Naingani and Makogai

Scream spent two nights at Naingani, in the eastern part of Fiji’s Koro Sea. Naingani has a village and a resort, though we didn’t visit either.

Christmas Tree Worms, Coral, Anenmonies

The snorkelling was good.

The anchorage is a roadstead north of the island. Reefs east and west of the anchorage provide only minimal protection from those directions. This is not a good place to be in foul weather. We were heard second-hand that the cove on the NW side of Naingani is tabu so you should not anchor there.

Crown of Thorns

We spent only one night at beautiful Makogai. In the eighteen hours we were at and near Makogai we saw as much wildlife as we had in the previous four months in Fiji. We were greeted by a large pod of pan-tropical spotted dolphins. Gannets and boobies are in abundance.

Giant Clams

We came to Makogai to see the giant clams. Each one of these clams is a meter long, and about half as wide and tall. They weigh hundreds of kilograms. The locals farm these clams and raise sea turtles as well. They appear to have farmed coral in the past.

The anchorage in Makogai is just off the village, sheltered between three islands. We anchored in 18m, sand. Despite being almost surrounded by islands and being completely surrounded by reefs the anchorage has some swell.

We entered through Daveta Yawa-levu pass in the NW and departed via Daveta Loboni pass in the NE. The range on the chart for Daveta Yawa-levu pass crosses a shoal of about 5m, so you should stay SW of the range as indicated by our waypoints.

Unfortunately the forecast for our next leg to Savusavu dictated that we leave Makogai after only one night. We had a fast if uncomfortable reach to Point Passage and Savusavu.

5 Comments

  1. you did not comment on the very unusual looking things in your first image here

    many thanks, fascinating as always.

    bon voyage you sailors with your sailor talk

  2. Most of the things in the picture are hard corals. The white, blue, and brown feathery cones in the foreground are christmas tree worms. There is a large anemone to the left of the blue fish. The white ridges along the top half od the left edge are soft corals.

  3. Love the pictures and personal stories! The clams do not look nearly as large in your pictures as you say they are. It must be crazy to see them in real life.
    Love,
    Karen

  4. re your food blogs

    then there are those of us to whom food is food (and quick energy) and a noodle is a noodle by any other name and the only criteria is on how fast we can wolf it down on the run, a real run.

    bon voyage

  5. christmas tree worms, love those, feel free to photograph them from closer up

    thanks

    bon voyage

    happy halloween!