August 2 – tidepooling and kayaking in Little Bay

Anchor was up at 10:15am just after two boats arrived in Mbavatu and we headed over to Mavana for sevusevu  before anchoring in Little Bay.  It was windy but calm inside the bay and we anchored in sand at 17-11.389S, 178-57.136W.  I took the kayak to shore and did some tidepooling near the entrance.  Then we took dinghies back into the large lagoon, towing kayaks so Suzy and I could wander at leisure.  Not much to see really, other than mangroves and a hidden copra shed among the vines.  This lagoon was large enough for the WW2 seaplanes to hide out.  The wind came up and the current was against us as we paddled back to the boats but it was a really good workout.  Later Sidewinder had to reanchor because of the wind shift.

Around the corner from this bay is an estate that belongs to Mavana village and Rubin and his wife are caretakers.  Rubin and his daughter Rebecca walked over at low tide and invited us to visit them.  The village uses this estate to perform mekes for the tour boats and they gave us a tour.  Later Rubin came back over to our bay and brought us lemons!!!

After 5 days it was time to head over to Susui and we had a good weather window.  Anchor was up at 10am and we were out the pass with blue skies but 85% cloud cover.  After a couple hours of motoring, we were able to put up the little jib and finally the big jib for an easy sail of 7-8kt.


3 thoughts on “August 2 – tidepooling and kayaking in Little Bay

  1. many of the villages don’t have a VHF radio or batteries to keep it charged. surprisingly there are a lot of cell phones around now but we don’t usually have ours on, even if we have the right sim card to make it work. all the villages we’ve visited seem to keep an eye out for incoming cruisers. once we’re spotted someone might paddle out to greet us in their outrigger, or just swim out.

  2. some of the more advanced or wealthy villages have a cell phone or generator that will power a vhf radio and we can contact them. most of the villages don’t have that luxury so we just show up. it’s usually a small village and they are aware of when we arrive, as in Susui Island. everyone seems to be connected somehow. from talking with friends who have visited these villages, i think we all get a warm welcome of some kind. just as we cruisers talk to each other on the vhf about the villages, the chiefs meet periodically and talk about the cruiser boats.

  3. I love the way Rubin climbs the trees. What a nice custom sevusevu is and a wonderful way to start new friendships. So most of the people speak English? How do they know you are coming?

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