We managed to get no sleep before we had to get up at 6 am for our flight to Fiji, needless to say we were not impressed!!! The flight was short and painless and we all enjoyed watching Hugh in Music and Lyrics. It was so nice getting off the plane in Nadi and getting hit by heat. As we walked past passport control we were greeted by local Fijian men serenading us with their guitars, that was a pretty cool welcome!
The Nadi Bay Resort Hotel, where we spent our first three nights, was really great, with three bars and two swimming pools. We ate in the outdoors restaurant where fairy lights decorated the trees. We were also given flowers for our hair by the waitresses, which was really lovely, it's Fijian tradition. Everyone working there was really welcoming and friendly, just as we had been told by others. It was really nice to feel important for a few days, and not just like backpackers!!!
On our first full day on the island we decided to head into our free breakfast of toast and fruit. We explored the markets and picked up some fijian products. One of the sellers, Joe, was really helpful and full of facts about all the items, which was really interesting and good to know. One of the sellers even gave us a traditional welcoming Kava ceremony, where sam, being the eldest was made Chief. Kava is the traditional Fijian drink and the saying goes that 'If you've not tasted Kava your still on the plane!!' We won't say too much about the taste and experience of kava as wer're bringing some home for you all to take part in the tradition yourselves!!! I bet you can't wait! We also received free necklaces relating to our parts in the Kava Ceremony. We got a taxi back to the hotel and even haggled with the driver over the price, aren't you proud of us!!The rest of the day was spent by the pool being eaten by mosquitos-how rude! Sam declares that her legs are ruined thanks to all the bites she received!!! We treated ourselves to cocktails that night with dinner to numb the pain of the bites, before watching Charlotte's Web in the hotel cinema. The film was superb and reminded us how much we love the book!
We went to South Sea Island for the day, which is just off the coast of Port Denarau near Nadi. The island was so small that we had to get a motor boat to it from the main boat, again we were greeted by guitar when stepping on to the island and everyone was so lovely! Whilst on the island we went ona semi-submersible boat and were able to see the coral reefs and fish, we even saw a Manta Ray and Baby Shark!!! We decided we wanted to see more so we did some practice snorkelling, which was highly amusing as we tried to negotiate the rocks whilst wearing flippers!! We then decided to explore the island which took exactly 2 minutes to walk the entire perimeter! Which was very pituresque. After our BBQ buffet lunch which was so scrummy that we made sure we got our money and a halves worth!!! We decided to do some proper snorkelling, where we were amazed to see the coral and the fish swimming in front of us. We then had afternoon tea whilst talking to Keith who worked on the island. We then headed out on a boat, about 300m from the shore, to feed the fish. After convincing Sam that she couldn't miss the experience all three of us were swimming holding hands whilst Keith feed the fish from the boat. It was unimaginable to see all the species of fish in such an array of vibrant colours and sizes. They were so close! Sam and Fi ended the day with very relaxing beach massages. That night Fi and Sam watched Scoop in the cinema, with the fitness that is Mr Hugh Jackman. The film was really funny, but the storyline was very flawed!!
The next day we left to go to the Coral Coast, but we returned to Nadi for one night before our flight. On our last day we relaxed by the pool, before an evening of local entertainment, showcasing traditional dances from all the Pacific Islands. With a dramatic finale of the Samoan fire dance, which was also our favourite. Don't worry we've got it all on film!!