the view from the pane as we arrived in Fiji
Over spring break I was lucky enough to jet away to the beautiful islands of Fiji. We stayed at two islands while we were there - Beachcomber and Manta Ray. We first pulled up to Beachcomber by boat - a little island wiith beautiful bright blue water and white sand. It is tiny and took us a maximum of ten minutes to walk around the entire thing. The greated us by singing in Fijian and welcomed us to the island. The island basically is only home to one gigantic hostel. My bed was bed number 84 in a bunk room of 100 beds. Luckily I was on the end so that it didn't feel quite as claustrophobic as it sounds. On the island we ran into a few people who were also going to the same college in Sydney which made things a lot more fun.
beautiful sunset at Manta Ray Island
On the first day I went on a snorkeling trip. The fish that we saw were so cool, I have never seen so many different colors on fish. The coral was beautiful and it was just crazy to see all the different fish swimming at you. On the second day, Heather and I decided to go parasailing which turned out to be pretty cool because you could see the reef from above. In the afternoon we headed out on the epic adventure to swim to the island accross from us. The swim itself was probably a half mile each way, but not to worry three people kayaked while three people swam so it was pretty safe. Unfortunately, there were these little bugs called sea lice which kept biting me.
We left Beachcomber island and headed to Manta Ray Island which is known for having Manta Rays, although unfortunately it was not the right season.
Sunset at Manta Ray
I was very excited to see when I arrived that Manta Ray had tons of hammocks! What could be better on an island vacation than a hammock? I take that back... what could be better in general than a hammock? The coolest part of my trip there was that I had the opportunity to travel to a real Fijian village. The village was located in the Yasawas and it was the largest village - home to 400 people - in that area. I got to go check out the schools. Each grade is divided up into a different hut. There are four teacher total. The children were able to sing us songs in English and the first graders were learning out to write in both languages - Fijian and English. The kids were adorible and absolutely loved getting their picture taken and then getting to see it on the screen.
Before our plane took off in the afternoon, Blaise and I decided to head into the town of Nadi (where the airport is located) to check out he markets. It definately was not a very nice town and as white people we were hassled non stop. We checked out the sites and quickly headed back to the hostel, got our bags and went to the airport.
Great trip! Now back to life in Sydney.