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Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
Trip End Oct 22, 2011

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Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sept 10th

DAY 3:

The alarm went off at 4:38am; Ashley and I got up looked outside and looked at each other. This was NOT happening. It was pitch black, the wind was howling, we could hear the waves crashing on the shore, and it was cold. We went over to the main hut and told them that we weren't going this early; we left and went back to bed. We slept for about 45 mins, when the dogs outside decided to start barking at each other and creep Ashley and I out. It was six o’clock and by then the sun was starting to shine and the wind had died down. We packed our bags into the boat and started the ride to the mainland. Now since being up at 4:30am, when our FeeJee experience bus picked us up from the bay we weren’t looking so hot. As it turns out we weren’t the only ones on the bus with a long start to our day. There were 3 Irish guys (Jon, Connor, and Donald), who got off the same LAX to Nadi flight that we took, that morning. In total we had 11 in our group, Emma from France, Hiaroko from Japan, Gwen from London, Ana from Mexico, and Megan and Jennah from Toronto, Canada (!!!!). We all got along really well and had a lot of fun together. The average age would have been 24, so it worked. Our tour guide was Robert and our bus driver was William, very funny duo!

After picking everyone up, we stopped in Nadi at the grocery store and farmers market to pick up water and any last minute snacks. Most of the places that we have been too you haven’t been able to drink the tap water. After we drove along the coast to Natadolla Beach. It was beautiful, pure sand ocean front beach that ran for about 2km. everyone got their swimsuits and out we went. Robert and William prepared a wonderful bar-b-q lunch for us while we were swimming! Then after we went inland to Sigatoka National Sand Dunes and went black sand dune-ing!!! It’s a boogie board that you take to the top of the sand dune and ride down! I had so much fun; I couldn’t get it going on the 1st try, had an awesome 2nd try, and then wiped out at the end of my 3rd try. I had sand everywhere all night. You have to hike up to the top of the sand dune and it was freaking hot, so I was sweating which only make the sand stick to me even more. It looked like I had a black eye because of how much sand was stuck to my face.

After all this we made our way to Mango Bay resort we were spent the night. We stayed in a 20 person dorm, but there was only our group and 2 others for the night. We celebrated Ana’s 23rd birthday with another Kava ceremony, and then supper followed by drinks by the bon fire, a little dancing in the night club at the resort and finally they had some Polynesian Dancers perform for the resort!!! It was a fun night getting to know everyone and watching the dancers perform!  Not too many dancers in the crowd but a few wicked dance moves came out.
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