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  • Day46

    Suva, Fiji

    March 9 in Fiji ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    After crossing the International Date Line, we lost Saturday, so that means we had an alcohol-free, fasting day!! Woohoo!!

    Today we are in Suva, Fiji, an unscheduled stop for us since we are dodging the Coronavirus and this was an island that would let us visit. It is certainly becoming more challenging each day.
    I’m sure we will need to make some sort of a decision soon about whether or not to continue our cruise.

    We did have a nice, but rainy day here in Fiji as this is the start of their rainy season. We visited a spice farm which was quite interesting. I know I take for granted the packaged spices I buy, never thinking back to the actual plant that they came from. The Fijians did a Kava welcoming ceremony, served lunch that was cooked in an underground oven, toured us through the spice trees and bushes, and shared their traditional dance and stories. They are a warrior culture, often fighting other tribes on their own island. They were also a cannibalistic culture, sometimes killing and then eating their enemies.

    Suva is a large, bustling city with modern stores and people and vehicles everywhere! The fruit and vegetable market was one of the prettiest and cleanest we’ve ever seen. Hundreds of watermelons, peppers, taro, eggplant, tomatoes, coconuts and long beans were all on beautiful display. The vendors were full of smiles and saying “bula” as a greeting.

    Many of the men here where a type of wrap-around skirt with a formal shirt and sandals.
    It was an interesting stop and a nice contrast to a very small town we’ll visit tomorrow on a neighboring island.
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  • Day62

    FIJI - Beqa Island

    September 4, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Nachdem wir in einer geschützten Lagune auf Beqa Island einen Sturm ausgesessen haben, konnten wir im Anschluss die schöne Unterwasserwelt, für die Beqa bekannt ist, erleben.
    Hierbei begegneten uns 2 Whitetip reef sharks, eine wunderschöne Korallenwelt und natürlich unendlich viele bunte Fische.
    Errungenschaften von der Insel waren diesmal einige Kokosnüsse und eine ganze Bananenstaude :-)
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  • Day1

    Off to Fiji

    May 17, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    From Flinders to Melbourne to Nadi to Beqa Island in 1 day.
    We leave Flinders with Sharp Airlines then spend the afternoon at Jimmy's. We meet up with Jimmy, Lauren and Will, 5 of us make up "Team Crawford ". Brian and Leanne call in to drop off some dive gear for the others to pack, I have my own.
    We head off to airport and meet the rest of the group, some we already know, some we don't.
    We leave around 11.30pm so we all should sleep on the plane. Some do, some don't, I didn't 😢.
    After 4 1/2 hour flight we get in around 6am local, and get on a bus for a 3 hour drive. Half way there we stop at Sigatoka for lunch and a souvenir shop look.
    Back on the bus to Pacific Harbour for a 1 hour boat ride to Beqa Island resort.
    We get a beautiful welcome from the Fiji staff.
    I haven't slept since we left Flinders and not functioning too well. Settle into room then have a nap.
    Explore in the arvo, get to know people and then a lovely sleep.
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  • Day2

    First day diving

    May 18, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌬 25 °C

    Carpet Cove and Pearl Point.
    We do 2 dives in the morning and the afternoon free for other activities like exploring the island, visiting villages or just chilling in the ☀
    We are sharing this resort with 2 other dive groups from America.
    In the afternoon, we play a game Jim and Lauren brought with them, a Scandiniavian game with wooden pegs similar to Bocce called Kubb. Was a real hit with the Americans and locals
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  • Day4

    Day 2 diving

    May 20, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Today we didn't take photos as I forgot to charge one camera and think I drowned the other :(
    Again we had 2 dives in the morning. Jimmy and Ed didn't join us as they were too hungover. Adrian and Will came but was a tad seedy !
    In the evening we were treated to the Beqa Island Firewalkers and serenaded at tea by the locals
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  • Day5

    I join the girls and see Suva

    May 21, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌧 24 °C

    There are 3 wives of divers who don't dive. They do other things.
    Today on offer is a day trip to Suva so I forgo the diving and have a day with the girls and our lovely guide, Joseph.
    We do a sight see of Suva then some free time. I go see the food market and then find a building where locals have stalls and sell supposedly handmade souvenirs. I buy a few, much cheaper than in the shops.Read more

  • Day6

    More sharks

    May 22, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    We did 2 dives with them. 20 metres down, directly under the boat. There were many species of fish including a few different sharks. Tiger, reef tip, bull-nose sharks.
    Towards the end of the 2nd dive a feed bin tipped over and there was a fair feeding frenzy - a bit scaryRead more

  • Day6

    Waterfall hike

    May 22, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    In the afternoon, after the shark dives we boated around to a village to hike up a hill or 2 to get to a lovely waterfall. It was a pretty slippery track so we all had a few tumbles and got pretty muddy by the end. Pretty waterfall and very refreshing for the hike back.Read more

  • Day7

    Last full day

    May 23, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Steve has been having so much fun, he's done all dives even though originally he thought he wouldn't. Steve said this dive was one of the prettiest and he is getting used to using the camera
    I decide to not go diving again and just enjoy the islandRead more

  • Day7

    Snorkelling and chilling

    May 23, 2019 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A few other people take the day off diving and enjoy the resort too.
    The snorkelling is just off the beach and there are a few concrete statues to be discovered , I found a few.
    I was amazed at how much life there is still in only about 30 cm or less of water, the tide was going out on 2nd snorkel and it was so low I couldn't swim anymore but the fish life was still plentifulRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Central Division, Central, División Central, Division centrale, Divisione Centrale, 중부 지방, Centrinis Fidžio padalinys, Sentral-Fiji, Dystrykt Centralny, Divisão Central, Diviziunea Centrală, Центральный округ, Centrala divisionen, Khu vực Trung tâm, 中央大区

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