After three flights and thirty hours of travelling, we finally arrived in Fiji. Our hostel was basic but very clean which is all we wanted. After settling in we decided to explore the area a bit and went for a walk on the beach. That night we fell asleep early, but I woke up bright eyed at 3am, jet lag is a nightmare!
After spending a few nights in our hostel, we joined the Feejee Experience tour. There were about 12 people on the tour, a mixture of English, German and Australian, everyone was really nice. The tour guide 'Kay' was so enthuiastic and said he wanted to show us the real fiji not just the tourist/resort side to it.
On the first day we had a BBQ on the beach and visited a small Fijian village. After the village visit we went sand boarding which was really good! Me and Jane only did it once though as it was so hard to get up the sand hill we were too tired. That night we stayed at mango bay resort, and watched crab racing.
The second day of the tour we got up early and travelled to the rain forest to go trekking. We trekked for nearly two hours, and finally reached a huge waterfall and pool. Everyone jumped off the rock ledges, I didnt do it as I was too busy taking pictues (and was also a bit scared). That afternoon we arrived at our accomodation called Uprising beach resort. It looked more like a 5* hotel than a backpacker resort. We spent the evening chatting to the other people on the tour and sitting by a bonfire on the beach.
Wednesday morning we got up early again for our third day. Today we were visiting another Fijian village. But this time the villages cooked for us and performed a Kava ceremony to welcome us into their village. The Kava tasted horrible, but as a sign of respect you had to drink it. They took us to there village school, were the children performed songs and danced with us. They were amazing dancers! Once we left the school, we went bamboo rafting. Basically large bamboo sticks are tied together to make a flat boat which was half way in the water so we got soaked. Everyone enjoyed the visit, it was nice to see how people from a completely different culture live their lives.
Thursday we left the hostel we stayed in that night and went to a little resort and had a curry, then went to mud and hot pools which where lovely, but a little too hot. The tour had finished so we said goodbye to everyone, except for Carly and Kevin who are a couple from essex and were travelling to beach comber island with us the next day. We arrived at our accomodation for the night which wasnt too nice, but not many bugs which was ok.
Friday morning the four of us were up early and got the ferry to beach comber. The weather was so hot so we spend the day at the beach on the island which was so small you could walk around the whole of it in ten minutes. Late afternoon the weather started moving in and it thundered and rained for most the night.
For the next few days the four of us spent most of our time at the beach back in Nadi. Me and Jane werent due to leave Fiji for another few days but had had enough of saying Bula (Fijian for hello, which we must have said 30 times a day) and were excited to get to New Zealand so we changed our flight to leave Fiji a few days early.
In all Fiji is an amazing place with lovely people, but once you have seen one island you have seen them all!