Feeling a little hungover, we met the gang for breakfast. Five of us; Matt and I, Rhys and Brittany and Naomi from London, had decided to head to one of the Fijian Islands for two days as a group. Our boat arrived to take us to Bounty Island in the Mamanucas island group, approximately 35 minutes away. The boat was fairly pricey at 70 Fijian dollars each- around about £30.
Once on the boat, and seeing the small island up ahead of us, it looked exactly how I had always imagined paradise. It was a circular island with a layer of white sand all the way around surrounding the palm trees that filled the middle. I know it sounds weird but I couldn't believe places like this actually existed. On arriving, we were met by a Fijian man playing a welcome song on the guitar. After hugs all round, we were taken to reception to check in to the Bounty Island Resort. The cost of our dormitory bed was around £8 each, however I had read previously that the Fijian islands have an additional 85 FJD per person a day for all your food. As the islands are so small and there are no shops on them, they need to import all the food. That means they can also charge what they like as tourists don't have any other option. Now 85 FJD (£35) a day for all your food isn't bad but it's definitely more than what we'd like to spend.
All the staff were really warm and welcoming. I've learnt that 'Bula' means hello in Fijian and 'Vinaka' means Thankyou! That's about the extent of my Fijian so far. We stayed in a 16 bed dorm which sounded worse than it was. The room was clean and cold, all that was important! The humidity and mosquitoes were intense at times but nothing we couldn't handle. It is the sort of place you could be eaten alive though.
We spent the next two days snorkelling around the 42 acre island, playing numerous card games and drinking beers. We had such a laugh and it was really nice for Matt and I to have a change. Matt and Rhys developed a slightly worrying bromance so they were off keeping themselves amused! We saw lots of tropical fish and even black tip reef sharks which tended to stay on the less touristy part of the island. They were only a metre or less long but they were very nippy and quick!
The food on the island was nice, mostly a buffet but one night we had al la carte, which was the nicest meal we had there. The staff performed a welcome song on the first night which was amazing. They sounded a little like a Fijian gospel choir, and they all had amazing voices. The main religion in Fiji is Christianity so they had a small church on the island and in the mornings, you could hear them practising their songs.
On the last night, the island experienced a power cut from 4pm- 11pm. At first we were miffed because it started right on happy hour so they were unable to use the draft pumps for beer, but after agreeing to sell the bottled beer for the same price, we were in! By evening time, they had decided to collect wood from other parts of the island and make a bonfire. They also scattered candle lanterns all over the resort which looked so cute. We all actually loved the fact there was no power as there was no man made light so you really got a feel for how it would be if you washed up on a desert island with nothing but darkness and the sound of the sea. Well... we loved it until we realised we couldn't charge our phones and there would be no air con!
The next morning, we were heading onto another island in the Yasawas group called Wayalailai. I had managed to find a small resort where the snorkelling was suppose to be different and much better, we couldn't wait for our next island adventure!