Monday, December 31, 2007

Last Sunset In 2007

Just had to add these few pictures, taken from my deck of the last sunset for 2007.

This second pictures shows, the Savusavu airport runway, & Koro Island in the right corner.

Once again A Happy New Years to everyone.

Savusavu Bay

Well, it is the last day of the year, & what a beautiful one it is.

Went out this morning to do some fishing, couldn't ask for a better morning.
First off we had something big on,the line went screaming out, but unfortunately Terry was in the cabin, so couldn't get to it in time.

Once again we lost lures, this time 3, to big bronze whaler sharks, but managed to bring in a couple of yellow fin.

There were so many birds out on the water today, just had to take pictures of them, as they flew behind the boat, playing with the lures.

A Happy New Years to you all.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Back Home

23rd December.

Well Terry is back after a short break in New Zealand, so was able to take the boat out for a run.
There was a lot of growth on the hull, as she has been sitting on the mooring for a while.
It doesn't take long in this climate.

The weather is fine in the mornings, but by lunch time, we are getting heavy tropical showers, so it's best to get out early .
All this rain hopefully, is cooling the waters down so as to prevent another cyclone building.
A Merry Christmas to all from Terry & Trevina.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Savusavu Visitors

14th December.

Terry is away visiting family, on a well deserved break.

As it worked out,we have had a week of beautiful calm sunny days.

I think Cyclone Daman cleared the air, for a while at least.

Here are a few pictures, taken earlier of visitors to Savusavu from Australia, who we took out on one of our fishing charters.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

After Cyclone Daman

9th December

Well the last couple of weeks have brought disappointment and relief to the little Tourist town.
Disappointment because we were expecting our biggest ever tourist boat, with close to 200 passengers. This was canceled two days before they were due to arrive. They had experienced bad weather and changed their route, missing out on Savusavu.

Then along came Cyclone Daman, the cyclone no one thought would turn into anything. We must all thank whoever was looking out for us that night, because we know there wouldn't have been much left standing if it had gone through on the predicted path.

This morning was one of the nicest sunrise, a pleasure to see after the last few days of worry.
This is just the start of the cyclone season and this year it has started with a bang.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Savusavu Harbour Cruise

25th November.

It looked like we were going to get a thunder storm, the sky started to take on a more gray colour, & we heard a crack of thunder.

As we were all at the boat, we decided to carry on with our harbour cruise.

A half hour into the cruise, the dark clouds cleared & the sun came out. So it turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.

To make it more memorable for the couple, we came across a school of Dolphins. They jumped & played around the boat for some time.

The Lady, never seen Dolphins before, so was most impressed with the Dolphin display.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Cruise Boat Returns To Savusavu

21st November

The cruise ship returned to Savusavu, with a new lot of passengers.

The ship had sailed on to Lautoka, where passengers disembarked, and new passengers, boarded for the return trip to Savusavu.

Passengers disembarked at the Copra Shed Marina, where they were greeted by women with flowers, & men playing guitars & singing Fijian songs.

Some passengers boarded buses to go on tours, while others walked around our little town to look at shops, & enjoy our tropical setting.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Cruise Boat In Savusavu

15th November.

There was a lot of excitement in our little town today.

We had a visit from a Cruise ship.

It wasn't one of the large ships, 400 passengers on board, but large enough for the town to handle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Savusavu Reefs

10th November 2007

The weather this week has been fantastic.
Clear blue skies, crystal clear waters, & calm seas.

Here are a few pictures, taken on one of these days, as we went along the reef, on our way home.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Dolphins & Searov

28th October.

It was another beautiful morning when we departed the Copra Shed marina, at 6.30. with a young couple from Britain.
We headed straight out to the usual place where we do most of our fishing, there were birds working, so we got the fishing gear out.

It wasn't too long before we had our first strike it looked like a yellow fine tuna, just as it was brought in there was a big splash & the line went reeling out. Yes a big bronze whaler shark had taken the fish.
After a good work out,( these sharks do put up a fight) the line snapped & we lost yet another lure to sharks.

We moved away for a while, because once sharks are around, there isn't any way we are able to bring fish in, before the sharks attack.

Our day was made, we came across a school of Dolphins, these are such beautiful creatures, they were diving under the boat, alongside, in front of the boat, just all over. I was sorry I missed the shot, of one Dolphin leaping right out of the water, just by the boat.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fishing On Searov.

26th October.

We haven't managed to go out this week, so here are a few pictures that were taken on one of the charters that we had a couple of weeks ago.

We had a bronze whaler shark on, & luckily it snapped the line, just at the boat.
We ended up with a few Mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna, a very nice rainbow runner & a couple of barracuda.

Friday, October 19, 2007

More On Koro Trip

4th October

This is another picture taken at Koro Island. This shows the strip of beach to the right of the little village, that our guests visited.

Here is Terry coaching Michelle, on how to bring the fish in closer, so he can gaff it.

Job well done Michelle, that is a nice Mahi mahi.

Monday, October 15, 2007

School Of Trevally

Sunday 14th October

We were down at the boat about 5.30am, to get ready for our charter.

It was a beautiful clear morning, not many people around at this hour.
While waiting for our guests to arrive, to go out fishing, we watched this school of Trevally.
They were circling underneath the boat.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Trip To Koro Island

Sunday 4th October.

We had a week of strong winds & heavy rain, so when we were asked to take a family from Canada, to visit friends on one of the villages on Koro Island, we were a bit hesitant.

Come Sunday morning, the wind had dropped, & the seas were a lot calmer.
Koro is about 30 miles to the south east of Savusavu. It used to be a big copra producing island, but since the drop in the price of copra, a few plantations have been cut up, & sold off, as freehold blocks, to International buyers.

On reaching Koro, the family were picked up by their host for the day. We stayed on the boat & enjoyed the beautiful calm clear waters, of the bay we were anchored in. While waiting for the family to return from the village, we were entertained by a couple of Turtles, that kept coming up to the surface, then diving back down to hide under the rocks.

It was truly another wonderful day on the water. Even better, on the way home we put a couple of rods out as we approached the Koro Sea Mount & caught 3 nice Mahi mahi. Now we have dinner!!

The trip to Koro Island from Savusavu takes us 2 hrs one way, so with the 4hrs waiting, it was a long day. We were glad to get home for a shower.