Another amazing week in Fiji!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
Trip End Jan 11, 2009

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Well, after a relaxing, sun-filled (mostly!) week in Fiji, here am I back in New Zealand.

The Awesome Adventures thing was pretty cool- its really the same idea and the hop on/off buses I have been using, other than the minor detail that its a high speed catamaran instead! When you arrive at your island, people come out with their own boats to transfer you from the big one to the island itself. This was pretty interesting as I used to have a fear of getting into boats- I seem to have gotten over it though as I really had no choice!

It was cool, Jo from the Feejee bus came to the same island as me for the first two days. I had chosen a preplanned itinerary as I really didn't want to put too much effort into it. They had passes where you could go where you wanted, but I actually didn't mind it and I met loads of awesome people at every place, including running into some people from the bus both on islands and boats.

The first island, where I spent 2 nights, was called Coral View on Tavewa Island. The beach in front was too spectacular, however a 15 minute walk took you to postcard perfect views- for a while, we had the whole beach to ourselves! Since the tide was in, the actual snady bit wasn't too big, but we were roasting so we were happy to spend the whole time just sitting and chatting in the ocean anyways. When we headed back, we talked an Irish guy into walking the summit with us to view the sunset. Unfortunetely this was actually like a bush walk- trees growing right into the track area! Good workout though. Too bad it was really cloudy and sunset was disappointing! Ww got some cools views down the chain of islands in the area though. Next day, I took a boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon. Yup, like the movie (which I haven't seen!). I just chilled and worked on my tan- and saw the coolest rainbow ever! It was circular, right around the sun! Tres cool. In the afternoon I went snorkelling with a few people right in front of the resort- it was incredible! Mexico was nothing compared to this! Swimming out a little bit, the reef just drops right off. I even saw some "Nemo's" and anemones! Apparently this wasn't even the best in the islands but i thought it was pretty darn good! In the evening we had a "Guy Fawkes" bonfire. It was only the 3rd but for some reason we had it early. It was maidifed slightly for the Fijian style I guess- you are supposed to burn a scarecrow that is "Guy" but it was actually pretty much a cross. So they lit a cross on fire. Oops. It was cool because although the rain never reached us (that night) we could see loads of lightning in the distance, illuminating the clouds- this actually continued for the next few nights as well. It looked amazing! And the stars are so clear down there when the power goes off.

On the third day it was time to move on! This time to Korovou (believe me, going here after Coral View caused me to explain there are actually two places with similar sounding names a million times!) on Naviti Island. Loads of great sunsets here. I didn't do too much aside from sunbathe and keep cool by occasionally jumping in the pool (with no shallow end and no ladder- made for interesting exits!), the ocean, and the poolside shower for rinsing off. More stargazing and spotted a few shooting stars!! I even splurged on a massage- apparently all these crappy beds are making all of my muscles really tight!! It was cool though, the masseuse is actually Canadian and volunteering for room/board there. Pretty sweet working literally oceanside! If I could do hygiene there, i'd be totally set!

The last island was a tiny one called South Sea Island. (Original, i know!) You could walk the perimeter in 5 minutes, no joke! We had a crab race in the evening, my crab lost. Boo :( Then 6 of us played drinking games directed by one of the guys who works there- its amazing how long I made 2 cans last by taking tiny tiny sips! It was absolutely hilarious though, loads of fun. It was strange for no Brits to be sitting around the table for once!! The next day we got up EARLY (7am! Damn drums!) for my first good brekkie on the islands. Yum! Later on I went out in a submarine type boat to cruise through the corals, and then kayaked later on in the rough, choppy waters of the open sea. Cathal and I (one of the guys) were aiming for another island not too far away but a little more than halfway, some guys from the island came out in the boat just for the purpose of telling us we had to turn around since we weren't allowed there. Oh well, A for effort! I intended to snorkel again (as all these activites were free and i wanted to take full advantage) but after sitting on the beach and watching (and hearing) and massive storm over Nadi on the mainland, i figured I didn't want to be in the waters when it hit us. SO the last hour before the boat was spent under shelter. Pointless, since when we got back into harbour on the mainland it was lashing rain and got totally soaked anyways.

Back at the hostel, I ran into Sarah before she left for the airport. It was good to see her one last time before she left to head home, we had some good times together. I hope we can meet up again in the future! It was an early night to catch up on sleep before getting up early to head back to the airport.

All in all... Fiji was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone!
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