Thursday, July 31, 2008

Labasa Trip

We left Savusavu early this morning, for our dental appointment in Labasa.

Labasa is reached from Savusavu, by a road that takes you through the mountain range, & down to sea level, on the other side of the Island of Vanua Levu.

As we descended the mountain range, there was a heavy shroud of mist in the valleys, giving a eerie feeling, to the place.
Not something you would expect in the Tropics.

Labasa is a sugar town, with the only sugar mill on this Island, we passed trucks loaded with cane, on their way to the mill.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Savusavu Dawn

Woke up to a beautiful sunrise this morning, & it was just what we wanted for the visit of the P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn.

The Ladies were busy decorating the Copra Shed Marina early, as the passengers would be disembarking at the Marina just after 8.00am, for the tours that had been organized.

Once the passengers started to disembarked, there was a constant flow of people, with 1,800 people on board, this was a lot of people to deal with.

It being a Sunday, a lot of shops weren't open, passengers soon found the shops that had opened, & so were able to do a little shopping.

The next ship is due in late next month, so that gives everyone time to get things ready once more.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fishing for Wahoo & Mahimahi

Finally we are having a spell of good weather, got Searov ready for a fishing charter, but unfortunately, they changed their minds about going out, so Terry & I decided to go out ourselves.

After a couple of hours trolling out pass the lighthouse, we came home with a nice 12kg Wahoo & Mahimahi, not a bad catch, for the morning, our freezer will be full for a while now.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cruise Boat In Savusavu

19th July

Over the last couple of weeks, Savusavu has had 2 visits from P & O Line Pacific Sun.

She is getting to be a regular visitor to our shores.

Again, I think the tourist that wonder around our town, are please with the visit on the whole.

Next week, we will have the larger ship, Pacific Dawn, visit for the second time.

Do hope the weather man,is able to give us another clear day, for our visitors.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Fiji Weather

Saturdays Charter

The whole of the Fiji Islands has been experiencing strong winds & rain for most of the week.

We lost a couple of charters, because of the conditions , but Phillip & son Daniel wanted to give it a try yesterday, as they were leaving Savusavu this morning.

The wind was blowing up to 25knts, as we made our way slowly to the entrance, very uncomfortable conditions for fishing, so headed back up the harbour.

It wasn't long before one of the lines went off, Phillip put Daniel in the chair, & started to help him bring in the fish, it was still very rough in the bay, & wind still blowing steady, so had to be careful we didn't get too many lines crossing over.

After a while, Daniel had the fish to the boat, a Walu, Terry gaffed it & it was safely on board, & in the fish box.
About 10mins later the line went off again, this time it was Phillip who took the chair, again another nice Walu, just as Terry gaffed it another line went off, but didn't hook up.

We slowly made our way back to the Copra Shed Marine, without another strike, but considering the sea conditions, I think we were lucky to get 2 nice fish.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fishing Mahimahi

Sunday 29th June.

The Family we had taken out a few days ago, wanted another charter, as we were already booked for Monday, they decided to go out today.
It was a late start for us, nearly lunch time by the time we left the dock.
Heading out the Savusavu entrance, we could see that the seas were better then what we had 2 days ago, it actually was flat calm, there wasn't a ripple on the water.

At the usual spots nothing was working, so we went looking, far out on the horizon, we could pick up some movement, so headed in that direction.
As we got closer, we saw a school of dolphins & whales, the dolphins gave us a short display of their swimming skills alongside the boat, but the whales just dived as soon as we approached.

That was the sight seeing done, now we wanted fish, we didn't have to wait too long, as a lot of birds were seen working in the distance.
This looked promising, yes, we had a triple hook up, mayhem on the deck, all mahimahi.

This turned out to be quiet a good day in the end, we had to try & keep dry during the showers, but once the lines went off nobody cared about the rain.

Thank You Paul,Jonnie & Darcy for the photos, there was no way I could have taken any pictures, that day. Just sorry we couldn't have got more of a variety of fish for you. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Savusavu Fish

29th June.

Today we took out a very nice family from Australia.

The seas had a little chop to it as we left the Savusavu Harbour entrance, so made our way slowly out to the sea mount.

Nothing much was working when we got there, not even a shark, so after a while of trying, decided to work our way towards the reef.

Nothing working there either, so was slowly working our way back to the mount, when we had our first strike.

First Mahimahi on board, then a little later on we came across more Mahimahi, this made the day a little more exciting.

We lost a few fish, but were grateful that we did manage to bring 5 fish home.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fiji's Hidden Paradise.

2nd July.

After a couple days of heavy rain & strong winds, today the clouds cleared & finally the sun came out.

I think the people on the yachts, that came in last week, were beginning to wonder if they were really in the place, that is called, The Hidden Paradise.

We took our boat,& tied up at the dock of The Harbourside Marina. This Marina is still under development.

It was a lovely day to test out the pontoon.
When finished, it will add another asset to Savusavu Town.