It was an extended four hour boat experience from Nukusa Village to Labasa Town the place we stayed in a single day earlier than heading to Kia Island. We armed ourselves for the following stretch of island village dwelling, shortly purchasing for one million little issues like Milo, laundry detergent, extra mosquito repellent, mosquito coils, junk meals and most necessary – getting new pairs of glasses made, multi functional wet morning earlier than heading to the island nearest the GSR!
In Udu Point, whereas he went snorkelling, Yogi’s glasses shattered within the supposedly protected Pelican case. Very outdated spare glasses made Yogi see poorly, so we couldn’t imagine our luck that Labasa Town had a beautiful, environment friendly and obliging optometrist! Dr. Kishore Singh whipped his magic and made Yogi 2 model new pairs of glasses (and me 1 pair as a result of I bought envious) in a couple of hours, reducing his thumb with Yogi’s outdated shattered glasses within the course of! We needed to take an image of his workplace whereas we appeared for frames. The good physician discovered new frames which matched Yogi’s outdated frames precisely (a 3rd of what it price us in Australia) which he bought from a provider from Perth! Who would have thought?! We love sudden “finds” like these.
With tremendous service, we have been picked up by Akuila Tutora, the Turaga Nikoro or village chief of Ligau Village of Kia Island. The morning downpour stopped by midday and all our gear have been carried to the open fiberglass boat as we headed to stunning Kia Island – the closest inhabited island to the Great Sea Reef. It took us round an hour from Labasa to Kia Island. We have been proper smack in the course of the South Pacific Ocean and it was a gorgeous sight. There are three villages on Kia – Yaro village with the dawn views and Ligau & Daku with the sundown views.
Just to place this place in context, right here is one other map to level out the place Kia Island is within the South Pacific. A small island with a monolithic rocky mountain cradled by a barrier reef! And on high of the mountain is an outdated cannon. To this present day, the locals don’t know who owned the cannon. It is a steep climb up with rocks to get there with tall grass hiding the pathways. No, we didn’t even try and do a climb…
The males from Ligau Village had simply come again from fishing after we arrived. More than a dozen frigate birds flew very near the seaside choosing up discarded baitfish and fish offal, because the fishermen cleaned their recent catch of the day.
Soon after we arrived and settled into the house of Akuila and his beautiful spouse Diana, the menfolk performed rugby illuminated by the nice and cozy afternoon solar, fairly a distinction to that morning’s pouring rain in Labasa! After the rugby sport, we have been handled to a spectacular sundown – our very first in Fiji! I requested the youngsters following us if that they had sunsets like this on a regular basis and so they stated sure. I requested once more, “as in on a regular basis?!” They answered sure. I couldn’t imagine it so I requested once more, “as in on a regular basis??” And a boy answered “E VERY DAY!” That shut me up with my silly questions.
For the following 4 days, we quietly photographed this beautiful village. We went to the marine protected space and snorkelled the reef, with Akuila skippering the boat. We watched all of the fishing actions that went on from morning to nighttime – fishing being the principle supply of earnings for the village. With no electrical energy in Ligau Village, we photographed how life appeared like illuminated by kerosine lamps.