Boat Trip

Trip Start Jun 30, 2004
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Trip End Feb 14, 2005


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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

So yeah........Taveuni.

The boat trip over from Suva was forever. The ticket cost me F$96 (30 quid) for a open return. It left at 7:30pm and got to Taveuni at 1:30pm.... THE NEXT DAY. During that time, I failed to get any sleep due to screaming kids, crying babies and people that snore too loud....in the row next to me. People sleeping on the floors, in the aisles, in front of the emergency exits. The only person not sleeping was me. I was staring at the walls in desperation, pleading for the noise to stop. It didn't. So I wrote another song about it. This one is funnier than all the others (i think). I rule!!

So anyway, Tavueni. Its the 3rd biggest island of Fiji behind Viti Levu (where I have been) and Vanua Levu, but there isn't a lot to do on it. I guess I had seen the city? (Suva) and the backpacker islands (mamanuca's), so time to see the real Fiji. In comparison to Viti Levu, you don't get many visitors here. Like all of the islands, this one is covered in rainforest and mist hangs over the tops of the hills. The beaches here are black due to previous volcanic activities. I am pitched in a place called Naqara. It had the most shops on the whole of the island. The weird thing is, half of these shops look like people houses. They become shops simply by hanging a open/closed sign on the door. There are about 15 shops (including the shop/house hybrids)and that's about it for the whole island, and its a big island. The place where I am staying is powered by generator, so no lights/hotwater till 7pm. There are gecko lizards everywhere (mind your step) and the place is overrun with frogs. Room is in a converted shed and the mosquito screens have holes in them. At least the mozzies won't go hungry.....again.

Great.

Took a walk though the outskirts of the rainforest and came to this river which apparently is a water slide (i'm thinking the goonies here). I followed the river/stream all the way to the top and it was a waterfall. Its was cool, but I wouldn't say it was much of a water slide. You could slide down sections of it into a pool and then slide down the next section and so on, but it was a bit stop/start. After my Tarzan escapades earlier on in the week, I decided not to risk it. Some of the slides looked really dangerous and steep. On my way back down, there were some local kids sliding, so I just watched them. There was this one kid. He must have jumped 20ft of this rock into a pool. I looked at the pool. It was shallow. Too shallow for me. It would have come up to my neck, and these kids were just leaping into it. Some looked as young as 3. I was chuckling to myself thinking about when I was younger, I used to mess around in building sites and jump off scaffolding into sand pits and trees. Crazy.

Today I blew the remaining amount of Fiji money on a 2 tank scuba dive. (that's 2 separate dives) for a F$130 which is the cheapest I had come across in the 20 or so days that I have been in Fiji. It was run by this German dude, with no hair on top, but sporting a ponytail. I went with a Japanese guy, who I had seen in a dorm in Suva. (I now know how to say 'where are my car keys?' in Japanese - I'm a twat a I know)
The first dive was just of the Rainbow Reef (its world famous). We went to this spot called the Great White Wall. I did my first ever wall dive.
It was awesome.
I have never seen so many fish in all my life. They were just everywhere. The coral was soft meaning, it was swaying with the current and moving, breathing, grabbing at stuff etc etc. It was just too cool for words. Seriously. Everyone should scuba dive. I did laugh to myself as there were a lot of orange fish, looking similar to an everyday pet fishwe have in the UK. And I'm thinking "i'm right round the other side of the world, scuba diving in one of the most famous places to dive and all I can see are goldfish' Ha ha ha.The next dive was at a spot called Barracuda Reef. I saw no barracuda, but I did see....

My first shark

It was a white tip (whatever that is) and it was a distance away from me, but it was a shark alright. It was cool. If it had got any closer, I would have shown it, some of my killer moves, but it chose wisely and swam off. Ha!!

Other than that, I walked through the biggest village called Somosomo, next to Naqara with 2 brothers called Dexter and Simex?. It is made up of 4 villages apparently. It was all shacks and tin huts, but very cool. Everyone stopping to say hi and asking where Im from/staying/going etc etc. It's weird to think that the whole nation really are THAT friendly. But they are. It's wield. Just don't get that anywhere else in the world. And would you believe the Fijian race used to be cannibals like 130 yrs ago? Me neither. There are a lot of Indian people living in Fiji also, and they are 4th generation, so are Fijians. The shops sell Fiji stuff and Indian stuff.

Also. Interesting fact. The international date line actually runs through Taveuni, even though all the Fijian Islands operate on the same time. Its exactly the other side of the world from Greenwich, London. But you can actually go to this place where it is marked with a beacon and a sign. You can stand in today and yesterday at the same time. I didn't bother, but you can...........you know........if you wanted too........you could.........I'll get my coat!!

Its my last day on Taveuni and tomorrow I will have to endure another boat trip from hell, but should all be good. I'll bring my anti snoring gun. Looking forward to New Zealand. Might see if I can get a job on the sly, for a bit of pocket money, but I'm kinda fiji'd out. It would have been cool to see the Yasawa Islands, but its a bit out of my price range. Still, gives me a reason to come back right?

Hope all is cool with everyone. Still not missing UK. Ha!!
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