Monuriki Island

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

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A close up as we were looking for the cave.

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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

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

Ken in charge of fishing

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We worked north along the Malolo Barrier Reef:

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Jess & Connor not spotting any fish for her Dad

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