Posted: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008
Next Earliest Posting: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
Please refer to the Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands photo album above. This morning Monday, Nov. 10th we sailed into the port of Suva, located on the large island of Viti Levu, in the Fiji Islands. The Fiji Islands are 322 islands spread in a giant U shape across the Koro Sea in the South Pacific. Viti Levu is one of two big islands in the chain, which includes the Port of Suva in the southeast corner, the capital and largest city of the Fiji Islands. It is also the largest port, and gateway to the Fiji Islands tourism, with it’s many unusual hotels, tropical scenery, and many beaches. The Fiji Islands are home to about 825,000 people, 50% Melanesian (indigenous Fijians) and 45% from India, decendents of workers who were bought to Fiji in the late 1800s to work on British plantations.
We arrived on a dark, rainy day, so Susy and I just took a shopping tour around the port. In the first photo above you see the pier we docked at, and in the second and third photos I show you some panoramic views of the port taken from each side of the ship. The fourth photo is a small island music group that welcomed us at the first store we entered, and the fifth photo is, again, Susy hard at work doing her jewelry shopping. The sixth photo is a shot down one of the canals in Suva and you can see the market tents on the left. There were markets everywhere, including a huge open food market near the pier which for some reason Susy ignored (maybe it was the fish smell?). The seventh and last photo is a sail away photo, so you can see the beauty of the clouds and islands way off in the distance at sunset. This last photo was taken in front of the window of our cabin so you get an idea of our view.
That’s all for Suva, Fiji. I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the beaches, etc. but because of the bad day weather wise we didn’t get to see them. We arrive at our last South Sea island port day after tomorrow; Apia, Upolu, Samoa. It’s very strange because tomorrow is Tuesday, Nov. 11th, when I post this, and we arrive in Samoa on Tuesday, Nov. 11th. You guessed it, tomorrow night we cross the international date line, and move from being 17 hours ahead of Florida to 6 hours behind. That leaves three hours of sleep still to lose here in the Pacific and three hours to lose between San Diego and home on the 23rd.
Onward to Samoa,
Love you All,
Gary (alias Gagu)