Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
53Trip End May 10, 2005
Nananu is a larger island located on north side of the main island. The day we headed out was National Youth Day, a national holiday. Since many of the shops were to close at noon, the van driver stopped several times en route to purchase items for Nananu Resort where we were staying. When we arrived at the wharf, they were unloading the boat, then loaded it with the supplies we had brought with us. Virtually everything has to be purchased and taken by boat to the island.
The first night on the island wasn't a very pleasant one
We did enjoy meeting some other "older" folks who, for some reason had ended up at Nananu Lodge: Marie, a social worker from Germany, who was travelling for a year and had four months to go; and Lib (Libby) and Trev (Trevor), a couple form Adelaide, Australia, who also lived part-time on a farm in Victoria. We had lots of chuckles about the facilities. (We found out that the New Zealand couple who ran the place were only leasing it; hence, they were trying to milk it for all it was worth without putting any money into it
So, needless to say, we didn't stay the three days we planned, but forfeited our deposit and got dropped off at another resort called MacDonald's, owned by Maxine MacDonald, a Fijian woman. It was much more to our liking - quiet and clean, with a pretty little deck surrounded by hibiscus, sweet-scented frangipani and crotons. Not a five-star by any stretch of the imagination, but quite fine by us! We just hung out - read books, played cards, went for short walks, watched the pretty little green birds with the red heads search for bugs in the wet grass and fed the fish at the end of the pier. It was very peaceful listening to the birds chirping in the trees and the sound of rustling leaves at night (which is much louder than at home because the leaves are so much larger!). It rained a fair bit, but neither of us cared.
Today is our last day in Fiji and we head for the airport tonight. We took a public "express" bus back to Nadi (express here means that they don't stop at the side of the road to pick anyone up, but they still stop at every town along the way!). It was hot and stuffy; passengers piled on and piled off at each stop. The bus had a TV and we watched a couple of movies en route - real classics - some movie with Matthew Broderick fends off Godzilla and a cheerleader flick. (Pirated - so didn't even get to see the ending of the first movie.) It was quite a fitting way to end our trip, but we were glad when we finally arrived at Nadi some three hours later.