Good Times on Galoa

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Bai's Place, Galoa, Kadavu Island, Fiji

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

I've just come back from Fiji & had a wonderful time there. I caught the cheap local buses from Nadi along the Coral Coast, stopping at various places along the way, which was marvellous & then journeyed onto Suva for a few days.
There are some nice aspects to Suva, but it was hard to find anything to buy as it was fairly expensive. I did buy a few sarongs but avoided the markets as the storekeepers were quite pushy.
I had a few people come up to me with their hard luck/ I'm out of money stories & after parting with a small amout of $ I soon tired of them. Didn't mean to be mean, but I had to watch my money & safety.

After the hectic pace of Suva, I needed a value for money place to stay on one of the outer islands. I chose Kadavu, as I had heard good reports from people who had been there. I flew there & looked up Reece's Place in the Lonely Planet but it had closed down. I couldn't ring from Suva as the line was really bad, so I had left accommodation up to the Gods. I asked a few resort operators at Vuniseia Airport if they had any beds but they were full & didn't really seemed to care either - silly me. It says in the LP book that "travellers may get stranded in Vuniseia" That was me.

I got talking to a Fijian man & he said I could stay at a new backpacker's settlement next door to Reece's on Galoa Island, called Bai's Place. Bai Whippy greeted me with a warm Bula! & made me feel right at home. The food was traditional Fijian fare which was abundant & the kava, which I had not tried much, was pretty funny tasting but relaxing. As it panned out Bai was opening his place up for backpacker accommodation the very next day, so I didn't feel like I was intruding.

There is a lot to do there on Galoa, which is a short boat ride from Kadavu & I didn't feel like I had missed out on anything by not staying at one of the many resorts on Kadavu. In fact they all were quite a long boat ride from Vuniseia & would've of charged more & been more isolated. At Bai's place I rediscovered fishing, kayaking, got a nice tan & tried diving off the Astrolabe Reef.
I would thoroughly reccommend Bai's Place for those who wish to sample the real Fiji. The prices are very reasonable - $35 per day for a private bure & $15 per day for meals which included freshly caught Yellow Fin Tuna.
Bai Whippy asked me to spread the word & his email is: wbwhippy@yahoo.com.au
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Ruby Kilioni nee Vuadreu on

Very interesting comments, I could never stop imagining and visuallizing the beautiful scenery you have experienced in one of the most heartwarming beaches of Galoa. Someday in future I'll visit Galoa and maybe stay @ Bai's Place. GOD BLESS.

dorothee on

thanks a lot for your comment!
i have been on kandavu end of 1989. was diving and fishing with bai, he´s wonderful person and has a wonderful family! it must be a pleasure to stay at his place. hope, to have the chance, to come again, once and happy to meet him now in the net again.
all the best for bai and his place at galoa beach!

dorothee from hamburg, germany

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