4 Days in Fiji Paradise
Trip Start Mar 23, 2008
48Trip End Sep 23, 2008
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Octopus Resort would be our home for the next four days.
We immediately got into our swimmers and dove into the ocean
That night we participated in the Kava drinking ceremony hosted by the enders from a nearby village. The root from the Kava plant is encased in a cloth and soaked in water. The Kava is held in a large bowl which sits on the floor. We all took turns drinking the Kava from a smaller bowl that was passed around the circle by one of the elders. Without hesitation, Max and I volunteered for a third (final) round of Kava drinking. The liquid tasted like dirty water-earthy, gritty and grassy. Ten minutes later, this stuff was making our heads spin. The Kava did not fare well with the inner workings of Max's body, so he returned it to the earth from which it came - twice! This was to be the last time we would drink Kava.
The next day Benny took a hike to one of the tallest mountains on the island
That night we had an amazing curry dinner, which may have been the culprit that made Benny sick for the next day.
Max took a snorkeling trip the next morning followed by more sunbathing, reading and lounging by the pool
The following evening we participated in Trivia Night. Our team of eight consisted of new friends we made from Ireland, Australia and The States. We never thought we would win, but as it turns out we knew a lot about random facts, 80's rock songs and the Fijian Island Chain. Our rendition of The Cranberries song "Linger" and Max's high-octane, shirtless table-top dance sent the crowd (and judges) through the roof! ...And may the most obnoxious team win! We all celebrated by jumping into the pool. The celebration would continue at the bar.
Our Trivia Night reward was an amazing champagne breakfast served on the beach the following morning. Here we picked up right where we had left ourselves the night before. What a great prize!
We spent the remainder of the day being lazy and socializing with new friends
That night we were treated to song and dance by the Fijians from the nearby village. Dressed in traditional clothing and armed with guitars and a wood block, their harmonies moved us all. The men and women took turns singing songs and ended with a magnificent a capella song like none we've ever heard. So passionate are these people about their traditions and culture. We felt honored to be members of the crowd that night.
The following morning we had an early snorkel and said our goodbyes. A rain storm caused us to walk to the opposite side of the island to catch the small boat to the catamaran. The group of us ended up huddled together under a tree in the pouring rain for 30 minutes waiting for the storm to pass. Finally, the clouds broke and we were able to get to the catamaran where we endured a long, bumpy ride back to the mainland.
We spend the night in Nadi and would arise before dawn the next morning. Destination: Christchurch, New Zealand.