Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Gold Coast Inn
Smuggler's Cove

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Arrived after an 11 hour flight at 5am. 25 degrees and smacked in the face with humidity. Instantly clammy! Backpacker central with 18-22 year olds and brits everywhere. Went to Awesome Adventures' office and got 7:25 bus to Denarau for the power ferry to the Yasawa islands armed with a Lonely Planet guidebook. The ferry stops and long boats pick up passengers and take them ashore.
1st stop Wayalailai eco-resort. Nice people, hammocks on the beach singing a hello bula song. Nice place to chill out and recover but we've been spoilt by the Caribbean. Nice place for beach-combing.

Moved on to Manta-Ray resort with superior food, beautiful Bures (huts). We grabbed some snorkels and made for the reef. The most alive hard and soft coral reef yet! It was so good we went out again. The strong current means that you walk along the beach and jump in. The current takes you for a nice ride over the reef. Friday night is Fiji night starting with Kava. Fijian dancing that night with the fan dance and war-hammer dance. Guys are ripped and they can all sing pretty good.

Heavy heavy rain. Dean went for a dive with Scott the Divemaster and Lizzie stayed on the beach to wish Indy a Happy Birthday. First dive was amazing. Immediately saw a moray swiftly followed by Stingrays, Lionfish, Eagle ray and nudibranchs. There were tons of fish and we played with Anenome fish and other reef life. That evening was a limbo competition and drinking.

Liz went for a dive with Scott and saw a shark. Beach shore entry and down to 11 metres for 30 minutes or so. Played with anenome fish, star fish and touched soft corals. Best dive for along time. Left Mantaray and went to Gold Coast Inn in the far North. Really windy, quiet and very basic. Too many dogs and a 30 minute trek to the Blue Lagoon so we weren't going to stay for more than one night.

Snorkelled the Blue Lagoon and went back to Manta Ray. Great to be back. We played beer pong with Scott and some others. Funny evening and crawled into bed late that night.

Went snorkelling again. That beach never gets old. So many things to see and saw a shark and more fishes. We went for a dive in the afternoon to Coral Awegasm (a wall dive off the boat). Saw a turtle. Liz got underwater vertigo with the big drop offs. Dean loved it. I enjoyed seeing Dean the forg underwater - always head first in a hole or poking something. Felt very safe diving with Scott. He's great. Nicky and Jane (Welsh and Canadian we met on the second day) turned up and we had another Fijian dance from the villagers. This time Dean got very involved. :)

MORE snorkelling! TWICE!!!! :) We got the ferry back to Denarau to Smuggler's Cove. Fire dancing night. Dancing and performing by polynesian dancers. Some great staff, double staff and poi twirling. Busier than we're used to but nice cheap private room with air con and ... a HOT shower!

Wash day. Then made it out to Nadi in the afternoon on the bus. Hilarious. The bus was the oldest thing we've ever seen. He stalled it and we got a bump start from another bus. Excellent. Never seen a driver look so happy. That night was more Kava and Liz met an old school friend (Michelle Tombs) randomly in the pool. Chatted the night away.

Bula and the Fijians
Bula (pronounced Boo-La) is the Fijian way of saying "Hi, hello, how are you" and it also seems to represent a state of mind. It's never said without a big smile and beaming happiness.

If you say Bula to a group (even a large group) they will respond in harmony. I think it demonstrates the strong community spirit in Fiji.

A video of the Fijian night can be found at:
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Matt on

Loving the blog guys...Keep up the good work! Deano lookin goood in your grass skirt mate! Big love xxx

caroline.dodds on

Mmmm ...........you both look exceptionally fit and bronzed. It all sounds hilarious!! Jolly, jolly good!

Howler on

Alright guys, You look like your having a wicked time out in the islands and if I wasn't going to sit on a beach in the equator at some point this year I would probably quit my job and head to asia for 6 months. The wether back home sucks and its reminded me why I am moving to New Zealand when Ang has finished uni.
Anyway safe travels and enjoy.

Don on

Spiffing.. what ho!

Whats different between a white coral beach in the Atlantic and a white coral beach in the Pacific?

Still impresive enjoying the kava. .. but what about the people, the hula girls, and the man eaters.

Jo on

Ok so yes I am a terrible cuz and only just catching up on the blogging ...

Beer Pong - You know that :)

That is all x

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