|The Track across island|
|Back packer huts|
NOT QUITE WHAT I IMAGINED
We were looking forward to spending a week of relaxation and fun in The Blue Lagoon, Yasawa Islands in western Fiji. The Blue Lagoon is a lovely calm anchorage with sandy beaches, snorkelling, a small resort and good walking tracks. When we arrived a visiting small cruise ship was busy ferrying their guests ashore to The Blue Lagoon Resort for meals, drinks and a walk on the beach. They also took their gusts by dinghies to the other side of the island to the well published attraction, Lo’s Tea House. It was a lovely sunny day and so we walked the three kilometres across the island on a well used track taking in the views and enjoying the exercise. Lo’s Tea House (Fijian Style), despite its rather grand name, is just a shed but it has a reputation for great doughnuts. I was quite looking forward to a juicy hot doughnut, but not to be, the day we went, the menu was lemon sponge or lemon sponge. The cruise ship people arrived and we chatted to two ladies over (you guessed it) ‘lemon sponge’ only to discover that one came from Shellharbour, which is about a fifteen minute drive from Kiama, NSW where we live. So any romantic notions I had about dining in a quaint ‘Tea House on a Tropical Island with a magnificent vista’ were shattered when we found ourselves sitting in a shed, having lemonade and lemon sponge whilst chatting to a local lady from home.
|Lo’s Tea House|
THE BEST MADE PLANS
We had been watching the weather for a few days as a trough was forming which would bring thunder storms, torrential rain and cyclonic winds. By the following morning it was apparent that the worst of the weather would pass over The Blue Lagoon in two days time. We decided to sail fifty miles south to Musket Cove to get away from the thunder storm. So, our planned one week in The Blue Lagoon became one day. As we travelled south the weather became very calm and we had to motor most of the way. We caught a nice Mahi Mahi which is always a welcomed treat. We had one fine day in Musket Cove before the rain started. We used the time to shop, do laundry and have a few drinks at the Sailors Bar with Aussie friends Annie, Liam and family on ‘Gone with the Wind’. The trough came through the following day bringing torrential rain and 50 knots of wind through the anchorage but fortunately no lightning, so the plan worked. A few boats dragged their anchor but no damage was done.
|Andrew with his Mahi Mahi|
|Liam and Annie from Gone With the wind|
FIND OF THE DAY
We had a very social week in Musket Cove having dinners out, fish on the BBQ at the sailors bar, morning coffees at the resort restaurant, catching up with friends and celebrating Canada Day with the Canadian cruisers.
|Fish BBQ with Andrew, David ‘Anahata’ Scott ‘Muskoka’|
|Celebrating Canada Day with cake and sparklers|
The weather was very changeable, overcast with heavy rain to brilliant sunshine. So we just seized every opportunity and did day trips to small sand islands or to the nearby floating pontoon for snorkelling. It was very pleasing to see lots of very healthy coral and many tropical fish. But one day, that’s not all we saw. We anchored the dinghy and snorkelled over to the floating pontoon. Andrew found a brand new pair of swimming goggles on the sea floor. They still had the protective plastic on the lenses. Then when we pulled the dinghy anchor up, attached to the anchor was a new pair of Tusa diving goggles - quite a haul, a profitable day!
|Beautiful unspoilt coral|
Lots of tropical fish (we hope this works)
|Andrew with his Go Pro|
PLAIN SAILING NOW
So now all the nasty weather has passed, we are heading back north up the Yasawa chain. We want to visit all the spots we sailed passed on our dash down to the safety of Musket Cove. We spent the last two nights with a New Zealand couple Ailsa and Hamish on ‘Halo’ who are here for a month as they time share their catamaran with another couple from NZ. They had too much NZ meat in the freezer after the last change over so they gave us lamb chops and some beef steak. This is the first red meat we have had since we left Oz. We are looking forward to lamb chops tonight.
We are currently twenty five miles north of Musket Cove and we have been in some rolling anchorages recently but today we have relocated to a lovely calm bay. The sun is shinning, the washing is out and the breeze is gentle. The weather is perfect with temperatures in the high twenties, a warm breeze day and night. We sleep with the hatch open above us and only a sheet over us. In the daytime it is all sunshine and blue skies. It doesn’t get any better than this.
|A beautiful sunset|
We are planning to spend a bit of time here catching up with boat chores. Andrew wants to work on the water maker and the engine. I have some cooking to do. These are the jobs that get pushed aside for more enjoyable pastimes like snorkelling, walks on the beach and fun in general.
SO WHAT’S NEXT
Hopefully we will slowly head back to The Blue Lagoon, stopping off at Mantaray Bay on the way. The Mantas feed here on the plankton, but they have been very scarce lately. So, until next time, all is well on Eye Candy and we are having a lovely time.
Love Candy xx