Fulaga Island has 3 villages, Muanaicake, Muanaira and Naividamu. The largest, Muanaicake, is the place we spent most of our time, visiting almost daily with hosts Meri and Jon-e and others, participating in daily village life, and generally hanging out and drinking kava. (a LOT of that goes on in Fulaga!!!). The village, though simple, is extremely clean. Paths are raked daily, and all of the houses are neat.
Here are a few miscellaneous shots from around the village to get the general idea:
One day we took a hike with friends Graham and Diane of s/y Maunie, along with Mele and Bis. Hiked to a high overlook, with spectacular views of the whole island.
|BRAVO is the lower boat of the two toward the left|
|The path to enter the lagoon is easy to see from here!!! (Not nearly so easy on cloudy days at high tide!)|
|Mele, Graham and Diane, Bis, and Cindi|
One of our first days in the village was also the going away party for two other boats, our friends m/y Mystic Moon and s/y Spruce. An amazing party it was, with lots of music, dancing and, oh yeah, kava. Typical crowd of around 40 villagers and perhaps 10 or so cruisers.....everyone has a great time playing together.
|Cindi and host Meri on the right. Moses on the left, a great guy behind a typically dour facade!|
|Tara and Bob (s/y Charisma) cut the mat|
|Tai, always the perfect host, escorts the guys for a pee break in the banana plantation|
|Pounding the kava roots to a powder before putting in a cloth to soak in the kava bowl.|
|Standing room only|
We'll end this post here. There is much more to the "Fulaga Chronicles" yet to come. But we have very sadly now left the island. (notice the photos??? We now have internet for the first time in over a month). It was extremely difficult to tear away from our new friends in Fulaga. But we've left the Lau Group entirely, with a fantastic overnight downwind sail north 170 miles to the island of Taveuni in northern Fiji. After 2 nights there, we've moved today to Viani Bay, where we'll spend the next several days diving the spectacular reefs there. More posts on our Viani adventures will be interspersed with additional editions of the "Fulaga Chronicles". Sorry for the somewhat disjointed approach, hope you hang with us!!!