Suva Harbor is a dirty place with at least seven old boats that are sunk and abandoned scattered around the bay. The outer reef had a new wreck on it this season, a 75 foot fishing boat that just about made it home last season. The town wraps around the bay and is the largest city in Fiji. The Suva Royal Yacht Club is located in the far right corner and we anchored in between two sunken ships for the first night one of which did a nice job blocking the waves during the storm that blew in that night with 35 knot winds.
We had a few things to get accomplished in Suva one was to get Daria a visa for New Caledonia at the French Embassy. We called up and we given an appointment first thing in the morning and Isabelle did a wonderful job helping us process the $12 application. Te next step would be a waiting game with the French Government….. The second issue was to get a alternator rebuilt on Downtime. While in New Zealand I paid over $250 to have it repaired at Snow Brothers in Whangarie and it lasted 15 minutes! I took it to Fiji Motor Winders and they said it needed a total rewind and could get it done in two days for $400 Fiji dollars (about $220 US) These are the same guys that fixed our water maker motor last year and they do really good work. While in town we decided to go to the cinema and saw Ice age 4 in 3D for just $3 US.
The day we wanted to do the famous shark dive it rained and the day we sailed back to Suva the wind did not blow….so the bad timing continues.
We motored back to Suva in anticipation of picking up the visa and the alternator on Monday. No big surprise the visa was delayed but the alternator was done and like clockwork the propane cooking gas ran out the morning we arrived so at least we were close to a place to fill the tanks!
And we found some Heineken from Holland in Victoria wine... Life is good! And met our friend Bob on Braveheart, he treated us to dinner at one night…Thanks Bob!
Who knew how long the visa would take at this point so we made a second attempt to do the shark dive and made a reservation for Saturday and motored our way(no wind) down the coast to Pacific Harbor.
While we were there we had lunch at the Pearl Resort and took a river-tour and a few pictures.
The next morning Daria took a bus ride up to Sigitoka and visit the Kula Eco Park (zoo) and the Outrigger Resort I spent a quiet day reading a great book.
We were there three windless mornings waiting for Saturday to come around and finally woke up Saturday morning to grey skies, rain and 25 knots wind! Will the bad timing ever end?
We cancelled the dive again and decided to put all that wind to work for us and set sail for Robinson Crusue Island 25 miles away. We finally had it all together and even caught a nice Walloo on our way there. We anchored next to the island and had from row seats for the night of dancing and singing on the island.
The wind continued the next morning so we sailed on to Musket Cove to meet our friends and do a few days of kite surfing.
Musket Cove is on a private island off the west coast of the south island of Fiji and is a favorite spot for cruisers and kite surfers to hang out. The resort provides a bar and afternoon Bar-B Q for the everyone to enjoy.
Sadly our first morning at Musket Cove there is NOT ENOUGH WIND TO KITE!! Will the bad timing ever end????
Waiting patiently for a breeze…..Pete and Daria