We made the jump from Yadua Island, just off the western end of Vanua Levu, the northern of the two main islands of Fiji, to the Yasawa chain of islands that stretch down the western side of Fiji to the Mamanucas.
It was a brisk sail, in about 25 knots of wind. We used the No 2 genoa alone, without mainsail, and surged along at 7-8 knots. We caught a nice Spanish mackerel of about 10 kg. 50 nautical miles to Sawa I Lau island. We left early, at 6.30 am, because we always like to arrive at new destination when the sun is still high, which makes it easier to see any reefs.
Nimrod under the cliffs of Sawa I Lau
The Yasawas are on the tourist circuit; cruise ships and resorts mix with relatively poor traditional villages.
Some of the limestone formations were similar to The Pinnacles in WA.
We went ashore to present sevusevu, and were guided by Moses
Tui, Melia and Barbara.
The chief was not available, so we presented it to a senior woman Tui, who took it for him.
Tui's grand-daughter Barbara
Melia plaiting a pandanus mat
Moses cooked us some crabs
Kids watching from the door
George and local boys
The island of Sawa I Lau contains some amazing limestone caves, some of which require that you swim through a tunnel underwater. We were taken through by a guide called Esther.
Esther at the first cave.
Esther and George in the inner cave