Our last dive completed and it was time to move on from Munda. Belinda joined us on a trip to Lola Island for Easter Weekend. We had a relaxing sail through Vona Vona Lagoon. The charts are notoriously inaccurate in this part of the world and we use a program called ‘SAS Planet’ to navigate with google earth and bing images. But having done this trip once before, we had saved our previous track on our plotter; making navigation much easier.
We dropped the anchor next to Lola Island, a few hours after leaving Munda and had the bay to ourselves. It was a gorgeous day and we pumped up the stand up paddle boards and got the snorkelling gear out. Time to have some fun!
Not much later we saw another catamaran approaching the bay, zigzagging through the reefs. We had seen it anchored in Noro but not come across this boat before (and we do know most yachts that are currently in the Solomon Islands as there aren’t many!). Turns out there are kids onboard too. What are the chances of that?! The beautiful 50ft cat is called ‘Katali’, a Looping 50, built in India a few years ago. The family of five are French and on their way to New Caledonia, which unfortunately is the opposite direction of where we are going. But never mind, the kids all decided to make the most of it and headed off to the beach to play in the shallow water with the swing (and the sharks). Later in the afternoon there was a playover on Katali and the next day on Rehua. It was great opportunity for Tyrii and Aeneas to practise some French.
Meanwhile, the adults had fun too and enjoyed a guitar session ashore. A couple of Belinda’s friends turned up, as well as some locals and it was a great night. Not bad for Easter weekend. The only thing missing were chocolate eggs…
The next day we said goodbye to Belinda, who headed back to Munda. We really clicked and I was sad to see her leave. It’s one of the hard things about traveling: on the one hand you meet lots of interesting new people and sometimes you really connect; but on the other hand we have to say goodbye frequently. Anyway, that’s the way it goes and I prefer to say ‘until next time’ instead.