Entering Fiji was a breeze! Waitui Marina answered our hail on the VHF radio and directed us to one of their mooring balls. There was a man in a boat (Daki) who met us and escorted us into the marina. He then orchestrated all the officials, and taxied them out to our boat, for our official check in to the country. As we always do, we offered all the officials Oreo cookies and a soda while we competed their forms. This seems to break the ice and we ended up chatting it up about their families, getting local info on provisioning, and good places to visit or eat. Daki of course got multiple sodas and cookies as he had to make several trips to fetch each official and deliver them to our boat….lucky guy : )
Savusavu Town-The day after we checked in, Mayo and ourselves toured town of Savusavu.
The Market- Wow!!!! new smells, new spices, new veggies, lots of Indian influence here in Fiji.
Dinner with Kam- Wow AGAIN..what a spontaneous and fun time we had with Kam! He owns a store in town in Savusavu that sells gifts. We all purchased something and the next thing we know we are invited to his house that night for a curry and rice dinner…. The Fijian people are incredibly generous and kind and we were blown away at his hospitality!
Food!– The restaurants were really good…. and relatively cheap. We got to try new things!
Sushi- Mayo stayed on Slow Flight with us the 4 days were in Savusavu before leaving on a ferry to the southern island so she could find a boat to take her to Vanuatu. SV Me Too had lived in Japan for a few years and so we decided to have a Japanese lunch on Slow Flight of sushi with fresh tuna SV Me Too caught and miso soup! Thank you Mayo for the inspiration and assistance in our wonderful Japanese lunch before you headed off of Slow Flight.
See you later Mayo– We were sad to see Mayo leave but we understand her need to find a boat to take her to her next adventure. Having crew changes the dynamics of the boat, for better or worse, and this was for the BETTER! Trevor and I so enjoyed her company and all her stories. We laughed a lot and really overall, it was a great change for Trevor and I to experience sharing our space with such an amazing individual!
Next up….our trip to the Southern island of Viti Levu in Fiji, Arriving at Vuda Point Marina and the boat yard!