"If i see another another bloody papaya...!"

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Some of you will take great pleasure(after seeing the photos of the island) to hear that I woke up with food poisoning today. I think I must have visited the toilet about 5 times before I had even attempted to eat the breakfast laid on for us for the last time. I stuck to the fruit salad to be safe, consisting mostly of pineapple, passion fruit, banana and papaya grown on the island. Its wasn't until I reached New Zealand, that I found out the fruit papaya was actually a natural laxative so eating them didn't do my rear end any favours!

We all queued up at the reception for the last time to settle our bills; from the moment we stepped on the island everything had been put on a tab - good business sense as everyone spent a lot more money that way! One by one everyone received their totals from La the receptionist. Some were pleasantly surprised, but most, like me and Dan, were quite shocked how much beer we had consumed over the 6 days! Although in comparison it wasn't actually that much. F$800 which in pounds works out to be about 250 quid, not bad for 6 days accommodation, all food, drink and scuba course!

As we sailed away from the island, everyone left on the island came and said goodbye. Although happy to be continuing the journey, I think we would both been happy enough to stay longer, although having to live with food poisoning on a tropical island isn't recommended. Saying that, sailing with food poisoning isn't too great either.

As we sailed back to the mainland, we past a number of identical islands en route, but this time they were all 5 star 'retreats.' After Nananu-I-Ri, i think I'll still be happy to rough it with the commoners!

We reached the mainland and met our new driver and guide by the dock. We were now going to finish our Fiji Experience tour that we had started the week before. Sadly for me, all I was interested in was getting to the hotel at Nadi and collapsing into my bed in an air conditioned room - I felt like death! Which was a shame as today everyone was taken for a traditional Indian curry in one of the local towns. Whilst everyone was tucking into their goat curry's, I sat there once again eating fruit salad! I had the last laugh though as everyone that ate it, including Dan, were later visiting the toilet more often than they would have liked to!

We did eventually get to Nadi, after a quick stop at a mud pool for the others to jump into. Your forgive me for not joining in, but I've have my mud experience everytime I walk out on a low tide in Southend!

For the first time in 10 days we checked into a room that had air conditioning. It was heaven and to top it off... there was a hot shower! I tried in vain to stay up in the evening to say goodbye to Dean - who was flying off to LA that night, but I just didn't have the energy! I was in agony, so i just crawled into a ball and crossed my fingers, hoping I would wake up in the morning!

Friday 12th

Beachcomber Day!! Beachcomber is an island we saw on the Internet the first day we did research on to island of Fiji. As you will see from the photo above its quite spectacular, but tiny. We had a free night on the island included in our Fiji Experience pass, so even though I was still feeling crook, we got up early and made our way to the ferry terminal. It was here whilst we waited to board, we ran into someone we would come to run into a lot! Her name was Hannah, from North England (although she's the poshest Northerner I've ever heard!). We briefly met in a lift in Toronto, but just said hello and that was it. Rob noticed her first and actually made the comment that " the girl in the sunglasses was his tonight." He was quite gutted when I actually remembered her and went over to say hello.

She was by herself so was quite glad that she could spend the night with us - not in that aspect though, the island only had a 96 bed dorm! She had travelled to Fiji after Canada and as luck happens ran into us. I would later also sit next to her in an Internet cafe in New Zealand and again walking down the street in Sydney! 4 different countries is a bit of a coincidence!

The island looked as good, if not better than the photo on the Internet site. I was so glad I had come and not stayed back in the hotel. Yes I did have to run to the toilets every 30 minutes, but it was worth it!

Because we only had a night here, we thought we might give a few of the water sport activity's a try straight away. I've never actually done water skiing before, so I thought about giving that a go, but I was told that the new 'cool' sport is wake boarding! I'll do that then!

As you can see from the photo, I didn't quite pick it up! Ive only actually put one photo up, but I can assure you there are another 10 identical to that one - it was so bloody hard! Dan "I don't do balancing sports' Clarke didn't even bother trying, but Rob, ever the man, gave it a go. After trying in vain for 15 minutes to get the boats on he jumped in and gave it a go. I was secretly glad to see that he found it just as hard as me to stand up! It's a stupid sport anyway!

As you can see from the photo, Beachcomber island looks very small, because of this we decided to walk around it just to see how small it really was. Well if we told you it took 4 minutes, you can probably guess its size!

In the evening a buffet was laid on that would have impressed the chefs at the Las Vegas's casino's. It was a shame I just couldn't eat it! Whilst everyone stuck into their food, I was once again eating my fruit salad! Nicest fruit salad yet though!

We spent the night watching the entertainment laid on for us by the workers, including a Fijian version of belly dancing and what looked like a 90 year old man doing fire dancing! They also had us all us doing what they called the 'Bula' dance. A cross between 'Saturday Night" and the 'Macaraner' with the word Bula shouted out at the end!

Although a very tacky night, one thing did come out of it, we got rather drunk for free. Hannah using her female talent, managed to somehow catch the attention of a rather wealthy American, who, even though we tried to refuse, (yeah right) insisted on buying us, as well as her, drinks all night. God Bless America!

[Same again with this island, not many photo's as i didn't have much space - check out their webpage for more info/photo's - www.beachcomberfiji.com ]
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