Luckily we have missed the rain:) it has been hot but on the boat there is always a lovely sea breeze and easy to have a quick dip if too hot:) walking into town however is sweltering! We had trouble getting our cruising permit so had to go into town on 3 occasions.
While waiting to pick up Suze we went to Musket Cove/Plantation Island where I had my 50th:) it was stunning and very nostalgic:)
We picked Suze up from Denerau Marina which is the hub of the tourist industry. All cruises and excursions leave from there and it has all the major hotels along the waterfront. There are now a lot of beautiful homes with their own jetties and boats in manmade canals with beautiful bougainvillea hedges:) very pretty:) Geoff and I went in to Nadi to the local markets to provision up the boat. At Denerau lettuce cost F$22.50!!!! At the markets they were 2 for F$2.00! Well worth the trip:)
Geoff's 60th birthday was on the 9th so I shouted the 4 of us dinner at the restaurant on Plantation Island where we had my 50th dinner. Lovely atmosphere with coloured lights and tables out on the sand and a lovely Fijiian crooning on the guitar:) It was very low key and a perfect evening:)
We headed out to the first of the Yasawa Islands yesterday and will have our first village experience! When we anchor we must take a sevu sevu (koha) of kava root and lay it on the beach. A village man then takes us to the chief who performs a kava ceremony and then tells us we are welcome in his village. Only then may we swim, fish or visit the village. I am nervously excited!