Trip Start Jan 19, 2011
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So, here's a brief recap...
We arrived in Nadi, pronounced "Nandi", at 5am on the 21st and got off the plane during sunrise of a full moon. That had to be a good sign. The air felt heavy and warm... a little different than the 15 degree F and snow we left back at home.We immediately hopped on a bus that took us to Denauru port to catch the boat out to our island. I had chosen one of the farthest islands away thinking that it would be a beautiful boat ride through the islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa groupings..
We finally had made it to our drop off point where we transferred to a smaller boat that took us to the resort on the Nacula Island. We were greeted with a traditional Fijian song sung by some locals and a cold (ok, slightly cool... nothing in Fiji is cold) fruit drink that tasted like heaven after 33 hours of straight travel. Whew... we made it. Our bure (hut) was basic but super cute. Pretty much a bed, window and a fan. Perfect for the two of us. :) We put our stuff down and headed to the beach to swim, hoping to wash the funk off. Ahhh... we had arrived in paradise. Padded beach chairs line the front of the resort, the bar is open anytime, and there were free activities all day to join in if we wanted.(hikes to the village, Fijian church, basket weaving, crab races, coconut demonstrations, traditional fijian dance, snorkeling, etc. ) The water was as clear and blue as you could imagine and warm like bath water. The people were genuinely friendly and warm-hearted and greeted us with and enthusiastic "bula" (hello) and a big smile everytime we passed them. It made me giggle every time. :)
Colin and I did a whole lot of nothing for the week we were there
We left yesterday and took the long 5 hr boat ride back to the main island and stayed in a cheap hostel for the night. We got up at 6am for our flight to New Zealand.