We arrived at the Nabavatu Plantation on July 2nd and were welcomed by our friends Karen and Cheryl of SY Interlude who invited us to join them for an afternoon hike.
We had a quick lunch (homemade Pesto courtesy The Captain) and then we were off.
Our first stop was at the Corpra Shed where Coconut Oil production was underway. It takes 11 coconuts to make 1 liter of coconut oil and the team here produces 30 liters a day.
So how is coconut oil produced?
First, the coconuts are split in two. Then, a machine is used to extract and chop the coconut meat.
The coconut meat is then dried on a large stove to remove excess water.
Once dried, the coconut is put in a cylinder.
Muscle is then used to extract the coconut oil.
There is little time for rest.
After our education in coconut oil creation, we headed uphill through town to a beautiful look-out of the Bay of Islands.
The end of day lighting did not prove optimal for photographs, so Karen and Cheryl kindly agreed to accompany me for a second trip to the view point.
We retraced our steps the next morning and enjoyed a beautiful, sunlit view.
For a change of pace, we decided to return to the dinghy dock via another route, the 271 steps!
According to signage, the record for ascending these steps is 56 seconds set in 2010 by Alex Locke. We chose to descend the stairs at a more moderate pace.
In the afternoon, much needed rain set after a two month absence here. In between showers, we delighted in rainbows, explored the anchorage by dinghy, and snorkeled for lobsters (who successfully evaded detection).
On the 4th of July (the 5th here in Fiji), there was a break in the rain long enough for the boats (Canadians, French, German, Italian and US) to celebrate on land with a Potluck at the Royal Exploring Isles Yacht Squadron.
We lifted anchor on July 7th after the rains fully subsided and headed northward from Vanua Balavu to Wailagilala …and beyond.
Submitted for Jo’s Monday Walk