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Published: April 11th 2015
So there is the cyclone occurring at the moment that could hit Fiji so I'm moving from Nadi (where it's more likely to hit) to Suva. I had a nice breakfast and then got the bus from Nadi for 4 hours to Suva which was a bargain $15 for an air conditioned bus! I just read my book the whole way. When I got to Suva my hostel was only a 5 minute walk so I went there and checked in at city hotel. I was meant to be in a 10 bed dorm but got upgraded to a private room with double bed and en suite- luxury compared to what I have been used to! Then I wandered into town and had a look around before getting some tea and cake in a cafe. Then I wandered a bit more to get my bearings before spending the evening in my hostel, reading and chilling!
The next morning I went and bought some breakfast and then had a look what there is to do in Suva- turns out not a lot. But I found a museum and walked there. It was quite small but I needed up spending over an hour
there looking round. It was quite interesting. Then I walked back to town, had dinner and went back to the hostel where I ended up chatting to the staff about my travels so far! Then I got another early night.
The next day I had breakfast then went for coffee near the bus station while I waited for my bus. Then I got it to pacific harbour- it was a longggg bus going round all these little villages which was nice to see! When I finally arrived I was the only one checked in to Tsulu bunk house, so had an 8 bed dorm all to myself! It's based in an 'arts village' which is quite hippyish and has lots of cute shops but there is nothing else around so it's quite strange! I went for a look around and found an Internet cafe so uploaded all my project pics and then went to the supermarket to buy some good. The weather here is quite stormy because of the cyclone passing- which they say will miss Fiji now, thankfully! It's very quiet here so there isn't much to do in the evening, which is quite nice!
The next morning I
went and got breakfast before being picked up for my first day of my dive course! I thought I would be in a group but it was just me and my instructor Jone which was nice. I watched some videos and did some work in the pool- mask clearing, sharif breathing apparatus etc before heading out to do my first two open water dives!! The first one was 20 minutes and was just getting used to being under the water- it was amazing!!! The coral was insane and so colourful and bright (better than the places in the barrier reef I visited!) Then after 5 minutes I saw a turtle! Jone said I was lucky to see it! Then we had a break and did my second dive, I saw so many amazing and weird fish!! Some with electric blue in them and things like trumpet fish! I had a few tests to complete on this dive like all the skills I had practiced but it was all fairly easy! After we got the boat back and I watched another chapter of the DVD! Then Jone set me 175 pages to read for homework with 3 quizs! So I went
home and started reading before going for dinner. I got chatting to the waitress who suggested we went out one night!
The next morning was another early start and I watched more of the DVD until Jone rocked up. Then I had to complete my official dive tests and get them all marked. I got pretty much everything right. Then I did the rest of my pool dives. We did lots of tests including 10 minutes treading water and 8 laps of the pool. I had more reading and homework. Then I went for dinner and had a burrito which was crazy spicy!
Another early start for my final dive. Then a Danish guy who checked into my hostel joined as he was starting his course. I did my third and fourth dive. We did lots of skills, Jone was so happy every time I did one! Then I saw a white-tip reef shark, which was cool. I passed all my tests so now I'm certified as an Open water diver! Then in the evening I chatted with the Danish guy and we had dinner before another early night!
Got up early for my final day at the dive centre
to go shark diving! I was so excited! We all got suited up and went out on the boat- everyone else had done loads of dives and thought it was hilarious it was my first! We get given a talk about safety etc and I was paired with a dive buddy because of my lack of experience haha he was Fijian and hilarious! So our first 40min dive went down to 30m and we had to sit on a coral bed they had made. There were 50+ Bull sharks which was crazy!!! The main guy was feeding them tuna heads from a big wheely bin! They were amazing to watch and so close it was crazy. Then after a while we went up to 10m to feed the reef sharks which was also fun, there were loads of them too. On our second dive we went to 25m and had to lie down because the sharks swam over our heads. They were about 3.5m long. After if had happened it all felt about surreal. It was definitely one of the most incredible things I've ever done!! In the afternoon I saw that girl Abbey and she invited me to the
beach with her friend, La for some drinks. We chilled down there for a few hours.
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