Published: July 11th 2012June 13th 2012
Having lugged our bags around for 8 months, hopped on and off questionable buses and on the occasion, stayed at some pretty scruffy places, we were ready to have ourselves a holiday! Yes, I realise that swanning off around the world could be classed as a holiday in its own right, however what we wanted for three weeks was to simply do nothing. No looking at historical sights, no hunting for hostels or booking buses, nothing. We just wanted to put our bags down for a while and lay in the sun, and why not, it had been a tough 8 months!
One thing we didn’t count on when we booked our flights to Fiji way back in February of last year was how expensive Fiji would be. As a lot of people tend to come here whilst travelling, we assumed that Fiji must be fairly cheap…..we were wrong.
Before properly researching Fiji, we knew that there were islands in the Yasawas where we could get a dorm bed, so all we needed now was to be able to eat cheap and we were sorted. We also planned to be more or less off the booze for the 3
weeks that we were here as this would not only detox our bodies from the amount of beer we drank in Latin America, but would hopefully also get rid of those ‘spare tires’ that we gained around the midriff area! So that’s how we aimed to keep the costs down anyway. Unfortunately it was only when we were trying to book our dorm beds that we realized that most places in the Yasawas have a compulsory meal plan, and as there were no shops or restaurants on the islands, the meal plan was the only option to eat unless we wanted to live on coconuts for the next three weeks! This inevitably doubled our budget, however as we had always wanted to come to Fiji, we decided what the heck. How often would we be here since its on the other side of the world? And so, we booked ourselves into two places, for 9 nights each, that were recommended on the internet and on a few other blogs that we had read previously. Blue Lagoon Resort – Nacula Island, Yasawas, Fiji
Rather than bore you with a day by day run down of what we did, what
we ate and what we saw, I would simply give you an overview of what it was like here and some of the things that we got up to. This way, I will give my small tired mind a rest, and will save you from falling asleep!
Right from the off we knew we had made a good decision. As we left the Yasawa flyer boat for the smaller boat that takes you direct to your resort, we looked out to complete paradise. The water was some of the best we had ever seen, the sun was blazing and the resort looked amazing. No sooner had we started chatting to Cath, Sophie (Cath’s daughter) and Anne, when we heard the tranquil sounds of our welcoming party from the shore of the beach. Dressed in loud Hawaiian shirts and with Lei’s around their necks, the staff of the Blue Lagoon resort greeted us with the obligatory ‘Bula’ and handed us all a cocktail each…. We were a long way from those Bolivian buses right now!
For the next 9 nights, Cath and Sophie would help to form somewhat of a motley crew with Donna and I, and our evenings
were always spent together. We were inseparable whether it was watching International crab racing, playing ‘shot for a shot’ Volleyball after dinner or simply coming last in the Survivor night quiz we took part in together! These evenings were always a good laugh and almost always involved ‘Russell’. Now, Russell isn’t somebody we met at Blue Lagoon, but is actually a slang word for ‘booze not bought from the bar you are in’. For us, the phrase was first coined by Wendy, (Donnas mum) and friends, when they used to go away on girls weekends. The term Russell comes from the sound that the carrier bag, containing the illegitimate booze, makes when you need a top up! And so, each night we would all order a coke or a tonic water, and sneakily pour in the Gin, Vodka or whatever into our glass. (I realise that we said this holiday was going to be booze free, however when you walk through the Duty free shop in Auckland, at those prices It’s hard to say no, and so instead of laying off the booze, we instead bought three litres of spirits...ooops!)
Another thing that we said we weren’t going to
do whilst here apart from drink was… move. We had planned only on getting up off the beach for our three meals a day and going on in the water every now and again to cool off, that’s it. Again, we changed our minds. Whilst at the Blue Lagoon, we seemed to get involved with everything from coconut displays to village visits, snorkelling to watching how Fijian dishes are made. It just had a great blend of things to do, a great beach and some awesome people to talk to and get to know. Overall, the whole experience was just amazing. The food that we originally begrudged paying for was out of this world and worth every penny, the majority of the staff were friendly and welcoming, and we met so many great people in our time here. If there was a downside to being here it would only be the amount of gnat bites that Donna got, however to be honest, Donna gets them everywhere, so we didn’t really expect anything else! Someone we met here said ‘there has to be one bad thing in paradise I suppose’ and if the gnats were it, we were willing to accept
So, after an amazing time here at Blue Lagoon, we just prayed that our next resort, Octopus, would be as good....fingers crossed!
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