Trip Start Oct 08, 2005
71Trip End Oct 06, 2006
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Volivoli is a gorgeous resort right on a white beach, and I stayed there for a bit longer. I went diving on the Nananu-i-Ra Reef and they were the best 2 dives I have ever done. On the first dive, we went down to about 23m, waited for about 30 seconds and suddenly we were surrounded by about a million fish of all kinds in a big spiral, then about 8 sharks came swimming round, followed by 3 eagle rays. Nothing bothered us, and we just watched everything go by for about half an hour. It was absolutely mind-blowing, if you like that sort of thing (and I do). The second dive was around the most amazing coral I have ever seen - it was every type of pink, purple, orange, and er, coral, and I did some fantastic swim-thrus in tiny fish filled caves. I couldn't speak when I came back up from that dive, I was so overawed by it. Four of the fish I had been looking at ended up in a bucket on the boat as the driver went down and speared a couple for dinner, the snapper was excellent but I felt a little bit guilty..
The final day of Feejee Experience we went to an Indian town on the north of the island (Fiji has a huge Indian population) for a curry, then bathed in mud baths and hot pools before heading back to Nadi. It was a brilliant week, the main island is nicer than people make it out to be and the locals had been so lovely it was hard to leave.
But leave I must, as I was headed up to the Yasawa Islands for a week of R&R - I got a boat and accommodation pass that allowed me to move freely between the all-inclusive resorts on the islands. It was a tough week, having to constantly decide which of the 10 gorgeous islands I wanted to be on, whether to tan my front or back first, whether to lie on the beach or the hammock - you know how it is. The accommodation wasn't glamorous at all though - it was dorm beds, the food was pretty basic and there was no nightlife. One evening a dancing session turned into an impromtu game of Musical Statues, thats how rocking it got. Worst thing was, I won!!! How embarrassing! Still, it meant free beer. Think the last time I played it I won a bag of penny chews. Other than that "excitement", it was mainly days spent sunbathing and evenings spent chatting, playing cards and drinking. The beaches aren't as white as I had imagined Fiji beaches to be, but they were pretty good nonetheless, especially the one on the Blue Lagoon (yes, from the film of the same name) on Nanuya Lailai, and it was totally relaxing and peaceful. I spent my last night in a hammock under the stars, perfect.