Nadi wasn't quite what we had expected as it was tiny to say it is the second largest city in Fiji. There is one main road with shops so the first day Nick and I did a bit of shopping and i bought a lovely wooden turlt which I have sent home and hope it arrives in one piece! Fiji is also not cheap and we had to barter hard, this is a shame as none of the money seems to filter to the villagers as it is a poor place and all the shops are owned by Indians and not Fijians. It is also the hottest place we have been by far and I have never felt so hot and sweaty in all my life!
Our hostel named Horizon was nice and had a cool bar area and pool. The beds in Fiji for some reason were so comfy it was pretty hard to get up! Horizon was located half way between the airport and nadi so we were quite adventurous and took quite a few local buses. the hostel is next to the sea but the beach wasnt very nice so we stuck with the pool...it was also nice not having to swim in salty water.
We had 2 nights at Horizon and booked ourselves onto a 3 night package to stay on Robinso Crusoe Island. It was quite expensive but turned out to be well worth the money as not only were all our meals and activities included it was also just an amazing place! We had to catch a boat over to the Island and the island itself was tiny at only 24 acres. Later we were chatting to the Oz owners and because of the coup there were hardly any people there...it usually has a capacity of 150 with another 100 coming on day trips whereas when we were there there was about 20 of us including staff...it was amazing and it really felt like we were on a deserted island.
The beach itself wasn't very big but it was far too hot to sunbathe and there were hammocks and swinging chairs hung everywhere ubder palms etc so we lounged about and read on them. Our first full day there was so much fun as we got to explore and go crab catching! We also went kayaking through mangroves and had a mud fight! nick went snorkeling quite a few times whilst we were there but was put off when he came face to face with a sea snake!
In the evenings it was pretty relaxed and us backpackers sat around and chatted and plyed cards. we even got to play games for free drinks so we were all pretty competitive by the end! We met some great people there inclding a couple of Norweigen girls, 2 swiss guys 2 Irish girls ans some Brits! The workers were also so nice and friendly. On the last night the out on a show for us with danicing and fire dancing which was pretty impressive! Earlier that day Sophie and I got a Houla lesson and we got to try on the grass skirts and perform...I was loving it!
There were only 2 negatives to the trip. the first was we were eateb alive by mosquitoes regardless of the repellent and secondly we both had alot of cash stolen and Nick discovered today that they had also taken his Ipod so we felt a bit disappointed to end on a bad note but altogether our Fijian experince was pretty special!
The 2 Norweigen girls named Kena and Mare were so nice and they stayed at back t Horizon with us on the last night and we even got a taxi with them to the airport and played cards whilst we waited for our flights. I feel a trip to Oslo may have to happen when we actaully have a job!