Today, as it was our last full day @ The Pearl, I decided to take it easy. It was a beautifully sunny day so I went for an early morning swim in the sea. The water was calm and clear and a lovely Pacific temperature - not too hot, not too cold...
After breakfast, relaxing by the beach and writing postcards and trying to complete my blog from New Zealand! I was driving so much there that I never got the chance to fill in all the details and it's so easy to forget place names and activities when you've moved on so many times in such a short space of time. Also, believe it or not, travelling is quite time-consuming: places to go and people to meet! One doesn't always have time to write one's thoughts down. But, I made a conscious decision at the start of this trip that I would regularly update my blog and I intend to continue. Also, am beginning to find that it's a great way to remember things that I've done, places I've seen, people I've encountered and the way I have felt at the time.
Anyways, it's all about me me me - back to Fiji and The Pearl! I tried some line fishing along the river pier but had no luck. No matter, I was chatting to Akuina, one of the activity staff, and he was patiently answering all my Fiji-related questions. He's from a very religious background (as are many of the islanders) and has a wonderful outlook on life. I learnt from him that fishing is about mastering the art of patience. Not sure I managed to do that this morning, but I enjoyed it, nevertheless!
After lunch, I went kayaking up the river for about 2 hours until all I could hear was the sound of the birds singing. Spotted a gorgeous white & blue kingfisher diving in and out of the water amongst the mangroves. The sun was setting on yet another beautiful day in Paradise as I paddled back to The Pearl.
That evening, we were joined by a lovely couple during dinner - Chris and John from Australia. The evening was beautiful - a huge, full dinner plate of a moon peaking through the coconut trees and reflecting on the calm waters of the Pacific Harbour bay ahead of us. I had the Mahi-Mahi fish (which was cooked to perfection) and we chatted for hours until late! They were so generous that they paid for all the bottles of wine! A good time was had by all and a great way to end our stay at The Pearl.