The cruise director was a bit concerned about the weather, just like the captain and he spoke about all that we were going to do today, weather permitting. The weather permitted and we woke to calm seas and a cloudless day.
This morning there are the options of either taking a 45 minute hike to town to the local cake shop and shell market, snorkeling or just relaxing. I am favoring the last one myself. I am honestly a bit weary of limb. They don’t hurt, but they seem to weigh a ton. It might be time for a bit of relaxing on board the ship. I have a feeling there will be others sharing my opinions.
Then the fire started on the island. It is just the start of their rainy season and everything is very dry. It didn’t take long for this to become very bad and the smoke was pouring into the sky. Jeff was worried about his emphysema, so he decided to stay on the ship and then it was announced that the walk into town was cancelled because that’s where the fire was headed and they didn’t want to have to worry about us and their own at the same time.
There was the option of go back to the beach, but I, for one, had had enough sun. We stayed on board, even though it meant missing morning tea. How will we survive?!? :D At eleven, the captain called for everyone to come on board and we left the Blue Lagoon to head into choppy seas.
Lunch was a bit of a treat in that the Chef made fries. We have about five kids on board and they went for them big time. The ship was rocking a bit, but nothing too awful. There was just time for a bit of a nap before heading down for the safety briefing for Sawa-I-Lau island underwater caves.
We all had to sign safety releases while the cruise director gave us our safety briefing. He also mentioned that the captain was concerned about the weather and that the dinner in the village might be cancelled – no matter, though, he said that the crew would go for the food and TBG wanted to know if they did takeaway.
Thus properly concerned, we headed for the caves. I felt badly because vendors had set up for us, but none of us brought money. We headed into the first cave, which was up a flight of stairs (lots of stairs) and then down into the cave. It was tricky and the stairs were slippery. I was glad that Jeff had opted out of this one. He is a nervous swimmer at best and the bottom line for this was that you had to be a strong swimmer.
I put on my fins and managed to get into the water without killing myself. The water was very cold, so much colder than the ocean. We were told to leave our snorkels behind and just use our masks and fins. I didn’t have the courage to make the underwater dive to get into the second cave. TBG did, so we at least have photos. It wasn’t very much different from the first cave. While the brave ones went in, the rest of us paddled around waiting for them. It was refreshing and you got accustomed to the water very quickly. There wasn’t much to see understand, but it was fun to dive down and have a look around.
After about ten minutes, the first diver returned and pretty soon the entire group was back together and were getting out. My fellow passengers were very helpful with my exodus out, which I appreciated. We got back to the tender to discover that afternoon tea was awaiting us.
On the ride back, our crew person said that the captain was staying put and not making a run for another more sheltered port. I took that to mean that the village visit was on and just before five got all dressed up in my sarong for the trip into town. An announcement at five shot that down. The food had come to us, so go to the lounge for happy hour and then head up to the dining room at seven – a half hour early! :O
The food was fabulous and cooked by the women of the Tamasua village. There was taro and tapioca root, rice and fish curry, chicken with tomatoes, creamed spinach, stuffed crab (so delicious), something that looked like eggplant cooked in coconut milk, a coconut coleslaw and a fish also cooked in coconut milk. If you didn’t like coconut, this was not the meal for you. It was all yummy, with the exception of dessert. The ice cream was fine, as were the butter cookies, but the pumpkin pudding was a little too viscious for my tastes. It was gummy and a little too slimy for me.
They were showing Blue Lagoon in the lounge, but we decided to do back to the cabin. TBG took Jeff down to the accommodations and picked up a hard drive for him so that he could watch some TV. I read and TBG did his evening walkabout. I was asleep long before his return.