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Oceania » Fiji » Lau Islands August 27th 2019

https://youtu.be/QO9J32aK1_w Sorry for the jerky footage on the youtube video...the pilot is still learning to fly. Anyway, hopefully it does not detract from the beauty and tranquility we found in Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau area in Fiji. The Lau area was only opened up to visitors about 10 years ago. Today, it is still rather remote and hard to get to, given the normal southeast tradewinds. The island group encompasses a few hundred miles and is mostly serviced by a monthly supply ship, which often can not stop at all of the islands due to extreme sea conditions. There are two airstrips that service the vast area, but again, flights often are cancelled due to the conditions. There is no tourism in the area, no stores, hotels, etc. The local villagers all live a ... read more
Craig on secluded beach
cave
Bruce before a snorkel

Oceania » Fiji April 1st 2019

Geo: -17.7591, 177.979... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Nadi March 10th 2019

Off to Fiji the magical islands where the sun shines and everyone is happy. We arrived early evening and were picked up by our Airbnb host in Nadi before we headed out to see some local dancing - unfortunately it absolutely poured down as we drove across and as it was outside it was called off. No matter our host Evelyn took us to the marina where we listened to a local band playing soft rock and ate dinner at TGI’s - not quite what we were expecting but it did the job for the evening. Next morning the sun was shining and off we went by ferry to Yasawa islands and Naqalia lodge. After dropping us at the ferry Evelyn confirmed that it wouldn’t rain on the islands! The ferry crossing was fine and after ... read more
Boat transfer to wayaseya
Natalia lodge
the pinnacle for the sunset walk

Oceania » Fiji February 23rd 2019

Ich wollte einfach nochmal in die Flip-Flops schlüpfen und die Wärme der Südsee spüren. Also bin ich als Zwischenstation nach Nadi, auf Viti Levu, der Hauptinsel der Fidschi Inseln (engl. Fiji Islands) geflogen. Dort angekommen hatte ich eine einfache und zweckmäßige, aber sehr schöne Unterkunft mit Pool und Spa-Bereich direkt am Strand. Es war nochmal ideal zum Erholen und auch mal mehrere Tage an einem Ort zu verbringen. So vergingen die ersten Tage vor allem mit dem Aufarbeiten der vergangenen Wochen (Fotos bearbeiten, Blog schreiben etc.) sowie mit der zukünftigen Reiseplanung, da meine Reise nach Südamerika vor der Tür stand. Doch auch hier war ich neugierig, die Fiji Islands noch etwas genauer zu erkunden, da jetzt in Nadi nicht unbedingt das typische Leben auf Fiji zu erfahren war. So unternahm ich eine Fahrt im Local-Bus (das ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji May 5th 2018

Bula! When planning our trip this year and having decided on New Zealand, we figured as it was such a long way to travel to that we had better include Fiji in our plans, having wanted to see this country as well and not knowing if we would ever be back in this part of the world...plus as we always like to end on a beach it seemed the perfect combo; three weeks of on-the-move travel and finishing with butt-in-hammock relaxation....oh yeah... Made the three hour flight from Christchurch to Nadi, but as the flights and ferries are not well sync'd we had to stay on the main island for a night at both the beginning and end, no big deal really...as we arrived at our backpacker hotel around 8 pm it wasn't going to be ... read more
Leaving Nadi
Yasawa Flyer Selfie
Starfish

Oceania » Fiji » Nadi April 30th 2018

Oceania » Fiji » Yasawa Islands April 27th 2018

After a busy and wettish end to our time in New Zealand we were looking forward to some sun on the beaches of Fiji. So when we landed in Nadi to be greeted with overcast conditions, rain hammering the tarmac and news of an imminent cyclone approaching we weren’t particularly hopeful! We visited duty free to get some essential supplies for the week - Fijian rum, vodka and two bottles of wine. Our first night in Fiji was spent in a 32 bed dorm room at a place called Smugglers Cove which wouldn’t have been as bad as it sounds had the group of Indian men staying there weren't using it as a meeting room at all hours of the night. The next morning we headed to port where we would take the ferry to the ... read more
Sunset @ Blue Lagoon Resort
Off for a snorkel
Our tent @ Barefoot Kuata Resort

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Lautoka April 23rd 2018

Blog 31 Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji April 20, 2018 – Weather forecast: mostly sunny; temperature 32°C, wind 7kts (3 Beaufort) Today we visit Lautoka on Viti Levu, the second largest island in the Southern Pacific. Lautoka is this island nation’s second largest city with a population of 52,000 and is affectionately known as “Sugar City” due to the largest sugar mill in the Southern Hemisphere located near our pier. Fiji has over 300 islands under its control with approximately 106 of them inhabited. Fiji gained its independence from England in 1970 and became a republic in 1987. We selected another cultural experience in the form of a traditional Fijian meke, a performance that conveys the tales of love, legend and history through song and dance. The ceremony started off with the elaborate preparation of “kava”, a ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Kadavu April 23rd 2018

Blog 32 Part 1: Dravuni Island, Fiji, April 21 ,2018 – Weather forecast: intense sun in morning leading to partly cloudy skies with a chance of rain; humidity 90%, temperature 28°C, wind 17kts (5 Beaufort) Our anchorage today was off the Dravuni Island. The island is less than two miles in length and lies in the Kadavu Island group of Fiji. There are only 200 inhabitants on the island who happily welcomed us ashore to go swimming and snorkeling in the surf or walk up one of the volcanic peaks for a stunning 360° view of the crystal-clear sea and surrounding islands dotting the horizon. I took the tender ashore so I could do that hike to the top and it was well worth it. Part 2: At Sea, April 21, 2018 – Weather forecast: partly ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast March 9th 2018

Our last day in Fiji is uneventful. The old man is burnt from his much anticipated dive and vows never to expose his skin to the sun again. He spends the day on the lanai playing candy crush and moaning alternatively about the sun, heat and mosquitoes. I take a swim then devise a way to read without being troubled by the aforementioned. I sit on the bottom step of the pool exposing only my head and one hand. One last thunder storm, one last sunset walk along the beach and our wet week in Fiji is at and end. ... read more
Herons at sunset




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