Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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So off to the caves this morning with the number of fellow cavers less than yesterday as we squeezed onto a speedboat heading north. The 30 minutes-ish journey gave another chance at seeing more of the surrounding islands as we zipped past over the turquoise waters just long enough to get a lovely red sun burnt tan line across the tops of my legs. Never knew water could be that colour other than in touched up holiday brochures.
The caves on Sawa-I-Lau island were more of one large cavern with a hole high up in the top letting in some light as everyone bobbed up and down in the dark water. This first cavern was connected though to a second which at first you don't know is there until the guide points you in the direction to enter it, down
The second smaller cave is only accessible by swimming down under the water through a narrow passage to the other side which although not long at around 4-5 meters when it is pitch black and you have no mask it seems an entirety to reach the other side. One of the guides went first and shone a torch back down the passage as people one by one followed the light to the other side. A few of us had no masks which didn't help in trying to see the torch light we were meant to follow. "Can you see the light?" "Dude I can't even see my hand in front of my face." Ducking under and squinting in dark I could just make out a small pinprick of a light and took the plunge towards it kicking through hoping to reach the other side.
So what do you do you do after swimming through a dark underwater cave, why swim back of course. The high first cavern did allow for some high dives into the water below though with one of the guides climbing a good 10-15 meters up the wall before bombing in making quite a splash echoing around the cavern.
Back on Taweva island it was farewell time with the staff all singing a goodbye song after lunch before we headed back out to meet up with the Yasawa flyer heading south.
Astrid and I though were just hoping over to the opposite island of Nanuya Lailai literally stepping onto the flyer and walking across the back to another water taxi to take us across to sunrise resort on the other island. It did also mean we munched down two lunches being given another plate full on arrival at the even more chilled out but more basic sunrise resort
Nanuya Lailai is home to the blue lagoon made famous by some film of the same name I've never seen yet repeatedly reminded of by anyone mentioning the island. Walking over the island to the other side where the lagoon was Astrid and I hired some snorkeling gear to check out the lagoon floundering around for over 2 hours in the water amongst some amazing coral and bright blue sea stars. Stopping for a breather I happened to mention it would be great to see a stingray and almost immediately on sticking our heads back in the water one flew past as if on queue. Wouldn't it be great to see a shark....nothing. Was worth a try.
After seeing a bunch of parrot fish, wrasse, butterfly, moorish idols and Nemo again (he gets around), we headed back over to the other side of the island as I headed down the beach for a wander. Reaching the far end I met a local Fijian guy who lived on the islands all his life doing a spot of fishing as we sat and talked for ages about life, love and everything in between. He did say he had left the islands once when he was 19 traveling to Auckland where wearing shoes hurt his feet so he walked around bare foot. Failing to catch anything other than a wet ass as the tide came in he invited me back to his beach side hut for some tea and chocolate cake before I had to return back down the beach with the sun just setting, arrving just in time for a huge buffet dinner with my stomach about to explode from too much food today.
Kava time. Again. Feeling a little Kava'ed out we decided to try and sit out another kava ceremony im the evening yet still being handed bowl after bowl of the stuff with its additional effect of relaxation and sleepiness soon taking its hold on everyone.