Hot, Hot, Hot
01.12.2007 - 18.12.2007 34 °C
After leaving NZ I flew to Sydney for 1 night to then fly straight to Fiji for 18 days of glorious hot sunshine, beautiful islands and clear blue warm ocean. I decided at the last minute in NZ to go to Fiji with 8 others from the Kiwi bus who were headed there at the same time. I’m so glad that I did the Islands are beautiful, we visited the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands North of the mainland. After a night on the mainland we left on a 5 hr boat trip up through the islands to Coral View our first stop, from there we’d work our way down back towards the mainland.
The Fijians are very welcoming people and we were greeted by a welcoming party complete with guitars, after lunch we checked out the island and what was on offer. The beach was nice and there was plenty of hammocks to lazy around in, great I’m going to enjoy these 18 days! The following day myself, MC, Noelle, Lars and Nicoli want to the blue lagoon to snorkel. I have never been snorkeling and the others couldn’t believe it, I loved it there was so much coral and so many fish, you only had to swim out 10 meters to see amazing sights. We saw the clown fish from finding Nemo they are so funny, if you go near the anemone where they live they swim at you to try and scare you away as they are defending their young, pretty ballsy fish considering you’re about 100 times their size! Also saw Angel fish, sea cucumbers, blue star fish, tiger fish and rainbow fish to name a few. After that I couldn’t believe I’d left it so long to have discovered snorkeling! I think I may have been spoiled by the sights though as I understand it is one of the best places in the world to snorkel and dive. The next day was spent lazing on the beach attempting to make my pasty white skin go brown, factor 30 all the way, damn it’s hot!
Next stop was the Wanataki, a cruise boat that anchors up in bays around the islands. Myself and Lars decided to take out one of the free Kayaks, we headed for the island but it looked boring so decided to kayak into the oncoming waves which was great fun, then we surfed them onto the beach which was fun but they weren’t very big. We spotted some other much bigger waves that were breaking further out on the coral so we headed for them. This was much better and we were having a ball until we got flipped over, it’s a good job life jackets are mandatory because we were laughing so much we struggled to climb back into the kayak and had to float there for about 5 minutes before we could manage to get back in. The evening was spent with the boat crew drinking a local brew called Kava which is mixed up in special Kava bowls, Kava is made up from ground tree roots mixed with water, it tastes a bit like licorice and makes your mouth go numb, not that nice really but it was good to sample some local culture.
Next stop was supposed to be White Sandy Beach but upon arrival we were advised that there was a big cyclone headed towards us, that explains the stunning sunset we were treated to last night. They told us we may be stuck here for 3 days as all the boat operations would be shut down, anyone with a flight in the next 48hrs was being advised to head back to the mainland. We had a look around and decided that the place wasn’t very nice and since we would be here for 3 days we decided to move to another island called Waya Lai Lai and sit it out there. This was a much nicer place and despite the warning of the biggest cyclone to hit Fiji in 10 years the weather was awesome all day every day with it being windy and rainy in the evenings, perfect! After 3 days the cyclone eventually hit further north so we didn’t get to see it which is good as I understand it did quite a lot of damage with winds reaching 250k/ph.
South Sea island was our final stop it is the smallest island in the Yasaways and takes under a minute to walk across this is also where the group would begin to split up, the Danish boys had to leave the following day with the Danish girls leaving the day after and then I said my goodbyes to MC and Noelle. I had another 4 nights left and decided to put them to good use by learning to dive and becoming a certified diver. The dive instructor was a good lad called Joe from Plymouth and we got on well so I managed to get 7 dives in where as normally you’d only get 4. No pool work was done either we were straight out into the Ocean it was great. They have a shipwreck and a place called fish village to be explored at South Sea. The snorkeling is also fantastic around there and I spent 2 hours one day swimming right around the island looking at all the fish and coral. The place had a really good feel to it and I really enjoyed my time there. I felt like part of the furniture by the end, all the staff knew my name and Joe and I went to a Kava party with the local Fijians who work and live on the island.
Fiji is definitely a place to visit if you ever get the chance you should do it!