What time is it???? FIJI TIME!!!

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 23, 2010

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Nadi Bay Hostel, Coarl View, Korovou & Southsea Island

Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Sunday, October 25, 2009

So I arrived in Nadi and straight away met some awesome people at the airport. Greg the 2 Becky's and Dan, turned out we were all staying at the same hostel but whats funnier is it was the same room. Nadi was not what I expected it was sooo quiet with probably a dozen ppl max in the hostel. But after a long flight it was good to have a couple of days to chill by 1 of the 2 pools grab some food in the restaurant and just soak in the glorious sunshine.
On the second day we headed in Nadi town where we met who we thought was gonna be a nice guy called Jim who took us to his village shop. He showed us how they open a Kava ceremony we sang some songs and drank Kava. Kava is basically the roots of a plant that are ground into a powder they then strain the powder through a bag into water and drink it. The Fijian's drink it as a cheap alternative to alcohol but you have to drink a heck of  a lot to get smashed. So after that they then told us we could now look round their shop and buy something. We kinda felt pressured into it and it was probably a wrong move but we got away with not spending too much money.
So we headed down to Port Denereau (or summin like that) to go on an island hopping tour round some of the islands. The first guy I spoke to was a Canadian dude called Rob who was doing exactly the same trip as myself. We got on really well and over next few days kinda formed a little crew that were all doing similar trips.
The Taveuua island was a first stop, the resort was called Coral View, appropriately named as the coral reefs surrounding the island were full over hundreds of species of fish, eels snakes blue star fish and so on. We spent a while snorkeling then before dinner embarked on a mountainous climb up to the top of a trek to see the sunset. With it being my first it was pretty amazing and there was a good crowd of us up there! Team midget raced back down the hill to escape the midgets with capes and fangs! The showers were cold but after the trek it was nice and refreshing. The food in the hostel was awesome, with coconut fish, pork, chicken, rice salad and plenty of it to go round. So the highlight of this island was heading to the Sawaliau caves, made from limestone and home to some huge spiders. You have to swim through an underwater tunnel to get to the second cave which was about a 8 second swim as it was high tide. Popping up on the other side was pretty scary at it was pitch black with no natural light at all to start with. So next thing I know i've climbed 7-10 metres up the inside of the cave clinging onto dear life, it wasn't the easiest thing i've ever done. I was the first one to jump with plenty of rocks to potentially fall onto but after a nervy count down i took the leap which was an awesome rush and i felt good about myself after.
Entertainment on the island was pretty good with some crazy lady called Sarah who definitely knew how to get the party started playing some ridiculous dancing games, of course I won at least 1 of them being the competitive soul I am. I made some pretty awesome friends during my stay notably the Ze  3 Germans who defiantly knew how to have a good time.

Next stop Korovou Island, this place was a little smaller than the last a bit less westernised with the locals speaking not so fluent English but it was good as you got to see more of their culture. The foods was ok not upto the standards of the last place but still filled a hole. We took a trip to Gunu a village on the island about a 30 minute boat ride away. We met the locals in the village and drank Kava with them and then the women had made lots of beautiful jewelery and stuff so we picked up a couple bits. Next it was onto the primary school which held around 110 kids from villages upto 2km away. they sang and danced, it was an unreal experience, these kids had nothing but were still on top of the world. we played games, i taught them a secret handshake, running round with them on my shoulders and just generally having an awesome time being a kid again. I could not take the smile off my face it was by far the highlight of my trip so far.
We had a bit of a party with a large crowd and the Bula Boys singing and dancing, terr was a big crowd getting drunk. We ended up in the pool fighting with ppl on shoulders, also joined in ring of fire with some Norwegians and they played it like i've never known before!

Last stop Southsea Island, a tiny island at the south of the Yasawa group of islands. This island is so small you can walk around the entire island in about 10 minutes. Never the less we still found plenty to do. At night after dinner we built a fire on the beach and a group of us sat out under thousands of stars and the moon chilling having a few drinks stil sat in shorts and a t-shirt it was amazing just listening to the motion in the ocean, it definitely put the water in my bath (thats for you Addi).

Next day me and 3 Germans took out a Hobie Craft boat (Small catamaran) what an experience sailing around on a tiny boat in the middle of the south pacific. We were kinda meant to take out life jackets but accidentally forgot and also forgot we weren't meant to go past the white buoy!! Whoopsies!! We were out for hours having such a ball it was unreal, jumping in the water hangin off the back of the boat and it was pulling as along, standing on it and fooling around it was so much fun. We then started the 1st ever South Sean Island race, we got a group of people made some rules painted numbers on our bodies and had a race round the island with people filming and cheering as we embarked on the run. winning time was 2 minutes 21 seconds we left a set of rules for future challengers to part take so hopefully that will carry on.

It was then back to nadi with everyone, most were staying at another hostel so me and becky grabbed a taxi to smugglers cove which was so much better than our hostel purely because there was just more going on. We had our last supper together and said our goodbyes over dinner which was a good touch to an amazing 8 days in Fiji. i couldn't have wished to spend it with a better random group of people we all got really close and it was most definitely the week of my life.

So next stop Auckland (i'm here now) not a lot has gone on yet apart from having an amazing roast in an Irish bar and listening to live music all evening another good start, The vibe is however totally different so we'll see how things go.

Missing you all back home, hope you're all keeping well and not getting upto too much mischief!

Stay tuned!!

Love you all

Jamie xxxxx
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Mark Dunn on

I like the sound of Southsea Island & the sailing. So cool that u started a race event there, hope it becomes an annual tradition and ur name goes down in local folklore!

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