The "church bells" (drums) at Susui. They are carved from breadfruit tree trunks, as are the dugout canoes and catamarans that we see throughtout these islands.
Our guides Jacob and Soku. Soku could climb any tree around and got us lots of coconuts and papayas as well as some land crabs.
The land crabs the chief's son, Save, and Soku caught and cooked for us on our beach walk. They are more trouble to eat than they are worth, but it was fun to try.
Karen with her perfect chambered nautilus shell she found on the beach walk. Another complete shell was a little dirty and I gave it to Save to clean and perhaps sell. These shells are amazingly beautiful! And it's pretty unusual for one to show up in the shallows in such perfect condition.
Looking down from clifftop. We anchored just at the left edge here the next night.YOLO at anchor at mushroom rock.
YOLO at anchor in the Bay of Islands by a mushroom island.
The locals catch the fish and string them and take them to the nearest town,Somosomo, to sell. They fish all day and come back in late afternoon in the village boat, then have to navigate the reef-strewn lagoon in the dark to get to town and back to sell their fish so they can buy other foodstuffs. Quite a feat of naviagation in these waters, believe me!