BULA!!!! (that means hello in Fijian) Firstly we want to start by saying CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel and Kev on their engagement!!!!!!! Sorry we can't be there but we'll have a drink on you! Where to start- landed in Fiji last Saturday at 5.15am and jumped on a bus at 7.50am to start our Feejee Experience tour that took us around the island. Day 1- after arriving at Natadola Beach we sat down for a BBQ by the sea then we moved on and visited a typical Fijian village. After that we went sand boarding down a massive sand dune and managed to get sand everywhere! Our first nights accommodation was out of this world. Mango Bay was a hostel come 5 star resort right on the beach and we arrived just as the sun was setting. Its everything you'd dream Fiji would be and more... Day 2- Up early to get to Suva where we went on a 5 km jungle trek taking us through deep jungle, wadding down a creek and climbing massive hills that finally lead us down to a Congo style river where we had dinner then jumped in rubber rings to go tubbing down the river to a secluded waterfall. After jumping in and out of the water we got in a long boat that took us back to civilisation. That night we stayed at a jungle lodge where the buffet gave 5 out of the group of 9 people the s***s or sickness (including me and Ian!).
Day 3- Kava Day! With Ian debating if he could get out of bed or not we finally moved on and visited a traditional Fijian village where the chief and his tribe introduced us to the famous Kava! This is a traditional tribal drink in Fiji. It is the root of a plant ground down and mixed with water and tastes like soil!!! It numbs your tongue and throat and it is seen as an offense not to drink it. While the girls were taken away to learn how to weave, poor Ian and the rest of the boys were left to finish cup after cup after cup of the stuff!!!! Some of the local boys jumped back on the bus with us and we went further down the road where we went Bilibili Rafting (rafts made out of bamboo!). That night the bus dropped us at a little place called Volivoli. With only and bar/restaurant and the beach we stayed there for 2 days and enjoyed the sun, games and bonfires on the beach at night-oh yeah and did more Kava drinking which went down much better after we'd recovered from the sickness.
Day 6- Today we sampled the local curry (which didn't impress us as much as Nelson's finest!) and moved on to some nearby hot pools where we sat in a mud pool and then hot spa pools. Tomorrow we're off to Beechcomber Island for 2 days then off island hopping for the rest of the 2 weeks we have left here, hoping to improve on our tans! Photo's to come but as computers are minimal and not very modern they could be a while. Sending big hugs and kisses to everyone back home!!!!! Lots of love Hayley & Ian xxx