We've finally escaped Pago Pago and are now loving life aboard in the beautiful Vava'u group of islands in the Kingdom of Tonga. We sailed 335 miles with 15 ~ 20 knots of tradewinds on the beam in 53 delightful hours. And I must say - this is among the Top Five of the finest cruising destinations I've found in three oceans since leaving Hawaii, 15 years ago. Vava'u is simply spectacular! Google it for a peek.
However - my main reason for writing is to inquire if anyone out there knows of an affordable bungalow to rent for a few weeks near the boatyard at Vuda Point, on the west coast of Fiji. I know of two budget-breaking resorts on the beach right by the marina... but I'm looking for something without the manicured lawns, artificial beaches, fine dining and trendy gift shops.
We're planning to do a routine haul-out there in August and I'd prefer to have my wife and son chilling-out and doing home school in a simple bungalow under a coconut tree, rather than sweating in the boat with a saloon littered with tools... while I'm sanding, grinding, painting and cussing at barnacles under our boat in a boatyard blowing toxic dust in the afternoon breeze.
If any of you have any tips or suggestions on an affordable place to stay near Vuda Point, Fiji - I would be very Grateful for sharing.