More Bumpy Boat Rides

Trip Start Nov 18, 2009
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Flag of Fiji  , Yasawa Islands,
Thursday, December 17, 2009


Happy Birthday to Tonys sister Lorraine….hope the day goes well and that all the family spoil you rotten.


If you have difficulty sleeping while travelling then just sip 8 bowls of Kava… more problem

We have found that the Full Monty package that we are on means that you are constantly on the go but worth the effort to see so many islands and talk to so many Fijian people.


Up after good sleep! Down to the activities centre (Bure on the beach) to get snorkelling gear. Most of the gang were in attendance at 9am just before we left and we put some cameras in our waterproof bag and then disappeared in a different boat. Eventually we all met in the same piece of ocean but after a very bumpy ride. Helen enjoyed the boat ride about as much as she enjoyed The Snails at Joyland fifteen years ago.(for Great Yarmouthites) Luckily we all had lifejackets.

We went towards the mainland and suddenly stopped in the middle of the ocean and were told that this is the reef, so out you go. When we dropped over the side the reef was very shallow in places and then suddenly deep gorges. This is where the reef sharks were although most were small, about 4ft long.

We had a good time and then our boat driver called all the people back who were travelling North today and needed to be back for the morning ferry. He said we could stay for the next boat, agreed to hand over our bag and shoes and off he went. We were out in quite choppy water and Hels and I were of course the only ones without life jackets….stupid! Luckily the second boat appeared after 10 minutes rather than the 40 minutes we were expecting. Some good new coral on this reef but on other reefs a lot of damage to the coral beds. Many places now advertising themselves as Eco Resorts and are trying to allow the coral to recover.

On the way back Tony persuaded a nice young Portuguese lad to give his lifejacket to Hels….I told him that the Portuguese pheromones could drive her wild with desire….he laughed but kept a close eye out for any quick movement.

Bach to hammocks on beach. Nice Fijian boy working on nearby boat, chopped head off a coconut and offered it to us….lovely and refreshing.

At 4pm we had afternoon tea and Sujins efforts were rewarded…at first they said that the water was too rough, when only Sujin and Tony going……however after they realised that six of us wanted to go we were off. Sujin had taken a cutting board, knife, Wasabi and Soy sauce, as we were going to cut up and eat the raw fish onboard.

We all fished using a three day old octopus as bait and needless to say nothing came anywhere near our hooks for an hour and a half. The lad who took us out to sea offered the remains of the octopus to have with the Soy but we all politely refused telling him the fish needed to be fresh. Disappointing as it would have been quite an experience and a culinary delight.

To make up for our disappointment we were treated to an incredible ride home, both speed and wave bouncing were incorporated……good fun.

This evening we had the local villagers singing and dancing to us but after a very formal Kava ceremony. Personally I preferred the informal one yesterday when it was easier to chat to the staff and families. Off to bed reasonably early as have to be out of room tomorrow at 9am although we do not catch ferry till about 3pm for Bounty Island.

We have really enjoyed Waya LeiLei Island with its stunning scenery. We have also got to know all the gang better, swapping stories about South Korea and China.
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