Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rafting in Fiji

While in Suva, Tubby’s motor started misbehaving. Malcolm inspected it and it appears the carburetor float valve and the jet had disintegrated (or maybe fell out during the inspection)! None of the marine shops in Suva had the parts, but the Mercury dealer in Nadi offered us a new carburetor in stock that could be shipped to Suva the next day, Friday, or a carburetor service kit that needed to be ordered and could arrive in Suva Tuesday. We ordered and paid for the new carburetor, it wasn’t much more than the carburetor service kit.
 
We had seen a beautiful poster of rafts in a river canyon at the restaurant at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. We looked the river up on the internet and read all about the river rafting trip along the Upper Navua River.

Since the dinghy motor died and we were waiting for a part to be sent from Nadi, we booked the trip. It was a fantastic daytrip! The local company, Rivers Fiji, owned by the US company, OARS, organises a great day, including transport through the mountain forest and into the interior, knowledgeable, skilled and fun guides, morning and afternoon snacks, a wonderful lunch and all the equipment. The river itself is tame, with just class II rapids, but the scenery is wonderful - narrow canyons, waterfalls, caves, crystal clear water, birds, ferns, palms, trees and vines.