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Fiji

Curious what backpackers do in Fiji? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • On Wednesday we joined da Feejee experience which took wis on a tour seeing da 'Real Fiji', it first took wis ta Robinson Crusue Island whar we spent a night, here dir wis fire dancing, games and beach time. We dan started a tour o da main island whar we went on a trek ta a waterfall and went swimming also met some o da local bairns which wis great fun, we visted da capital- Suva and went ta da market here, we spent time at a local village whar da fok did a traditional Kava ceremony and pit on a spread o dir local foods fur wis, we went bamboo rafting and ended up in da middle o a thunderstorm and lastly yisterday we visited mud pools. We toured aroond we a great bunch fae all ower da world.
    Da Fijians are so friendly and happy! It wis really good ta experience da beach life but also see da true Fiji culture.
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  • BULA!
    Right fae entering da airport we knew it wis going ta be great- greeted we live music as we came through arrivals. We hiv been a week in Fiji and don a mix o lots o things. Spent da first couple o days chilling oot by da pool and beach. We went on a boat trip ta Schooner Island, dis very relaxing. Also did some snorkeling in crystal clear water!

  • Cruise day 17 in Fiji

    Colo-I-Suva Forest Park provided us with a nice 1.2mile hike alongside a beautiful river stream and plenty of small waterfalls.

    Next was a visit to a traditional local village where I was privileged to be our tour chief, this meant I got the first taste the cava they prepared during the traditional cava ceremony. This is their custom to do when ever they welcome dignitaries to Fiji 🇫🇯.

    Cava is made from some pepper plant root powder mixed with water. To be honest it taste like a muddy water, not really what I will be ordering at the bar tonight. 😜
    They also entertained us with some Fijian fire dancing and food prepared in what they call an earth oven. The food was actually very good and tasteful, not bland like some other local dishes we we have had in places like Cuba and Mexico.

    Again everyone is so interested to know if I play rugby and the minute I say yes they want to take photos with me. They really love the game!

    {Roedolf}
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  • I have never experienced a place where they love rugby as much as they do in Fiji 🇫🇯!

    The country is littered with bill boards with photos of the Fiji sevens team who won the gold medal at the Olympics. As they call them now the "Fiji Heroes".

    To prove how much they love rugby, take a look at the dive shops post on Facebook about me. Clay (Kiwi friend we made on the cruise) mention that I played for the springboks (he did not specifying which level 😜) and immediately I had celebrity status, everyone wanted to take a photo with me and after the dives they asked if the crew can take a photo with me for their Facebook page, i did not think they will really post it but they did, haha.

    They love God slightly more than rugby judging by the number of people you see with "Jesus" arm bands and bill boards with scripture next to the roads. Wonderful to see how a country can be so open about their faith in Christ.

    {Roedolf}
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  • After the shark dive, Clay negotiated to go out again, this time with a bunch of Japanese models who tried snorkeling & diving. What a spectacle!! Roedolf went for a couple more dives but I chose to chill on this beautiful island. The ladies & I cracked ourselves for the athleticism of the models in their " let them eat glitter" tights attempting snorkelling. I snorkeled from the shore, the corals are very close, I spotted a sea snake, nasty yet intriguing!! I must admit I was a bit scared. Blessed to encounter Nemo once again.

    It's evident how the cyclone destroyed the coral, but they are doing a great job to restore it. They use wire triangles & squares to enhance the coral growth.

    The sun disappeared behind the clouds, I walked on the beach with Annie and Nicki to warm up a bit. The guys took longer than planned, but we got a bonus sunset from the water.

    Arrived back in Suva at 8.15pm. It was Great to wash of the saltiness after being out at sea since 8am.

    What an incredible day! I bargained on one afternoon dive given the arrival time of our ship, but we managed to do the 2 shark dives & spent the afternoon on an idyllic location. The day was topped with dinner with our new friends.
    {Issy}
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  • The pride and sincere friendliness of the Fijians will stay with me forever, we visited a local village where they welcomed us with handmade flower lays and fresh watermelon. The Cava ceremony & fire dancing was an interesting experience.

    We browsed through town, amazed by the way they cut pineapple. I bought fresh Fiji coconut oil from the market to try & save my hair, from all the chlorine and seawater. Must be honest I am looking forward to a shower on land with "normal" fresh water.

    #lovefiji
    {Issy}
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  • Bula (Hello) friends!! Another adventure which I can't describe adequately. The french say "incroiable" which means unforgettable. The thrill, emotion and beauty that I experienced today left me teary and overwhelmed. It was one of the best days of my life if not the best. I am so blessed to share this with my "celebrity" rugby husband (Everyone young and old big and small wants take pictures with him - I believe they confuse him with the side angle of Francois Louw LOL)

    I remember what a panicky diver I used to be and now I jump into the middle of the ocean with these giant creatures without thinking about it. We saw white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, massive bullsharks and I loved the suckerfish. Oh and meeting nemo in the wild was magical.

    The Fiji 🇫🇯 Shark dive is definitely a must do! The very friendly dive crew have a passion for their environment and we learned so much from them & their culture whilst being on the boat.

    I am thankful that all our stars aligned so we experienced the Shark feed. Life works in incredible ways; We met Clay, a fabulous Kiwi guy, all thanks to Roedolf's beyond rugby t-shirt. He has been to Fiji many times before and knows the ropes so he sorted the dives for us, regardless of all the variables out of our control.

    The only thing that can make this better, is to be fortunate enough to have this all over again & visit beautiful Fiji again.

    {Issy}
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  • You know you are in the right country when there is still a bible in the hotel room bedside drawer!!

  • Endlich bin ich nach 30 Stunden Flug auf den Fidschis. Das Wetter war einfach atemberaubend, die Sonne schien beim Landeanflug aus allen Knopflöchern, was ihr auch schön auf den Fotos erkennen könnt, einfach ein Traum *_*
    Nach der Landung fing allerdings schon das Chaos an! Auf den Fidschis scheint wirklich die Zeit ein bisschen anders zu laufen. Nach anderthalb Stunden hatte ich die Visumskontrolle dann auch endlich geschafft. Im Anschluss bekam ich meinen Rucksack einfach nicht aus der Plastikfolie heraus( Schutz), und ich muss wohl so verzweifelt ausgesehen haben, dass mir gleich 2 nette Fidschianer zur Hand gegangen sind :D Danach folgte noch ein Desaster bei der neuen SIM-Karten Herstellung, aber aus Fehlern lernt man ja bekanntlich :)
    Im Anschluss bin ich dann mit den anderen Volentären von Nadi nach Suva in einer 4 stündigen Busfahrt gefahren :) Als ich in der Unterkunft angekommen war, erwartete mich der nächste Schock: Die Zimmer.. Die Worte Klein & Spärlich treffen den Nagel auf den Kopf! Aber naja die Leute die sind alle ganz cool drauf und das ist ja die Hauptsache! Haben heute auch gleich schon ne Planung fürs Wochenende gemacht :)
    Ich gehe jetzt erstmal schlafen, bin nämlich hundemüde solangsam, werde jetzt erstmal meinen Jetlag ausschlafen :)Gute Nacht!
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  • Heute war der erste Tag unseres Programms. Die erste Woche haben wir jetzt erstmal Einführungswoche. Heute Nacht habe ich doch noch spontan zwei Zimmerpartnerinnen bekommen. Zwei Australierinnen von Tasmanien, ihre Namen sind Kavisa und Demika, wie cool ist das denn bitte :D vielleicht kann ich die nochmal in Australien besuchen :)
    So weit so gut nach dem Frühstück, welches überraschend relativ Deutsch war z.b. Toast, Marmelade und cheese Buns, begann unsere Einführungswoche. Am Anfang mussten wir ziemlich viel Papierkram machen z.b. Regeln vom Haus lesen Do and Don'ts... In diesem Moment habe ich gemerkt, dass ich mit meinem Englisch an meine Grenzen komme, da alle Australier nur die Hälfte meiner Zeit zum Lesen bräuchten, und ich hatte trotzdem vieles nicht verstanden :D
    Aber naja ich denke es wird besser werden:)
    Danach mussten wir noch viele Dokumente kopieren, da wir unser Visa vorbereiten mussten.
    Anschließend gab es Mittag : Do it your self Sandwich :D wirklich lecker
    Nach dieser Stärkung sind wir nach Suva in die Stadt gefahren und haben diese ein bisschen erkundet. Allein schon bei der Hinfahrt fallen einem die Unterschiede zu Deutschland auf :D Alle Busfahrer rasen um ihr Leben, obwohl die Straßen sehr schlecht ausgebaut sind und bei jeden noch so kleinem warten wird die Hupe betätigt. Als ob dies das Problem löst :D Noch eine Besonderheit von den Bussen ist die Musik. In jedem Bus läuft sehr Laute Musik und du fühlst dich wie in einem Party Bus. Das macht wirklich gute Laune :D
    In Suva schlenderten wir durch zahlreiche Märkte und konnten die Vielfalt von Früchten und Kunst bewundern. Catherine und ich haben uns erstmal eine Ananas auf die Hand gegönnt :D Catherine ist eine Chinesin ( 23 Jahre) und studiert derzeitig in Melbourne, noch jemand besuchen kann :D
    Am Abend hatten wir noch ein traditionelles Meal. Wir saßen alle im Schneidersitz im Kreis mit unseren Sarongs und tranken "Kava". Wenn ich beschreiben müsste wonach Kava schmeckt würde ich definitiv auf eine Note Ingwer mit einer Staubnote tippen :D Naja die Fidjianer scheinen es zu mögen :)
    Ich gehe jetzt erstmal ins Bett und schlafe ne Runde bei uns ist es jetzt ja schon kurz vor 11! Good night!:)
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