Blogs from Caqalai, Fiji, Oceania


Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai November 1st 2011

Hello Faithful Fiji Followers, It is with my deepest sorrow to announce this will be my last blog posting from the great nation of Fiji. Not only does this mean that my trip has come to a close, but you will have to wait until I go traveling again to laugh at me from the comfort of your computer chairs. Shucks! Well, that is, unless you are very lucky and something ridiculous happens on my flight home and I live to tell the tale. For my last few days in Fiji, and described in the spirit of Maria Von Trapp, whose biography I read, I decided to spend my time focused around two of my favorite things. The sun and the sea. I’ve come to the conclusion that these really are two of my favorite things ... read more
The beach on Caqalai, pretty alright
The shower
Kava in powder form

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai March 11th 2010

Bula & Kia Ora!!! (EN below & more pictures on page 2) Het is fijn weer te reizen. Merk dat het me al gemakkelijker af gaat, maak tegenwoordig niet eens meer boekingen vooruit omdat ik echt niet weet wat er volgende week, morgen of zelfs over een paar uur gaat gebeuren. Je wordt er dus erg flexibel van en dat bevalt me wel. Waarom alles compleet plannen zodat de leuke spontane dingen niet meer kunnen gebeuren?! Fiji dus... Wat een zaligheid! De taxichauf zei meteen 'no worry no hurry' tegen me en ik was op slag verliefd op Fiji. Het is grappig te merken dat ik altijd op zoek ga naar herkenning, vergelijkingen maakt, zodat je jezelf gerust stelt. Fiji lijkt een beetje op Bali en gezien ik het daar zo naar mn zin had gehad ... read more
School picture
My class
Posing for the camera

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai November 4th 2009

7/10 At Navua Jetty, we caught the local bus with no windows into Suva. We booked into the Suva Motor Inn again, and it was sheer luxury to have a warm shower and bathroom to ourselves. After the shower it was time to find our favourite coffee place for an iced coffee. The Republic of Cappuccino had changed its name to Esquires Coffee House, but the coffee and food was still the same. The street hassling was more noticeable this time and Phil had to almost shout at the hawkers who were trying to sell us stuff. All part of the experience! After a quick dip in the pool when we got back, it was dinner time again, and we ate in the restaurant at the hotel. 8/10 First thing in the morning it was time ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai 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 ... read more
Giant clam
Blue & orange fish on pretty coral
Go Lakers!

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai November 15th 2007

Another lovely weekend on Caqalai Island! This time I snorkelled out to Snake Island - the snorkelling here is the best I have done in Fiji so far.... read more
Caqalai Island
Chilling out on Caqalai
Caqalai Island

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai September 9th 2007

This past weekend I went to Caqalai (Thang-ga-lie) Island for the weekend. It was a great weekend away out of Suva with great snorkelling, lying around in hammocks and not doing much at all. I'll let the photos do the talking!... read more
Welcome to Caqalai
My bure
My bure

Oceania » Fiji » Caqalai May 21st 2007

After many hours of traveling, we finally arrived in Fiji. It was 5:00 a.m. local time, so, unfortunately, we weren’t able to see any of the islands as we flew in. However, the 5 hour bus ride from Nadi (home of the airport - no other reason to go there!) to Suva (the capital) afforded us some spectacular views. It was definitely a unique experience. Loud music was blaring, the bus rattled like it was about to fall apart, people were packed in on top of each other… But we loved every minute of it! Especially the stop at the market in Sigatoka, where we bought bananas (very tiny and bruised looking, but delicious) and kumquats. We didn’t realize that kumquats are really sour -- don’t try to eat them on their own! The woman ... read more
Our Bure
Palm Trees!
Sigatoka Market

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