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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi August 21st 2005

While Caroline was stuck in L.A., Lyndsey and I made the most of our two days in Fiji. We both took sleeping pills on the flight and slept a good 9 hours without waking up once. So we were ready to go at 5:30 a.m. when we landed in Nadi. However, we were in for quite a treat when we arrived at the Nadi Bay Resort Hotel. First of all, I'm not sure if Fiji has ever heard of false advertising, but this was the first of many encounters we had with this phenomenon. The Nadi Bay Resort Hotel is nothing more than a hostel. Lyndsey and I were escorted to our 8 bed dorm room where we shared the one bathroom with the 6 other people sleeping with us. If I had been willing, I'm ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi August 9th 2005

Finally found a USB port. Check out the photos! Back in Nadi at the Horizon Hotel. We stayed here last night b/c the Nadi Bay Res. was ful. This place is smaller and a bit rougher around the edges, but not too bad. We got a room w/ AC & ensuite bath for F$55, not bad. It even had a TV, watched a bit of N. Zealand vs. S. Africa in Rugby. Breakfast was only toast and coffee, but we couldn't get even toast at the last resort, so it was good to get that back. For some reason they're always blasting Eurobeat music here, even by the pay phone. There's a funny indo-fijian dj morning show too, this we heard once before. They do of course 'wacky stuff', playing hip hop music and dance. Best ... read more
Club Masa Welcomes You
Our Transportation from Club Masa

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi August 8th 2005

Back in Nadi and finally posting. Yes, ER the tv show is blaring here above my head, but using my hand written notes I've been able to crank out a number of entries. Sorry, no photos yet! Staying at a nice cheap place, costing us about 30 bucks for an AC room w/ private bath. There's a lot of Euro music playing in the bar, and my pizza had far too much chees and not enough sauce. Other than that, things are ok. Boat ride today was 5 hours, but not too bad because we were outside in the shade... ... the ER episode is annoying as hell actually. Some woman is having a stroke and it's being told in the 1st person... ... anyway we head out for the surf camp tomorrow. We thought it ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands August 7th 2005

Sunday today. We're attending church later on in the village which is going to be great. The singing is supposed to be amazing. Service will be in Fijian. I'm watching the sun come up right now, just out my bure window. Very pretty. Last night all 6 of us took the sunset hike to watch the... yes sunset... on the other side of the isl, also very pretty. It's been a cool experience staying at such a small resort and there's been not much turnover. It was only 6 here last night, down 2 from night before: * Alex - UK - heading to univ to study either geology or product design. looks like Harry Potter. * Rob - UK - heading to univ. in Cardiff to study French/Span.. not bad on the guitar. not bad ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands August 6th 2005

Well, yesterday evening a case of the quick step walked into my life together with a bit of fever/chills/muscle soreness. It came on so quickly that I suspect food poisoning. I hope that it goes away as quickly. Still at Sanawai. We're staying 1 extra night (4 total) b4 heading back to the big island. Can't complain really, we stayed inour 1st Bure last night which was great. We have our own shower/toilet/sink and the breeze comes right through the windows (mosq. nets are provided). I can see the beach/ocean from my bed here. Yes., we went hand-line fishing w/ Rob/Alex from the UK. Both young guys. I didn't catch any fish, but I did catch 2 sand-crabs as part of the bait-harvesting, pre-fishing activities. The basic process is to find a hole in the sand, ... read more

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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands August 4th 2005

At Sanawai Res. We're about 1/2 way up the Yasawa chain. This place is small and so far we like it! There are on ly about 12 people here, all UK except for 3 Kiwis and us. Food was great 2nite. Expect more of same over next days. Snorkeled today, probably best we've seen. Very windy 2nite, cool temps. Will chill here for an extra day. We stay in dorm 2nite, then Bure next 2 nights (traditional hut). Definitely on the commonwealth travelers circuit. Most are going E. from NZ to Fiji to USA and back to UK. Was asked today, "Are you traveling or on holiday?". I answered, "Well, we're taking 3 months off." Their answer, "Oh, you're traveling"... Sweet! Even sweeter, this guy Rob's backpack patch: "I love post-natal yodel core". He's saying something ... read more
Watching the Sunset at Sanwai
Saying Goodbye at Sanawai

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands August 3rd 2005

Today's a Wed. I believe. It is early morning, a bit after breakfast, and I just had a wonderful brushing of the teeth. It's very windy now, and the water's choppy. Last night we had apretty good meal an dmingled with some people. Food was meats and fish and some kind of spinach dumpling. Tonight they're having a 'lovo' which is a traditional dish/feast baked in an underground overn. They did this goofy little thing last night for entertainment called International Night. Each country's guests had to stand up and sing a song: * Scotland - national anthem * Germany - some kind of traditional song, or was it a pop/dance hit? * Sweden - traditional midsummer's party song, complete w/ reindeer dance * USA (that'd be Sherry and I only) - We did the 'I'm ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands August 2nd 2005

Heading out today from Nadi on the Yasawa Flyer to the Wayalailai Resort on the island of Waya Sewa. We'll stay there 2 nights, then transfer to Yaqeta Isl. at the Sanawai resort. The latter is a new resort, so not in the book. Actually, there's nothing about the isl. in our book. WE've had some good food here: yummy french toast, etc. Also, Fiji Gold and Fiji Bitter 'stubbie' beers, bottle like Red Stripe.... read more
Saying Goodbye at Waya Lailai
She looks good in a rash guard, doesn't she?
That's 'Big Jerry'

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi August 1st 2005

Day one, actually 2, actually 3 if you count the day that we missed coming W. across the inter. date line. It's Mo. and we're in Nadi, Fiji. We're holed up at the Nadi Bay Resort Hotel in 'Butterfly 1'. So far so good, the flt. across wasn't too bad, especially consid. we had to come all the way from Atlanta. Today is a rest/plan day, kind of a tough pairing, but we'll give it a go. Tomorrow we'll leave likely for the Yasawa Islands or to the 2nd largest Fijian isl. to the N. of here. Quick hits: * Drank 'Fiji' bottled water for the first time yesterday. * Not many people, I expect, come to Fiji to cool off, but we did! ... Marc would like it here, they don't tip! Also, the queen ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast July 20th 2005

Hi everyone! Well, we've now been in Fiji for 2 weeks and it's been amazing! Wicked start to the trip - great people, yummy food, incredible scenery, beautiful islands and HOT HOT weather. Blah blah blah, right? We're both pretty blonde and bronzed (of course!) - although Charlie does have a better tan line than me. Something he's very proud of :) So, in the past 14 days we've been jetting between the islands and enjoying a cocktail of Fijian experiences alongside the usual backpacker banter. Here are some of the highlights so far... * We spent our first 4 days discovering Fiji in a big green 'Feejee Experience' bus with a crazy Fijian tour guide called Luke who worshipped Charlie (but was kind of scared of me) and a tiny-yet-outrageous Indian driver called Arvin - ... read more
Natadola Beach
Wainibuka Village
Hanging out with the Natives




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