Last Yasawas Island

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
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Trip End Mar 06, 2013


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Flag of Fiji  , Western,
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Another Island hop to Nabua Lodge on the island of Nacula. Nabua Lodge retains all the traditional values of old Fiji and was recommended to us by the family at Wayalailai.  We definitely prefer the small resorts as it really is like joining a Fijian family for a day or two.  We spent another fantastic night with an eclectic mix of European, Mexican, Australasian people all chatting and playing games. Do you ever acknowledge, or chat, to the people sat on next table at a UK restaurant, let alone mix with 9 nationalities during one dinner? Most would answer 'no', but the beauty of this sort of travelling is how everyone joins in with a useful tip, tale or first-hand view of a place or country, you have been to, or are about to go to.   

We took a boat trip to where they filmed ‘Blue Lagoon’ and the Tom Hanks film ‘Castaway’. The location was truly amazing. The coral reef was not quite as spectacular as Mantaray Bay but it still trumped the Great Barrier Reef due to the colourful corals and millions of aquamarine fish.  We noticed one of our party sat on the beach and discovered she could not swim and was too nervous to get into the water.  A bit of genuine gentle encouragement, a snap lesson on floatation and snorkelling techniques convinced her to trust us enough to tow her out to the reef. Holding both of our hands, she was towed on a 100 metre snorkel to see thousands of colourful fish darting around the reef. Her excitement and gratitude made our efforts totally worthwhile and she is now heading back to Oz to learn to swim.  

We took advantage of life in the village and did simple things such as afternoon tea. A gas stove in a tin hut, made the most delicious coconut cake and hot coffee. Whilst it wasn’t quite upto Starbucks standards, the view was better than any 5 star coffee shop we have vis ited. The owner was an entrepreneurial lady rebuilding after the cyclone . The Sunday morning ‘activity’ was a trip to the Church for service, which we all graciously accepted. The church was a simple  tin room, and the priest conducted the service in Fijian. It was pretty heavy going, until they sang the hymns so beautifully, without musical instruments. The chiefs brother  thanked us for attending, and warmly invited us to walk around and take photos on our walk back to the resort. We struggled with the service but the choir made it a worthwhile experience.

Even though the Yasawas are tropical paradise, we decided to spend some of our time on the mainland so we could discover parts of Fiji not specifically aimed at the tourists. 
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