Namoa Reef

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    • Day 2

      Lolo lesson

      March 4 in Fiji ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      Today we woke up to the sun after what has to be the best sleep we have had in a very long time. We walked along the beach to breakfast before reading and watching the waves roll in for a little while. At 10am we had a cooking lesson from Chef Michael, who showed us how to make ika lolo (fish in coconut). First we cracked the coconut with the back of a cleaver, then we scraped out the coconut flesh. B was a star at both of these, and Michael said he could put B to work with a whole sack of coconuts 😂 Michael then proceeded to scrape the coconut at lightning speed. We finished off the dish, cooking the fish, adding the fresh coconut milk and a few other ingredients. It was fantastic! After that we headed back to our bure for a dip in the water, floating with the slow waves rolling in was very relaxing. We then did some reading before lunch. After lunch we played some chess, went back to our bure for more reading and relaxing before a storm came over. At around 6:30pm we headed up for entertainment, which was Dumu playing guitar, and quickly turned into a chat about football - he was quite keen to learn about AFL, and was excited to tell us that Fiji was playing Australia (NSW) in the rugby tonight. We had dinner and then returned to our bure for some reading (and writing this blog for me).

      Breakfast: oatmeal with caramelised bananas (B), toasted muesli (A), fresh fruit, toast and coffee

      Lunch: grilled fish salad (A+B), snowball (B - ice-cream in coconut and chocolate sauce), fruit (A)

      Dinner: Vietnamese spring rolls (A+B), green Thai curry with chicken (A), pork with pineapple salsa and cassava chips (B) and delicious okra. Profiteroles for dessert (A+B).
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    • Day 7

      Beachcomber Island

      March 12 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Beachcomber Island is a resort in the Mamanuca Islands off the coast of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. It is located in a marine sanctuary. The water is crystal clear; the tropical fish are numerous; and the coral is in pretty good shape.
      The 1st picture looks back across the main beach towards the complex of common area buildings. The 2nd picture is the opposite side of the island where the shore is rocky.
      The 3rd and 4th pictures are of the small memorial church within the resort. There was a service, but I didn't get to it.
      The 5th picture is their weather station, and the 6th picture is a small pool where they keep 3 sea turtles.
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    • Day 13

      Lolo lesson

      August 12, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Today was another windy day. After breakfast and a game of chess we took part in a cooking lesson. Joka showed us how to make lolo buns (coconut buns) and Simo provided the coconut - freshly scraped using a special Fijian stool made for the job. The buns are made with a pretty simple dough mix, then steamed over low heat to cook them. After our cooking lesson and taste test, we went back to our bure to read for a while before lunch. For lunch we had fish tacos with papaya and sultana cake for dessert. For the afternoon we relaxed, read and listened to the wind in the trees and waves against the shore. At 6:30pm we listened to part 3 of storytime before having dinner - satay beef with rice and veggies for B and roast chicken with rice and veggies for me. The chicken stuffing was delicious and the chicken was really tender. For dessert we had citrus cheesecake before heading back to bure around 9pm.Read more

    • Day 8

      Reef snorkelling

      August 7, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Today we had breakfast before heading out on the snorkelling trip to Guava Reef - a recently discovered snorkelling spot by the boys on Navini. The reef was in the middle of the ocean and beautiful; coral, fish and sealife were everywhere. A few of the others spotted an octopus on the sea floor, so we watched him for about 20 minutes - when he was still you couldn't find him but then his legs moved and he crawled to another spot, changing colour to blend in as he went. After our trip we had lunch before having a quick rest and heading out to snorkel Navini's reef. We saw lots of fish and some massive starfish.
      After showering and reading for a bit we listened to Fiji folklore storytelling before having dinner - teriyaki chicken for me and steak for B.
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    • Day 10

      Breezy bliss

      August 9, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      The wind was blowing today on the north side of the island (where the restaurant and main area is). The excursion was a sightseeing trip past a nearby island - we've been before so weren't that interested so after breakfast (pancakes) we opted for a relaxing morning reading with the sound of the waves softly crashing into the shore. There's always something to watch on the water here - moving boats and dinghys, people snorkelling or stand up paddleboarding or using kayaks. Before long lunch time had come around - bbq pizza for B and a veg pizza for me, followed by banana and pineapple homemade fritters, yum! This afternoon we headed out for a snorkel (high tide) at about 3pm but the winds had made the reef not as beautiful so we spent a lot of time bobbing up and down rather than snorkelling. We then headed in to the shore and enjoyed the water for a little bit longer before getting out and rinsing off. Just after 5pm we headed round the corner on the beach to collect a shell of the day, look for hermys (hermit crabs), and watch the sunset. After the sunset we did some more reading before dinner - grilled fish with a sweet and sour sauce with rice for both of us, apple cake for B and icecream for me.Read more

    • Day 9

      Memorable meke

      August 8, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Today we followed our regular routine - awake with the sun, watching and listening to the water lap at the sand, breakfast at 8am then out on a snorkelling trip. Today we went to Honeymoon Island - it's a privately owned uninhabited island, but we snorkeled around it's reef for a few hours. The coral and fish were fantastic - we saw plenty of green throat parrotfish and three trumpet fish swimming together. B also spotted a banded sea snake and we learnt that all sea snakes are poisonous. Lucky we was happy swimming far from us. After snorkelling we headed back for a brief rest before lunch - spaghetti with salad for me and chicken and couscous for B. At lunch we found out tonight was Fijian Night. At 5pm we watched the boys preparing the lovo (underground oven) - the meat was wrapped in coconut leaves before being put in to cook. At 6:30pm we watched the meke (traditional song and dance) which all the staff performed in and then at 7:15pm the lovo was unearthed. We then listened to more of the storytelling before eating at 8pm. It is usually a buffet but due to covid it was like a mini buffet at our table. I forgot to take a photo of the food, but the veggies were so good and the meat was falling of the bone and so tender. For dessert we had cassava cake with caramel sauce and plantains in coconut milk.Read more

    • Day 14

      Coconut conjuring

      August 13, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Today after breakfast and a chess game we listened to the story of the coconut - a legend told to little children in Fiji. Some guests then tried to crack a coconut with their bare fists - apparently the youngest person to do it on the island was a 14 year old girl. After coconut story telling, we read for a little bit before having lunch - gourmet pork sausages in a homemade bread roll and coconut cake for dessert. We then had a rest and a bit of a walk along the beach to pick out our final shell of the day before choosing the best crab for the 4:30pm crab race. The race was done on the beach and our crab, "Usain Bolt" received two bronze medals and one gold medal! After the crab race we played a game of chess before watching the sunset one final time and then heading to dinner for our candlelight dinner. Dinner was Dhal soup, fish with sweet potatoes and chocolate espresso cake for me, and smoked Walu mousse, butter chicken and choc espresso cake for B. After dinner we headed back to the bure for our final night in paradise.Read more

    • Day 11

      Regal reef

      August 10, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today after breakfast the morning excursion was to Plantation Pinnacle Reef. It was low tide at 10am so people where ferried in the dingy to the boat - there was a large group of people today so it took 4-5 trips. Once on board we went on a very slow and rocky journey to the reef. I wasn't sure the swell would ever settle, but sure enough when we got to the reef, it was pretty still. The reef was beautiful - layers upon layers of coral and while there weren't many types of fish, the number was staggering - in some sections I couldn't even see through the fish, there was that many. We followed the edge of the reef for quite a while and then got back in the boat. The trip back was much like those raft boats where you get splashed every second wave 😂 by the time we got back, we were wetter than we were in the water. And so begun the ferrying of people back to shore - the boat is tied about 100m from the shore in low tide. We and our new friends (a family from San Francisco - a middle aged couple and their adult daughter and her partner) decided we would swim to shore instead. The boys would bring our belongings to land on their last trip in. Snorkels and fins back on we snorkeled back in. Being low tide, the last 30m or so was super warm as there was only about 1m of water, but we couldn't walk in as there is still reef at that point. We washed off before having lunch - beef burgers with crispy cassava. After lunch we played a game of chess before reading and snoozing into the afternoon. That night we listened to the band from 6:30pm while enjoying some drinks. They told us one of the songs was about kids getting on the bus for school, but they don't want to pay the fare. The bus driver can't yell at them in front of the village as their parents would hear, so he waits until he is 6 miles out and makes them pay up. The song is called "6 miles" in Fijian.
      Dinner was a shared entree of veggie wontons, then roast pork with veggies and gravy/apple sauce for me and Sichuan chicken stirfry for B. Dessert was bread and butter pudding.
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    • Day 6

      Natural Navini

      August 5, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Today we finished packing and headed to breakfast before our 9am transfer. At about 8:45am we could see a speedboat from the horizon and it was our Navini Island transfer. The boys welcomed us on board and in about 30 minutes we were on Navini's shores. We were met as we stepped onto the sand and taken for our welcome drink and briefing before being shown to the day room while our room was made up. For lunch B had lasagne while I had karaage chicken sliders with salad. After lunch we were shown to our bure so we unpacked and relaxed for a bit before walking a lap around the island, picking a shell for shell of the day. We plan to collect one shell each day we are here (of course putting them back when we are finished). Soon enough we heard the drum for dinner - beef curry with roti and accompaniments for B and coconut lime chicken breast for me. We were back in our bure just before 9pm, tired from all the activity from the day (🤣).Read more

    • Day 7

      Fishing and fish

      August 6, 2022 in Fiji ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Today we had breakfast and decided whether to go on today's excursion - hand line fishing. The last time we did hand line fishing (in Fiji) we both got motion sickness from the rocking. However, we decided to give it a crack (after some travel sickness medicine). There were 5 guests and we went to about 4 spots to try our luck. The guests caught 4 fish (two for B, none for me), and Thomas (resort boatie) caught about 5 or 6. Thomas was impressed with B's ability to "catch Fiji" - he hauled up two large pieces of coral during the trip. When we got back we had lunch; a fish salad/veggie mix with beans, potato, olives and lettuce and some fruit to finish. I then lost 1-2 hours to a nap before doing some reading before our shell finding lap of the island (which included a glorious sunset). We then headed to dinner - we both had Kokoda (a local dish of fish marinated in lime juice, then served with coconut milk, capsicum and onions), then B had chicken with rice and veggies and I had panko crumbed fish with veggies and dalo (a local root crop). We then had lumberjack cake to finish.Read more

      irene keane

      snack time!


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