This is the mud pool!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2006
Trip End Jan 27, 2006

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Friday, January 13, 2006

A slight sleep in this morning was followed by my first of very many snorkels in Fiji. Stace and I donned the flippers and mask and snorkelled around the Volivoli Beach area. I was amazed. The fish and coral were breathtaking and I was blown away. I had heard that it was beautiful, but I did not really understand until that day. Purple starfish, colourful coral, and big fish were highlights. This snorkel was followed by a Kayak around the bay. This was fun too.

It was a sad morning as we were splitting up from some of our friends who decided to stay on at Volivoli a little longer (James, Lisa and David). We had a group photo, which was great, it was quite funny too, "Everyone say HOHE!". Some nice farewells and we'll see you agains and we were on our way.

We headed to the north-west of the island through sugar cane fields and many 'Bollywood' film locations. Our first stop for the day was in Ba - the IndoFijian capital of Fiji. This place is a like a little snapshot of India. Indian music on the street, women with Sarees, and of course, Ruby Murray (Curry). We dined on the roof of restaurant named 'Chands'. The curry was fantastic. It was a nice day, and a nice atmosphere overlooking the busy main street. The somewhat large beetle that joined us for lunch was a laugh. Good one Willy!

Our final stop for the final day of the Feejee Experience was near the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, at the hot pools and mud pools. These are thermal spring pools, ranging from warm to boiling. The boiling pool is mainly used for cooking food. We headed for the furthest of the pools - the mud pool.

As we passed some of the hot pools I asked Lepani, "Is this the mud pool? Is that the mud pool?".
To which he replied "No" before disappearing in front of us.
The next time we saw him he was up to his stomach in muddy water, with mud all over his chest and face.
As he plastered mud all over his face he said "This is the mud pool!"

The mud pools were one of the most bizarre things I have ever done. You could jump in it, up to you waste down to your toes was warm sloppy mud, but you did not sink, even though beneath your feet was sloppy mud still. We plastered it all over ourselves, body, face, hair, and all. Willy would not get in, "Smells like cow shit." It was great fun. To clean off we hopped in a 'warm pool'.

Once clean, we made the final bus ride into Nadi, to the Nadi Bay Hotel. This is where our first journey in Fiji began, and this was where it finished. It was really sad to leave William and Lepani, those guys were the best tour guides, and good friends. We all said a final word on the bus about the tour, the people, and the tour guides. William and Lepani agreed that our tour was one the best they have had since we all got on so well and became great friends. I think they were sincere when they said that. It was one of Lepani's first with Willy - I told them they make a great team. After a nice farewell we headed in to the Nadi Bay Hotel.

Chris, Sarah, Matt, Clare, Stace, and Myself ate and drank at the Nadi Bay Hotel that night. We talked about Sarah and Chris' engagement (announced that afternoon, yet occurred 4 days earlier on Natadola Beach), the possible coup, and our next destinations.

It was farewell to Chris and Sarah that night, but Matt and Clare were to stay with us for two days at the beginning of the our Fiji island adventure - Beachcomber.
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