First Yasawas Island - Wayasewa

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A rather pleasant 6 am start to catch the Yasawas Flyer (AKA Big Yellow Boat despite it being white) up to Wayasewa and our first stop at Wayalailai Eco Haven Resort. Driving to the jetty passed the local schools, all the children were in their neat uniforms of navy blue and white. The boys/men wear a 'Sulu' a sarong style knee length skirt, something we would never see in the UK. However, its origins come from a distant time when a senior chief visited Scotland, and took a fancy to the highland kilt.

Wayasewa is an island resort that is owned by the local village and they run it like a co-operative, giving much needed employment to the villagers. Fiji culture is male-dominated with a hereditary chief system still firmly in place. The chief of Wayasewa has recently died, and they are in the process of finding a new chief.

Life in Fiji slow, relaxed, and no one is much of a hurry. Fijian time is normally a four hour window. We watched the men work in the mornings rebuilding the buras damaged in the recent cyclone or gardening whilst the women cook and clean. The evening activities are fishing and drinking kava root (respectfully declined by us) which is an intoxicating powder mixed with water.  Watching the locals drinking kava one evening quickly made us decide to stick to our red wine.

There isn’t much to do apart from lie on the beach and soak up the sun, swim in a hot sea or learn about Fijian life. There were a few activities which we decided to do one evening, M went off fishing with the boss, so the villagers will be eating fish for a few more days. K thought she was taking a mild walk into the hills, after all, the guide went barefooted, but this turned into a mountain hike of 2 hours. Fitness levels were put to the test reaching the top rock, but the eventual reward was spectacular views of the island.  K’s excitement was obvious and the whole resort was lucky enough to hear how difficult it was for several hours.

The people of Wayasewa certainly welcomed us and have made our visit here so enjoyable. Wayalailai Eco Haven Resort will be getting top marks when we eventually get time to populate Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.
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