Chillin' in Fiji

Trip Start Nov 07, 2009
Trip End Jun 17, 2010

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Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Thursday, May 6, 2010

After our short autumn break in New Zealand we came straight back into the heat and humidity in Fiji. 
It had been quite a while since we stayed in a room with doors (a tent or car doesn't count!) for more than 2 or 3 nights so we decided to take a "break" from travelling and Fiji seemed to be a good place to do so; we had already had our fair share of different beaches and tropical islands. No, we don't expect any sympathy from anybody! As we came during low season to Fiji we found a really good deal online in a lovely resort on the main island, Veti Levu, and decided to stay there for the entire 10 days.
From the moment we arrived in Fiji we were greeted by a lovely, cheerful type of islanders. "Bula" (hello) at the airport, "Bula" in the street, "Bula" in the shops, "Bula" all over. The people we met all seem to be genuine happy and lovely people. Arriving just after the cyclone season meant that we still had a few bad spells of rains. Well - tropical downpours are probably more accurate. But since we were mainly there to relax, we weren't too fussed about it and soon we developed a daily routine which consisted two gym sessions, some volley-ball games and a lot of reading and writing besides eating some lovely Fijian food, which - to no surprise - mainly contained fish. 
We are nearly ashamed to say that we only left the resort 3 times: twice for long walks along the beach and back through a 'craft' centre and a third time to go shark diving. Now these were some fish which we hadn't really encountered during our previous dives. We might have seen some reef sharks in the far distance or a shadow flying past us but this time we were about to get up close and personal with bull, white tip and black tip as well as lemon sharks. As there was no fear of Great White sharks we weren't put into cages, but during the dive it was made sure that all divers were sitting in one spot, whilst the sharks were fed in front by up to three guides and up to five other guides were covering our backs so no stray could nibble on us. During the two dives we've seen more sharks then we ever thought would be possible - it actually was crowded, but the dives felt rather unnatural, even aquarium like, as we didn't really 'dive' or 'swim' with them. Pretty cool to be a metre away from a 3 metre long bull shark though.

10 days relaxing in Fiji fly bye so quick and for the first time in our lives we will master a jump back in time as we will fly over the date line on our way from Fiji to Vancouver.
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Vreni und Max on

Hi ihr beiden

Wir danken einmal mehr für den interessanten Reisebericht.....und erst noch mit diesen Klassefotos;-)Toll, dass ihr eure bald letzte Etappe noch richtig geniessen könnt. Euer Travel Pod wird uns bestimmt bald fehlen! Es ist ja soooo bequem vom Stuhl aus die tollen Bilder und spannenden Erlebnisse zu verfolgen!
Also gebt noch einmal richtig Gas und bleibt dabei trotzdem vorsichtig!

Alles Liebe und Gute aus der Zentralschweiz.
Vreni und Max

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