Nat and Beck Go Large!
After a bumpy ride through the Fijian islands on the Yasawa Flyer catamaran, we arrived at our first island...ours was the one with the grey raincloud over it (surprise surprise). The resort was called Coral View, and we were herded off the catamaran into two tiny fishing boats to take us and all our luggage over to the island. The two boats had to stop halfway cos one boat had been overloaded and was literally a inch away from capsizing! Thankfully made it inside the resort before the heavens opened, and sat down for lunch. Lunch was interesting...(this became a pattern throughout Fiji!)..rice with a weird kind of gritty meat. We made sure we kept an eye on the dog who kept wandering around the resort so he didn't end up on our dinner plates. We also had afternoon tea with banana cake later on...could get used to this. The rain did stop and we managed a couple of hours in the sun before getting ready for dinner. We were told that the resorts we were staying at would be basic...our dorm room was fine, but the outdoor bathrooms reeked, and there was a solitary light for three showers and three toilets, so we basically got washed in the dark and with a peg on our noses - not ideal! After dinner, we were welcomed in the traditional way by the staff...they sang the "Bula" song and we had a Kava ceremony...which is supposed to have some kind of effect on your body (we were told it keeps your mind awake, but sends your body to sleep), but it just tasted rather soil-like to us! Our breakfast time was 8am..no lie-ins here. After breakfast we went to the Blue Lagoon, supposedly for swimming and snorkelling, but spent most of it talking with Abbie & Simon, a couple we met from Birmingham, then spent the rest of the day snoozing in a hammock. After dinner today, we played cards for most of the night with Jacob, who's Dutch and talks like Goldmember, Rita-Marie & Jason, who are Irish but live in Sydney (lucky lucky), and Jess, who somehow kept winning, so we fixed her cards when she went the toilet so she lost the next game! The next day, Becky went on a trip to some caves that you can swim in...Nat stayed on the beach having been warned about the deep water, and the possibility of swallowing dead spiders! Nat also had a near-death by coconut experience - one landed just a couple of metres away from her head! Today was our final day at Coral View today...and our farewell meal was a strange-tasting hot dog (they just can't get sausages right over this side of the world) covered with seafood sauce (????) The staff sang goodbye to us, then we piled into the fishing boats again and proceeded to wait in the middle of the sea in the scorching sun for the next 25 minutes cos the Flyer was late - not a pleasant experience I tell thee! We're off to the Wanna Taki cruise ship today - it's got air-con and hot showers and we can't wait!