|The beach at Wailagilala Island.|
We're a month or so away from leaving for New Zealand. Our friend Owen swears that Amelie IV and we will singlehandedly boost the GDP of New Zealand when we arrive and start buying boat parts and supplies. We have a long to do list that keeps getting longer, which has set off my usual hand-wringing about spending so much money when we're not making much.
|Holy bats, Batman. There were thousands of these guys.|
However, it's impossible for me to get too anxious about finances when Fiji is so awesome. Honestly, I wasn't expecting too much from Fiji. Matt and I visited Fiji (and New Zealand) 14 years ago and while I enjoyed it, I thought I knew what it was all about: great diving, lush vegetation, kava, brain forks, and pushy vendors. After two weeks here, I am just blown away by the unique topography, wildlife, and friendly people.
|Could you both look at the camera at the same time?|
So far we have visited Savusavu, the Bay of Islands in the Lau Group, and a couple of amazing spots on our way back to Taveuni. In the Bay of Islands, we saw almost no other boats and anchored among cliffs and mushroom islets filled with tropical vegetation. Thousands of fruit bats nested nearby as we explored caves and snorkeled.
|271 steps--the record for ascending them is 56 seconds.|
I did not set the record. For the record.
|A nautilus shell that the caretaker at Wailagilala gave|
Conrad. Conrad wants you to know that he is not
naked below the waist. Nope.
|Curious brown-footed boobies examining the boys. They|
came a lot closer than this. Wailagilala Island.
|A juvenile red-footed booby, with Mom nearby.|
This is the closest we have gotten to one.