Originally Posted by Louis Riel
While spending 5 months of the hurricane
season in Vavau Tonga
Malo'e lelei! You are one lucky devil! I lived on the island of Kapa in the village of Falevai in Vava'u for two years, about 40 years ago.....and I still can't get Vava'u out of my blood!
Here is an interesting little factoid. Robin on the s/v DOVE dropped anchor
at Ava island on his solo circumnavigation
as a 16 year old. That would have been in the early '60's. Ava is the beautiful little island right across the channel from Falevai.
Fakatulolo, the chief of Kapa island, loved to tell me this story. He would laugh so hard I thought he was going to faint. Seems that Robin shot one of the goats on Ava for food
, thinking it was a wild goat. Well the goats belonged to Fakatulolo and he and some of the villagers went over to investigate on hearing the gunshots. As you know the Tongans are quite large - men
well over 6 ft. tall and 300 pounds. Well this group of villagers confronted Robin with machetes in hand and (here Fakatulolo is laughing so hard he has trouble continuing with his story) evidently Robin thought they were going to put him a pot and eat him. Fakatulolo said he never saw such a scared boy in his whole life! Well, the Tongans did invite him to a feast in Falevai, but Robin was the guest of honor to celebrate his sailing adventure.
Sorry, I digress. I don't know anything about Beluga Divers.