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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.

Projects included beach clean-up from debris washed in from Labasa, a large town of 30,000 people on the mainland. We gifted the community with Vesi Wood saplings, which we planted together. There were school visits and the crew continued with mangrove tree sapling replanting. Nearly all the crew did a home stay. Everyone received an adopted family, helped prepare the evening meal and took part in the local activities. An elder told a story of the first arrivals to Kia Island, the first family and the items they brought with them. It was the most cultural immersion the group had experienced and for many it was the highlight of the journey.



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