Sawa-i-Lau Caves

From the Blue Lagoon we sail north to the Sawa-i-Lau caves. It’s a short 10 mile sail and we anchor inside this quiet bay. First stop is the village to present our kava root as a gift to the chief and ask his permission to anchor, swim and snorkel in the bay. This tradition called “sevusevu” is part of Fijian culture and the accompanying ceremony has remained intact for millennia. This chief however didn’t seem too bothered with ceremony. He accepted our bundle of kava root and told us we were free to walk around the village, visit the school, anchor in the bay, snorkel and swim and visit the caves. And it was the famous Sawa-i-Lau Caves we really came here for. We dinghied over to the caves and were welcomed by one of the guides. From the entrance of the first cave there is a small underwater tunnel to go through (which Aeneas only after some encouragement agreed to do). Once in the second cave there is no light from above and a network of connected caves and tunnels make it a spooky place. There were further tunnels to swim through but they were all much longer and some even require scuba gear. It was a cool experience and we are glad we went but have to admit that the caves in Tonga were more spectacular and they were free too…

 

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we say goodbye to the Blue Lagoon

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stunning views on exiting the bay

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more reefs on our way north

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Sawa-i-Lau caves

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view from the cockpit

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the village

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in the dinghy on our way to the caves

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beautiful clear turquoise water

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entrance to the caves

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the first cave and underwater tunnel straight ahead

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ready to go

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in the second cave, without natural light

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another much longer tunnel requires scuba gear

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“Fiji” by Aeneas (6)

 

 

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