The sun was slowly setting through the dark clouds that shrouded the breaking waves on each side of the pass as we slowly crept out of Vanua Balavu. Alyssa was on the bow trying in vein to read the colors. Mom was trying her best to calm the nerves as we set sail into the dark night. We slowly motored out of the pass and once clear of the last breakers we pulled out some headsail and began an all-night sail westward to Teveuni. The moon was almost full but the rain and clouds stayed with us most of the night. The seas were relatively calm and all hands fared well with not a single incident of mal-de-mer. My Mother was a champ and has now earned the nickname “Salty D.”
The morning found us in calm seas in the lee of Taveuni. The sun crested over the peak of the lush green island and slowly lit up the lush foliage of palms, rain trees and countless other plants. We approached Taveuni Dive Resort, grabbed a mooring, launched the dinghy and headed in to explore. They wanted way too much money to take us diving so we decided to go on our own. We had them fill our tanks then we slipped the mooring and headed west to Viani Bay on Vanua Levu where we find ourselves this morning. We are anchored off the little two-building, pastel-colored school and can hear the schoolchildren singing, playing and laughing. It’s very lush here and with it comes rain. We hope it breaks soon so we can fit in a dive before sailing to Paradise Resort later in search of wood-fired oven-baked pizza and a gorgeous sunset.
Tomorrow we sail to Savusavu. Should be a nice sail as the trades have filled in and we should have ample wind to finally hoist both sails. We are excited to be reunited with Quixotic and see all the progress the guys have made while we have been away.
Here are some pictures I was able to upload. We have many more incredible pictures on multiple cameras that we will have to compile and upload later.