After visiting New Caledonia and Vanuatu during our 13 day cruise from Sydney our next stop was Fiji. Our first stop was at Dravuni Island, a small typical tropical island with a white sand beach, palm trees and a small village.
Dravuni is a volcanic island in the Kadavu Group of islands in Fiji. Covering an area of 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi) , it is located at 18.78° South and 178.53° East, and reaches a maximum altitude of 40 metres (131 ft) .
The island is inhabited by approximately 125 people and is the most northern of several inhabited islands within the Great Astrolabe Reef.
The small village had numerous small wooden houses all brightly painted making for some colourful photos.
We took a walk over a steep path to the other side of the island where the snorkelling was said to be good. At the top of the steep path there was a cross of someone who had died at that very place. My wife had been complaining about the steep incline she had to climb up so I told her she was lucky she was still alive! Of course this did not go down well!
The beach on the opposite side of the island was very scenic but the snorkeling not that great as the water over the reef was very shallow with really little life to see.
We returned back to the village and I spent some time wandering around with my camera capturing the sights of this quaint beautiful village and the people who lived there.
There was a small church in the village – most of the villagers are christian.
There was even a post office complete with solar-powered satellite dish and post box.
As I passed one house I met a lovely local resident, Rachel, who told me she had lived on the island since she had married, having been born on one of the other islands in the group.
Before heading back to the ship we took a welcome cooling swim at the beautiful beach.
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