08.07.2013 29 °C
Who'd of thought WiFi on a boat in the middle of the South Pacific?! Here's what we've been up to in Fiji!
It took us a long time to decide what sort of island hopping we wanted to do. There were so many options! In the end we went for a 7 day, 6 night everything included package. It's 1100 Fijian dollars and the conversion rate is about 1: 2.75 so way more expensive than we'd hoped. We had planned on island hopping for longer but didn't think it would be worth the money and someone said it could get a bit boring after a while. The day before we left we headed into Nadi centre to look for a frisbee. When we were obviously looking a little lost a friendly Fijian man asked if he could help us, we told him what we were looking for and he waved his hand for us to follow him so we did. We started walking down a dodgy looking alley and Will and I were starting to feel a bit unsafe. He said 'first I give you my business card then we get frisbee.' Right okay so that's how it works. He led us up some stairs and into a shop with lots of beautiful wood carvings and jewelry so we thought this isn't so bad! He then told us that we had to have a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony which meant we had to sit on the floor, clap every now and then and drink what they call Kava. I thought it tasted a bit like cold tea without milk but it's a tree root that they chop, dryout and grind. It didn't taste great. So once we drank that Will got up to have a look around and the man said ' No no no you can't leave we haven't closed the ceremony yet. This is fiji time!' so Will sat back down. Fiji time is basically the time they run on which is so chilled out and they are never in a hurry. Then they started handing us brochures which were all about how Fijians used to be cannibals and how they used to fight. Talk about freaky! I thought we were going to be thrown into a pan right there and then after that! After a short while later and some more clapping and drinking Kava they said we were allowed to leave thank God! He never did show us where we could find a frisbee either!
Day 1 & 2 - Wayalailai Island, Ecohaven Resort
The alarm went off at 6.15am, we grabbed some toast and a coffee for breakfast, packed our suncream and swimmers and hopped on the bus that took us to the marina. We boarded the Yasawa Flyer, a big yellow boat with about 200 other island visitors aboard. The boat takes you all around the yasawa islands to all the different resorts and communities, our first stop was Wayalailai Island. A small fisherman boat took us off from the Yasawa Flyer to the island but the sea was very choppy and a couple of people got soaking wet from the waves. Fortunately I was sitting on the right side of the boat. We had time for a quick half hour sunbathe before they served lunch which was amazing! Fresh fish and chips, lots of veg and lots of fruit for pudding. That set us up for an afternoon of sunbathing and swimming in the sea. It was really windy so the sand kept whipping us in the face which was a little annoying. If it hadn't been windy though we would of absolutely roasted so it wasn't all bad! Dinner was interesting. It was Fijian night so all the food was sourced locally from the island, there were a few things we hadn't heard of and that I couldn't even attempt to spell, and we were under strict instruction to only eat with our fingers. I personally think that was just to save on the washing up. After dinner the locals provided us with some fabulous entertainment. Lots of singing, dancing with spears and guitar playing! They were all dressed in traditional Fijian clothes. It was really cool. At the end we had to split into our nationalities and sing our own national anthem. Thankfully for Will and I there were 5 other brits with much better singing vocals and more knowledge of God Save the Queen.
We got a hearty breakfast of fried eggs on pancakes, bread, fruit and cereal at 7.30am. We really can't make any complaints about the food it's so good so far. No plans for today. It's lucky we brought a frisbee as there's not an awful lot to do other than sunbathe! A big group of american youths arrived in the morning and we managed to get a game of volleyball going. Pretty tricky with 9 a side but good fun! Then we got another big lunch of rice, spaghetti, pineapple, (that comes with everything and anything) fresh fish and veg. We haven't eaten this well since we left my aunt and uncles in Rio! In the afternoon we borrowed some snorkelling gear and saw loads of cool fish, a blue starfish and 3 big oysters, no pearls though. Pretty amazing!
Day 3 & 4 - Naviti Island, White Sandy Beach Resort
The Yasawa Flyer picked us up at 10.30am and we headed further north to Naviti Island where we are staying at White Sandy Beach Resort. The sea was much calmer this time and we saw dolphins jumping right next to the boat! It was so cool! Every resort has a volleyball court so we played that for a while until we got too hot and had to jump in the sea. It's much less windy here which means it's bloody roasting but easier to play frisbee. Our room is right on the beach and has a decking looking out to sea and we watched the sun set from there. We had a nice dinner of mussels, chicken and veg including something called sea grapes which were small circle things that popped in your mouth. So strange! Haha!Ready for bed now and mosquitoes are buzzing about everywhere so god knows what i'll wake up looking like tomorrow!
The sun was raising and we were on the fishing boat heading out to do some snorkelling with manta rays. It was an early morning with the alarm going off at 5.50 but definitley worth it. They were huuuge! The first one was black and then we saw a white and black one. When I first saw it I thought it was a shark with its jaws open so I quickly did a u-turn and swam away as fast as possible until I saw people swimming towards it. It was pretty funny as the Fijian guy on the boat would shout 'manta ray over there! Swim quick!' So all 10 of us would turn a round and swim which ever way he was pointing. It really was a crazy free for all. Flippers in faces and people barging by trying to get a good pic. Great fun! It was very exhausting as we were swimming against the current most the time and trying to keep up with the Manta Rays. We were back in time for breakfast and had a nap on the beach. There are lots of cool little crabs on the beach that run so fast and then dig themselves into the sand. Will has tried to find them but hasn't suceeded yet. Volleyball tornament in the afternoon as per usual and some more napping on the beach with a bit of frisbee inbetween. All the days are starting to merge into one. Playing cards with our roomies and getting packed up for our next island in the morning.
Days 5 & 6 - Nanuya Lailai Island, Gold Coast Resort
Third island and we're starting to be pretty pleased about island hopping for 7 days rather than 11. The scenery is stunning it's just a bit boring lying on the beach all day. Even frisbee is getting a little tedious! More dolphins on the way over to this island. Will got a better view than I did. Apparently there were 12+! Eveytime we leave an island the staff get their guitars out and sing us a leaving song in Fijian and the same happens as we arrive on a new island with a welcome song. They are all so friendly always shouting 'Bula' which means welcome and always laughing. It's really nice to see. There are only 3 of us on this island so it's very quiet. It is very small but so beautiful with the most turquoise water we have seen and so many palm trees. Our last island seemed to be infested with ants and lots of flies but this one doesn't seem to have many at all. Will has found Shane Warnes autobiography to read and I've found some sort of ridiculoualy scary murder story which will give me nightmares for the next couple of nights. It's always a bit spooky going to bed anyway, especially here as there's only 3 of us, because we're always in a little hut in the middle of nowhere and they switch off the electricity at 10pm and you wait for your eyes to adjust to the darkness but they just don't, it's too dark!
Pancakes for breakfast, what a treat! Will' s got a bit of a funny stomach. We think it's from the chicken at the other island as apparently there are a couple of people who aren't feeling well. Another chilled out day planned bit of swimming and sunbathing. The wind is picking up so it's nice and cool. There is a tea shop at the end of the beach so we headed there for a slice of banana cake. Not that we needed it, the portions here are huge! Five more people arrived today so it got a bit busier. The locals lit us a bonfire on the beach after tea and they played there guitars. Then they led all 8 of us up a hill to a decking where we lay down and looked for shooting stars. It was really cool. The walk there was pretty hard as we had limited lighting and the track was very narrow. Frogs were jumping about everywhere! The stars were beautiful and we lay there for about half an hour until some clouds covered them. It was such a nice evening!
Day 7 - Back to Nadi
So our last day on the islands! It's pretty sad as we've had a really nice chilled out time and we probably will never come back here. We still have 10 days on the mainland. God knows what we'll do in all that time, we're going to try and move our flight forward so we can go to Oz sooner. Final day of catching some rays on this beautiful island then the boat comes and picks us up at midday and we have 5 hours on there.