Mai Dive - Astrolabe Reef Resort
Travel Blogs from Kadavu Island
Day 9: 10 July - Suva
Up early today to be up on deck for our arrival into Suva. The ship was welcomed with a display from the Fiji Military Band –fantastic! Then it was time for a quick breakfast as our excursion was scheduled to leave at 9.15am. It was about 9.40am before the bus left for Naililili Village. Our guide was called Ben and his village was just out of Suva. He kept up an informative commentary all the way to the village – a 45 min ...
... a chance for a beachcomb. We take our daily motor over to deserted Mondule beach. I found two spindly bunches of staghorn coral bound together with fishing twine that sounded like a pile of metal hangers when I picked them up. There are 100s of shells for the taking.
During our safety stop one day a boat load of chaps turned up to chop down a tree, wielding chainsaws and 2-foot machetes. This is not unusual at all, most of the villagers that walk along the beach ...
... and covered for several days, during which nature takes it's course separating, the oil to the top of the water to later be skimmed off... that's it. The only downfall is that it took grinding 35 coconuts to get maybe a liter of oil, if you're lucky. Now you may have a better understanding of why virgin coconut oil is so pricey? When children reach 10 years old, they are sent off to boarding school on a larger nearby island. One parent from ...
... with tourist participation.We kayaked next morning and snorkelled in the bay before departing to the next resort, again serenaded with music.
Waya Lailai & Bounty Island
Resort standards seem to be improving and this eco village resort was extremely friendly. Here we snorkelled on an outer reef several kilometres off shore and saw reef sharks at close range together with wonderful colourful coral and tropical fish. A ...
... experience and flying through the reefs is great fun and its amazing how good these guys are in their boats. Even at night time when visibility is at a minimum, these guys know the reefs. They grew up on them I guess so they should.
I arrived at the resort and was greeted by the entire "Waisalima Family" as this is how I have come to think of them.
They are all friendly, will help you with any request immediately and I'd ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility