Another tough day at the beach

Trip Start Dec 22, 2005
Trip End Jan 29, 2006

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

We awoke early before breakfast in an attempt to go for a short hike up the ridge behind the resort. After some directions from the staff we found the trail and off we went. Ended up taking the wrong fork in the path and ended in quite thick bushes, so we backtracked and took the other path and a few minutes later were on our way up the ridge. We ended up having some company for the hike in the form of one of the local resort dogs. He was quite a friendly fellow and we enjoyed his companionship as we were missing our dog back home. The views were quite remarkable as the skies only held some high clouds. Did not get to the top of the mountain as we had to get back in time for breakfast.
After breakfast, Suzanne & I joined with some of the other guests for an excursion to the Sawa-I-lau caves, a local sacred spot on an island just to the north of Nacula. The journey there was by a 20' boat. The trip was to take about 3 hours (hmm, a three hour tour, but the boat isn't named the Minnow so we should be alright, and the captain was a mighty sailin' man.) It was an enjoyable ride up the coast, watching some rather large waves breaking on the reef not to far left of us. As we got to the island and beached ourselves we all were told some of the history about the caves.  They are the resting grounds of the great ten-headed god of gods, Uluitini. Each chamber of the cave represents one of the God's nine snake-heads and one human-like head. Also something about an eel and two fish who never grew old through living in the caves. Some scenes from the movie "The Blue Lagoon" were filmed in these caves. 
We grabbed our snorkeling gear and followed the stone steps into the caves. You could either climb down a rusting ladder into the water or jump the 6-7', so we jumped in. The main chamber was about 100 ft high. The guide had us all follow him into a second cave which required you to swim under water for about 15-20ft. Once in this smaller cavern the guide told more folklore about the caves and had us sing a few songs here as it is supposed to bring good luck. Back out to the main cavern and the local boys were climbing up the wall of the cave and jumping off. A few of our group were able to climb up a short distance, although it was difficult as the rocks were quite slippery. Time to head back.
When we arrived back at the resort, the manager came over to Suzanne and I and told us some good news. Our backpacks were on their way up on the Yasawa Flyer and I would need to head out with the departing guests to the anchorage about 15 minutes away to retrieve the packs. Turns out our packs made it to NewZealand before we did. Hooray, clean clothes, (as what we had was starting to get a bit ripe) and best of all our wedding attire is back with us in time for the wedding in three days. Suzanne was a happy girl.
More snorkeling and some underwater photography with a few rums / beers rounded out the rest of the day. There  was a hermit crab race after dinner. A circle was drawn in the sand and a pail of hermit crabs were placed in the centre and hoped that whatever crab you picked was the first to cross the edge of the circle. The winner got a few free beers. My crab was close but  I lost by a claw.
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