Stop, Sit and Tan.

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
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Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Wednesday, July 30, 2008

When my contract ended in Vancouver I decided that instead of hunting out another one it was probably time to go home.  A scary thought after six years away there was no way I could just ease straight into it so I contacted original (and most travelled with!) travel buddy Tracey and very easily convinced her to join me in a stopover on the way home.  Fiji was never really one of my 'must dos' but there it was an easy stopover and some sunshine before hitting Aussie winter.

I was able to leave some bags at the airport and by the time I had done that find Tracey in the airport (at 6am) and we headed off on a bus down to the Coral Coast, just over an hour out of Nadi.  We stayed in a nice spot on the water and agreed that the coast was definately rather corally. I refused to swim in the water as it had lots of sea snakes slithering about but we were only staying there two nights and went for a few wanders in the lagoon and lazed by the pool as I recovered from jetlag and Tracey waited for me to wake up. 

Keen to get to an island pretty quickly we headed off on a day trip the next day to nearby and tiny Robinson Crusoe island. Sadly there were no monkey butlers but they did put on dancing and a few other Fijian style things for us - including rather oddly crab races.  We did a bit of snorkeling and saw our first twister high up in the sky!

After our day trip we headed off to some further out islands and stayed on Bounty Island for a bit. A tiny island about half an hours walk around the whole thing and two girls came up to me and said "are you from Windsor??" (I am). Turns out they were a few years below me in school - Windsor sure is a country town you cant escape!! We spent a fair bit of time lazing about on Bounty Island and also lazed on nearby Treasure Island. Both Tracey and I are not natural lazers when it comes to holidays (at home a different story!) and so it took a bit of adjusting for us both to be able to just stop, sit and tan.

We then headed over to slightly bigger Manna Island for a few nights. A slightly odd setup with a resort on one side and backpackers on the other side. We of course stayed backpacker side, the resort apparently wont even let us walk their paths! We of course tested that, pish - wont let me on your paths! yea right. One such test of path we walked over to the airfield to fly off the island, it cost hardly anything more than the ferry which we had already used several times and was about a 15 minute flight back to the mainland over the islands.  No way were we leaving any other way. The backpackers were rather irritated with our request and kept attempting to discourage us "why do you want to?? get the ferry" Tracey bless her is a rather persistent girl and in the end went over and sorted it out for us. We realised when leaving it was mostly just that they didn't want to carry our bags over to the airfield! The flight was very worth it, a tiny plane and just us flying over the islands. Beautiful view.

Last night and day was spent in Nadi which was a rather small and uninteresting town.  Just a lot of shops full of rather persistent and hard to say no to salesmen with expensive goods that they insisted came right from 'the village' and payment went right back.. oh well typical experience right?

We headed back to Sydney after 8 days and as the plane got closer reality certainly wasnt sinking in. That is until Tracey turns on the flight and says "do you smell petrol"??
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