We’ve arrived at Matamanoa, a speck of an island in a chain off the southwest coast of the main island. The nearest neighbor is Mondriki, an uninhabited island that was the location for the movie, Castaway. Remember the sheltered lagoon, and the big waves outside the reef? That’s what it’s like.
Our boat stopped at several islands on the way, dropping off passengers and supplies. The Fijians come down to the pier, if there is one, or the beach to greet all the newcomers with a welcoming song. Matamanoa has no dock, so we transferred to a smaller boat, which pulled in close to shore, and then waded in the warm water to the beach.