17 The Yasawa Islands, our soon-to-be sailing destination, at sunset.
18 Us with the waterfall in the background.
19 Hiking in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.
20 Climbing through fields of grass with our guide, Steve.
21 On high before the visibility went away.
22 A tree that's part of the ginger family.
23 Getting to the viewpoint of the waterfall.
24 Our guide, Steve.
26 View from the top of Mount Batilamu.
27 The return hike was through tropical storm force wind and rain. Just a bit soaked through…
28 That high, steep point on the right is Mt. Batilamu, the place we climbed the day before in the middle of the storm.
29 The island of Viti Levu as we sail (well, motor) away on the boat.
30 Watching the sea.
32 Small islands. Blue water. Blue sky. Green trees. Looks more like the Fiji we expected to see.
33 On the way to our first night's anchorage.
34 Waya Island is in the background.
35 Loren is on a boat!
36 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).
37 Our first anchorage.
38 Reflective Loren.
39 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.
40 Happy Pascal has fun hair on this day.
41 Now that's some clear, blue water!
42 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.
43 Loren and Pascal at Manta Resort after lunch.
44 Hanging out!
45 Sunrise from the boat!
46 First time with a sail out.
47 "It's my boat now. Muwahaha!" -Loren
48 Loren looking out for reefs.
49 Thunder storms at our most remote anchorage of the trip.
50 Another sunset.
53 Pre-storm clouds.
54 Off to hike the island.
55 A couple hanging out in the tropics.
56 Somosomo Village.
58 Hiking between villages.
59 Those are large papaya!
60 Loren hops a ride across the stream. The Vibram 5-fingers were useful for some unexpected situations.
61 My turn to look for reefs.
62 Sunset at Blue Lagoon.
63 Bruce captaining the boat.
64 Sailing farther northeast along the Yasawa Island chain.
66 I might need a shave.
67 Sawa-I-Lau Island.
68 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.
69 These volcanic rocks, eroded from underneath by the ocean and sharp as nails on top, made this an other-worldly location.
70 A crazy, fun place to explore.
71 From the local village. Wouldn't you like this to be your front yard?
72 Low tide.
73 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.
74 Fijians demonstrating polynesian dances. They let the little boy participate, which was at least as entertaining as the dancing itself.
75 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!
76 All the rest of the pictures are taken from the yellow boat. Here's Waya Island in the sunlight in the background.