With reinforced Trade Winds of 20 to
25 knots forecast for the coming week it was a quick passage
over the top of Vanua Levu to Kia Island.
Fiji's Great Sea Reef, (Bai Ni Vualiku),
lies to the north of both Viti Levu and Vanua Levu the two largest
islands; it is the third longest reef in the world and the only
one with blue coral. Kia Island is inside this reef about 20
miles north west of Labasa, Vanua Levu. Kia rises out of the
sea like a mountaintop. Breaking upward through the green jungle
bush are several vertical columns of gray lava rock, the necks
of an ancient volcano. We anchored near the school off a quarter
mile long white sand beach. A half dozen teachers and chiefs
came out to welcome us ashore along with Male' our main contact
from Community Centered Conservation.