Our Best Friends, Wanda and Steve, from Washington State came to spend some time with us aboard Moondance.
|Wanda enjoying the view!|
It amazing to think that I have known Wanda longer than I have know Doug. Over 49 years!
We met in 8th Grade - how cool is that?
|Steve - Balloon Boy!|
Steve came into the picture right after High School - we are glad that he did.
So, we gave them the whirlwind trip of Fiji - from Nadi all of the way to the end of the Yasawa Island chain (almost).
|Love that clear water|
And the weather was perfect. Which never happens when you have company in town!
|Happy Birthday, Doug|
We fished and did some catching, plus some catching and releasing (mystery fish).
Dolphins came to play around Moondance for awhile.
Never long enough, but such a treat.
Our first stop was off of Nanuyabalava Island - near the Manta Ray Island Resort - hoping to swim with the Manta Rays.
|Enjoying the gorgeous water|
The big rays were not around, but we did enjoy two days of playing in the water, Happy Hour on s/v Blinder, and touring the island.
|View from the top of Blue Lagoon|
We spent the next two days enjoying the beautiful scenery and water around the famous Blue Lagoon.
|Birthday Boy getting his floaty on!|
We celebrated Doug's birthday by lounging on the beach, playing in the crystal clear water, and meeting the locals.
We traded cookies and candy for drinking coconuts.
|Gang at Malakati Village|
Next, on to the Malakati Village on the island of Nacula.
|Luki and son|
We negotiated for papaya, drinking coconuts and lobster - yum.
|Off to the caves|
Plus, we paid for Luki and his son, Ape, to take us to the Sawi-I-Lau limestone caves in his long boat.
A much faster trip than on Moondance.
|Sawi-I-Lau Cave entrance|
Luki got us to the caves early - before the tour boats arrived - perfect.
We had the caves all to ourselves for awhile - so quiet and peaceful and beautiful.
|Going down into the cave...|
Wanda and I decided not to go to the inner cave.
|Steve exploring the cave|
But, we highly recommend the cave experience!
|Love those smiles|
Time to get moving again - to Navadra Island for quick overnight stop.
|Sunset at Navadra Island|
We enjoyed the beautiful sunset along with a lot of other boats - the busiest we have ever seen it.
|The Sand Cay|
Next, a short stop for lunch and a snorkel at Sand Cay - just a small island covered with beautiful white sand.
If the weather is calm, you have to stop here. It is amazing!
|Some beach time|
We spent two nights at Musket Cove exploring the island, BBQ'ing and hanging out with the Yachties at the Island Bar, and relaxing.
|Going to be a party|
And, much too soon, it was time for Wanda and Steve to fly back to the States.
But, we made so many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Laughing, playing games, snorkeling, exploring, and eating and drinking of course.
Miss you Wanda and Steve, but promise to see you again soon!