|This was the local airport on Taveuni island
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Once on Taveuni, there wasn't much to do besides a lot of relaxing. We went and swam at some big waterfalls one day, and I got my Scuba Diving certification. But other than that, it was just lounging about on hammocks and scavenging for coconuts.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Bula! Here are some photos from our Christmas trip to Fiji. It is impossible to fully articulate the experience of these islands in photographs. These shots, unfortunately, do not come close to telling the whole story of our journey. One brilliant (yet strangely not photograph-able) aspect of Fiji is the wonderful personality of the people there. They are so friendly, welcoming and honest. Another thing is the landscape: the wild, hyper-fertile, tropical plants all around defy the photographer's earnest efforts to capture their intricate beauty. Only the naked eye can do them justice. There is an aspect of Fiji that those who didn't join us will not miss: the ferry ride from the big island to Taveuni. You can be glad to only enjoy the most aesthetically pleasing aspects of that journey, and not the more disturbing ones, which I'd be glad to tell you about in gruesome detail if you ask me.
|Tuvununu Hostel in Nadi
|The bus station in Nadi - waiting for our bus to Suva. We were late, but luckily the bus came on "Fiji Time"
|We boarded the Spirit of Suva at 3pm on December 19th, expecting a 12 hour ride aboard the SOFI
|At 6pm, we were underway
|We now know the entire ferry journey covers over 250km
|Life boats at dusk
|Sunrise on the water
|Pulling into port Savusavu at dawn - still about 70km from our destination
|Departing Savusavu again - direction: Taveuni
|Making a little Polynesian-themed addition to the SOFI, courtesy of Aloha Skateboards
|Disembarking on Taveuni. We made it! Alive! Now for some super awesome natural rock water-sliding. Sorry, no photos of that part, I was too busy having fun.
|We found a coconut! (Not a very difficult feat - they're everywhere!) But now, how to open it?
|One of the ever-present, hardworking staff members swoops in to the rescue
|By George, I think he's got it!
|But what tale of adventure and tropical paradise would be complete without some cute little furry animals?