Bula Scootering

Trip Start Aug 30, 2009
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Bederra Inn

Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Friday, November 27, 2009

Bula Scootering

           Our last full day in Fiji and we didn't feel like taking a tour anywhere so thought we would get a couple of scooters and just ride the road, stopping at beaches when we felt like it and having the wind in our faces.  We rented a couple of small scooters from Aqua Safari, the people we went diving with, and took off into town first, Sigatoka, to see if I could find a wristwatch band.  No luck there.  My band is about broken so I can only have the watch in my pocket or it will be gone.  Wandered through the fruit and vegetable market as Friday and Saturday are the big days when everyone is there selling their produce.  For $2.00, we could buy a "whole heap" of pineapples which looked very tempting.  For $0.50, we could get a whole plate of hot peppers.  That was tempting just to take and give to some of the cooks where we have eaten and tell them to please use some spices.  Purchased a sarong just in case we ended up going into any villages because they like the women to wear a skirt. 

            Back on the scooters and went driving down past our inn and out the Queen’s Highway, the one highway that goes around the island.  It was very windy so we definitely had so much wind in our face that I was afraid we would run out of gas just from the added oomph it would take to drive the scooters into the wind.

            There are many villages along the road.  The beach front villages seem to be much larger than the river villages.  Many of them have huge schools and some have large souvenir shops.  All of them have a bunch of road humps so that you must slow down to drive through the village.  And all of them have friendly people who seem delighted with seeing a foreigner on a scooter.  They would all laugh and point at us and wave and shout Bula!  Maybe there don’t get that many scooters coming through. 

            We went along the road to Navati Resort which is a 5 star place and very large and very posh.  I cannot even imagine how much people are paying to stay there.  Our Bederra Beach Inn is quiet and quite nice and the people are great and we have pretty good food and great service.  But we don’t have shops, we don’t have restaurant choices, we don’t have a sheltered beach in front of the hotel and we don’t have game rooms for the kids and a lot of activities.  Maybe if we were still traveling with kids, we would want all that but don’t feel the need to pay for those extras these days.

            We did get lunch there.  Had a club sandwich which was truly the worst club sandwich we have ever had and whatever kind of ketchup they use, it tasted more like cloves than tomatoes.  We sat inside because the wind was blowing so strong that it would have blown away the sandwich.  Hmm. Wait a minute that might have been a good thing.

            After lunch, back on the scooters and decided to turn back and stop at some beaches along the way.  The first beach we stopped had a lot of nice shells and rocks and coral which was fun to pick up and examine.  There were quite a few ghost crabs as well which suddenly run out from under your feet and head for the water.  The next beach wasn’t as good for shells but it had a lot of the natural plants that they use for fishing floats.  I had fun throwing them back into the water and watching them bob up and down.  A lot of driftwood too and some long bamboo poles that must have once been part of a raft.  We walked along some tide pools as well but there didn’t seem to be a lot of activity in the pools.

            We worked our way back on the road and finally stopped at a couple of stores from some drinks and then went back to turn in the scooters.  A very nice way to end our days in Fiji, doing what we like to do, just relaxing, walking the beach.  Cool place.
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