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Up bright and early this morning, to join our tour to Jinek Bay, a marine reserve on a Lifou. It is protected, and only a limited number of snorkelled are permitted per session. We were lucky enough to be included in the morning session, along with Tom, Sam and the Meakers. It was a beautiful day, we had a 20 minute walk over to the other side of the island, a pretty walk but by the time we got there we were ready for a swim. The bay was quite choppy, and the coral ...
Tuesday 10 June, Day 16.
We are heading ENE back towards Fiji, but this time to the north of the main island of Viti Levu. Our destination will be the second island of the Fiji group, and the little town of Savu Savu. But to get there it will take 2 full days at cruising speed. Today there is a bit of a swell which is making some people uneasy. The girls are taking pills but Alan & Tony ...
... red romantic lounges from which
to watch the sunset. ‘Kevin l’acrobat’ was trimming a knobbly tree hung with
lights from many tropical party nights… cleaning up at the end of a long
We hitched a ride back
into Noumea on the schoolgirls coach and ate at a Corsican pizza café near the
main square of Place des Cococtiers. We revelled in the ‘clim’ ...
... land. Low snack shacks, souvenir booths, kite surfing stands. But no, I exaggerate I found an amazing artefact shop behind the Hilton that was like a storehouse of carvings, some tourist tatt, but also some very old looking and more experimental carvings and jewellry in pearl and bone. I remember Mum and I being fascinated by this work when i was a teenager, there was a shop in the strand arcade that had the same hushed and gloomy spirited feel with all these tribal masks ...
... as a bunch of Japanese tourists turn up behind me and beginning piling on, 4, 5 – OK, put down the foot long telephoto lens and notice the sign – 8,9 – Anyone? Look, look at the sign – 12,13... I picked up my speed to get to dry land and avoid an Indiana Jones moment.
Among the Japanese I heard a few New Zealand accents and as we all hung around for our lift I was privately very pleased that I might be in for a conversation in English ...