If you are anchored close to an island (other then Viti Levu) in the coming weeks, you could be woken to the sound of loud villagers wading or motoring out to the reef to harvest balolo. Balolo is an edible sea worm scientifically known as Eunice viridis. This is an early morning event that occurs once or twice a year at a certain phase of the moon. Some villagers will wait up all night and wear salusalus for the occasion. Balolo will rise to the surface in its millions at around 4-5am and vanish at sunrise.
There is a lot of preparation and festivities once the villagers are back at shore. Catch some yourselves and make an ordinary fritter batter, mix in the balolo and fry in the usual manner OR you can just eat them raw! If you are lucky to witness this event, we would love to receive some images with info on time & place. Please send to: [email protected]
Our balolo expert Dr Paul A. Geraghty tells us these are the most likely dates :
1st November (and possibly 2nd November)
Taveuni and Northern Lau
Yasawa, Waya, Mamanuca, Vatulele, Ono (Kadavu), Lomaiviti, Vanua Levu, Cikobia, Naqelelevu, Taveuni and all of Lau except Ono
2nd December (and possibly 3rd December)
Kadavu, Lomaiviti, Yasayasa Moala, Cicia and Southern Lau except Ono