Bula once again.
This is going to be a long one so put the kettle on, settle down with a nice cup of something and have a read.Â
Picking up from where i left off, after Price had woken up and we had lounged for a bit longer, we decided to have Tequila Sunsets which were awesome.Â Taking the sunset into dinner, i tried my hand at a Chicken Pie with a mahusive serving of chips, whilst Price went native and had coconut fish...........an experience that he said wasn't too bad.Â After dinner it was straight to bed due to the fact we had been up near on 40 hours but our dorm was fullÂ of English people so we were swapping stories for a while before sleep.
The next morning was an early start (hopefully not a reaccuring theme to this holiday) at about 6 in the morning before a very english sausage, eggs and beans for breakfast (you would think Fiji were part of the commonwealth or something)Â After a hastle free bus ride to Denerau harbour we had bordered the Cougar to set sail for South Sea Island.Â About half an hour into the cruise, we spotted the smallest island and we were like "oh how can anyone stay on that?!Â It's so small"Â Well it turned out to be our accommodation for the next two nights, with power running from 6pm to midnight and a walk round the whole island in under 4 minutes!Â About 10ish we went for a ride in the glass bottom boat around the surrounding reef, seeing loads of sealife, no nemo fish though!Â After the glass bottom boat we went to go feed some fish from a boat (throwing bread in the water and this swarm of parrot fish appeared to fight over the food)Â Before we jumped in with snorkels someone shouted "hey look a shark" which was really comforting as we were in open water and just about to swim away from the boat.Â However didn't see the shark again so was swimming around with the fish for about half an hour which was incredible!?Â Getting back we had a bbq on the beach with a little band playing in the background.Â This truely is paradise people, i highly recommend Fiji.Â After lunch it wasÂ a bit of beachside volleyball before more sunbathing.Â Went for another snorkel round the reef of South Sea (saw another shark........no Jaws moments though)Â More sunbathing then a kayak around the island where we nearly grounded ourself on the reef but luckily some australian woman came and joined us on our paddle round.Â After watching the sunset (which slightly resembled the photo) we had another incredible dinner before drinking games with Dave the host (shut up and drink)Â Sunk a few beers (main money was upstairs so that was lucky) before star gazing and then Bed (where i was mauled by flies, no joke, it was hideous)
Day 17 was another early start for breakfast at 7 before the connection to the sea spray for the day.Â The boat (the Yashawa Flyer) took us past hosts of island before stopping in the bay of Mana island to get onto the sea spray.Â The sea spray was a 1920's scottish built two masted schooner that offered free beer.Â It was brilliant.Â Sailed our way over to an island with a Fijian village.Â Was officially welcomed in with a special ceremony where J and I (J was this scouser we met) had to drink cava as chiefs of our tribe.Â Cava is made from the root of a pepper tree and apparantly if you drink enough of it has a narcotic effect........though we were combining it with the free beer so wasn't too sure!Â As the group had sat in the wrong place everyone in the fron row had to drink the cava and J and I got a second round.Â After the ceremony it was a quick walk round the village market before getting back on the sea spray for a most incredible bbq (and more free beer)Â Lunch took a fair bit of time (Fijian time is a lot slower than British) before we set sail over to Modrike (the Island where they filmed Castaway with Tom Hanks)Â Snorkeled over to the island from Sea Spray which was incredible before we went exploring Tom Hanks style!?Â White sandy beaches, small coves to have adventures in, didn't find Wilson though.Â Seaspray eventually took us back to Mana Harbour before our cruise back to South Sea Island.Â After another sunset and a volleyball game in fading light (quite dangerous)Â we had a dinner of rice, pasta and this steak fish thing.Â Played cards and drunk a bit more before eventually making it too bed.Â Had a blanket this night so wasn't as mauled, w***s still got me though
Wednesday (we cannot remember what days we were on, had to ask someone)Â saw us after breakfast sunbathing before our cruise over to the Wanna Taki.Â This was not an island but a boat that would house us for the next two days.Â Said goodbye too theÂ friends weÂ had madeÂ on South Sea before crusining off to the YashawaÂ set of islands.Â Onboard the Wanna Taki we hadÂ the nicest welcome drinks (non alcoholic....) before lunch at around 12ish.Â Sailed over to a new bay where some of the passengers went off snorkelling and diving. Price and I stayed and sunbathed / drunk before dinner around 7.Â Spent the evening drinking cocktails, bought Price a margarita which we swear wasn't done properly as smelled like pure alcohol, no juice to sweeten the taste.Â Bed around 11ish in the air conditioned room with no flies.Â Absolute bliss!?
Day 19 was an abrubt wake up call from one of the crew shouting breakfast at 7.30 but we were on Fiji time, so it didn't matter too much.Â Spent the morning sunbathing/reading/drinking before people decided to throw themselves off the top deck of the ship.Â We had met a professional snowboarder by the name ofÂ Kieran McKinery or something along those lines who wasÂ backflippingÂ off.Â Price managed a 360 degree spin whereas iÂ opted for the traditional bomb.Â Lunch was another long one before the ship set sail again to find another snorkelling spot. On our way past Manta Ray Bay we actually saw some manta rays so everyone grabbed snorkelling gear and jumped in the speedboat.Â Swimming with manta rays was so cool and we followed them around the bay for aboutÂ half an hour, navigating our way through jellyfish and riptides.Â After the excitement it was a bit more drinking before this incredible chicken dinner and then drinking games with some serious hardened drinkers.Â First game was horse raceÂ and then Ring Of Fire.Â Ring of Fire is basically the whole pack layed out in a ring with the kings cup (an empty cup) in the middle. Each cardÂ has a different rule (Ace for Waterful, everyone has to drink until to the person on the right of you stops.....downed a few beers that way) but the worse one was the King.Â Everytime someone got a King they had to pour partÂ of their drink into the King's cup (by the end it was Beer, Gin and Coke andÂ a Cocktail) and the person who got the fourth king, had to down it.Â Painful.Â After Ring of Fire we joined the crew round the BulaÂ bowl for a sing song and lots of Bula before making our way to bed around 2ish.Â Natural swaying of the ship combinedÂ with theÂ swaying from alcohol was a quite interesting combination.Â
Woken up by the same breakfast call this morning but Fijian time kicked in and we got up a bit later.Â Mainly sunbathed and recovered today but just before we got picked up, weÂ saw some turtles which was reallyÂ cool.Â Had a cruise back in Denerau before arriving back at Nadi Bay Hostel and this computer.Â I would upload some photos but it is so slow i would die before it finished so will upload in NZ.Â Fiji was incredible, probably the best stop so far.Â Had an absolutelyÂ awesome time here and off to NZÂ tomorrow morning where we stay forÂ justÂ over a month.
Sorry the blog was so wrong, i had to write it twice due to the computer going stone age but we have done a lot this week.Â
Hope you're all well and keep on leaving messages and such, really good toÂ know people are reading them! DidÂ you see there are over a thousand views on the New York Pics!?Â
Much love Lammingxxxxxxxxxxxx
(Will make PriceÂ write some soonÂ as im sure you're allÂ getting sick of reading my side of the adventure)Â