Jumasume

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Anchorage Category: AnchorageAnchorage Tags: cultural and gardens

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  • This anchorage is protected in the normal trades, but exposed to swell at times.  There is coral on each side with smaller coral heads in the middle, but if you look carefully, you can find a nice sandy bottom to anchor on between the coral patches.

    There is a path through the coral to dinghy into the village.  The people in this village are incredibly sweet and welcoming and receive few boat visits.  There is a small store (shelf stable food only, and eggs were available).  The people all have thriving gardens and will be open to trade for rice, flour, cooking oil or other typical store bought items that they have limited access to.

    Wesley and Nina, with their children Lorina and Amanda, are gracious hosts and will take you to see their garden or walk to the neighboring ‘big’ village with a school and aid post.  They can teach you about the local foods they grow and cook.  You may be able to arrange exchanging meals with them – you feed them a traditional meal of yours and they can make a traditional meal of theirs for you.

    The coral is moderately good with a variety of fish.

    They have wells for fresh water and rainwater collection tanks.  If you don’t have a water maker, they will likely not mind if you refill using the wells.

    There is a TVL tower visible from the anchorage.  Digicel has an occasional rare signal here, but basically don’t plan on it.

    Someone in a nearby village has a truck.  There is a road that goes through the town.  Our understanding is that it’s $20 to go to Rovo Bay (the government center and market for the island) or $50 to go to Lamen Bay.  As always, prices may vary by negotiations.

    If you’re looking for a great ‘local cultural experience,’ this is a great stop.

     

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