The Lau group is a group of islands to the East of Fiji. The islands are fairly remote from the two big main Islands and the pace of life is much slower here. The distance from the main islands and limited transport mean they receive very few visitors. Our first stop in the Lau group was at the village of Daliconi on Vanuabalavu,
We presented our sevusevu gift of kava to the chief and were given permission to wander around the village and explore it’s surrounds. For the sevusevu ceremony it is polite for the men to wear a sulu, which is basically a skirt, so Amy lent Matt one of hers. Very fetching…
The bay of islands, just around the corner from the village was one of THE places we were most excited about seeing in Fiji. By setting off from New Zealand at the start of May we were slightly early in the season so there were only 2 other yachts in the area. The dramatic mushroom shaped rock pinnacles create a maze of hidden anchorages and coves in intense shades of blue and green. There are endless intricate channels between the rocks to be explored by kayak and dinghy.
We paddled into one cove and came upon a huge colony of huge bats known as flying foxes. You can really see the resembelence to a fox when you see them up close.
After the Bay of Islands we sailed north around the main island and found this stunning bay.
With no way to get ashore here, the best way to get a good view and some perspective was up the mast
The views here have been stunning and that is one side of Fiji that we set out to find. The other side is the human side. We are keen to get a real taste for village life in a remote area of Fiji to meet the people behind the “Bula”s and the big smiles. So next we plan to to go somewhere even yachts rarely visit, an island one overnight sail to the south west.