Week 3 May 2017:

The cruise continues with the next stop Savusavu, a town situated on one of Fijiís islands. We took a rather bumpy taxi ride and visited two villages and a lookout with a magnificent view. After dinner we tried to take our usual walk around the promenade deck but tonight it was too windy.

The next day we moored at Lautoka the second largest Fijian city next to Suva. We took another bus tour with the same guide as we had in Suva. The highlight of this tour was a visit to an Orchid Garden where there was a great display of these exotic blooms. The garden was established by Raymond Burr to house his orchid collection. He was the star of two TV series: Perry Mason and Ironsides.

We spent the next day at sea. In the morning the sea was a trifle rough but settled down in the afternoon.

Noumea, New Caledonia, was the next stop and here we took a double-decker bus ride around the city. Once again Columnar Pines were prominent and on one stop we saw a wattle in full flower. This was Acacia spirorbis, a native of New Caledonia. A sub species, of this wattle, grows in north Queensland.

The last two days of the cruise was spent at sea. We docked in Sydney on the last day of the week and disembarked at 7.30 am. We made our way to our daughterís place in western Sydney before picking up our car and driving to our sonís place in northern Sydney. We enjoyed the cruise and may take another one some time.


Garden Diary