21 June 2013 | Namena, Fiji
Friday, 21 June. We are anchored off of the small Namena Island, inside the Namena barrier reef some miles south southwest of Savusavu. We arrived yesterday evening at last light, after a long, calm, hot, motorboat ride from Viani Bay (which is about 40 miles east of Savusavu Bay). We had a few exciting moments, one being when we turned the water pressure on but still weren't getting any water out of the faucet - we looked in the bilge and discovered all of our fresh water being pumped out of the joint where a hose clamp had come off. Luckily, Mark had unpickled the water maker the day before, and we were motoring, so we had plenty of power to run it. We ran the water maker the whole trip and figure we should have about 40 gallons again. It was about 90 degrees down below since there was no wind and we had the engine running for hours, so I decided this would be an excellent time to turn the oven on to make bread. Finding a good spot to anchor off Namena proved a bit difficult and we motored around scoping it out. The bottom drops off quite rapidly off the shore of the island, and there is coral on the inside. We dropped the hook in about 55'. Namena is a nature preserve and appears to be a frigate nesting colony. They were making quite the racket last night! Mark and I felt like we were back on Palmyra. We have heard there is excellent snorkeling and diving here with lots of giant clams, sharks, and coral pinnacles. Today we will explore some of these spots. As you may have guessed, we have given up on going to the Lau Group this year. We were sandwiched by plane tickets. Our guest Trish left on June 20, and Mark has to leave Fiji on June 28. So instead of traveling over 100 miles southeast to the Lau, we have decided to make our way to the Nadi area, where the international airport is, on the west northwest side of the big island of Viti Levu. We will sail around the south end of Viti Levu and hope to spend a little time in Kadavu, a reef/island complex off the south of Viti Levu, on our way. We'll find a nice spot for Radiance, and Danny and me, while Mark flies to Hawaii to pick up Piper. This will be a nice spot to start from to cruise up the Yasawa Group, to the northwest of Viti Levu, with Piper. Meanwhile the three of us are settling nicely into life in the tropics on Radiance.