Misto - Days 189-193 July 15-20: Dillon's Bay, Erromango and Port Villa, Efate
We departed Port Resolution at 3 am for the 55nm sail to Dillon's Bay.Setting 2 reefs in the main we made fast progress in 25 knots of wind and with quite a large swell from behind. Dillon's Bay is a large open bay with good anchoring in about 20' of water. Access to the village is via the river across a shallow bar - which is only really an issue at low tide.A Pot-Luck lunch with the local village had been arranged which turned into a feast of gigantic proportions with a laden table of local dishes plus those provided by the WARC fleet.We were made incredibly welcome by chief Jason and the villagers, who we enjoyed talking with, as well as hearing the children sing. Those boats that had arrived the day before also experienced a walk to caves and a tour of the village.Here we also met. read more...
Misto - Days 186-188 July 12-14: Volcano, gift giving and the Holy Hill
Mount Yasur is billed as the world's most accessible volcano. The adventure starts with a 4 wheel drive in pick-up trucks across very rough tracks through the bush. Regrettably, it was drizzling and trying to rain so those in the back of the truck got wet!We crossed expansive, impressive ash plains. According to the available guide books and experiences of past visitors it would be an unsupervised walk up to the crater rim. However Vanuatu is starting to try and develop itself as a tourist destination and so it is being "developed". There was a short display of dancing and kava giving, however for me it lacked authenticity. One aspect of the development which was welcome was the provision large yellow raincoats. We drove further up the mountain and then walked up a steep, concreted. read more...
Misto - Days 181-185 July 7-11: Destination Vanuatu
We departed Musket Cove in July 8 leaving a number of the fleet behind who have decided that Fiji is their stopping point for now. We had a rip-roaring sail to Vanuatu. It was mainly a beam reach in 15-25 knots of wind. Unfortunately the seas were very confused and it got worse during the trip. We were shipping water right over the trampoline and up over the coach roof by the last afternoon when we put a reef in the main and jib. The passage was so fast that, along with a number of other boats, we made a night entry into Port Resolution on Tanna. We followed the way points we had been given as the navionics charts had absolutely zero detail of where we were going!Customs and immigration formalities the next day took place in the "Yacht Club" a rustic open-sided wooden structure festooned. read more...
Misto - Days 175-180 July 1-6: Waya, Denarau and Musket Cove
Our visit to the island of Waya and the village of Yalobi was a highlight of our time in Fiji. We anchored at the head of the bay off the village and went ashore with our gift of kava where a Sevusevu ceremony was performed and we were welcomed to the village by Tai Enochi.Andrew, a boy of 13 showed us around the village andintroduced us to the other chief Tai Tom.The next morning we attended the church in the village - the singing was simply awesome and we were made incredibly welcome by everyone.We made a small gift of coloring books and crayons to the Sunday School and found Andrew again to give him some fish hooks, as he said he does a lot of fishing.I cannot say enough about the welcoming attitude of all the Fijians we met.On our way back to the dinghy we met the principal of the. read more...
Misto - Days 168-174: June 24-30 Magokai, Volivoli point, Yadua, Yasawas
From Dalice Bay on Magokai we went ashore as there used to be a leper colony there and they also raise giant clams.Cyclone Winston had wrought an enormous amount of damage here.We met the caretaker and offered kava powder for Sevsevu.It was very informal and he accepted it and welcomed us to the island. The buildings that were laboratories and the tanks used to raise the giant clams had all been destroyed.There are plans to re-build.His daughter took us to see the huge cemetery that was part of the leper colony until the late 1960's. It was certainly a somber reminder of a different era in medicine.In the bay there are 6-8 giant clams that you can see by snorkeling.The following day we departed with a destination of Volivoli point on Vito Levu.We went via Malakati reef where there are. read more...