October 23rd, 2016 (+12 on UTC)

Dear Friends and Family,
Today, we crossed the International Date Line and are now officially in the Eastern Hemisphere!

We had a long motor boat ride yesterday from Vanuabalavu to the north tip of Taveuni Island and this morning we left early and headed to the anchorage where
we could literally stand in “yesterday, today and tomorrow” at the International Date Line. The “line” only passes through three countries in the world!
Antarctica, Russia and Fiji! We now have photos of both Nikki and me standing on the Greenwich Mean Line (The Prime Meridian in England) and now the International Date Line (The Anti Meridian). Photos to be forthcoming soon as Fiji should have excellent internet.

We’re safely on a mooring in Savusavu and we’ll check in to Fiji sometime tomorrow morning.
KIT!!!
Scott and Nikki

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/10/23 05:53
LATITUDE: 16-46.63S
LONGITUDE: 179-19.94E
COURSE: 069T
SPEED: 1.6
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 8
WIND_DIR: SE
CLOUDS: 80%
VISIBILITY: 30
BARO: 1011.5
AIR_TEMP: 26.7C
COMMENT: Beach House – MOORED -Savusavu – Vanua Levu, Fiji

21 October 2016 (+11 UTC)

Dear Friends and Family,
This is one of the most stunning anchorages in the South Pacific. Yesterday, we did the hike from the Batavu Bay to look down at this gorgeous setting.
There are about 10 large “mushroom” like rocks that range in size from a small to a very large truck!

If Cyclone Winston didn’t ruin the habitat, this is the anchorage where 1000’s of fruit bats will fly all around the anchorage around sunset. If so, photos will be taken.

Photos will be forthcoming, but in the meanwhile if you’ve an interest, google “Bay of Islands – Fiji” and you’ll likely find some stunning images.
I wish my drone skills were there, but alas, not yet.
We’ll be here one night and then move toward Taveuni, possibly stopping at Kimbombo Reef “Secret Spot” tomorrow?

In the meanwhile, we’ll relax, explore and take lots of photos. Fiji has some of the best internet in the Pacific, so when we get to the “big city”…:-), perhaps we can start posting photos.
KIT,
Scott and Nikki

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/10/20 22:16
LATITUDE: 17-10.87S
LONGITUDE: 179-01.03W
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 12
WIND_DIR: SE
CLOUDS: 85%
VISIBILITY: 25
BARO: 1013
AIR_TEMP: 31.1C
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Bay of Islands, Vanua Balevu

21 October 2016 (+11 on UTC)

Dear Friends and Family,

We arrived yesterday mid day and found another boat, “Kinabalu” with Bob and Judy aboard. They had just arrived from Taveuni, Fiji
The sail from the Ha’apai was quite breezy until we were about 70 miles out and went through a dissipating low pressure system. Fortunately, it was mostly just a bit of rain.

We’ve anchored here in this lovely bay that reminds Nikki and I of traveling up the gorge in the Rio Dulce of Guatemala.
We decided to do “the hike” up to the top of the 200 meter ridge and found utter devastation up there from Cyclone Winston.
Winston’s eye hit this island in February of this year and just ripped trees right out of the ground at Category 5!

After going thru my memories of being here 5 years ago, we finally found the track to the other side of the island and enjoyed the spectacular view of the local,
“Bay of Islands”. We’ll move the boat around the island 6 miles today to anchor there. Lots of photos will be forth coming.
While in the Ha’apai, I finally learned how to use my DRONE. Hopefully, we’ll have some spectacular shots when I become competent at flying it!

We’ll be here one more day before heading toward Taveuni en route to Savusavu.

KIT,
Scott and Nikki

AIRMAIL YOTREPS
IDENT: N6ABC
TIME: 2016/10/19 23:24
LATITUDE: 17-11.25S
LONGITUDE: 179-00.03W
COURSE: 214T
SPEED: 0.6
MARINE: NO
WIND_SPEED: 5
WIND_DIR: NE
CLOUDS: 15%
VISIBILITY: 35
BARO: 1012.4
AIR_TEMP: 33.3C
COMMENT: Beach House – ANCHORED – Bavatu Harbor, Vanua Balevu