Lautoka, Viti Levu – Fiji

Friday 8th February 2013

Viti Levu is the largest island in the republic of Fiji and home to 70% of the Fiji population. It measures 146 kilometres long and 106 kilometres wide. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions account for the rugged terrain of the island which is divided into roughly equal halves by a north-south mountain range.

The eastern side of the island experiences heavy rainfall whilst the western side is noticeably drier. The island is the only know home of one of the world’s largest insects, the giant Fijian long horned beetle.

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Wow…the Internet is so fast today so after an early breakfast we were able to catch up on emails and even messenger family and friends at home.

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Hey…Who Are You Calling Fish Head?

Ashore at 10:30am and took the shuttle bus  into the local town of Lautoka and visited the market where we were amazed at the variety of fruits and vegetables. They also sold Kava which when it is ground into a powder and made into a tea-like drink is said to produce a dream like state…we’ll stick to our noon beer thanks!!

Back for lunch at The Colonnade – I’m doing well and losing weight and inches from the kinesis class but must start just having salads – the lunches have been too good to resist but resist I must if I want to continue losing weight.

Jennifer, the wife of Jack who sadly passed away a few days ago left the ship this afternoon to meet up with her daughter to travel back to the UK. We saw her off at the dockside – it was sad to see her go…safe journey Jennifer.

At 2:30pm Irene and Alan took a helicopter trip to the interior of the island and we waved to them as their helicopter passed over the ship. On their return they said it was a fabulous experience – perhaps we’ll do that next time we are here.

It seems impossible but it was even hotter today and one crew member measured the temperature at  107f this afternoon.

We set sail at 5pm and at 6:30pm over the ship’s tanoy the Captain said look at the sunset on the starboard side so out I go onto our balcony and get an early shot of the golden setting sun but then the ship moved position to face directly into the setting sun which meant that I couldn’t see it from our balcony anymore and could only capture it from our TV forward bridge camera…not pleased Captain.

Techie bits: On the 8th of February 7:05am we were:
17° south and 177° east
Travelling on a compass course 020°
Speed = 1 knots
Wind speed = 3 knots
Air temperature = 27°c (81°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 9303
Depth = 6 metres
Humidity 67%
Sunrise = 6:01am  Sunset = 6:47pm