Castaways & Survivors

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We had a couple of weeks to get to Vuda which is where are going to moor the boat (thats park it for you landlubbers) while Lyn goes back to England to see baby Magnus and Orson not to mention Rory, Joe and Alice. So we thought we would call in at some of the islands on the way back from the Lau Islands.

This was where they filmed Castaway. 

We looked out for Wilson, but no matter how much we shouted his name, “Wilson! WILSON!!” he was gone.

We couldn’t stop at some of the islands because they are filming the TV series of Survivor here, and given that the contestants are supposed to be marooned on an deserted island with nothing to eat apart from what they catch with their bare hands, the producers thought it might not be too good if there were people supping cocktails on a yacht in the background.

But the ones we could stop at were well worth it.

The snorkelling is fabulous,

…though you have to watch out for sea snakes,

…which are ten times more poisonous than a cobra. Though apparently they never bite people. But that didn’t stop Ju from climbing over Lyn to get back on the boat.

The beaches are deserted.

Eventually we arrived at Musket Cove where we were offered Lifetime Membership of the Yacht Club, which is only available to the most elite of sailors – the ones who sailed here from a foreign port. Which is basically everyone here.

Our steering was starting to give us problems, but once again Troels and Karsten on Atreju came to the rescue and got it all working again. 

We are going to miss Atreju when they head off ahead of us to Vanuatu and beyond. And not just because they keep on mending our boat! They are great people to spend time with. And they have an uncanny ability to find the local speakeasy on islands where alcohol is forbidden.

They are very thirsty on Atreju

We just stuck to the Thali’s.

Not bad for four quid!

Lyn wanted to look good before she went back, and there was just time to go to the local beauty centre for a cleansing mud bath, and a dip in the hot springs.

There were four pools to dip in to clean the mud off which got progressively hotter as you went round, starting at bath temperature and then going up to boiled lobster, all followed by a nice massage.

But by the time you read this, Lyn will be back in England.

So its Moce from Ju and it’s bye bye from Lyn.

But before we go, did you know you can get pink bananas?


3 thoughts on “Castaways & Survivors”

  1. Sooo lovely to get an update, especially at this precise moment, when the UK appears to be experiencing global warming Armageddon and I am struck down with bout 2 of COVID. It sounds from your blog as if you can barely move without bumping into a film crew and all for a bit of reality tv. I reckon I could survive on those islands without a problem, it’s surviving in the UK with a Tory government that’s difficult!!! (this is bait for Nick)

    You have been mentioned in dispatches by brother David on more than one occasion and he has you down as definites for his 80th birthday party in Thailand, in 2023. He’s had a stint in ICU to have a pacemaker fitted and the surgeon was very keen to tell him that his heart stopped during the procedure, thus confirming his diagnosis. He couldn’t quite understand why David seemed less enthusiastic about this news 🤣🤣 Jo was also unwell last night, with a recurring stomach pain which prevented her from going on holiday today. Anyone reading this who knows Jo well, will understand just how much pain she was in. That said, she’s going tomorrow.

    Hope all the family are well and welcome to Magnus – I hope that Lyn has washed the mud off before meeting the newest arrival, otherwise it could be a little traumatic. There is just the outside possibility that when Lyn arrived in the UK, it was hotter than Fiji. It’s cooled down a bit today thank goodness, but I for one would welcome a gentle sea breeze.

    With Jo on her way to Spain tomorrow and John the lodger leaving on Saturday, I will be on my own for a short while at least.

    Wilson!! Wilson!!!!!!

    Al x

    1. Thanks for your comments Al,

      Always good to hear from you, and yes, it’s good to bait Nick at every possible opportunity.

      I’d say a pretty good chance that we’ll be at Dave’s 80th rather than a definite. Though if his surgeon’s right, that’s probably the same for Dave! I’m sure he’s making a full recovery, though it’s probaly hard to find a pacemaker that can keep up with him.

      Hope your Covid clears up soon. Lyn’s got it too. Seems pretty nasty, and a lot of it about.


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