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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Nanuya Island May 16th 2017

Bula bula from Fiji- from start to finish this place has been amazing. We arrived in the early hours of the morning to be welcomed not only by the heat but also by a band playing traditional Fijian music. So to say it made us smile is an understatement! A few hours later we were lying on the beach, cocktail in hand, having had a pedicure and massage. The grand total for the above- less than £25!!! We could tell the Fijian lifestyle was going to suit us. In the evening we experienced Fijian Kava (no not cava- definitely NOT cava) which is widely drank out here like alcohol. After observing the local customs we tried it and both came to the unfortunate conclusion it tasted like muddy water!! I think we will stick to beers. ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 28th 2017

Today was our final day of the trip. Leaving on this adventure both seemed like so long ago and just yesterday. I was glad to be headed home at least. I got really good sleep, and the sickness had slowed down quite a bit. I had put on a scopalamine patch the night before to help with the seasickness later. It made my mouth dry. I also just felt really stoned in general. I wasn't sure if that was the patch or dehydration, or both. Then we heard the drums for the mantarays. Chris didn't feel like going again today but he saw I was better and badgered me into going. As a nurse, I'd never tell my patients to do something stupid like that. But that's the same with backpacking only three weeks after surgery, ... read more
Hammocking
I Look Like Death
Beautiful Day

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 27th 2017

I maybe died a lot today. Unfortunately there are pretty much zero pictures because starting at 4am I was exploding out my ass. I woke up with my stomach raging, I ran for the bathroom and pretty much repeated that every 30min or so. I didn't sleep much. I lied there thinking, goddamned effing kokonda. This couldn't be what Chris had. This made Chris' little bug look like child's play. Around 8am, Chris headed up to the dining hall for breakfast. While up there, I could hear the pounding of the drums, signalling the return of the mantarays. Chris came back with a plate full of food in case I was hungry, and dressed up for mantaray swimming. I was too sick to be jealous. Forget eating. He looked a little guilty as he snuck out ... read more
Where I Spent Most of My Day

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 26th 2017

I woke up for our last day on Coralview. We'd be here for the morning but after lunch our boat would be shuttling us to the next resort. I only had a 2.5hr ride this time so I was hopeful the seasickness wouldn't destroy me again. Breakfast was the usual fare of coffee, fruit, an "onion" pancake thing, and bread that was similar, but not, cornbread. Sometimes a crepe instead. We had wanted to do one last snorkeling trip but it turned out the water was choppier today. Not good for snorkeling we were told. We had another surprise awaiting us, though. Last night, the resort employees had come across a sea turtle. So they saved him for us to examine (gently) and then release back into the water. It turns out Coralview participates in turtle ... read more
Examining the Turtle
Turtle Time
Turtle Time

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 25th 2017

Most days I've been so tired that I'm not awake any earlier than I have to be. Today, I happened to wake up as the sun was rising, though. Figuring no one else was awake and outdoors, I pulled on a pair of shorts and ran outside in my underwear to see the pink yellow sunrise. It wasn't cold but the mosquitoes were already awake so I snapped a quick picture. It wasn't until then, as I was about to head back inside, that I realized I wasn't the only one outside in my underwear. A few other people had the same idea! So, I ran back in and hopped back into bed for a little bit. That day Billy and I wanted to do the snorkeling safari. At that point, Chris had come down with ... read more
Coconut Demo by Toki
Fresh Coconut
Pretty Flower

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 24th 2017

There were two reasons I wanted to go all the way out to Coralview for our beautiful island adventures. One, was the snorkeling with sharks (which we did the day before). The second, more important reason, were the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. Only the resorts (three or so) this far out did tours of the caves. Mostly because of proximity. They're these gorgeous limestone sea caves owned by the locals. That morning after breakfast we headed out to the caves in a motor boat. I really enjoyed the small boat travels- they didn't make me sick at all. We loved flying over the water, our whole group would laugh and yell when we'd hit a rough spot and bounce in our seats. Toki, our main guide, and his helper thought this was odd but funny. I think it's ... read more
The Caves
Hammocking with Hubby
Neat Trees

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands February 23rd 2017

Our boat leaves the harbour at 830am, which meant we had to be up for our bus ride to the harbour before that, and eating breakfast well before that. I slept hard in my air conditioned room, the last for a week. I was going to miss that luxury. It gets very hot and humid out on the islands. Smuggler's Cove breakfast was a buffet of random things like fruit and instant coffee. I hated drinking instant coffee in the Ireland hostels years ago- this is what that reminded me of. I normally drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day back home, so my one solid cup of coffee was being downgraded further lol. Oh well, when in Rome. The big modern bus drove a hoarde of us to the harbour for our water taxi. We ... read more
The Cougar II
Waiting to Leave
Enroute to Coralview

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Nanuya Island August 18th 2016

The seven hour flight out of Ecuador and South America led me to a quick layover in El Salvador where I would board another plane for the six hour flight to LAX. I was back in America. I am always a little nervous when crossing borders and going through immigration, but in the USA I have no such fears. What, they are not going to let me in my own country? The border agent thoroughly questioned me about my six months in South America and about what I was doing there to which I replied “as little as possible”. Next up was what do I do for work, to which I replied “working is for suckers.” He did not like this and I then found myself into secondary screening where my bag was ripped apart searching ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Yasawa Island June 11th 2015

So we arrived in Nadi on the 20th May, we were greeted at the airport with Fijians singing and playing guitars giving us a big Bula welcome, (for those of you that haven't visited Fiji Bula means hello/welcome). When we arrived in Nadi city it wasn't the Fiji we were expecting because there was no crystal clear water or white sandy beach. Instead Nadi was very much the stopover city used when visiting the Yaswai Islands. Before we visited the Islands we decided to venture into Nadi and Lotoka city to experience the Fijian way of life, we travelled on a traditional Fijian bus with no windows. It was very bumpy but great to get involved in the culture. Lotoka was great, there were fresh fruit and fish markets and traditional shops to explore without any ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Naviti Island October 25th 2014

Cap’n’s report - 103 nautical miles over 12 Days. Well after all the waiting in Vuda Point Marina for crew I almost have some. One maybe, an English woman who really wanted to go to Vanuatu for the diving or a couple of Swiss world travellers (Urs and Marianne) but they can’t leave till the end of October. So while I considered my options I headed out to Musket Cove. I had last been here in 2011 with Lorraine. Since one, if not two cyclones had hit then the place, so I wondered what it would be like. On Sunday 12 October, I set off into a head wind so it was a steady, though lumpy, motor. The combination of head wind and short sharp sea sometimes slowed Hakura down to a few knots but we ... read more
Destarte off northern Waya Is
Destarte
Farewell to Jerry and Brendan




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