Bula! From Fiji!

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We are now in Nadi which I think is the capital of Fiji and 22 hours ahead of the time in Cincinnati.  We have spent the last 3 days and 2 nights enjoying the Manta Ray Island Resort in the Yasawa Island Group of Fiji.  The last couple of mornings have been great.  We were staying in the equivalent of the Penthouse of the resort. Private bathrooms, hot water in the shower, a fancy Mosquito net and a view of the water from bed when you open the doors of the ‘bure’.  Most people stay in dorm like rooms at the resort which apparently don’t have hot water so we are living well compared to most.  Ana has been handling the bug and lizard situation well but strictly limits the use of lights at night because there are no screens in the window and we are essentially staying in the middle of a jungle.

The country over all seems nice despite our hesitations at first.  Our plane had arrived at 5am after the best international flight I have ever had.  Since the flight was only about 15% full, we each had three seats to ourselves which allowed for lots of sleep on the 10 and a half hour flight from LA to Nadi.  Ana was a little disappointed that the customs officer required proof of a departing ticket before they would let her in, but even angrier when that was no longer required after the officer realized that she was with me.  We picked up our bags without a problem, but then got 3 different answers when trying to figure out the best way to get to the port to catch the shuttle we needed.  The airport help desk told us we could only take a taxi and didn’t seem open to any other questions, while another miscellaneous gentleman told us to walk across the street where we could find a free bus (it was 5am and there was no sunshine yet), and a third who told us just to wait for a shuttle.  After waiting with a couple from Cincinnati (Hyde Park) who was on their honeymoon and also weren’t sure how to get to their accommodations, we read the fine print on our documentation and saw that there was a local travel agent.  They gave us a nice welcome and explained that the only way to get to the port at that time in the morning was to take a taxi, but if we waited a few hours we could catch the free shuttle that would pick us up across the street.

After this we were in much better shape.  After a 3 hour boat ride we arrived at our resort. The boat that dropped us off stops by dozens of different islands with small resorts.  Our resort appeared to be typical of the others.  It appeared to be the only lodging on the island and nobody appeared to be living on the three islands that were in view.  All food was included and most of the guests were between the age of 20 and 30. Miscellaneous activities were organized, but most of our time was spent relaxing on the beach or snorkeling in the coral reef that was just off the shoreline.  I woke up both mornings at about 6am for a morning swim before waking up Ana a little later.  Bedtime was at 8 or 9pm for us since there is not much to do after dark other than to drink.  Unique to this island was the nearby presence of Manta Rays.  A local cove was the feeding ground for these animals that are about 10ft wide, but could get as larger as 20ft (video to be posted later).   Reef sharks are also common in the area as well as just off the beach of our resort, but all my searching failed to find any.  Overall it was a great resort and a relaxing start to our trip.

This was after our quick tour of Southern California including Ana’s trapeze act at Santa Monica Pier and stops in San Diego, La Jolla, Hollywood, Malibu.  The focus our trip was the wedding of one of our friends and classmates in Torrance which gave us a good chance to say goodbye to some of our Michigan friends.

dlillback says:
I wish another couple from Hyde Park could have joined you there...
Posted on: Jun 08, 2009
kmoeddel says:
Really Joe!! You were looking for sharks?
Posted on: May 30, 2009
bernard69 says:
i'm looking forward yr manta video:)
Posted on: May 30, 2009
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