Beach life

Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
Trip End Sep 20, 2004

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Sunday, September 14, 2003

Saturday 6th September

I wish I was a more confident snorkeller, every time I go out though I'm sure I can hear something breathing, maybe it's just me.
Took a kayak out instead, the water is calm and shallow with a coral reef and loads of fish just metres from the front of our dorm. We are staying at Oarsmans Bay Lodge Nacula, a small resort hidden amongst palm trees on a white sandy arc of beach.

A mountain rises up behind the resort which is covered in green grasses and tropical trees.
PLayed volleyball with the staff and some other guests, most of the staff play regularly and leap up and spike the ball down at the hapless tourists.

Sunday 7th August

Took a boat ride with Oni who showed Jane and I to the local village of about 400 inhabitants. We went to the Methodist church were the singing was truly angellic. The children all had to sit at the front at it was fun to watch them fidget. If they got out of hand a large man with a long cane stick would give them a poke in the back.
The village has only has electricity for 4 months, a result of the income gained from the resort. Their chief was asked to come back from New Zealand were he had lived for 25 years to take over after a member of his family died. He was more used to the wedtern way of life and began to make big changes to the island, introducing them to tourism.
In the afternoon a boat took us out to the Blue Lagoon were we snorkelled over a thorny coral reef and swam in shoals of little blue fish and saw a clownfish too. Got told off for encroaching on a privately owned beach. Some people spend more on one night here than we will spend on our whole 9 days at Oarsmans bay.

Monday 8th September

Sawa-i-lau caves is 45 minutes away by boat through choppy seas. To get to the caves we have to climb a short path the it is into darkness. A ladder leads into the water of a cave/grotto, it's really dark with biting sealice. The bottom is luminesce which adds to the spooky erie feeling. Our guide a young Fijian with a torch then ducks under a narrow dark underwater passage and one by one we have to take a deep breath and dive under into the dark. Scary stuff but luckily its only about a foot until you come up in anopther series of caves that are lit from underwater in a blue glow.
It was the Oarsmans bay's 3rd birthday and all the guests are invited to drink Kava, enjoy the Fijian singing and eat traditional yam and kasava, potatoey type stuff. The Fijians are impressed with our ability to stuff our faces.
Afterwards sat and watched the sun go down.

Tuesday 9th September

Walked up the steep path behind the resort and got a good view of the other side of the island and its plethora of bays and inlets. Back down to the beach for a snorkel, swim and a sunbathe. Moved into a private bure on the beach which gets cleaned 3 times a day with fresh flowers... backpacker heaven.

Wednesday 10th September

If a Fijian (they do have large feet), tells you a walk is 30minutes then times it by three. We went on an allegedly short walk along the beach and came back 3 hours later thirsty and sunburnt. The island is beautiful and pretty unspoilt, we feel reaslly priviledged to be hear.
PLayed musical chairs and was knocked out in the first round... the shame.

Thurday 11th September

Gentle walk under the palm trees, sunbathing, kayaking and a snorkel. Raced hermit crabs on the beach. Watched the sunset over calm water.

Friday 12th September

Walked to the top of the mountain in the morning but otherwise repeat the previous day but with greater state of relaxation.

Saturday 13th September

Saw a Moorish Idol, Lionfish, Moon Wrasse and a damsel fish. Getting into the snorkeling and finding it very relaxing now.

Sunday 14th September

Disappointed to leave the beautiful island of Nacula and the friendly staff of Oarsmans bay, waved as they sang a traditional Fijian goodbye song.
Picked up by a gorgeous catamaran and sailed back through the islands to Nadi. The Yasawas were just the best.
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