Photo Gallery - October 2001
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version of the image.
plays Catch The Breadfruit with Al from "Abel Tasmen".
and Lucinda (from "Abel Tasmen") hiking to the ancient ruins on the
island of Wallis.
ruins of an ancient meeting ground on the island of Wallis.
ruins on Wallis consisted of a huge field with large stone platforms and other
of the mysterious structures found at the ruins on Wallis.
stone entry way to the interior of the ruins.
final image of the Wallis ruins. This one of a passageway along the outer edge
of the site.
picture of the lagoon taken from the anchorage on the island of Wallis.
shot taken at Wallis. This is one of the many little islands inside the lagoon.
small frieghter exiting the lagoon at Wallis taken while we were moving from one
anchorage to another.
more of the same frieghter.
approach to Vanua Levu in Fiji.
photo taken from our first anchorage in Fiji - in front of the Cousteau resort
on the island of Vanua Levu about 3 miles from Savusavu the port of entry.
Copra Shed Marina in Savusavu, Fiji. Not really a marina by US standards, the
Copra Shed maintains a group of moorings for both local charter and visiting
ketch at the fuel dock at Savusavu.
from our mooring in Savusavu.
and Maggie, whose husband Kate met diving.We had them aboard for drinks one
evening along with a family from Australia we also met diving.
(Maggie's husband) and their baby girl.
and Mary, a couple (with 3 kids) who we met at the Cousteau dive resort. They
were on board one evening for drinks with Ashley and Maggie (seen above).
shot taken from our mooring in Savusavu.
Town from our mooring.
our second dive with the Cousteau Resort we met more friends. Dave, Karen and
Doug were all staying at Cousteau. We got to chatting on the dive boat and Capt.
Dave (a pilot with UPS) had just bought a sailboat (Endevour 40 I believe) and
wanted to come see our boat, so we had them all over for drinks that night.
last name unknown. Doug lives somewhere in Canada and we hope it is not too cold
there now as he looks at this web page and remembers how warm and sunny it is in
Fiji right now <g>.
third man (ahem) in the diving trio described above. Karen is from San Diego.
Queen Jane underway bound for Makongai after leaving Savusavu.
Jonah keeping an eye out for ships.
first in a series of dolphin photos taken on the way to Makongai.
dolphins shown here are part of a pod (school) of animals which numbered in
excess of 100 easily. They swam along with us for about 20 minutes.
shot captures a dolphin splashing down after jumping. It is very hard to catch
one actually in the air. The captain took over 30 photos trying. This one is the
closest he came.
shot shows the incredible color of the water. This is actually a fair
representation and was not done with fancy filters or doctored digitally in any
final shot in the series of five. Nothing warms our hearts or brights our day
more then seeing dolphins on a passge. Truly it is the highest form of honor
when these majestic creatures choose to swim alongside. If only we could
communicate with them.
approach to Makongai. This island is about 40 miles SW of Savusavu and is
inhabited sparsely by a dozen families spread around the island. There is no
village per se, no stores, shops or anything of note except a Tridacna Clam
hatchery and Turtle program (see photos below).
Queen Jane at anchor at Makongai. We spent a very pleasant week here relaxing
with our new friends aboard Dragon Lady.
first in a series of shots depicting the coral reefs close to shore at Makongai.
The water clarity here close to land was astounding, though out at the fringing
reef where we dove it lacked the same quality.
Check out the water here.
photo shows the expanse of coral along the shore and tries to give the viewer
some idea of the incredible beauty of the place.
view of the hatchery cum village on Makongai. The buildings grouped here are the
remnants of a leper colony which closed down in the 1950s or 60s. Now they house
some of the dozen families which live on the island as well as the clam hatchery
and turtle recovery program.
from the S/V Dragon Lady. One day at Makongai we took the crew of Dragon Lady
aboard the Queen Jane and anchored out on the reef for a morning of diving. Mary
was kind enough to play babysitter while the rest of us dove since she does not
of S/V Dragon Lady (Mary's husband).
from the anchorage at Makongai.
shot of sunset at Makongai. If you look carefully close to the top of the photo
you can just barely make out the sliver of the waxing moon.
in the Cockpit with Kate.
busy at work decorating the boat for Jonah's fifth birthday (Oct. 20th).
kids from Dragon Lady (Colin and Tristan) with Mara in the middle. Mara was a
Peace Corps volunteer they met in Apia, Samoa who decided to join them as crew
for some cruising in Fiji and the passage to Australia.
at the clam hatchery, showing the kids a turtle from the turtle pool. They
collect baby turtles from the beaches around Makongai and raise them till they
are able to survive in the wild and then release them. This one is a Hawksbill,
an endangered species. They also have Green Turtles.
the kids from "Dragon Lady" and some local kids looking at the turtle
kids playing on a beached boat at Makongai.
birthday party aboard the Queen Jane. From left are Colin, Jonah and Tristan
shot of the incredible birthday cake, with sparkler.
of Jonah's many birthday gifts, a robot which transforms to 3 trains.
and his friends putting the new Space Base toy together on his birthday.
photo of Jonah and Tristan playing with the Space Base toy.
time to play Pile on The Daddy - Yeah!
reading bedtime stories to the kids at the sleepover portion of the birthday
climbing up the swim ladder. Mom is seen in the water below.
placing the dinghy on deck in preparation for departure a heavy rainstorm filled
it with water. The next morning Jonah decided it made a perfect bathtub!
crew of "Dragon Lady" attempting to board the Queen Jane with Jonah
the Pirate in the bow leading the charge.
a group swim the three kids warm themselves in the sun, sans bathing suits.
view of the village of Naiseuseu on the island of Mbengga from our
new friends Ben, Thomas and Kendra whom we met at Mbengga Island. Thomas and
Kendra are backpackers from California who were staying in the village with Ben
and his family. They all came aboard one afternoon after spear fishing in the
bay. Ben and his wife Marie also hosted us for lunch at their home on Sunday
after church. They were exceedingly generous and friendly to us all.
Ben's wife (see photo above), visits with their little daughter.
posing (for scale) with giant lobster.
bought this lobster from a man in the village. We had to cut the tail off before
cooking as our pot is not large enough for the monster whole. The meat was
prepared Chinese style in a Chili Sauce.
view from the anchorage at Yanutha, a small island about 7 miles from Mbengga
inside the same lagoon. This is our favorite spot in Fiji so far and in fact our
favorite spot since leaving the Tuomotus last June!
returning to the Surf Camp on shore at Yanutha after a hard day riding the waves
at Frigate Passage.
dressed up for Haloween as "Batman".