Good Times on Galoa
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There are some nice aspects to Suva, but it was hard to find anything to buy as it was fairly expensive. I did buy a few sarongs but avoided the markets as the storekeepers were quite pushy.
I had a few people come up to me with their hard luck/ I'm out of money stories & after parting with a small amout of $ I soon tired of them. Didn't mean to be mean, but I had to watch my money & safety.
After the hectic pace of Suva, I needed a value for money place to stay on one of the outer islands. I chose Kadavu, as I had heard good reports from people who had been there. I flew there & looked up Reece's Place in the Lonely Planet but it had closed down
I got talking to a Fijian man & he said I could stay at a new backpacker's settlement next door to Reece's on Galoa Island, called Bai's Place. Bai Whippy greeted me with a warm Bula! & made me feel right at home. The food was traditional Fijian fare which was abundant & the kava, which I had not tried much, was pretty funny tasting but relaxing. As it panned out Bai was opening his place up for backpacker accommodation the very next day, so I didn't feel like I was intruding.
There is a lot to do there on Galoa, which is a short boat ride from Kadavu & I didn't feel like I had missed out on anything by not staying at one of the many resorts on Kadavu. In fact they all were quite a long boat ride from Vuniseia & would've of charged more & been more isolated. At Bai's place I rediscovered fishing, kayaking, got a nice tan & tried diving off the Astrolabe Reef.
I would thoroughly reccommend Bai's Place for those who wish to sample the real Fiji. The prices are very reasonable - $35 per day for a private bure & $15 per day for meals which included freshly caught Yellow Fin Tuna.
Bai Whippy asked me to spread the word & his email is: firstname.lastname@example.org