. There are about 15 different entrees for lunch with rotating specials and dinner is a 3 course meal every night. Ahh.. 'tis the life! I have noticed that everyone who goes to Fiji is either on a romantic vacation or they're like me and they've incorporated the stopover as part of their RTW travels. Most of the backpackers are in their mid-late 20s and they've quit their jobs. I feel better that I'm not the anomaly around here. There are tons of Aussies and even more Brits. For the ladies out there who like them boys with the accents, you need to visit Fiji. You won't be disappointed! :)
Enjoyed my last snorkel on the island this morning and then walked over to the village to attend their Methodist church service. Conducted purely in Fijian, I didn't understand a word but it was a joy to hear their choir sing at the top of their lungs. ALL Fijians have musical talent.
I said my goodbyes and took the speedboat back to the mainland (Nadi) where I'll be staying the night before heading to the airport to fly out to Auckland for the start of my Kiwi adventure.
I also managed to pass my PADI Open Water course during my stay so I'm now a certified diver! My apologies for not updating as internet access on the island was via satellite connection and I wasn't about to pay $10/hr! I will try to update more often from now on.
Vinaka (thank you) for all your prayers!
Bula! All you people back home need to consider making Fiji one of the top destinations to visit if you want to experience island life the way it's supposed to be enjoyed (There's life outside of Hawaii!). Fijian time take on a whole new meaning. Everyone is so chill and there really is no rush to do anything. Wake up when you feel like it. Take a 1 minute stroll to the beach and watch the waves roll gracefully. Grab your snorkel and fins and experience what it feels like to be in Finding Nemo. I haven't snorkeled much before so I really don't have much to compare it to but some of the people I've met have raved about the quality of snorkeling at Octopus Resort. Don't feel like lying on the beach all day? There are activities throughout the day including village visits, beach volleyball, basket weaving, handline fishing (they'll even make the fish you catch into a meal the next day!), bonfire nights, jewlery making, intro scuba courses, the list is limitless. The food is also quite spectacular. "Continental breakfast" at this resort = fresh cut pineapples, papaya, oranges etc., made to order omelettes, and fresh fruit juices just to name a few highlights