Walu Bay

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  • Day115

    Suva, Hauptstadt von Fiji

    April 25, 2016 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Mir dem Taxi die ca. 100km nach Suva gefahren, Dauer ca. 1 1/2h.Suva ist eigentlich recht klein wenn man das Stadtzentrum betrachtet. Es gibt ein paar Häuser aus der Kolonialzeit, moderne Shoppingcenter und die Regierungsgebäude. Ausserdem das Fuji Museum das uns besonders ans Herz gelegt wurde. Die Parks sind ganz schön aber nicht spektakulär, das Museum eher dürftig. In Auckland, Wellington und Dunedin in NZ haben wir mehr Fiji Kultur gesehen wie hier. Nur dass die Bevölkerung jetzt zu 50% aua Indern besteht die ab 1879 von den Briten während der Kolonialzeit hierher vertraglich verpflichtet wurden und dann zu 60% hier geblieben sind ist interessant. Ein paar Menschen - Knochen in Schauposition aus der Menschenfresserzeit und die Esswerkzeuge dazu nebst Zerteilungsplan gab's auch. Die Verfahren waren wirklich ziemlich erschreckend (nur die Frauen durften zwar den Erdofen befüllen aber die zubereiteten Feinde nicht essen)Read more

  • Day10

    Finding Navini

    May 12, 2018 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we sadly departed Matamanoa bound for Navini island. While waiting for the boat, we saw a small dingy and hoped that would not be the boat to take us to Navini. Another larger boat came along and we relieved it would be that boat. However, the waters are too shallow to board straight on the boat so we had to use a smaller boat to get to the larger boat and then board the larger boat while both were getting flung up and down in the really choppy seas. After nearly falling in, we were away and Brenton took a seat up front with the captain. It was a bumpy but nice 30ish minute ride to Navini, where we were met with a dingy to make it to land. The transfer was better than expected and we checked in and got the run down from one of the lovely staff members. Our Bure is recently renovated and comes with veranda, daybed, sun loungers under a thatched umbrella and outdoor shower. It’s actually much nicer than I anticipated which is always good! After a lay down on the day bed (reading for B and a really solid nap for me - umm I am not sure how I will make it through a work day on my return!) we heard the drum call for lunch (all meals are announced with a drum call here). Steak sandwich and cassava chips for B and chicken pilaf for me - we also met a few other people on the island. At the moment there are
    13 others on this small island - there are only 11 bures here. After lunch we went for a beach stroll before another reading session. The drum sounded at about 6:15pm and it was Fijian night so we got dressed in our sulus and headed for pre dinner drinks and a traditional lovo buffet with lots of veggies, fish, chicken, pork all cooked in the underground lovo oven. They also had a stuffed eggplant which was awesome! Dessert was a delicious coconut cake and fruit salad.
    Then we had a kava ceremony and Fijian dancing before getting back to our Bure around 10pm.
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  • Day13

    Dolphins, surfers and a candlelit dinner

    May 15, 2018 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we had breakfast and got ready for the morning trip - a boat ride to look for dolphins with snorkelling on the way back. We went nearly all the way out to cloudbreak where all the pro surfers go in Fiji to surf. We looked for dolphins but there was nothing - there were two other boats looking also. Then all of a sudden they appeared, swimming alongside the boat, flipping out of the water, usually in pairs. It was amazing! There had to be about 40 dolphins all around us. At one point they even got in the boat’s wake and were riding the wave - truly amazing. We then ventured a little further out to check out the surfing - there were quite a few out but the water was relatively flat. I had never seen a wave break without land, it was a bit weird! There was also a tall wooden structure, like a wooden lookout in the middle of the ocean - our driver told us it was the judges platform - they come out by boat and can see from the tower. After that we stopped for snorkelling on the way back - the reef was amazing and there were heaps of zebra fish everywhere. We got back, had lunch and then snoozed and read until about 3:30pm when I went for a snorkel just off the island and B came out on kayak. The reef here is phenomenal! It has a big drop off about 50-100m from the shore, so I swam to that then swam along the drop off, seeing two angelfish that were almost a meter long, huge black clownfish, and so many other fish id never seen before. On the way back in I saw a black tipped reef shark (eeek!!) in the shallow water. It was only a baby, maybe a meter long. They don’t bite humans but it still scared me to see one in person. Back on dry land it, B stared in volleyball once again. We then went and relaxed before dinner - we had our special candlelit beach dinner tonight. It was just us, by candlelight, under the stars (which are very visible here). It was lovely. Tired, we went to bed soon after getting back from dinner.Read more

  • Day12

    Cycling the sea

    May 14, 2018 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We are settling into a nice rhythm here - B had pancakes for breakfast (super good!) and I had bacon and eggs with sausage. We went on the excursion today to a few other resorts - Plantation Island Resort and Muscat Cove Resort. They are on the same island so we walked from one to the other before a dip in the pool and a drink. We are pretty happy with our choices - they really didn’t appeal to us at all but it was still great to see them and their set up. We were back in time for a quick read before lunch. The afternoon brought a snooze followed by a sea cycle, a two seat watercraft you pedal. It comes with a rudder to steer also. We saw a turtle while out - it was a little smaller than the one the other day - maybe about a 40cm diameter across the shell. It poked its head up right next to the sea cycle - it was seriously amazing! B then played in the afternoon volleyball game (quite well, too). Then we got ready for dinner and relaxed for a little bit before dinner. For dinner B had salmon mousse with toast, salt and pepper squid and chocolate brownie. I had dhal soup, corn fritters with grilled veggies and the brownie. All once again really good!Read more

  • Day14

    Sand cays and sunsets

    May 16, 2018 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today after breakfast we went on the morning trip to a sand cay for snorkelling. The sand cay itself was quite cool, just a small sandy island in the middle of the ocean with nothing around it. The snorkelling was not the best but there were some super friendly zebra fish who came right up to you. We got back just after 11 and read before lunch. After lunch and a snooze for B, we went down to the beach to hang out a bit - B played volleyball. We walked around to watch the sun set one last time. At 6:30pm we had drinks and listened to the Navini band before dinner. We had one last delicious dinner before heading to bed. I’ll be doing one last post once we are home, an in-depth comparison between the resorts, mainly for my benefit but might be of use if you are planning to visit Fiji sometime!Read more

  • Day11

    Finding more fish

    May 13, 2018 in Fiji ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Today we had breakfast then headed out on the snorkelling trip to “honeymoon island”. There was just 4 of us on the trip (all day trips are complementary here). We saw a turtle on the way out, it was huge, about 70cm diameter across the shell at least. At the snorkelling spot we saw heaps of new fish including a needlefish (almost looked like an eel to begin with), a parrotfish and a grouper. We got back to the island with about an hour to spare before lunch. After lunch we did some more reading and I finished my third book and B finished his second. Loving all this reading! Soon enough dinner rolled around and we finished it with a delicious date, coconut and apple cake (lumberjack cake). Off to bed early tonight after our “late” night last night.Read more

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