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Nanuya Mbalavu Island

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  • Day213

    Travel in Style...Fiji

    May 5, 2017 in Fiji

    Nachdem es in Neuseeland ja für Frederik alles etwas „einfach“ war (für mich war auch das schon deutlich luxuriöser als normal), kommt jetzt sozusagen sein Teil unserer gemeinsamen Zeit oder vielleicht fängt für ihn auch jetzt erst der Urlaub an?
    Kurz nach 7 geht es zum Flughafen und allein der Check-in Prozess ist für mich in dem Moment Luxus pur (vielleicht ein kleiner Vorgeschmack auf den Rest 🤔). Durch Frederiks Gold Status bei der Star Alliance müssen wir nicht mit Hinz und Kunz einchecken, sondern dürfen in einen separaten Bereich in dem sich eine nette Dame nur um uns kümmert und alles für uns erledigt. Weiter geht’s von dort in die Lounge...Nach knapp 7 Monaten bin ich scheinbar ein richtiger Backpacker, als ich das Frühstuck sehe, würde am liebsten einfach einen riesen doggie bag für den Flug zusammenstellen – zumindest einen Muffin schmuggel ich mit nach draußen 😜🙈. Als Backpacker lernt man halt zu essen, wenn es was gibt und nicht, wenn man Hunger hat und wenn es nichts kostest schon mal doppelt so viel (Hilfe ich bin ein Backpacker geworden 😳)

    Nachdem wir auf Fiji gelandet sind, werden wir in ein anderes Terminal gebracht und checken für den nächsten Flug ein –eine Art Wassertaxi, das uns zu unserem Hotel auf eine der kleineren Inseln bringt. Auf meiner Reise gibt es für mich ja laufend „erste Male“, aber das sind gleich mehrere unvergessliche erste Male auf einmal : zum ersten Mal mit einem Wasserflugzeug geflogen, zum ersten Mal musste ich selbst auf die Kofferwage (die wiegen einen tatsächlich mit Handgepäck, damit sie den Sprit besser berechnen können), zum ersten Mal wirklich nicht sicher gewesen, ob das Teil auch fliegt, zum ersten Mal einen Piloten, der Barfuß geflogen ist,....und ja wir haben überlebt und sind in einem kleinen Paradies angekommen.

    Ich mache auf Fiji tatsächlich Urlaub von meiner Reise...die nächsten Tage steht für mich eigentlich nur Essen (super lecker und endlich ganz viel Fisch/Meeresfrüchte – leiste ich mir in Neuseeland ja so gut wie gar nicht), echt eigenartige Yoga Stunden (eher eine Art Pilates), und einfach am Strand liegen, lesen, Hörbücher hören, ein bisschen schnorcheln, Stand up paddlen und generell Nichtstun während Frederik tauchen geht.

    Da ich in Fiji unbedingt surfen und zu Cloud 9 wollte (ein Restaurant in der Mitte vom Ozean), müssen wir zurück auf die Hauptinsel. Zurück geht es dann (leider) nicht mehr ganz so luxuriös. Wir nehmen die Fähre, die von Insel zu Insel fährt und die Leute in den Ressorts einsammelt bzw. mit der man auch einen Tagesausflug machen kann.
    Auch wenn es dann doch etwas umständlich war, schaffe ich es mir einen Surflehrer zu organisieren. Wenn ich mit dem Bus zum ausgemachten Treffpunkt komme, bietet er mir das ganze sogar für den halben Preis an. Im Hotel erklären sie mir erst mal, dass das viel zu kompliziert und schwierig sei. So leicht wollte ich mich davon aber nicht abbringen lassen und habe schlussendlich einen Concierge gefunden, der mir den richtigen Bus und den Namen der Haltestelle rausfinden konnte. Im Hilton sind sie es scheinbar nicht gewohnt, dass Leute auch mal mit öffentlichen Bussen fahren. Am Ende war es wirklich extrem einfach, vor allem auch weil die Fijianer extrem freundlich und hilfsbereit sind und recht gut englisch sprechen. Und das surfen war einfach nur der Hammer, wir haben fast den ganzen Tag im Wasser verbracht, die Bedingungen waren für mich perfekt und keine Menschenseele außer uns im Wasser.

    Am nächsten morgen steht dann unser Trip nach Cloud 9 an. Nach nicht ganz 1h Bootsfahrt kommen wir in dem schwimmenden Restaurant/Bar an. Was für ein kleines Paradies und wir lernen sofort super nette Leute kennen. Der Tag vergeht wie im Flug und kaum zurück im Hotel zurück, holt uns auch schon ein Auto ab und bringt uns ins nächste Hotel , wo Frederik mit Haien tauchen wird! Keine Ahnung wie man das freiwillig machen kann, mir müsste man sehr viel Geld dafür zahlen. 😁

    Da unser Rückflug nach Auckland erst um kurz vor neun abends ist, beschließe ich noch einmal surfen zu gehen (es war die Tage davor einfach viel zu windig) und Frederik muss mich mit dem Taxi auf dem Weg einsammeln. Auch wenn ich nach den Videos/Fotos von den Haien ehrlich gesagt ein etwas mulmigeres Gefühl auf meinem Surfboard habe.
    Besser könnte man so einen Urlaub gar nicht beenden. Jetzt heißt es aber erst mal wieder zurück in mein „normales“ Leben bevor es in 3 Tagen nach Santiago de Chile geht. 🇨🇱🌎🛫
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  • Day40

    Fiji - Nacula

    May 13, 2016 in Fiji

    On to our next island, Nacula, to stay at Nabua Lodge. This is more of a resort than the last, no singing to welcome us to the island. But we were still welcomed warmly with a friendly handshake and a big "bula", and a disclaimer form to say they have no responsibilities to our health and wellbeing haha. We also had a lovely surprise when we got to Nabua that they were going to feed us lunch, horray!!! This helped massively to fix the sea sickness we had as the weather is a bit grim, which made the boat ride a tad choppy. As the day continued to be overcast and windy, we spent the rest of the day reading and napping. The next days weather was the same, so we spent the morning reading, and in the afternoon we took a trip out to Blue lagoon. We didn't have high hopes for this snorkel as it was so overcast we wasn't sure how much we'd see, and since there was only another 2 people joining us i think others felt the same. However, it was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen. The boat driver gave us some bread to feed the fish with first, and then we got in. I was taken aback when I put my head in the water, we were surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of fish, I could barely see the sea water through all the fish. We saw all sorts of fish, I have no idea what they're all called. We saw black and white striped ones, ones with a really long point coming out of its nose, big rainbow coloured fish, some massive fish I thought were sharks. I held my first star fish, a Dutch girl called Maxime who we were diving with came and brought it to us. I decided I didn't agree with picking up starfish out of the sea, so I think I held it for all of 2 seconds. I'm guessing Aiden felt the same because he didn't want to touch it either...but Maxime was insistent. As well as the small tropical fish there were schools of larger fish just staring off into the distance......eeeery. We both spotted a couple of long black and white sea snakes slithering along the ocean floor, coincidentally this is when me, Aiden, and Marc (a peculiar young German chap we met) decided to bravely head towards the shore because we 'had seen enough'. We were all just in awe over what we had seen, Aiden said it was better than when he went to the Great Barrier Reef.

    Later this day an army of mostly Canadians turned up on the island, around 50 odd. They were on a voluntourism trip who did a week of work followed by a week of partying, all aged 18-25. Most of them 20, the majority loud and obnoxious. Their leaders were the worst. One was especially bossy and even tried to boss around the 6 of us who were not in their group, telling us whether we were allowed to eat first or not, or to shhhh while she was talking. The other was a 29 year old who decided wearing a bra with an extremely floaty dress was not necessary (it was) while she made a fool of herself desperately trying to cling on to her 20s - meow! (Aiden edit haha don't tell sarah). We would have gone to the blue lagoon again the next day, but due to the size of this group all trips were booked up, and the amount of people would have spoilt it. So once again we spent our morning in a hammock chilling and reading. This is definitely a life we could get used to. In the afternoon we hired a kayak, and went around the bay for about 45 minutes. The sun came out which was nice, but the wind remained so we couldn't go out far as the waves were a bit too choppy and the tide was strong. I decided to repay Aiden for his behaviour on a kyaking trip we took in Menorca, and shoved him at the front of the kayak paddling away whilst I assumed the sunbathing position. He got his own back though, at one point where I did decide to help paddle, Aiden stuck his head in the water with wreckless abandonment to look at the fishes and swung his ore round which abruptly smacked me round the side of the head. He appeared more amused than sorry!

    We had a nice BBQ buffet for dinner. Dinner was really nice. Over the last few days we have acquired some new friends we eat our breakfasts, lunch and dinners with. Our table has been named the 'UN table'. It consists of Matt ( a 34 year old (probably gay) Australian man), Marc (a young man from Germany, in his very early 20s who is socially awkward and inappropriate but me and Aiden find him hilarious), a Israeli gentleman in his mid 20s (who just seems to sleep all day) and 2 new people from England, both maybe 20, A loud but pleasant Brandon and Emma who seems to keep him in check (after only knowing him for 24 hours she is already his mother). This was a very interesting group to share our meals with, we've learnt about each other's politics and how we all see each other's countries...it's all been very enlightening. At the end of this evening our Fijian hosts put on a dance show for us, dressed in straw skirts, with lots of squealing. This was really fun to watch but when they said it was time for us to join in we all made a swift exit, mainly because the Canadian group is too loud and because I'm very close to smacking their leader in the face.

    So our adventures on this island are over, the nice weather has returned. But we are leaving with some nice memories of people we have met, snorkelling we have done and a wooden tortoise souvenir to put in our house when we return.
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  • Day42

    Fiji - Manta ray Island

    May 15, 2016 in Fiji

    Our final day on Nacula saw us yet again board the Yasawa Flyer for our trip to the Manta Ray Island resort - our last stop! Our praying paid off as the large group jumped off at the stop before ours... Phew! We arrived to complimentary drinks and a beautiful resort. We began our island hopping at a family run resort based in the wild with a close knit and basic atmosphere, followed by the more organised Nabua Lodge. We have now taken a further step up the ladder and arrived at paradise..... There is a beach bar, lounging area, sunbeds, treehouse burers and it wasn't infested with Canadians ☺. The meals are also supplied in 3 courses! Straight away in the morning we headed down to the beach for a drop of snorkelling before boating out for a Manta Ray snorkel....
    It has been an objective of mine for years to swim with these creatures and what an experience it was. After warning us of a strong current and a final head count we jumped in. The visibility was initially poor but after eye adjustment we could just make out the bed and the larger fish in that area. After 4/5 minutes swimming came the manic pointing from fellow snorkellers to below, and sure enough about 4 metres below was and absolutely huge Manta with a wing span of around 4 metres.... What a beast!!! It was just gliding gracefully and harmlessly with its cleaning fish along its back....paying no heed to the mortals above taking photos. After this, me and Sarah got detached from the main group and drifted down current and casually met another huge Ray at its cleaning station. We were scarcely 2 metres away! It took all of our effort to stay put against the current whilst this Manta was effortlessly carving through it. 2 minutes later 2 smaller rays came at us riding the current at blistering speed heading straight for Sarah! Both whizzed straight under her flippers (I was very jealous) and were gone. At this point the current was making mince meat of us and we were 150 metres from the group. We came across two stray Chinese who screamed at me that they had just seen a shark and were dashing for their boat. So just short of shouting Wwwiiilllsssooonnn we hitched a ride with these wussbags back to our group. Once back with the group we saw one more submerged Manta and two on the surface. After swapping stories with fellow tourists who generally saw 3/4 mantas, me and Sarah sat very smuggely after our little adventure. I am currently sitting at the beach bar after lunch, chilling with Miss Cobbold looking forward to potentially a cheeky bit of scuba on the morrow.

    This evening after our dinner we decided it was time to be social...we wandered down to the bar. Sarah finally enjoyed a pinã colada, and I indulged in a cheeky coke. The resort staff put on a traditional Fijian dance show for us, which was great fun to watch. Sarah was dragged up to try a mild bit of Fijian belly dancing, and just as I thought I'd got away with it, I was dragged up to do some kind of dance routine by a lady. For the last dance they had us all join a line, the snake! One of the funniest dances ever and if we ever get married, a warning to you all, we will be doing this at the reception...and joining in it will not be optional 😉

    .... As promised me and Sarah have completed two scuba dives this morning, what a day! I already have the PADI open water qualification, however, that was 8 years ago and I struggle to remember to put my shoes on in the morning so there was no way I would remember how to dive so I did the intro dives with Sarah. After introducing us to the equipment and going through a few skills with us we headed into the resort reef for our first dive. Sarah is unqualified so stayed linked to Ato (the instructor) whilst I stayed behind, getting myself reintroduced to neutral buoyancy. This dive saw us get to 10 metres and once again see an impressive array of corals and creatures alike. We played with a group of giant clams, sea cucumbers, crabs, baby starfish and countless reef fish. Ato saw a Moray eel and a stingray which me and Sarah both missed.... Probably for the best! We did however see Bob the reef shark on the way in. I'll reiterate that this whole marine reserve is an untouched beauty and we feel so lucky to have access to such a pristine environment. Having experienced the barrier reef myself and hearing from several other divers, these reefs are probably the most diverse place on this planet to dive.
    One toilet break later and we were on a boat heading out to deeper waters. I didn't realise they were taking us to 20 metres on our second dive...crazy! We entered James bond style and submerged to the depths. The fish here were once again beautiful with added effect of the dramatic drop offs and larger reefs. One of my favourites were the clown fish which would rub themselves against the coral just like Nemo! After much teasing they would then turn aggressive and try to bite, instantly regret this, then retreat to the anemone. After 10 minutes we came across a surreal site, a school of around 30 Buffalo Parrot fish each about 1.5m in length just chilling in front of us! Instantaneously a grey reef shark came into view and after a few minutes began to swim towards us, it's mouth agape and chomping at the water. Sarah thought she would slyly shift backwards in an attempt to create a barrier of me and Ato. However, she did not notice my own slight shift backwards to create a Sarah-Ato wall between me and the shark. I remained safe, a coward but safe..... All of a sudden another shark came in on the action and the two circled only a couple of metres away. This was absolutely phenomenal!
    On our way back it would have been rude not to have a cheeky snorkel with the Manta rays again, so we dipped in for 5 minutes, seeing a couple of absolute beauts before heading off for some well deserved grilled cheese sarnies for lunch. After an afternoon nap we are chilling here at the beach bar, sad at the prospect of leaving the Yasawas tomorrow and beginning our journey to New Zealand as Fiji has been good to us. The next time we write should be hopefully after a few good treks on the north island, for now vinaka Fiji and BULA!
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