Naviti Yasawa Island

Trip Start Nov 04, 2005
Trip End May 23, 2006

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

21st April 2006

The next morning we were taken to the dock at Denerau, where we caught the Yasawa Flyer to the Korovou Eco Tourist Resort in Naviti about three hours journey from the mainland. We had decided after travelling so much in Australia and New Zealand that we would stay put for the seven night duration on one island rather than moving on every other day like most people so we hoped the resort was nice otherwise we would be stuck.

Fortunately, we got lucky and the resort was better than expected. It had a pool and our lodge had a beach view. We soon settled into the Fijian way of life, which consisted of doing very little in the sunshine other than swimming, sunbathing, reading, drinking and eating. We had a couple of rain showers, but other than that it was mostly glorious sunshine with the odd cloudy sky but the whole way of life suited us perfectly and it wasn't long before we quickly chilled out and forgot about the outside world, helped by the fact that the mobile had no reception and there was no internet. There was no better way to finish the day than watching the sun set over the bay from the lodge balcony, listening to the waves break on the beach about 10-15 metres from the door.

The accommodation was sparse, but luxurious by Fijian standards and we soon got used to cold water showers and the electricity turning off from 11pm to 7am. It was a good job we had a torch from tenting to get to the toilet in the middle of the night, although the bath was large!

Fortunately, we stepped off the boat with an English couple called Alex and Helen who became good friends by the end of the week as we sat with them at all meals and spent the evenings with them watching the entertainment or going to the bonfire with the locals before lying on the beach looking at the stars at some of the clearest and starriest skies we had ever seen. We also made good friends with an American called Heather who was so ashamed of her birth place at times, she often introduced herself as Canadian, which I found very amusing. She was only able to stay four of our seven nights and Alex and Helen six, but we will make an effort to catch up with them all when we return.

Unfortunately, Sara got a cold from the change in climate and was so stuffed up that she was given a leaf to chew by Moses, the man who organised the entertainment and the cousin of the manager. The leaf tasted like pepper and nearly blew her head off, but she soon cleared her cold as a result. As a treat I kayaked her to a private beach so we could collect shells, which was nice and romantic.

We also went on a Fijian Village Trip which cost $20 each, where we all met and drank Kava with the chief (a kind of muddy water which leaves your tongue all tingly!), then we went to the school where we were entertained by the 3-7 year olds who sang, shouted and danced for us very enthusiastically. They were all fascinated with my camcorder as they were able to see themselves on the video screen and it soon became a scrum to be first in line for a picture. We finished by visiting the medical centre where it was strange to see the numbers of different illnesses in the village and fortunately cases of leprosy was still zero! We bought a lot of gifts at very reasonable prices to finish off our souvenir shopping.

From 5-6pm on three nights I played touch rugby with the Fijians, which started off as 7's and usually ended up as a free for all. There were other English playing, but it was very hot and hard, stony ground for our bare feet so we struggled against the fast, physically fit locals. I was happy that I still had my speed and skill still which has encouraged me to look at playing rugby again when I return to the UK.

Our evenings were spent watching the staff entertainment which usually rotated on a two day period so by the time we left, we had seen four fire shows, which are very entertaining plus Moses singled me out on one night and I had to eat fire! We also played a game of musical statues and I got stuck with the big scary American called Megan, who looked me in the eye and said 'We're gonna win, this ok!' As she was bigger than me, I decided i'd better make an effort and we did win much to our surprise, although Sara and Helen thought it was a fix. That same night Sara managed to get extremely drunk leading to her being sick, although I was too busy chatting up the 19 & 20 year Danish girls, which didn't go un-noticed. (p.s Sara here, don't worry I made him pay!)

The whole experience was very relaxing and we managed to get our tans back and refresh our batteries and if your ever head to Fiji make sure you go to the Yasawas but choose your resort carefully. Before long our new friends had left and our time had come to catch the boat back to the mainland, which was sad, but at least we would be able to choose our own food and eat when we wanted.

After another night at the Aquarius in one of the spacious and modern apartments, because they had cocked up the booking, we spent the following day waiting to catch our flight to the Cook Islands so we were both a bit flat killing dead time by sunbathing, reading in the shade and updating the blog. Finally we were taken to the airport where we caught a 3 hour flight to Rartonga after doing some more duty free shopping. We arrived at 11.30pm where we were squeezed into wherever available transport like sardines and driven to Vara's to check in.
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