8 August 2008 Friday
We arrived after a long overnight sail – especially long for Jim and Brian on Lothlorien who had lost their autopilot and had to hand steer the whole way through heavy seas – at a lovely little bay on Obilatu Island. It took a few hours of attempting to get into another anchorage before we gave up and turned back around the island and found the bay on its more protected shore. Woke to placid calm waters and sunshine! First good sunshine in over a week.
Early on we were passed by long narrow wooden boats, some with only one or two fishermen in them, and one full of kids in single file, piloted by an adult, probably on their way to school? There was a little village on the shore, with lots of houses, and a mosque. After breakfast, Patsy and I stayed on board while the others went snorkeling. We were visited by a longboat bearing coconuts, tapioca and bananas to sell, and bought a stem of truly delicious bananas to hang off the fish table, and 5 green coconuts. Didn’t fancy my tapioca cooking skills…We managed to find out the name of the village too – Manatahan. Jim and Brian came across for dinner, therefore rum and coconut juice was called for.