On first impressions from the Yasawa Flyer, Beachcomber Island looked absolutely beautiful. It was tiny, a bit bigger than South Sea Island but still small enough to walk around in less than 15 minutes. As we got on the connecting boat we felt a bit like cattle as we were crowded onto a boat. This feeling did not stop as we felt the eyes of the island checking us all out as the boat turned up. There were tons of people on this island, all staring at us and all sitting on the same area of the beach. This was a bit overwhelming even after being on the last island that was a bit busier. We got taken to our dorm by a not so happy Fijian lady (where had all the smies gone) and it turned out we were in a room that wasn't too big with 5 bunk beds crammed in at different angles. We found Kim and Zoe and it turned out they were in a similar room. The next day we found out that we were quite lucky as Chris and the other guys had been put into a 100 bed dorm room!!
The good thing about the place was that the food was brilliant. We all ate so well for those two days with big breakfasts and lunches and lovely dinners. This is because it was so close to the mainland and I imagine food supplies are sent across regularly. The trouble with this island is that it was the least Fijian place in the world...It was more like an 18-30's resort than a Fijian island and it was full of drunk Brits. It could have been anywhere in the world and is what I imagine Faliraki to be like these days. It's fair enough if this is what you had come for but because we just wanted to chill and get to learn about the culture and speak to the Fijian people who live on the islands, this was not what we wanted. I think a lot of the people that we were with felt the same and we all sort of stuck together and laughed at the drunken idiots together...this was until we realised that the drunken idiots were in our dorm! We were lucky though as the 100 bed dorm had a lot of bed swapping going on apparently...nice!
During our couple of days on the island, we walked to the other side that was deserted...the 18-30's were all huddled together like wildstock next to the bar. We layed in the sun, swam in the sea and enjoyed our last couple of days in the sun on the beautiful side of the island. We had to say goodbye to the people we had met while we were on the islands but it was particularly hard to say goodbye to Kim, Zoe and Chris. They had been the people that we had got to know the most and spent a lot of time with. Hopefully they will be coming over from the land of Aus and Canada for a visit sooner rather than later! Get over here! x