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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands January 24th 2006

My first stop on my quest around the world was Fiji. Aside from the fact that I had everyone around me telling me I was crazy for just taking off alone, the forecast for Fiji right before I left did not tell me great things either. Rain, rain, rain, all week! Well, what could I really do at this point. The weather gets involved in everything, but lo and behold... I went to Fiji. After visiting a friend in L.A., I stepped onto a long overnight flight to Fiji. Let me say, I was nervous! All those months of planning had dissolved and that paper ticket turned into the real thing. Fiji was the first and last flight that I was able to sleep on for the next seven months. Why? I still don't have that ... read more
Lush, lush lands!
Simply Beautiful
Cook me some chicken!

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Malolo Island January 18th 2006

Day 1 Our Fiji trip began with a friend picking us up and dropping us off at Gosford train station. In just under an hour-and-a-half, we were at the international departures terminal at Sydney airport. After a four-hour flight and a one-hour time change, we arrived in Nadi on the main island of Viti Levu just in time to be transported to our overnight hotel - the Tanoa International - a beautiful hotel with very hungry mosquitoes that dined well on Sarah’s legs! Day 2 Up early to be transported to the marina for our ferry to Malolo Island. When we arrived at the “marina” (an open-air ticket booth and two docks), we were told that the Tiger IV catamaran was in need of repair… and they began to load our luggage into a small red ... read more
Just Relaxing
More Relaxing
The Hammocks were comfy!

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi January 13th 2006

Well having left Auckland with a somewhat delicate head it was time for Fiji. Now having booked my flights some time ago I was originally going to be in Fiji for 4 days/3 nights but as NZ airways have decided to change flights on me that’s been shortened to 3 Days and 2 nights but to make matters worse my flights land mid day and take off mid afternoon so it only gave me one full day in Fiji. I wasn't too upset about it as when I arrived at the hostel I found the bar next to the Pool with several ladies wearing very little around it (There is a god!). Well I got settled in to my digs, the hostel is a little out the way and the nearest town is about 10mins away. ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi January 12th 2006

Hey everyone!!! How are you all?? Well we have been in Fiji for a week, its amazing!! The flight from LA was long and tedious (for Natalie, as I slept through most of it) and wasnt without its upset from one Red Affro-headed American Woman with a rediculously over-surgically enchanced face!!! She basically informed both me and Natalie that due to our cough, that we had caught, we were indangering the health and safety of all the passengers and although we're 'young and beautiful' we "should wear a mask" - obviously me and Natalie were in stitches of laughter at her instruction and she firmly insisted "No, you wear masks because now i need anti-biotics and will not enjoy my holiday" - she was amazing!! After this 11 hour flight and not much patience i told ... read more
Eating how the locals eat

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands January 10th 2006

Our last few days relaxing at the lovely Octopus Resort, on Waya Island in the Yasawa's - about 1.5 hours by boat from mainland Fiji. I went for a scuba dive this morning - it was a wall dive with 25m of visibility! Lovely coral fans off the side of the wall. In the afternoon we snorkelled on the reef just off from the beach. Although it had been a tiring day we still joined in finding crabs to race (from the beach). Our crab - or Mr Crab (21) - won the International Crab race and we set to work on the prize - A bar tab of F$30. Easily done with just Emily's wine consumption! ... read more
Mr Crab 21 - crosses the line
Coral
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands January 9th 2006

Happy New Year from Fiji. Well it's nice to be back on our travels and I don't think we could have found a more perfect place to get away from the freezing greyness that is London. We arrived on New Years Eve at our first hostel after a 40 hour journey (3 flights, 28 hours flying time 12 hours waiting around in airports) to a bunch of merry surfer dudes sitting by the pool drinking cocktails. "Are you ready to party?" they asked "ofcus" we grunted somewhat incoherently. We then stumbled hurridly to our room where we dumped our rucksacks and fell on the bed. Mel suggested we set our alarm so that we wouldn't miss the celebrations. The alarm went off, f'ck knows what time, and we threw it on the floor and went back ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands January 5th 2006

I have to write all of this in retrospect now- time has just flown by and we have been so busy and/or not had internet access that we are way behind now. We left Tanna the day before we were due to fly to Fiji. The flight, despite being short, was pretty cool- mainly because I got to ride in the jump seat. I didn’t even know you could do that in light of new security measures on planes now, but I guess the whole threat of terrorism thing hasn’t reached Vanuatu yet, which makes a refreshing change, even if it is a bit risky. XRay machines to check bags? What are they and will the damage the chicken I am carrying in my hand luggage bag is more apt! Anyway, Dan joined me there mid ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu December 27th 2005

Where to begin...Have been in Fiji now for twenty plus days and every single one has been great. It's really amazing to meet so many people that are living out their dreams. It's funny the bond between travellers. We all come from very different places and backgrounds, but the fact that we are all away from our homes, in new places, with new people creates this connection that's amazing. You seem to open up to people alot sooner because they may only be around for a few days. All fear and inhibitions go out the window. This was odd for the first week or so, but now you meet some people you just feel comfortable with right away. Other people you enjoy talking to but you know you will never see them again so you just ... read more
Crazy Fijians and there canoes.
Bamboo canoe
Cannibal Fork's and Human Shin Bones

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu December 22nd 2005

No, never fear i have not gotten married in scotland -i'm talking about the highlands of Viti Levu - the largest island in Fiji. We had decided we wanted to go and stay in a village in the highlands and opted for a homestay e.g. staying with a family in the village, hoping to see a bit more of the traditional fijian way of life. Amazingly enough we arrived on the day of a wedding ceremony! No this was not a faux wedding put on for tourists like the one in Tunisia which was a mock berber style wedding in which Ele was renamed Fatima and married another tourist called Ali ba ba ( for those of you who don't know that story it will have to wait until another time), it was a real wedding ... read more
Eleanor looking scared as we may be lost in the jungle
The waterfall we trekked 2 hours through the jungle to get to
Ele looking lovely

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu December 19th 2005

Wow, where do I begin? The bus ride from Suva to Nananu-i-Ra was crazy. We were on an old rickety bus going over steep dirt roads and across "bridges" that consisted of 2 wooden planks and no guard rails. We passed lots of local villages with stands on the side of the road selling fruits, veggies, and live chickens. But then 4 hours later we made it. Nananu-i-Ra is a small island about 3km off the northeast coast of Viti Levu. It is much drier and hotter in this part of Fiji. It was about a 20 minute boat ride with the most incredible scenery. We finally got to the Nananu Island Lodge and what a beautiful place. It was total stereotypical Fiji, the type of beaches and crystal clear multi-colored blue water you associate with ... read more
Ellington Wharf
The boat ride
Let the games begin




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