Suva is the commercial and political center of Fiji. A
cruiser can check in, get permission for traveling in the Lau Islands
and provision in this busy cosmopolitan city of 250,000.
Harbor is well protected by a fringing reef about 1 1/2 miles offshore.
The opening is wide enough to enter a night with plenty of room for
commercial ships. (right)
another photo Scott took from the top of the mast. It shows the
anchorage with the typical number of yachts (< a dozen). You can see
some pretty big commercial boats anchored nearby. The outer reef is almost at the
horizon. The big ships aren't that far from us little guys! Also, it's
pretty flat water except when there's high winds south of us (like now!)
and the waves break high over the reef and cause a swell al the way
across the harbor.
essential to have the flags of the countries you wish to visit before
you arrive. It's a matter of courtesy that countries take VERY
seriously. Although Fiji is an independent country she remains closely
allied with Britain - thus the UK symbol on the flag. (left)
port control is very responsive on CH16. And, you will be told to anchor
in the quarantine area until officials come aboard to clear you in.
Right and left are all the officials who came to our boat to provide
customs, immigration, health clearance and agriculture check. We were
pretty happy that we didn't have to run all over town to each of these
offices (as is true in many countries).
night we had a rather neat view of the moon and planet.
at the docks a big communications ship was in from China. We thought the
lighting was pretty eyepopping! There's a story that goes with this ship
about three dead crew and the ship was impounded by Fijian authorities.
is a nice view of the anchorage of the Royal Suva Yacht Club.
you need to know which way the wind's blowing, just ask these guys!
ashore at the Royal Suva Yacht Club is convenient and pain free as the
club provides food, drinks, laundry, showers and comfortable lounge area
(where I'm working on the website!).
you might like a picture of downtown Suva and the prosperous looking
MacDonald's is across from the University of the South Pacific which
serves many of the Pacific islanders.
you'd enjoy a few scenes from the Suva Market. Saturday morning is the
best time for this!
are all the products available to the Fijian people on a regular basis.
There is a huge Indian presence in Fiji. They live in
the cities as property ownership is chiefly held by Fijians in the
villages. Much of the political unrest in the country stems from issues
of property ownership and ethnicity.
These photos show many Fijian and Indian stall owners,
but the Chinese are also a presence in Suva.
scene on the left is from a different market. Mostly clothing and woven
baskets and mats. We got Scott a couple of native shirts, and also
something else: (below, right)
think the locals take a certain pride in cleaning up the yachties!
They (the locals) typically are well groomed - I think it's an issue of
heat, hygiene and custom.