Photos copyrighted 2002 by Don Chesnut, unless otherwise
Nausori Highland Trek, Rosie's Tours
This trek began as a van ride on a gravel road up the mountian near Nadi.
The hike was almost all downhill from trail head down to the village where
the van picked us up again. The hike was a very easy stroll and suitable
for most people including children used to walking. We had three stops along
the way which were largely unnecessary and probably meant to burn up time.
We spent a long time in the village. I was surprised to see such a variety
of food prepared for us. I tried everything. The food and kava made me sleepy,
so I took a short nap after lunch. Eventually, the van took us down a gravel
road back to the coast and our hotels.
Seaspray Cruise, Rosie's Tours
Island-bound ferry ride
view of sailboats from ferry as we pulled out from
channel through mangrove tidal flats, viewed from
ferry. Avicennia is the only type of mangrove to live here, I believe.
view of the highlands as we leave the coast
huts on tiny island
dock at Mana Island, end of this leg of ferry trip
Although sails were hoisted and trimmed for looks, we were under diesel power
all the way. Otherwise, the crew would be too busy to entertain us.
onboard the Seaspray, looking aft from helm,
Mana Island in the background
looking aft from the foremast
Monuriki (aka Modriki) Island, right center, where
the movie Castaway was filmed
Yanuya Island, where we stopped for a kava ceremony
and souvenier buying. All potable water is from rain catchment or brought
in by boat.
village on Yanuya
beach scene, Yanuya
another view, same beach
the double-masted Seaspray, sails stowed
for rest of trip
Monuriki (aka Modriki) Island, Castaway movie site
Monuriki (aka Modriki) Island, where we anchored.
I was the only one to don snorkel gear and leave the boat to snorkel the
patch reefs between anchorage and shore. Others went ashore by boat.
a variety of coral including what looks like
variety of non-reef-forming corals and black and
sea fans and black stemless crinoids
coral heads and black stemless crinoids
black and gold stemless crinoid
two types of stemless crinoids, small black crinoid
and larger black-and-gold crinoid
two small islands attached to Monuriki
Return ferry ride, approaching the dock, sunset
Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Viseisei Village & Vuda Lookout Tour, Rosie's
Tour. This was a half-day van tour.