A Busy Few Days
Trip Start Sep 02, 2010
142Trip End Sep 01, 2014
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We’ve had a couple of busy days; Wednesday was spent on Koro Levu, a small uninhabited island just off shore from the island that we are staying on. It’s quite a strange feeling being on an island knowing that you are the only inhabitants
The snorkelling on Koro Levu was excellent, even though much of the coral reef was destroyed by the fierce cyclone that struck Fiji back in March. Given that we had high winds and a rough sea the day before, visibility was surprisingly good. I could see to at least 30 metres to the bottom of the reef. Unfortunately we don’t have an underwater camera so you will have to take my word for it that the colours of the fish and the coral were amazing.
On Thursday we decided to tour the whole of Taveuni by car. As you can expect, renting a car in Fiji has its own quirks. First of all the car is rented by the grocery shop, where you ask for Lena. Lena then gives you the keys and off you go. Upon asking about paperwork/rental agreements etc Lena explains that the rental agreement is very simple – “You break my car, I break your legs”. What could be simpler? With that in mind I drove very carefully.
We headed to the Bouma National Heritage Park, a couple of hours drive away on the other side of the Island. The directions we had been given were to keep driving until the road stops
Sure enough after driving along the bumpiest track, passing many settlements in the lush forests and hordes of the happiest smiley kids we’ve ever seen, the road stopped abruptly at the village of Lavena. Our guide for the day was a young lad called Samba. He was to take us on a leisurely 3 hour coastal walk along a scenic coastline path leading to a twin waterfall. Samba clearly had a different interpretation of leisurely than the one that I was taught, but we just about managed to keep up. I was glad when he stopped to point out a few points of interest and I cleverly put together a whole raft of questions just so that we had time to get our breath back before the route march resumed.
The trek was definitely worthwhile. Eventually after crossing a rope suspension bridge, clambering through mangroves, and up and down various rocky paths we reached a stunning waterfall, pouring into a very inviting rock pool. As usual Ruth took no time getting her kit off and leapt straight into the pool; unfortunately for the readers I just wasn’t quick enough to get the camera out to capture the moment. After a much needed cool off in the pool we headed back, this time at a much more leisurely pace
That’s brought us almost back up to date. As I’ve sat here putting this update together a huge yacht has moored up at the jetty. Her name is Adele, and with the wonders of Google I can see she is 50 metres long, has a crew of 7, can cruise at 13 knots for 6,500 nautical miles. If you want to charter her she’s yours for $45,000 for the week. How the other half live.
Ruthy is just preparing lunch and has put a Fijian Gold beer in front of me, so I better stop now. Tonight Ngaire & Dennis have invited us to their house for dinner, and tomorrow is our last day in Taveuni. Unfortunately we won’t be boarding Adele, but a rusty old ferry from the Bligh Shipping line.
I almost forgot! A quick update on the new bungalow. From what I understand, some of the windows arrived yesterday, early, 4 weeks late. As of Friday lunchtime we have 1 and a half windows installed, the doors are arriving on tomorrows ferry, and the plumbing and electrics still have a long way to go. The guests arrive on Wednesday.
Next week it’s Ruth’s turn to write the blog, although she doesn’t know it yet. Have a great Friday night. We will be thinking of you in the pub when we get up tomorrow morning. A&R x