Monuriki Island

After coming back inside the reef we passed Monuriki Island, made famous by the movie ‘Castaway’.


A close up as we were looking for the cave.


From where we were there were other islands in view, one of which had a big resort. The film crew must have chosen their angles with care not to blow the loneliness.

Wilkes Passage

Over the next two days we had 4 new crew join, our niece Jess and her boyfriend Connor first. Then a couple of days later Lois’s sister (Jess’s Mum) and her husband Ken.

With everyone on board we sailed from Port Denarau to go for a cruise round some islands.

Approaching Wilkes Passage looking to port


First we went out through Wilkes Passage into the open sea and did some trolling but without luck.

Ken in charge of fishing


We worked north along the Malolo Barrier Reef:



Jess & Connor not spotting any fish for her Dad


We then came back inside the reef heading for an anchorage.