Love in the Pacific

Trip Start Feb 09, 2007
Trip End Mar 11, 2007

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

What a beautiful place to spend Valentines day. We knew it was going to be a good day when we woke up in Suva and there wasn't a cloud in the sky....wonderful blue sky. After walking downtown for some tasty breakfast from my favorite place 'The Hot Bread Kitchen", we took a taxi out to the airport to find that our flight was on Fiji time....which means late. No worries though, we have no where to be. Our plane was a little 6 seater island hopper with a chunk of a pilot with a soft hand.  As you can see from the photo there was little room for error in the landing. While flying in we knew we made the right decision on making the trek to this remote island. The whole island is surrounded by coral reef, hinting at the copious amounts of life to discouver within. The water sparkeled in every spectrum of blue...paradise indeed.

At the very large and elaborate airport we were met by our boatman who would take us the 45 min to Matava Resort which is surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef. We chose Matava resort for both the traditional bures and the fact that are very environmentally conscience. All food is harvested either from the jungle surrounding or from their organic garden. There are no electric lights, you get a lantern at night. The only power they have is from a couple solar panels. It makes for a very peaceful, quiet place. 

That night because it was Valentines we had a lovo feast, which is dinner that is placed over hot coals then covered by layers of palm leaf and then banana leaves and left to cook. Before having dinner there was a kava ceremony, the traditional drink of Fiji. Whenever there is a meeting or ceremony of any sort, the kava bowl comes out. However, it seems it can come out for just about anything. Kava is mixed in a large wooden bowl with legs and is made from mixing the dried root of the Kava plant and water. When drinking it, everybody sits in a circle, when you are brought a coconut shell of the dirty water looking mixture you clap once, take the bowl, drink it down in one shot and then return the bowl, clap three times while shouting Maca (sounds like Motha) meaning empty...or yum, I just drank that bitter, dirt tastying liquid.   I discouvered the reason for Fiji time...this stuff makes you a bit sleepy and a little numb in the mouth. If you drink heaps of it you get almost drunk like. I didn't drink heaps...I was more interested in eating the delicious lovo feast and drinking Fiji Bitter...the national beer.  
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twagner on

Re: Trippin
why yes, thanks for asking....ComeonIwannalayya was really nice except the people there seemed really forward and aggressive. Rob had his hackles up for some reason. We were suppose to go to Wannalickapeepee next but he had a bad feeling about it.

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