As I corrected all the typos and missing words and garbled thoughts in the previous blog, I noticed that though I mentioned big beautiful mango’s I used to make chutneyI didn’t include a photo. We’ve seen three types of mango - apple or round mangos, the tradition oval shape but very small and these big fleshy mangos. Glad I choose these for the chutney as they are much easier to handle then the tiny ones. I use a Jamie Oliver recipe. Two kilos (thus the scales) make two jar or three jars of chutney and it is very good.
When we arrived in Savusavu on Vanua Levu, I was very disappointed to find no mango in the market. It seems that the more southerly Viti Levu has a jump on the mango season.
Below in red is our completed route to Savusavu. We’re had a nice time here in the company of Burmese Breeze and met another boat, Rala, registered in Southampton, UK recently arrived from French Polynesia. Since we’ve been here there have been three new arrivals. You can always tell as they are flying a yellow ‘Q’ for quarantine flag and have not yet cleared into the country with Customs and Immigration.
The yellow line is the route we hope to take in the coming weeks. We will finish back in Vuda Marina to prepare for the passage to New Zealand.
It was really nice to be on to move to somewhere new to us.
Mizzen going up.
This is a section of the our route on the chart plotter. All the green areas are reef. Although we are surrounded by reefs most are below the surface of the water.
You can often see them in the distance - lighter turquoise of the reefs compared to the dark blue of the deeper water. It is hard to imagine navigating these areas without a chart. You can see the reef in the distance easily with the sun behind you, but on a cloudy day or with the sun ahead of you all the water looks the same.
As you motor in to the Savusavu Bay, the the prettiest and loftiest areas are tourist resorts.
We had a fun snorkel off one of these resorts. We tied our dingy to the mooring ball over the reef, dropped in and were immediately mobbed by stripy black and yellow fish called Sargent Majors. They stuck to us like glue and often had to waved off so you could see the reef. They gave up once they established that unlike the resort guests, we weren’t going to feed them.
The Main Street in Savusavu. We were out walking early before it got too hot and the street was very quiet.
Suvasuva Bay has some of the ‘cyclone holes’ where people prepare their boats and then head ashore to safe areas to wait out the storm. Some don’t prepare quite well enough.
Outside the centre of the town the schools are as well groomed as we saw on Viti Levu.
A roadside cemetery. There are a variety of religions in Fiji - Religions of Fiji.
After topping up our fresh fruit and veg, we set off for our next destination, Viani Bay.
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