|Lau Basin: 2008 Expedition logbook|
2008 Expedition to Lau Basin
November 14, 2008
On Tuesday previous to our departure, we benefited from the presence of a huge cruise ship that docked in Apia, Samoa. In order to make room for the cruise ship, the R/V Thompson was forced to leave the harbor for the day. This forced us scientists to take the day off and tour part of the island of Upolu. A group of about a dozen of us rented two vehicles and also paid for the services of an extremely entertaining Samoan tour guide named Sam. He drove one of the vehicles and gave us a non-stop commentary on local culture, sites of interest, etc. We had two opportunities to go swimming. The first was in a fresh water pool in a lava tube right by the ocean, the second was snorkeling over coral heads and colorful reef fish at a beach on Upolu’s south shore. But for many of us the highlight of the tour was Sam’s demonstration of how to open a coconut and make coconut cream. On Wednesday we were all back to work setting up our science equipment on the Thompson.
John Lupton, Chief Scientist