Almost all the World ARC fleet are now in Fijian waters, enjoying a ‘Bula!’ welcome wherever they arrive. This part of the Rally is a free cruising period meaning that the crews can decide exactly where they want to visit and when, allowing them to do as much or as little as they want. It’s also a good time to fit in a few visits from friends and family from home or do some serious maintenance work on the boat.
The choice of ‘where’ also extended to the crews’ first port of arrival in Fiji. About half the Rally crews chose to clear in at Savusavu on the island of Vanua Levu. This is a great place to arrive as it allows exploration of the fantastic cruising area around Vanua Levu and Taveuni, as well as a good run down through some great spots on Viti Levu. Other boats checked into Fiji at the vibrant capital city of Suva, which is a huge but enjoyable contrast to the peaceful islands of their last port – Vava’u, in The Kingdom of Tonga. Suva has everything and lots of it! The fresh market is great, the clothes shops are modern and cheap and there’s even a Cinema!
Before the World ARC departs this friendly country, many of the yachts will visit Port Denarau which is on the doorstep of another of Fiji’s big cities – Nadi. The port itself has a great marina and an enjoyable shopping centre, complete with nice bars and restaurants. In Nadi there are some great outlets for shopping and reprovisioning.
The World ARC fleet will be at Musket Cove Resort, Malolo Leilei Island from 4 July to enjoy a social and activities programme before sailing to the island of Tanna, Vanuatu on 7 July.