|Neon clams against mauve coral. How cool is that?!? Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
Hard to believe, but nearly a month passed since my last snorkel, on Makogai.
Best of all, the tourists came mostly for Yasawa's Sawa-i-Lau caves, so the likelihood of a fin in my face was low -- for the most part these crystal clear waters were all mine! The skies were sunny, the waters warm, the coral heads, substantial.
|These guys like to hide in plain sight, motionless., almost as though the believe they're invisible. In the right spot, |
they very nearly are. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.
|Our friend Patty of Armagh called this set-up "the Nursery." Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
Still, definitely worth the dip.
|Curious? Or protective or harassed? Clownfish in anemones.|
Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.
|Not sure what this was, but its head reminded me of a seahorse, Tip to tail, it was about five inches long. Michele & Mark of svreach.com noted it is indeed a relative of the seahorse -- a pipefish, perhaps a dragon-faced pipefish. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
|That fuzzy-looking reddish creature in the lower right corner is bad news for the reef. It's a crown of thorn,a coral eater with a voracious appetite.Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
|Another crown of thorn, this one's the sea foam green colored spikes, below the white coral. Sawa-i-Lau, Yasawas, Fiji.|
We are still in Fiji's Yasawa islands, anchored off Blue Lagoon Resort, Nacula island (S16.54.761 E177.23.024). Sawa-i-Lau was our anchorage (S16.50.808 E177.28.047) before this one.
|The changes in tides and light transformed the colors and shapes of these cool rock spires at Sawa-i-Lau, Fiji's Yasawas isles.|
Cruising by the Numbers
December 2014 to November 2015 we sailed over 10,000 miles from Florida to New Zealand. where spent cyclone season. In May, we sailed 1,000+ miles to Fiji. Next we’re off to Vanuatu, New Caledonia finishing in Australia, 4,500+ miles later. There, around November, we’ll sell our boat, travel a bit, then go back to work …somewhere.