Wow, where do we start?... Sorry for the lack of blogging, but it turns out Fiji doesnt have many intenet cafe's.
Having no luggage and only the clothes we stood in, (which by the way were jeans we had been wearing for over 30 hrs, now standing in 30 degrees C at 5am!!) we went into Nadi town on the bus (which turned out to be a very brave thing to do).We must have looked like fresh tourists: pale and pasty with a pocket full of money and the wrong clothes! We were hassled left right and centre... "you from the UK?" "You come in MY shop" "How long you here for?" "When you arrive?" "How much money you have?". We bought shorts, T-shirt and flip-flops and got the hell out of there pronto! We chilled out by the pool for the rest of the day, making several phone calls to the lost luggage lady at the airport... but no joy :(
Next morning however, we called again and they'd arrived on that mornings flight from LA. It was a very happy reunion... now we can get on with our adventure! :)
We met a couple called Lyndsey and Josh and booked a trip with them to the Yasawa Islands (Fiji's northern string of islands). It was a 4 1/2 hour ferry ride up to PARADISE.
We booked for six nights on 4 islands... Nabula Lodge on Nacula Island, Saneuai resort on Yaqeta, White Sandy Beaches resort on Naviti and Sunset Waya on Waya island.
We arrived at the first island to a view from the bouty advert, but Rachels bag didn't! (AGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH - Lou, I think your bag has a different itinery!)
Nobody had a clue where it was, and so the search began, but with only radios to communicate and only one boat a day, it wasn't going to be 'Plane Sailing' (Boom Boom!)
We spent the next 6 days relaxing and enjoying the 32C heat, white sandy beaches, swinging in hammocks between coconut trees, soaking up the Fijian hospitality.
We managed to fit in snorkeling the reefs, kayaking, village visit to meet the cheif (!), a Kava ceremony (which is a drink made from a plant root which makes your mouth go numb and if you can stomach enough it can have some 'strange effects' The Fijians do it every night, all night.. its vile!!!) We learnt how to Bula Dance Fijian style (you should have seen Ed shaking his stuff!). We did some crab racing (so cool!), Limbo Dancing (Ed won - only because he's so short! :O ), and Musical statues Fiji Styleee!
During the days it was so hot, we could only swing in hammock or cool down with a dip in the 25C sea, ungracefully legging it between the two to avoid burning our feet on the baking hot sand! (You dont see that in the Bounty advert)
We had an amazing time on the Islands, met some wicked people and made loads of friends, but Rachel was really starting to humm by the end of it (I'd like to see you lot live in a bikini with nothing to wash in except rain water dribbling out of a rusty pipe!)
After chasing the boat people every day to no avail, we finally demanded some money as compensation... surprise surprise, it turned it turned up the next day!
Since we got to Fiji 10 days ago, Rachel's managed to have her bag for 48hrs!
We stayed 1 more night at Nadi Bay Hotel, which now seems luxury compared to the grass huts, no electricity and spiders the size of your head we have got used to.
Next stop New Zealand.... Lets hope our baggage has the same idea!