It was a 110-mile passage from Moon
Reef to the anchorage at the north end of Taveuni passing thru
Somosomo Strait. Somosomo Strait is legendary in Fiji for its
shark populations and the Fiji people, particularly in this region,
treasure their cultural ties to the shark. They consider the
shark their brother and protector. Without the shark, the delicate
balance that this species has maintained for millions of years
becomes completely upset. Sharks create healthy marine ecosystems.
Without the shark, reefs begin to debilitate. We strongly advocate
for our readers not familiar with the issue to learn about the
alarming decline of sharks mainly due to the shark finning industry.
(Up to 80% of some species.) The Honour Fiji Journey supports
the campaign to create Fiji into a National Shark Sanctuary and
promotes the international conservation of sharks.
As we neared Somosomo Strait with the
tidal current against us it became evident we would not be able
to anchor before dark. So we sailed a few miles to the west to
"heave to" and wait for a fair tide in the morning.
The wind died away after sunset, we drifted, becalmed under a
clear starry sky and full moon with whales and dolphins all around.