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Published: June 28th 2008
We took a small boat to the island of Caqalai which is pronounced "Thangalai." We have a little "bure" with a double bed under a mosquito net and a view of the beach and ocean and the tiny island called "Snake Island." At low tide you can walk to snake island. We only spotted one of the little white and black striped, and highly poisonous snakes hanging out in a crook of the exposed island rock. I guess that's why they call it "Snake Island" and not "Island of Snakes." ;-)
We went diving with the Irish dive master and we saw several large schools of barracuda, purple nudibranchs, a tiger fish, and lots of white tip reef sharks. We didn't get any shots of the sharks as they'd have to swim up to within a foot or two of us and say cheese for us to get a clear shot in our cheap little camera. The snorkeling is great too and most of our pics are from that. Lots of colorful coral and fish everywhere.
We just got to Suva and walked the city tour described in the guide book. The Fiji museum was very interesting. At puberty
women used to get their bottom half tattooed so that it looked like they were wearing a pair of shorts. Men of high status and priests had hair dressers who dyed their hair and quaffed it into elaborate head gear. Cannibalism was a daily event and widows and seriously ill people were strangled. I don't think I'd complain about being sick around the village!
The best part of the walking tour wasn't even in the guide book. We heard a marching band when we left the museum and went to see what it was. There was a changing of the guards at the presidential palance that only happens once a month and we were lucky to catch it! The guys in red shirts (army) swapped with the guys in blue shirts (police) and they all wore the white Fred Flintstone sulus and carried bayonetted rifles. Lots of foot stomping, shouted orders, inspections and marching ensued.
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