Cruising with Mike and Allison – Musket Cove, Fiji

August 23 – 25, 2014

17 46.354 S 177 11.090 E

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Posting by Barb:

We finally arrived at Musket Cove and we were looking forward to visiting the famous Marina. Most yachties end up going to Musket Cove at some point while cruising Fiji. So we were excited about being here. Anchoring turned out to be quite a feat as there wasn’t much room between the numerous yachts already there and the various, well marked coral reefs. Our first anchorage was fine until the wind changed and our boat swung within a few feet of choral. IMG_3741Nice to be able to look down from the side of the boat and see the reef fish but it was too close for comfort. Our second anchor attempt landed us too close to a large Catamaran that was not happy about having us so near. The third anchorage attempt was a success! We spent an evening at the renowned Musket Cove bar. I don’t know what happened to the cheap beer prices as written in the Fiji OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcompendium because at $8.50 a beer, Musket Cove turned out to be the most expensive beer watering stop of our trip. We spent a day walking the beach and stopped at all the resorts on Malolo Lailai. I think, at this point, we were ‘resorted out’ which most people would say  is probably not a bad complaint to have. We didn’t make it to the planned Musket Cove Sunday BBQ as we got an invite to have dinner at ‘Huck’. Heidi was an outstanding host and managed to feed 10 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof us with an exceptional feast. Our donation was Denny’s famous Potato Salad which is always a hit. After many bottles of wine, Rum and beer we safely made our way back to our boat. Well truthfully we don’t drink and dinghy so Denny only consumed his favorite drink, diet coke. The next day we spent snorkeling on a nearby beautiful sand bar with some shallow coral. Some of us were feeling a little groggy from the night before so it was a leisurely day in the water. Musket Cove was a little disappointing and we were all ready to sail on. We made a day stop at Kadavu Island so that Allison and Mike could see turtles up close and personal before arriving at their final ‘Cruising Fiji’ destination, back to Vuda Point Marina.

Three fantastic weeks of cruising with Mike and Allison and a lifetime of memories and to sum it all up:

  • Sailed and motored over 250 miles including a day with 35 knots of wind
  • Experienced 10 different anchorages on 9 different Islands
  • Enjoyed the amenities of over 10 Fijian resorts
  • Walked many white, untouched by footprint, beaches
  • Snorkeled and saw many reef fish and colorful corals
  • Swam with 2 meters large Manta rays
  • Fished and caught a Dorado, skipjack Tuna and 3 Spanish Mackerels
  • Ate in countless, fine restaurants
  • Had a few, more than a few socials (Happy and Nappies) with other cruisers
  • Hiked a fantastic , ‘lookout’ hike
  • Enjoyed a Popcorn and movie night on a big screen outside in the cockpit thanks to our new palm size, energy efficient movie projector.
  • Cooked gourmet meals in a little galley
  • Visited the big town, Latoka on a local open air bus
  • Toured the open air local fruit and vegetable market
  • Participated in a Sevu Sevu ceremony
  • Drank Kava
  • Had a good time in 37 feet of living space called home on Landfall
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