We transferred from Way to Long Beach on Matawacalevu today, which is literally paradise on a long white sandy beach! When we arrived there was not enough room for all of us in the dorm so Fred happily vlounteered to stay in his own ´beachside bure´with a double bed that we didnt stop hearing about for the rest of the day! although after being attacked in the night by a cat he wasnt quite so happy in the morning! After lunch we went for a walk along the beach and for a swim in the sea, which was brilliantly clear and turquoise. Fred joked around a bit dunking bins under water and putting sand in her hair, but without going into details she got her own back...although I´m pretty sure she wouldn´t want me to say how! Tans also found a starfish that sucked onto our fingers. We went for afternoon tea in the village where some of the women were selling shells and jewellry made out of little shells, Twiggy got a pretty necklace. The family had a pet dog and a really cut little kitten clled Tiger, which was so tiny.
Fred, Tna sand Twiggy and I played volleyball with the Fiji people in the afternoon which was good fun and one guy had a hilarious laugh like an hyena! In the evening we sat outside our dorm/hut playing some games - Bins was hilarious when we got o the accents game, but Tans had to be the best with her interpretation of a dumb person! (no discrimination intended...) The elctricity went out at 10 so we star gazed for a little while in the hammock before going to bed.
We spent a relaxing morning sunbathing on the beach until it got too hot, so Tans and I decided to see how far we could walk out before it got too deep, since the sea here is really shallow. In the end we actially just floated about before swimming to the deserted island opposite Long Beach. The sun came out and the sea was so turquoise and translucent it looked incredible! The island was idyllic - the sand was pure white and lying in the shallows we had a bit of an éxfoliating" session - dont ask! When Fred got out to do some wieght lifting on the beach (?!) we stayed in the water and ended up floating around a nature, with some v white bottoms on show!
Inthe afternoon I went snorkelling again which was great; at one point lots of little electric blue fish leaped out of the water in my direction. UI also saw some black and white angelfish hanging around all different types of coral, such as soft, hard and some brain coral. I wished I had a camera, coz I saw a brown blowfish hiding on top of a rock, more starfish and a bright blue spotted moray eel!
We went for tea again at the village, which was a delicious banana cake today and we played volleyball again in the afternoon. The sunset was so beautiful, as the sun set behind the hill ofthe island and I could see one lone palm tree sticking out from the top. I just got a bit ofa shock as a massive fruit bat circeld the beach from the trees, disappearing and then coming out again - much bigger than the ones in Sydney!
At dinner there was an enormous spider in a web above our table with a bug body and black adn red spoindly legs, which was apparently harmless but very ugly! Two german guys were in the dorm with us, and we all spent some time chatting by the bonfire on the beach before bed.