7 – 9 April 2013
The first time we saw the village of Nukusa from the boat, I thought how wonderfully situated it was. It is not a beachside village like the usual but one that is about 10 metres elevated from the sea. And then on second thought, I looked at all our luggage and gear and the thought of us lugging our gear up the hill drained me of all my energy. As we arrived, after much calling for someone to notice us and help, 4 strong young men walked down to our boat and effortlessly carried all our luggage up with no huffing and puffing at all! Boy, were these men strong! The first man who smiled at us was Peleki Tamani. Later on we found out he was the Turaganikoro or the elected leader of the village! And these same men brought us out fishing led by Peleki, their village “mayor”.