So, packed and ready to go, I take one last look at the resort before heading to the front. Greg and Bart (the managers) are there to wish me off: “Give us plenty of warning before you show up here again…” and “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” We all laugh. I take a look out the foyer to see my taxi: a 4 wheel drive taxi (see photo). Uh oh. The road is going to be rough.
Upon getting in, I ask the taxi driver how much the fare is going to be. It is better to get this over with now, rather than at Buca Bay. “F$130,” is the answer. Well, it’s more expensive than the midnight ferry, but cheaper than the airplane. So, off we go.
As we drive along Savusavu Bay, I start to ruminate about the price. A new law is coming into play in a week, whereby taxis have to use meters. I wonder how much this ride would cost with a meter? What about all the people that go to Buca Bay from Savusavu, not only to catch the ferry, but also to go to the clinic (Mission at Natuvu Creek)? There’s no way they could afford F$130! Hmmm… they must take a bus from Savusavu. I wonder if this is costing F$130 because I’m being picked up from the Cousteau Resort – do they think I’m made of money?
My thoughts are interrupted as we enter Savusavu town. “This is the last town you’ll see”, the driver says as we climb the hill. “We have only a little over 2 hours to get you to Buca Bay. It’s going to be close. I hope you don’t mind if I speed. It’s going to be bumpy.”
“Ah, no.” I mean truly, what else am I going to say. Let the adventure begin!
Editor's Note: Watch out for Scott's video-- Vanua Levu to Taveuni for the whole story!
Thanks to Marilyn Marsh for the great photos of the ferry boats (top) moored at the Buca Bay pier.