Literally just disembarked from the Spirit of the Pacific tall sailing ship after our 3 days at sea. Only 7 other people on board plus 8 crew. Had just the best time. It did rain yesterday (all day) but we still went snorkelling and Marion went scuba diving down 11 metres. We saw sharks around the coral but strangely, we didn't panic as we knew they were reef sharks, which are harmless to people.
We stayed 2 nights on Barefoot Island. No electricity but the BEST Long Isalnd Iced Teas in the Pacific. We had to perform a song last night as did everyone else associated with their own country. Naturally, the Japanese couple on board performed some sort of Hari Kari, the Aussies did Steve Irwin, the French Canadians did some sort of Waltz and I sang rugby songs (clean ones, sort of)and told a story about Capt. Cook and reminded the Aussies that their forefathers arrived in Australia in a similar type vessel to the one we were in, except that they didn't have a choice!!
The crew were brilliant. The Fijians are always singing and we attended more than one Cava ceremony. We will be sorry to leave Fiji. The people are wonderful and so welcoming and friendly.
Marion caught 2 big sea Perch with only a handline. England 2 The Rest, 0.
It's going to be so strange when we get home on Sunday. It's been such an unbelievable adventure and experience. It's almost become a way of life.
We fly to Los Angeles tonight at 10pm and will be there for 3 days before flying home Saturday night. This is our final Blog, so we hope we haven't bored you all too much. There's nothing worse than listening to people banging on about how fabulous places are, especially, if you haven't been there.
Would we reccommend this type of trip to anyone? ABSO BLOODY LUTELY.
We've had a brilliant time and looking forward to seeing you all again.
Lots of love,
Paul & Marion signing off.