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July 20th, 2009 – by: stef_awasomeadventur
On our first day in Fiji we headed straight for Denarau Marina and boarded the Yasawa Flyer. As the name suggests, the vessel services the Yasawa group of islands consisting of 20 ancient volcanic islands. It is jaw-dropping to sit back and take in the view as we pass these gigantic islands surrounded by stunning white beaches and lagoons of coral that make you want to jump overboard and start exploring.
Upon arriving at our destination for the night at Tavewa Island, one of the northern most islands, and were greeted on shore by every member of the resort with a genuine Fijian smile, a cool drink and the welcoming Bula song.
The next morning we were all looking forward to our adventure out to the Sawailau caves. Just a short speed-boat ride further out into the remote islands and we are faced with great lime stone walls that leave us in awe. On goes the swimming gear and in we go. It was amazing to see how deep the water is inside these caves. For a little more excitement there is an underwater swim through tunnel where you surface on the other side in complete darkness and are shown around by the guide with his torch.
Our journey then took us back down the chain of islands to Naviti Island and our next resort where all their produce is grown locally in what they call “Iteni” meaning “The Garden of Eden”. We were lucky enough to be invited by the staff to be included in their Kava ceremony and enjoyed the evening by the beach under the stars talking and drinking Kava. After a good nights sleep it was time to meet the local sea life. Just a short walk from the shore into the sea you are greeted by some of the most amazing coral and fish you will ever see when snorkelling. The visibility is crystal clear and there is no shortage of new life to experience.
It was time to board the Yasawa Flyer again and head down to Waya LaiLai Island where we were again greeted by the locals singing the Bula song (which never gets old) and soon heading out on the water again to feed the sharks.
We woke the next morning about an hour before sunrise to commence our hike up the great peak of Waya LaiLai in time to watch the sun rise from the east starting the new day. The views from up here were unlike anything else, looking out over the vast Yasawa Islands. We had now finished our time in the Yasawas, but had one last stop before finishing our trip: the Mamanuca
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