1) Nanuya Lailai
The first island we went to is called Nanuya Lailai and was furthest North within the Yasway Island Group.
The islands here really look like paradise, exactely what I was hoping for. Our resort, Sunrise Resort, is very basic to say the least. Chris doesn't seem to mind but I don't feel like this for the next 2 weeks but hopefully the other resorts are a bit better. We only found out after we left the island that the week before we have been here, they had to fly 17 people to the the hospital in Nadi with food poisining. We have seen one of the guys right at the end of the trip and he still didn't look well.
We have a little thatched bure with a bed covered by a mosquito net which is quite cute but the sheets are a bit smelly as we found out later, so that wasn't so good. The toilets and cold (yes, they only have cold water here....) showers are shared and not very nice. The meals are a bit like school canteen with ringing a bell and then everyone is served the same meal, but who cares about food when you are in paradise.
The weather fortunately has changed and it was quite nice already on the boat coming here. So nice, that Chris completely burned.
We just relaxed on the beach and in the afternoon we walked to the Blue Lagoon where the movie was shot. That was wonderful. the path there was quite muddy but certainly worthwhile. All islands are green hills covered by palm trees and surrounded by really turquois water and rocks and reefs. They just look amazing, just like a dream.
It's so nice to just chill out, as I somehow feel that it was all a bit much over the last weeks. I know it's a terrible thing to hear for people who work, but travelling can be quite hard and exhausting too, although it of course is superb and much better than working...:-)
Anyway, I feel really tired in the evenings and mornings, don't really want to do much and don't even want to talk to other people apart from Chris. Really strange, not like me... maybe I just needed a break to properly relax and let the last 10 weeks sink in...
After dinner we had an early night again, which was interrupted by loads of wind and rain.
Today we have been to some caves in the morning which really coold but a bit scary. We took the boat to another island and and walked into a cave which had a huge pool in the middle of it. We then dived into another one where you could swim but hardly see anything as it had very little daylight. It was quite strange to dive into something, whithout knowing how long you had to dive, how deep to go and not to be able to see where you would come up and what would be expecting you there but I am so glad I did. We dived into a second one too which was tiny. From there we had to climb up rocks which was quite dangerous.... not sure what the guide would have done if someone would have slipped on those wet rocks... We climbed up quited high and then had to squeeze through a little gap which was hardly big enough for me and then jumped from there back into the main pool. Really cool experience, but again, Health & Safety doesn't seem to exist here either...
In OZ and NZ they at least make sure you sign away your life before you do something like that but here they don't even seem to care about that. What a place.... But I think a bit of Fiji Time will do me good. Tomorrow I should have my first dive and I am really looking forward to it.
In the evening we met two really nice couples, Matt and Kerri, and Jon and Nollaig and drank the narcotic Fijan drink called Kava. Looks pretty much like dish water served in a big bowl and tastes like it too...:-) It leaves a numb feeling on your tongue but that's all we could feel.
The dive the next morning was great, it was only the dive master and another guy and me. I got a bit nervous when he said taht we are going down to 25-30 meter as I was told within my course that I am only allowed to go down to 18 meters until I do my advanced course. The dive master didn't really care about that, what a surprise, and said it should be fine and to follow him. It was all fine and no problem whatsoever. We saw loads of nice coral and fish, a big school of travelli some baracudas and I have missed the shard he was pointing at which was okay,as they have bull sharks down here... and I am not sure whether I really want to see one of them.
After lunch we went to the next island, Naviti.
Naviti is so much nicer. I mean there was nothing wrong with the island itself, just the resort wasn't great. The island is again a dream and the resort is so much better. We have a really nice big clean lodge with a veranda, our own bathroom etc. Still only cold water but I don't mind too much, as it is so hot anyway...
We went for a walk along the beach, relaxed and spend the evening again with the two couples and had quite a few beers but it was a real fun evening. Yesterday was another lazy day with great weather. I am so glad the weather is good, as there is not much else to do around here. You can't even go shopping or to a restaurant or cafe, as there is nothing on the islands apart from the resort. We spend the morning at our beach, just outside the resort which we had pretty much to ourselves as most people seemed to stay at the pool. Happy Days! In the afternoon we went to Honeymoon Beach which was just beautiful. On the way to get there I was a bit worried of getting knocked out by one of the falling coconuts but nothing happened... they are really dangerous. Several people die each year from falling coconuts. Not the worst death I have to say....
We had the beach completely to ourselves. It was so wonderful and I really feel how I am recharging. I also finally found some time to read my books, so I managed to finally finish the OZ classic Down Under from Bill Bryson and also the NZ classic the Whale Rider and even managed to start in Tibet preparation with my Dalai Lama book called the Art of Happiness. Well, if I am not happy then, I don't know what...:-)
The evening was with with the 4 guys again. The morning we stayed by the beach again and it was hotter than ever. Really great weather. Today we are on our way to our final stop, Bounty Island, which should be nice too.
3) Bounty Island
Bounty Island was fantastic! A small little island that looks like an island drawn in a cartoon. A few palm trees in the middle, white sandy beach and fantastic blue and turquois water around it. They have filmed Celebrity Love Island here. The island is so small that you can walk around it in 30 minutes. Really cute!
Our bure looked a bit strange from the outside but was really nice inside. Very clean bathroom and we even had warm water, a fridge and A/C. What luxury! Fantastic! It was just by the beach and we had our own hammock outside overlooking the beach and sea! So cool! We got to the island quite late, so just went for a walk, a swim in the sunset and chilled out in the hammock before we were heading for dinner. And I had my first hot shower! Hurray! The food is much better here too. It's a buffet and it is great to be able to choose what and how much you want to eat again, and not just get a plate put in front of you where you have no idea of what it is.
We spent the eve with Jon and Nollaig again, Matt and Kerri had an additional night on Naviti. Very nice couple! I had far too much wine though. Was so happy to be have wine again instead of beer that I went a bit over the top and felt quite rough in the morning, but I was planning a busy programme for that day, so no rest for the wicked!
We watched the baby turtels they are breeding here after breakfast and then walked around the whole island. We investigated the house left from the Celebrity Love Island which was the Love Sheck. Although Chris later on figured out that the bar and pool area are the main house, just slightly modified to make it more appropriate as a resort. So, we have been swimming in the famous pool, which is tiny by the way.
Anyway, the Love Sheck... it was quite fun to see all the places for the camera crews and all that. But there is not much left as most of the stuff has been ripped out and people started writing on the walls etc. so the whole thing is completely vandalised and they just left the shell and the pool.
After that we rented a kayak and paddled around the island again. Ater another delicious meal we went snorkelling which was spectacular! Just off the beach they had fantastic coral landscapes with canyons and a lot of fish. I would say it was a good as Egypt which to me is still unbeaten. Really impressive! Definitely have to book more dives. We are going back to the mainland in the evening. In hinsight we should have booked a 2 week trip to the Yasawas as most likely come back here, but we will see what the options are.
Our hotel this time was very basic but when we checked our options we checked that the islands north east the mainland I wanted to go to have diseases spreading follwoing some floodings, so that was our answer then. Back to the Yasawas which are fantastic anyway, so it would be difficult to beat it. As long as we make sure not to go to the first resort we should be fine.
Our day back in Nadi was spent shopping and arranging our next trip. I was hoping to use the Internet, but the heavy rain (lucky we were on the mainland and not stuck on one of the islands...) shut it all down...:-( so we had lunch and a few drinks instead. We also treated ourselves to fresh lobster but it was unfortunately a bit burned, so not as nice as in NZ :-(
We booked our trip now and are going on 7days / 6 night trip out to the Yasawas again. Apart from Bounty Island they are all diferent islands, so that's great that we at least won't see the same islands.
On a different note, I am completely covered in mosquito bites. This seems worse than NZ!!! Unbelievable! I don't think I have ever had so many bites in my life, even strangers on the boat are talking about them. The worst is, that they only seem to eat me alive, as Chris doesn't have a single bite! Ridicolous!! I really don't understand it.