|Kathy and Debbie enjoying the view at Cloud 9|
We had so much fun and crammed so much into every day.
It went so fast, but it was wonderful!
|Nadi Fruit & Veggie Market|
Next day, we headed out to one of our favorite places - Musket Cove on the island of Malolo LaiLai.
|Poisonous sea snake - yikes|
We spent several days playing tourist and checking out the resorts and bars.
Plus snorkeling, golfing, tennis, volleyball, beach combing, hiking, bocci ball, and hanging out with the Yachties.
Then, we headed north to the uninhabited islands (except for the goats and fruit bats) of Navadra and Vanua Levu.
|Jump Doug Jump!|
It is about a 5-hour trip and to get there we had to weave thru the reefs and cross some rolly seas.
|Hanging on the beautiful beach of Vanua Levu|
But we continued to enjoy ourselves and spend lots of time on the beach - even without getting a lot of rest!
|Sundowners on Tiger Lilly III|
|Bocci on the Beach|
We spent a whole day together on the beach exploring and playing bocci ball.
|Doug bugging the Hermit Crab|
But, we needed to get moving north again and find a smoother anchorage, plus find the elusive Manta Rays.
So, we did an overnighter at the sand spit between Waya and Wayasewa - it was so peaceful. We all slept well that night!
|Spinner Dolphins - yeah!|
Plus, we saw the beautiful Spinner Dolphins along the way - always exciting.
Next stop, the island of Naviti where we anchored off the Manta Ray Island Resort - a new favorite!
|Hanging at the Manta Ray Island Resort|
We signed up with the resort to take us to the pass where we drifted (quickly) along with the tide as the Ray passed underneath us.
We only saw one Ray, but it was amazing gliding along the bottom. Plus, the pass had so many fish and wonderful coral. What a find.
|Big Manta Ray right below me|
The resort was a great place to hang out, play volleyball, kayak, snorkel, and they make a pretty good pizza.
|War Dance at the Meke|
We will go back again for sure and get better pictures!
Time to start heading back all ready. We chose to visit the village of Yalobi on the island of Waya. Caught a big Walu along the way - it was yummy.
|Debbie and Kathy sporting sulu's|
We wanted to see some of the village life, plus deliver our bundle of Kava to the Chief and ask permission to wander the village.
Interesting thing - Yalobi hasn't had a village chief since the late 80's. Tom just steps in if needed. How funny.
|Meeting the locals|
But, we did enjoy seeing the village and meeting some of the locals.
Very friendly people and yummy bananas and papaya, plus a young man gave me a beautiful scorpion shell - how precious.
|Mocia Island - beautiful spot|
We spent our last night on the hook anchored off of the little island of Mocia (Honeymoon).
We watched a beautiful sunset (with the goats), plus enjoyed snorkeling and a walk on the beach the next day.
|Doug and Deb paddle boarding|
Of course, they would have preferred a calmer day!
|Dressed up for Bocci|
Then back to Port Denarau. We rented a car for a couple of days and did some mainland trips.
First - the Valley of the Sleeping Giant to see all the beautiful orchids and palms, plus a good view from the top!
|Not sure what, but loved it|
Then to the Zip Line, which was quite the adventure - just getting there. Debbie and Doug had a great time zipping along and would do it again.
Wonderful memories, laughter, sunsets, games, and so much more - we will never forget. Just sorry to see it end...
|Miss you all ready!|
|Watch out - Lionfish|
PS: Thanks to Tiger Lilly III and Kathy and Debbie for sharing their pictures!