Momi Guns

Trip Start May 18, 2004
Trip End Jul 08, 2013

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Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Thursday, December 6, 2012

I didn't think this was a must-see, but strangely enough, that turned out to be a great trip. When I arrived at the bus station of Nadi, I asked at the ticket office what bus I had to take to my destination as always. Then a bus conductor showed up and told me to get on his bus. I mistakenly trusted him. When the bus was running on the Queen's Road, the conductor stopped the bus and dropped me off, saying, "The street over there will lead you to Momi Guns. " Even at that time, I didn't realised that I was deceived, because I thought the guns were near there. After I got off the bus, I walked about 40 minutes. Strangely, I passed by several bus stops. Furthermore, a bus overtook me! However, it seemed that the bus driver wondered about me and stopped the bus. So I caught up with the bus and hopped in. I was so lucky, because there were only a few buses running on the street. Five minutes later, I found Momi Guns on the street..., but I didn't get off because of a severe fatigue after a long walk in heat. The bus terminal was Nabila Village. After people got on and off except me, the bus went back on the same street. The Fijian guy in my front seat talked to me. He said he was going to Momi Guns, strongly recommending them. It was understandable that a local recommends his local tourist attraction, but I wondered why he was also going to Momi Guns. Anyway, we got off at Momi Guns bus stop, but I was wary of deception. Actually, the gate of the gun site was closed... However, he pulled out a key and opened the gate with it! Then I knew he worked there! In fact, he was the only worker there! Incidentally, there are few visitors and, while I was in the gun site for 2.5 hours, there was no visitor but me. I asked about his job and his answer was "waiting for visitors"...... I peeked in his office and there was a bed for him to lie on when he get tired. He was really nice, lending me a chair and an electric fan for two hours. Because I didn't bring my lunch, he also gave me half of his! What a nice guy! Anyway, the main attraction of the site was not him but the guns. The guns were set up to protect Fiji from the Japanese Imperial Force in WWII. Their location was chosen, considering the direction of the enemy's progression and the openings of coral reefs surrounding Fiji. The guns were 14K (have a range of 14km). Some people may be excited at these historical or mechanical facts, but to be frank, the most impressive to me was views from there. The views from up there were breath-taking in any directions. After I enjoyed the views and talk with Tom, I left the gun site, following the directions given by Tom to his village Nabila, where I would be able to catch a bus to Nadi. On the way to the village, I saw a beautiful estuary with mangroves. After a while, I reached the village. When I was taking a rest under a big tree, I realised a boy watching me. "Bula!", I greeted him and then he came to me. After a minute, more children came to me. I showed them pictures from Australia and Fiji and they looked very happy.
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