Since returning to Denarau from Suva, much of our time has been spent readying Amandla for our passage to New Caledonia.
Our canvas designer Mohammed and the entire Marshall Sails team have done a marvelous job rebuilding protective cover for our cockpit (first the dodger and now the bimini). We are very pleased with the results.
The Captain has completed his lengthy list of boat maintenance and Amandla has been cleaned top to bottom, so basically, we are ready to go. Now we are just waiting for a weather window.
And while we’ve waited, I’ve enjoyed three special treats.
The first was meeting the very talented photographer blogger, Michelle Hill from City Streets and This Melbourne Life. I was delighted when circumstances kept us in Fiji longer than expected, resulting in an overlap with Michelle’s sailing trip here.
While we were never in the same anchorage, Michelle kindly took the Malolo Cat from Musket Cove to Denarau, and we spent the day together ‘taking’ Nadi. I’ve been admiring her work online since November of 2014, so it was wonderful to have an opportunity to meet her in person. She is awesome!
The second treat was an opportunity to take a day trip to our canvas designer Mohammed’s hometown, Sigatoka.
Sigatoka is a vibrant, colorful town with a diverse culture and bustling marketplace. It is also home to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, a natural wonder and important archaeological site.
For me, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park simply offered a quiet, beautiful place to spend sometime completely alone. I didn’t see another person there until I came to the conclusion of my walk. It was sublime.
The third treat was seeing my very first venomous sea snake. Lucky for me it was from the bow of our boat rather than head-on while snorkeling. Although minor in comparison to the first two treats, it was cool none the less.
Our weather window is fast approaching and we anticipate leaving Fiji by the end of the week. Once we leave the shores of Fiji, we will be off-grid for a week but will be sending periodic position updates via satellite phone along the way. You can follow our updates on Farkwar, Twitter or in the sidebar on my blog.
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