Following Rule Number One ....
14 October 2009 | Savusavu, Vanua Levu
.... which, as we've said before, is to remain flexible. My Fijian visa expires in early November, Judy's in late December. We have options to rectify this situation, most of which would put a crimp in our time on Vanua Levu before returning to Vuda Point. All also involve some expense. A fourth (modestly pricey) option is to apply for a temporary (12 month) residents permit which I've done, thus eliminating the cost and time of travel outside Fiji. Judy's visa issues will be resolved if we leave for NZ before Christmas.
We're having a good time in Savusavu which for a small port has an amazing number of excellent, inexpensive restaurants. Yesterday we visited the quietly elegant, ridiculously expensive Jean-Michel Cousteau Eco Resort for lunch. It was worth the price and the facility is worth a Google. This coming Saturday we've been invited to a local Hindu merchant's home to help celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights honoring the goddess Lachsmi. Judy has already acquired the proper costume and bling to blend in and is working on skin tone. Next week we hope to put Savusavu to our rudder and head east to some more remote anchorages and the Garden Isle, Taveuni.