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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Totoya Island, Southern Lau group, Fiji

July 25, 2013
Anchorage Position: 18°57.317'S 179°49.348'W
Totoya Island, Southern Lau group, Fiji


As to be expected we made a change en route to Fulanga and ended up at Totoya island. We're anchored off the main village inside an ancient volcanic caldera with one side washed out creating a large round bay. The primary village where one must first call to make sevesevu is located on the eastern shore on south side of the concrete wharf. Anchorage can be found off the small beach just south of the wharf. We dropped our anchor in 15 meters and deployed 45 meters of chain as we backed toward shore until the stern was in 3 meters, from there we set a stern anchor to the SE in anticipation of stronger trade winds.

Kathy and I performed the sevusevu with the 'Vaka' who was acting on behalf of the chief who was away from the island. Meanwhile Bruce and Tim joined in on a game of Rugby with 30 of the local men. The sevusevu was super formal and incredibly serious as can be expected in one of the remotest villages in Fiji. Many tabus exist and we have much to learn as we visit the village today to make a few donation to the school and investigate hiking and snorkeling opportunities.

That's it for now.

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Tovu village, Totoya Island Lau group, Fiji


Bruce and Tim playing rugby at Tovu village Totoya island Fiji


Bruce and Tim playing rugby at Tovu village Totoya island Fiji



Bruce and Tim playing rugby at Tovu village Totoya island Fiji


Tovu village, Totoya island kids


Tovu village, Totoya island kids
LightSpeed at anchor as Bruce and Tim ready the dinghy at Tovu village, Totoya island Fiji




Tovu village, Totoya island kids