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Trip Start Oct 08, 2005
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Trip End Oct 06, 2006


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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Bula!! (That means Hello in Fijian). I am suntanned and blonde again - yay!! Its been a lovely two weeks in Fiji, I've had a great time and done more than I expected to. For the first week I went on the Feejee Experience - like the Big Green F*** Truck in New Zealand, but loads better. For a start there were only 8 of us, so it was a lot easier to make friends, and we had a ball. In 5 days we travelled round the main island of Viti Levu, stopping off at the Coral Coast, Suva (Fiji's capital), Volivoli in the northeast of the island, and then back to Nadi, and we did loads of stuff. At the Coral Coast we visited a local village and got to meet some of the kids and learn about traditional ceremonies, then I sandboarded down dunes which was great fun! Suva was a bit quiet - its a horrible busy city and I couldn't wait to get out again, but on the way there we had stopped and did a long trek through the rainforest and then tubed down the river to a waterfall where we had a swim. Well, we were going to have a swim, until one of the group jumped in the pool and emerged from the water with blood pouring out of his head - he had hit his head on an underwater rock and the result was like something out of a horror film, so the rest of us were kind of put off going in after that.... He was ok, but needed 7 stitches. On the way to Volivoli we stopped off at another village and took part in a traditional Kava ceremony with the chief of the village. Kava is a seed that is found locally, its strained through water and produces a drink that the Fijians love, and there's a whole ceremony based around drinking it. Most other people find it tastes like dishwater, and indeed it looks like muddy water and makes your tongue go numb. Quite disgusting, but refusal often offends apparently. Fortunately the ladies don't get to drink much - we went off and did bracelet weaving.
Volivoli is a gorgeous resort right on a white beach, and I stayed there for a bit longer. I went diving on the Nananu-i-Ra Reef and they were the best 2 dives I have ever done. On the first dive, we went down to about 23m, waited for about 30 seconds and suddenly we were surrounded by about a million fish of all kinds in a big spiral, then about 8 sharks came swimming round, followed by 3 eagle rays. Nothing bothered us, and we just watched everything go by for about half an hour. It was absolutely mind-blowing, if you like that sort of thing (and I do). The second dive was around the most amazing coral I have ever seen - it was every type of pink, purple, orange, and er, coral, and I did some fantastic swim-thrus in tiny fish filled caves. I couldn't speak when I came back up from that dive, I was so overawed by it. Four of the fish I had been looking at ended up in a bucket on the boat as the driver went down and speared a couple for dinner, the snapper was excellent but I felt a little bit guilty...
The final day of Feejee Experience we went to an Indian town on the north of the island (Fiji has a huge Indian population) for a curry, then bathed in mud baths and hot pools before heading back to Nadi. It was a brilliant week, the main island is nicer than people make it out to be and the locals had been so lovely it was hard to leave.
But leave I must, as I was headed up to the Yasawa Islands for a week of R&R - I got a boat and accommodation pass that allowed me to move freely between the all-inclusive resorts on the islands. It was a tough week, having to constantly decide which of the 10 gorgeous islands I wanted to be on, whether to tan my front or back first, whether to lie on the beach or the hammock - you know how it is. The accommodation wasn't glamorous at all though - it was dorm beds, the food was pretty basic and there was no nightlife. One evening a dancing session turned into an impromtu game of Musical Statues, thats how rocking it got. Worst thing was, I won!!! How embarrassing! Still, it meant free beer. Think the last time I played it I won a bag of penny chews. Other than that "excitement", it was mainly days spent sunbathing and evenings spent chatting, playing cards and drinking. The beaches aren't as white as I had imagined Fiji beaches to be, but they were pretty good nonetheless, especially the one on the Blue Lagoon (yes, from the film of the same name) on Nanuya Lailai, and it was totally relaxing and peaceful. I spent my last night in a hammock under the stars, perfect.
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sam-hay
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Musical statues
PMSL!! I'd have paid good money to see you play that :-) Don't think I've ever known you to stand still for any length of time, unless it's waiting at the bar for a beer :-) Sounds like you had a great time in Fiji, glad you're back in the land of e-mail now tho ;-) S.xx

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