Bula! Welcome to our slightly late Fiji blog...
We left New Zealand in high spirits having had a splendid time, added to the thought of the impending tan top up we would recieve in Fiji.....
Our flight out of Auckland was delayed for nearly five hours without reason or apology. Nice! We arrived just as the travel agents were closing in Nadi airport... our travel/accomodation plans at this stage were flimsy at best. Fortunately we were met by a very large friendly chap in a skirt who took us back to his office and booked our entire trip for us. His name was Francis and he had the most calming voice we have ever heard. A tranquil nature that we discovered is common amongst fijians.
The next morning we boarded a speedy catamaran to make our way to the furthest of the Yasawas group of islands. The sun shined for the entire four hours of this journey and then stopped! It didn´t reappear until we got back on the same boat to return four days later. Despite this we were staying at a very chilled out resort called Nabula Lodge. We set about readjusting to "Fiji time" which runs at about half the speed of "English time".
The night we arrived we were treated to a lovu(?) meal, which is cooked in hole dug in the sand covered in palm leaves so that everything smokes together. Tasty. We also took part in Bula dancing each night with Jim forming the head of the snake dance more than once! Aswell as this we got to try Kava, which is a local custom of serving a mildly narcotic muddy looking root drink to newcomers that is said to ward off any bad spirits! Attending the sunday church service was amazing as we got to go to the local village and see some very cute kids and hear some very impressive singing!
We met some great people while on the island and still managed some snorkelling between rain showers at a great beach just around from the bay we were staying in.
Our island buddies
We spent one further night in Nadi at a hostel owned by a fantastic slightly crazy lady called Mamma.
Then we began our mammoth journey to South America!
J & H XX