as we entered Navula Pass, and entered the lee of Viti Levu Island, the wind died and the water was flat. The pass is wide and well-marked; no need to wait for slack tide. The sun was out and the air was warm. The butter is soft and my coconut oil is completely liquid again. We're definitely back in the tropics!
After checking in with Fijian customs, immigration, health, and biosecurity at Vuda Marina, SCOOTS headed for her reserved berth at Port Denarau Marina, her home for the few weeks, while we fly back to the States for Kelly's college graduation and other festivities.
When we return, we'll get SCOOTS ready to travel again, and then set out to explore Fiji's many islands.
Thanks for following along with us on our passage! It was nice to have the company.