June 2013 - Fiji

Loren and Pascal visit Bruce in Fiji.
View of the marina from Bruce's boat. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere, favorite  Orchids were everywhere. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere, favorite  Still the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere  Loren admires. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere 
Unknown (to us) fruit. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere  In front of the lily pond. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere  092vitilevu : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere, favorite  Big leaves/fronds. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere 
114nadi : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere  Landscape. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere, favorite  At the mud bath. : fiji, sailboat, ocean, southern hemisphere, favorite  Going for a hike. : fiji, sailboat, vacation 
152vitilevu : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  At Saweni Bay. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Loren. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Steve and Bruce. : fiji, sailboat, vacation 
The Yasawa Islands, our soon-to-be sailing destination, at sunset. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Us with the waterfall in the background. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Hiking in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Climbing through fields of grass with our guide, Steve. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite 
On high before the visibility went away. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  A tree that's part of the ginger family. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Getting to the viewpoint of the waterfall. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Our guide, Steve. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite 
332vitilevu : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  View from the top of Mount Batilamu. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  The return hike was through tropical storm force wind and rain. Just a bit soaked through… : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  That high, steep point on the right is Mt. Batilamu, the place we climbed the day before in the middle of the storm. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite 
The island of Viti Levu as we sail (well, motor) away on the boat. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Watching the sea. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Um. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Small islands. Blue water. Blue sky. Green trees. Looks more like the Fiji we expected to see. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite 
On the way to our first night's anchorage. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Waya Island is in the background. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Loren is on a boat! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Almost to our anchorage. That's Manta Pass in the background, a shallow area where manta rays often come to feed (we missed seeing them, despite looking several times). : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite 
Our first anchorage. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Reflective Loren. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  First night's sunset. The stars, after sunset, were amazing. This visit to Fiji might have been the lowest population density area I've been in, so very little light pollution. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite  Happy Pascal has fun hair on this day. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, islands, favorite 
Now that's some clear, blue water! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  There's only open ocean for hundreds of miles to the west. Fiji is well protected by its outer reef, though. You might be able to spot some breakers crashing out at sea in this picture. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Loren and Pascal at Manta Resort after lunch. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Hanging out! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite 
Sunrise from the boat! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  First time with a sail out. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  "It's my boat now. Muwahaha!" -Loren : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Loren looking out for reefs. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite 
Thunder storms at our most remote anchorage of the trip. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Another sunset. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Goofball. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  626yasawas : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite 
Pre-storm clouds. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, favorite  Off to hike the island. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  A couple hanging out in the tropics. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Somosomo Village. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
Loren. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Hiking between villages. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Those are large papaya! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Loren hops a ride across the stream. The Vibram 5-fingers were useful for some unexpected situations. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
My turn to look for reefs. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Sunset at Blue Lagoon. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Bruce captaining the boat. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Sailing farther northeast along the Yasawa Island chain. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
846yasawas : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  I might need a shave. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Sawa-I-Lau Island. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Sawa-I-Lau has some caves (entrance at those orange railings) where you can swim.  In fact, more than half the caverns are accessible only by diving under a rock wall and popping up on the other side. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
These volcanic rocks, eroded from underneath by the ocean and sharp as nails on top, made this an other-worldly location. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  A crazy, fun place to explore. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  From the local village. Wouldn't you like this to be your front yard? : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Low tide. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
Sunrise from Coral View Resort. We spent our last night in Fiji off the boat, just for a change of pace and a chance to regain our land legs. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Fijians demonstrating polynesian dances. They let the little boy participate, which was at least as entertaining as the dancing itself. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Bruce in his Crib (his yellow boat), coming to meet the Yellow Boat (the ferry on which we were leaving on to go back to Viti Levu). This was the last time we saw him before leaving Fiji. Thanks for the trip, Bruce! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  All the rest of the pictures are taken from the yellow boat. Here's Waya Island in the sunlight in the background. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
Breakers at sea: the outer reef. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Sunlight reflects off the ocean. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  1018yasawas : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite  Late afternoon sun. : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite 
Thank you, Fiji! : fiji, sailboat, vacation, southern hemisphere, favorite