This morning we woke around 7am. Our plan was to go diving with Paul from
"Boreal". Kate wasn't diving due to sinus trouble. She took
Jonah over to "Boreal" and dropped him off and left our dinghy
there. Then she came back with Paul in his dinghy which has a rigid hull
(fiberglass) and a 15hp motor. We were on the reef by 8:30am and tied up
to one of the mooring balls used by the local dive operators. I had been
here last year and remembered there was a wreck nearby with some nice
coral pinnacles near it. We found it easily, the water was so clear we
could see the wreck in 75ft of water under us right next to the second
mooring buoy we came to.
The dive was wonderful, the water clarity was much better then last year
when we were here. The soft corals were amazing and there were plenty of
fish. After the dive we went back to the boat and put up our sun awning
and then got out the compressor to refill the scuba tanks. Meanwhile Jonah
stayed on "Boreal" playing with Quinten and Gabriel. At 1pm Kate
and I swam over to them and swam back with Jonah.
We met them again at the beach at 3:30pm to walk to the village to deliver
the Sevusevu. This is a traditional gift of Kava root given to the village
chief as a way of asking for permission to stay in the village (and its
environs which are owned by the village, including surrounding coral reefs
and fish). The practice of Sevusevu has been going on in Fiji for
centuries and is a nice way to meet the people and show them you are
interested in respecting their customs and traditions. Today, however, we
did not get to make the Sevusevu as planned.
Knowing it was Sunday we were not sure if we should go to give the
Sevusevu, but Paul and Cecille spoke with a man on the beach who said it
would be fine to go between 3 and 4pm. However, when we arrived at the
village (just above the village on a plateau which overlooks it) we met a
man who told us everyone was in church, the afternoon service had just
begun. We sat for a while looking down on the village while the kids
played with 2 or 3 stray kids who for some reason were not in church. We
could even hear them singing. We decided to come back tomorrow so we hiked
back to the beach and to our boats.
Tomorrow we plan to dive again in the morning, weather permitting. We hope
to leave the following day for Vatulele, the next step in our journey to
Lautoka where we hope to get our shaft/whatever-the-hell-is-wrong fixed.
Since we cannot use our engine we must plan to leave only when wind is
good and arrive at the next stop before it fails or darkness falls. This
forces us to make small hops of 20-30 miles and no more. With luck we will
make it to Lautoka without incident. We shall see.