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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
Farewell to Jerry and Brendan

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands July 9th 2014

Fiji 2014 Sun Jun 15th We left Adelaide on the red eye to Sydney at 6am in the morning. It was about 8 degrees and still dark. We landed in Fiji at 3.30 their time to lovely warm sunny weather. We caught the Club Fiji shuttle bus and managed to smuggle mum and Monika on as well even though their transport wasn't included in their hotel fees. The place was nice enough but we couldn't wait to get off the mainland to the real beauty of Fiji. The barking dogs made it almost impossible to sleep at night. We caught a mini bus into Nadi the following morning to exchange money and have a look around. We soon wanted to leave the enthusiastic sales people of Nadi to get back for a quick swim in the ... read more
Barefoot Lookout
Swimming with the Mantas

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Nanuya Island January 4th 2014

Wishing all our friends relatives and assorted readers a very Happy New Year from fabulous Fiji. This is the most fabulous place and very relaxing after 7 weeks 'on the road'. Started with 4 days at Yawa island in the western Yasawa chain. That was a lovely place with a beach side Bure, from which the pacific virtually lapped our toes. Spent our time fishing (unsuccessfully), eating fish that someone else caught, swimming, snorkeling over the coral, lying in a hammock with a beer, and generally working hard doing nothing! Needless to say, Shirley is very her sun, heat (33) and sea,, and we stay in the same place for 4 whole days! Got cramp snorkeling on 1st day, and struggled to get out of a rip with only one leg working, so got dragged ... read more
Airport Welcome
Fiji taxis
Yep this'll do

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands June 9th 2013

Bula Fiji: Traumstrand (Stichwort Bacardi-Werbung!), wunderschönes Korallenriff direkt in der Bucht, viele, viele kleine kaum oder un-bewohnte Inselchen, endloser Ozean, blauer Himmel, vorbeiziehende Wolken, ein paar Cocktails an der Bar, 30°C im Schatten. Es ist unglaublich: nach 2 Stunden auf der Insel erschien der Tag schon fast stressig, wenn man´s zum Frühstück pünktlich schaffen muss … alles passierte irgendwie 2 Gänge langsamer, das Arbeiten der Angestellten war faktisch im Zeitlupentempo. Aber selbst daran gewöhnt man sich und beginnt selbst, jede unnötige Bewegung zu vermeiden. Erlebt haben wir trotzdem einiges: * jeden Tag in der prallen Mittagssonne und zum Sonnenuntergang mit den Einheimischen recht gepflegtes 6 gegen 6 Volleyball spielen; * Schnorcheln, falls Strömungen und Gezeiten es zulassen; * die Quiz-Night und damit jede Menge Champagner gewinnen und... read more
Paradiesisches Octopus Resort
Paradiesischer Strand
Paradiesischer Sonnenuntergang

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands April 20th 2013

It's over two months since we arrived in Fiji so this is a rather rose tinted view of our time there; Torrential rain; compulsory meals of corned beef and cold smelly showers are all but forgotten. We arrived in Fiji on the 15th of February into Nadi airport where we were greeted by tradition Fiji music played by men wearing Hawaiian shirts and Leis with big smiles and I remembered why I wanted to go come back to Fiji. By the time we had got off the plane to leaving the airport we had probably heard the phrase 'BULA' about 20 times; Andy decided he hated it which wasn't a good omen for the coming weeks as it seems to be used for hello/welcome/thankyou and all through Kava ceremonies at random time - more of this ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands March 10th 2013

Op 25 februari vertrok in vanuit Sydney vroeg in de ochtend naar Nadi, een stad aan de westelijke kant van het hoofdeiland Vitu Levu. De vlucht had wat vertraging maar verliep verder, zoals alle andere tot dusver, goed. Ik verbleef maar 1 nacht op het hoofdeiland van Fiji want ik vertrok de dag erop naar Nacula eiland in de Yasawa eilanden groep aan de westerse kant van Fiji. Meteen als je aankomt op de luchthaven staan er enkele lokale inwoners al zingend en met de gitaar in de hand je op te wachten. Kwestie van je meteen hartelijk welkom te heten. De luchthaven zelf stelde niet veel voor en ik was er dan ook vrij vlot doorheen Buiten moest ik even wachten op de bus die mij naar mijn hostel zou brengen. Ik was al vroeg ... read more
ontvangst van een andere gast
ergens in de Yasawas

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Yasawa Island February 22nd 2013

We managed to recruit lots of the newcomers at Nabua for the cave trip so we were able to go before our departure. Plus, it had stopped raining and blue skies had appeared. The boat ride up to the caves was about 40mins through some pretty exposed bits of sea up past Yasawa Island. A small group of tour guides greeted us and took us inside the caves. The water was cool and the limestone formation was pretty spectacular. To get to the second cave (the spitting cave) you have to swim underwater for a couple of metres and enter the pitch black cave. These caves were also used in the film Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields. After our lunch we boarded the long boat which took us over to the catamaran. Five and a half ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Yasawa Island February 21st 2013

Unfortunately we awoke to rain (it hadn't stopped all night!) and the forecast for the day wasn't great. We had booked onto the caves trip but a minimum of 5 guests from the local resorts are needed to run the trip and the rain had put everyone off so it was cancelled - hopefully more people will want to go tomorrow. So instead we decided to do the Nacula hike up into the hills. There were some great views from up there and the land really is untouched. After lunch 10 more guests arrived, along with 8 travel agents (resort inspection). The rain really started pouring down and so it was back to chess and basket weaving! Guess what - I beat James at chess for the first time ever! Dinner was fab, Nabua lodge serves ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Yasawa Island February 20th 2013

We didn't want to leave barefoot lodge this morning. We'd had such a good couple of days on the island but we were excited about seeing another island too. We boarded the large boat heading north, but encountered an engine failure about an hour from our destination! This meant a very slow cruising speed of 6 knots and a little longer than expected to get to our next resort - Nabua lodge. We'd come through a lot of rain on the boat and this continued for the whole day! I'm not gonna lie I started to get very bored this afternoon as the activities get a little limited in the pouring rain! The food at Nabua lodge has been great so far and best of all the local tea shop bought over some delicious chocolate orange ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands » Naviti Island February 19th 2013

After 9 hours sleep we thought it best that we get up and breathe the morning air before breakfast. There's a short hike up to a lookout point and so while James ran back and forth a couple of times, I walked up to the top and back. Breakfast was good and we had these delicious banana scones. The morning activity was coconut jewellery making, and it's amazing what you can do with a coconut shell and some sand paper! The rest of the morning was spent hanging around in a hammock, sun bathing on the beach or swimming in the sea. We booked in with Reef Safari for a couple of dives this afternoon and after speaking to some other divers we decided to got out to the caves for our first dive. Our second ... read more
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