Trip Start Sep 20, 2006
Trip End Dec 16, 2006

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Saturday, December 9, 2006

We left Brisbane this morning and flew to Nadi, on the mainland in Fiji. We got a nice singing welcome from the locals as we stepped into the airport and from the airport we got a private sea plane to our island. Which saved about 5 hours, as the boat stops at every island on the way, and ours is pretty much last!! IT's called Nanuya and is one of the last islands in the Yasawa group, north of Nadi.

We are in little huts on stilts, up on the hillside overlooking the sea. They are very sweet, all solid wood and very natural (NOT like the huts on stilts while I was trekking!!!) A bit like a hotel we stayed in before in Ko Lanta called the Sri Lanta. There are only 8 rooms here, with a max of 16 guests, so I'm guessing we won't see too many people around! The resort is the only accommodation on the island and is on the 'blue lagoon', which is famous for being the setting of the film "blue lagoon' (original), starring Brooke Shields, all those years ago. Ooooh.

The beach is lovely and pretty long, the sea is crystal clear and you can see all the fish swimming around your feet. There are some really nice silver fish, with charcoal rings around them that when you walk through the sea, they follow you. I told Nick to come and watch and I walked all over the place and they were always right behind me. Simple things eh!

Yesterday we thought we would just spend a day on the beach, chilling and taking in all the scenery. Much to our upset, the beach slowly become taken over by.....backpackers!  I don't have anything against backpackers, being one myself for the last 3 months, however I know only too well what noisy, freeloaders they are (also having been one) and they were using all our facilites that we'd paid for, free of charge. It wouldn't be so bad, but there were 19 of them... and our resort only has 16 guests, so we were out-numbered in our OWN resort!

We met a few couples in the bar the other night. One couple were really nice, the other was half nice (i.e: the woman was a cow). However, the half nice couple came up with a few good stories. They had just stayed on a tiny island much further south called Navini ( and they absolutely raved about it. It has a protected coral reef and is
apparantly one of the best in the world. They said it was way better than the G.B.R so we simply HAVE to go there. We're hoping the resort we're at now will let us cancel  for 1 night (Aunties get praying) so we can stay there for 2 nights. It looks really gorgeous like a proper little castaway island that you can walk round in about 10 mins! Nicks like - well, we're on the other side of the world, we should just do everything we can. Which I can only go along with, of course!

The other couple we met were called (makes me wet myself!!!) Barney and Carmelina (accross between semolina and caramel). They were really nice and worked in England on the sets of Dr. Who and the new spin off series (touch-something-or-other). One did special effects and one was in production. How very interesting! Not much more to say about them, except the girl had also been trekking in Chaing Mai and could confirm to Nick that I was not a complete pussy and that trekking was indeed incredibly hard!!!

Fiji is generally not renowned for it's cuisine, but the chef's at our place are amazing (which was one of the reaons I picked it!). The owners have all the chefs sent to N.Z to get trained, so the food is like a really nice restaurant at home. I've had really good luck with the food this hol, so as anyone who knows me will know - I am very happy! Nick says I've put on between 7-14 lbs since he met me in Bangkok, so I must have been looking pretty scrawny!! Not anymore!

Bad food story:

Last night we I had some nice imported N.Z river prawns and some lamb. One of the prawns was a little soft, you know how sometimes they don't have that firm bite? Well, about an hour later I started getting really bad stomach cramps and had to go to bed. Then I started panicking thinking, Oh my god, what if I get food poisoning ... and from shell fish too...  my whole holiday will be ruined!!!!! So Nick said there's only one thing for it, you're gonna have to vomit. So I had enjoyable night, saying hello to my dinner again. However, when I woke up the next day, the stomach pain had gone, so I guess it was for the best. I'm sure you all really wanted to know that.

Today we're going off to another island called Oarsmans, it apparantly has a fantasic 'prefect' beach, so after lunch we're getting a 'boat taxi' to drop us off there, as you do. The best beaches are really far north on an island called Yasawa, I would really like to go for the day but apparantly it takes hours and the boat taxis don't like to take you, so I guess I won't be able to go. The sand there is so fine and white, it is classed as one of the top beaches in the entire world. Plus hardly anyone is there as it is so far out of the way. One beach on that island is called 'eight months bay' because that's how long it takes to get the sand out of your hair because it is so fine!!

We have 2 more days left here and then we plan to 'do one' and go to Navini, the other island for 2 nights.  We're just arranging transfers with the other island now. The snorkelling is just too good to miss!!!

Not long now and I will home for Xmas for the MY GIRLS reunion! I'm sure my life will be taking a different path after all the experience I've just had and I can't wait to see what will happen next. I def won't be doing a 9-5, put it that way! I hope everyone is ok and thanks so much for all the emails the entire time I've been away, they have stopped me ever getting home sick!

Until next time  ...... xxxxx
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