Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Savusavu Seawall

This morning we had the Paul Gauguin arrived in port for her return visit, with her new load of passengers.
There were a few more passengers on board this time, a lot more going out diving with our local dive operators.
It should be a fun day for them, as some of the dive spots in this area, are well known dive sites.

After years of waiting, work has begun, on the upgrading of the road that goes down to the Cousteau Resort, people along this stretch of road have been waiting years, to have it repaired.

During Cyclone Thomas, it was further damaged, some parts becoming dangerous during very high tides, & during storms, as parts of the seawall was washed away.

On our drive along the road today, the digger was busy building a retainer wall, which will help, in stopping further corrosion of the wall.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Paul Gauguin Visits Savusavu

Cruise ships visiting the port of Savusavu is year are so few, so the sight of the Paul Gauguin in port was a very welcome sight for the town.

She only had about 150 passengers, still that is a number the town can cope with very nicely.

The passengers came from Europe, but boarded the ship in Tahiti, Savusavu was the last port of call before the passengers disembarked in Lautoka for the flight home.

On Tuesday she will again visit us with a new load of passengers, starting the voyage through the islands on her way back to Tahiti.

We had another beautiful day, & this makes it nicer for the passengers to enjoy themselves, & many passengers told us, they were pleased with their short visit to our port.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Savusavu Fishing

The weather in Savusavu over the last week or so has been the best.
Beautiful mornings, with just a cool breeze, & sunny days with very calm seas.

We just had to go out this morning, as we don't know how much longer this weather will last, it was 6.15am, when we finally got away.
The sea was like glass, just the wake of the boat making waves on the ocean.

It took us a little while to find the birds, but once we had, we soon had a double strike, landed 1 lost the other.

A few more fish on board, then the reel starts to spin out, Terry stars to wind it in while I come down to bring in the rest of the lines. It is a nice Wahoo, but before it gets close to the boat it bits through the nylon trace, & is gone. These fish have razor sharp teeth, 1 lure down.

Later another double hook up, land one but the Mahi mahi gets off, I couldn't get down quick enough.
Next, Terry is bringing in a small Yellow fin when the outside line reels off, the fish goes straight down, we think it could be one of those big Yellow fin Tuna we saw jumping out of the water a while back, Terry gets into the chair & tries to wind it in, sadly a few minutes later the line snaps, another lure gone.

We are in amongst birds when the line goes screaming out again, Terry grabs it & I come down & start to wind in the rest of the gear, after a while Terry realizes it is a shark, he plays it for 20 minutes, this time he gets it right by the boat, I get ready to take another picture when wham, it snapped the line, & was gone, lure number 3, think that is enough for one day.

On the way home we hook another nice Mahi mahi, it jumps right out of the water & throws the hook,well it will be there for another day!

We end up with 3 Yellow fin, 4 skip jack tuna, & 1 small barracuda, not bad but it would have made us a lot happier if we had been able to land the big ones.

All up we had a good fishing day,& the weather was perfect, what more could we ask for!