July 8 – Dakuniba Bay

We arrived in Dakuniba with no wind under a hot hot sun where we joined several other boats already at anchor.   The next morning we took the dinghy around the corner into the village to meet the village officials who welcomed us and blessed the kava we’d brought.  It wasn’t a true sevusevu because the chief wasn’t there  but we still felt we had to be on our best behavior, no sunglasses or hats, I had to wear a sulu (sarong) and Jim had to wear long pants, all as a sign of respect.  We made arrangements with Chris, the official spokesman, to come back the next day for a hike.

After lunch back on the boat, we accompanied Soggy Paws and Challenger for a visit to David and his family who own extensive property in this bay.  We hiked up vine-covered hills and narrow paths, using roots and vines to pull us up the hill.  The limited view at the top was the reef and Taveuni Island on the other side.  Note to self, next time wear hiking boots, not flipflops.  After our descent we gathered in the shade with David’s family, relaxing on handwoven grass mats to sip yagoni (kava) while some of the kids picked kumkuats and mandarins for us.  Peaceful.  That’s how we felt relaxing and watching the dogs and chicken and getting to know David and his family.  When I admired the coconut bowl we used for sipping kava they presented me with one, along with a bag of fruit.

 

the village of Dakuniba

Jim and Chris walking out to the dinghy at low tide

miscellaneous shots around the village

near the top of the hill and behind us is the bay where we’re anchored

 

a view of David’s house as we came down the hill

the hens have special nesting boxes in the trees so the eggs don’t get eaten by something like a mongoose

 

 

relaxing after the hike

the coconut cup

end of a busy day

3 thoughts on “July 8 – Dakuniba Bay

  1. when talking with other cruisers it seems that we’re all given a warm welcome no matter where we’ve gone. i think their friendliness and generosity is one of the reasons so many people want to visit fiji (and vanuatu).

  2. doing sevusevu is a courtesy that cruisers are expected to extend to the village where they are visiting. there’s no law in place that i know of, but it’s considered impolite to visit an island without doing sevusevu with the local chief. we try to leave a good impression of cruisers wherever we go.

  3. So beautiful. Does everyone receive such a wonderful welcome?

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