Fanning Island, Kiribati
Fanning Island is an island around 1,000 South of Hawaii. It is part of the Kiribati Republic. It is an atoll. An atoll is an circular ring of coral that is above the water. Coral is the shell of a living organism. In the center is a shallow lagoon or pool. The water outside the island is very deep. Where the Norwegian Wind stood the water was around 3,000 feet deep. Below is the main inlet to the lagoon called "English Harbor". Some ships can go into the harbor. Our ship was too big. In the distance you can see the back side of the island.
|We came in to the island by tender. We were welcomed by a group of natives singing. The children were delightful. The island was very beautiful as we walked around.|
|Homes were simple open platforms with a thatched roof. Linda bought a basket from a lady making it. It turned out to be a hat!|
|Natives climbing the coconut palms pick coconuts. This is a part of the diet of the natives. They also fish and eat other fruit grown on the island.|
|I visited with many of the natives.
Then we visited the elementary school on the island. The school is called the NCL Primary School.
|It is named in honor of the cruise line NCL. They have donated many supplies to the school. It has a separate building for each grade. There is no glass in the windows.|
|I was a hit with the kids.|
|Bob told stories to the class. The official language is English. They teach English in the school but Most don't speak it well. The teacher had to translate as Bob told his stories.|
|We met dancers at the school. They went to the ship to entertain the passengers before we left the island.|
|I hated to leave. This was such a nice place. We could see our ship waiting for us. We took the tender back to the ship. Then we headed back to Hawaii.|
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