We found the Minnow, but not the fearless crew.
Hey all, it’s been a long time, we’re behind in blogging. My Dad and Claudia flew into Nadi and joined
We sailed up to the Nadi area to be able to drop off Joanie at the airport 🙁 and to pick up Ken and Claudia :). Port Denarau seemed like the most likely spot, so we picked up the phone *!* and were fortunate enough to get a mooring by the marina for three nights. That was a pretty lucky chance, seems everyone was out at Musket Cove for the regatta and we were able to sneak in. Made it really convenient for swapping out guests, doing our shopping, washing sheets, towels, and clothes, and just generally spending money. From here we’ll head off to the Mamanucas and the Yasawas with Ken and Claudia.
The weather was promising to turn a little nasty up on Astrolabe Reef, so we headed south to the main
After North Astrolabe Reef we headed the few miles over to Great Astrolabe Reef. The underwater was pretty nice, and
We sailed from Tonga to Fiji and checked in at Suva. Suva seems now to get a bad rap from
Well, we’re really not good photographers or videographers, but here are a few vignettes from our various snorkeling tours in the Astrolabe area. It really was some of the best snorkeling we’ve done in a while, hope it at least gives the flavor even if it’s not going to win any Oscars or Emmys.
We’re now in Fiji. Had a pretty pleasant sail over from Tonga. We checked into Fiji in Suva, and spent the better part of a week there running errands and provisioning. Maybe it will rate a post of its own (from Erika). Mom left us by plane and headed back to San Francisco (where it is considerably warmer than it is here) and our friend Joan flew in and joined us. We had a week of pretty good weather in Suva, but as soon as Joan joined us it started raining, and raining, and raining… On Sunday we made the impulsive decision mid-day to head south toward Kadavu and get out of the rain clouds. Given our late start the only place we could reach in daylight was going to be North Astrolabe Reef. We’d read a review that this is the best snorkeling on the planet. Not sure we’d go that far, but it is nice. North Astrolabe Reef