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Club Fiji Resort

 

Upon arriving at Nadi Airport, my travel buddy, Mark and I decided to hop a seaplane to the Yasawa Group of Islands. {I had read about them in the Loney Planet Guide while inflight.} My friend and I love adventure and rarely make any serious plans...I love to see what a place offers and then decide when I get to a destination. It's good to have ideas of what you want to do and what you want to see....but I thrive on flexibility. Taking a different road, so to speak.

In the airport, we head to a travel office and inquire about the Yasawa Island chain. We are greeted by friendly faces that told us about a resort called "Safe Landing" on the Island of Nacula.

Catamaran
Even After a 10 1/2 hour flight, we are still game to catch a seaplane to the remote Island resort. The short 30 minute  seaplane ride reveals gorgeous blue-green waters, and coral formations.

Immediatly upon arrival, we were invited to join a small group of guests on a cave snorkeling adventure. We were whisked away by a small boat and snorkled through caves. Later, we are brought to a tiny unknown island where our tour guides have just caught all kinds of fish and lobster and cook it right on a fire on the beach.

Nacula is the third largest of the Yasawa Group, a hilly volcanic island with four villages. It is about 10 km long and 3km wide.  Nearby is the Blue Lagoon famous for the movie it was named after as well as the location for the movie "Castaway".

View of the Pool

We stayed in little huts called "Bures" and we are just steps away to the beautiful, sparkling, blue-green water. We felt so far away from everything. Troubles seem to melt away. And everyday we look out at the water to see what boat will be bringing a new guest or two to our secluded resort.

At night, we only had the moon to illuminate our path to the toliets. It felt so fun and a bit primative, but that was part of the charm. It was a bit scary when we heard a  rustling sound overhead our thatched roof. In the morning, the cookies that we had left out, had been nibbled on!

We woke early and hiked to the top of a cliff that overlooked our secluded beach and watched the sun rise.

On Sunday we decide to go to the next village and attend the Church.

View of the Beach at our resort.
It was a wonderful experience as we looked around, there are only a few of us tourists. After the service, we all went outside in a sort of recieving line and shook hands with the parishioners and the preacher. At which time he invited us and a couple of other travelers, to his home for lunch!

It's a great experience sitting on the floor of the preacher's home and all of us talking about our countries and customs. He tells us that Christianity was brought to Fiji by Missionaries and that only about 100+ years ago, canibalism was practiced! Wow. What are we having for lunch, I inquire?! Fish soup. {I sure hope so}

On our last evening on Nacula we ask one of the staff members if he could build us a bonfire on the beach! He happily obliged and it was so wonderful sitting by the fireside as we got to know other guests/travelers.

The next morning we took the small boat back to the beachside terminal, where our Seaplane took us over to the main Island of Fiji.

We stayed at "Club Fiji Resort" ....tiki torches lit the way to our Bungolow, complete with a cute little porch.

The next morning we took a boat trip to Robinson Cursoe Island. Upon arrival we were greeted by locals singing a happy welcome song! Once on the island, the custom is that the 'tribal chief' makes a Kava drink that is made from the root of a pepper tree that.....quite honestly tastes like dirt....{not that I have tasted dirt.} This wooden bowl was passed around for all of us to drink from, in the Kava Ceremony. Before drinking from the bowl we are told me must make a loud clap with our hands..

Cool Bungalows we stayed in on the Main Island
.then take a big drink {no sipping!} and then when finished, again we make a loud clap with our hands cupped and say "maca" which means we are finished!

We had a wonderful time on this island with Island Dancers preforming for us ...I saw them practicing before hand and the girls asked me to join them to teach me some moves! The Fijians are so warm and friendly!

We also had a Polonesian Luau with pork cooked underground....afterwards, firedancers walked on the hot coals! I didn't offer to try that...thank you very much!

This is an Island that is so incredibly beautiful and tranquil....I would go again......and again!

 

 

vulindlela says:
Well of course! The national airline of Fiji. I was thinking of Papeete.
I don't think AF flies into Nadi.
We'll surely have to get out there one day.
Posted on: Aug 14, 2007
SheLuvz2Fly says:
Actually we flew on Air Pacific {FJ} from LAX-NAN {Nadi} No Zed fares!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2007
vulindlela says:
That sounds so nice!!!!!!!!!!!
Did you ride over on Air France or Air NZ?
Posted on: Aug 13, 2007
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Catamaran
Catamaran
View of the Pool
View of the Pool
View of the Beach at our resort.
View of the Beach at our resort.
Cool Bungalows we stayed in on the…
Cool Bungalows we stayed in on th…
Climbing for Coconuts
Climbing for Coconuts
Ah! Coconuts
Ah! Coconuts
Local smiling boy
Local smiling boy
Mark is ready to go to Robinson C…
Mark is ready to go to Robinson' …
Boat ride serenade to snorkle loca…
Boat ride serenade to snorkle loc…
Uh-oh!
Uh-oh!
Welcome song to Robinson Crusoe Is…
Welcome song to Robinson Crusoe I…
The natives are friendly!
The natives are friendly!
Welcome ceremony.
Welcome ceremony.
Preparing the custom Cava Drink
Preparing the custom Cava Drink
Offering Cava drink as a sign of h…
Offering Cava drink as a sign of …
Dance
Dance
Can you play this instrument?
Can you play this instrument?
Playing with Fire
Playing with Fire
Smiling local Fiji Girl
Smiling local Fiji Girl
Learning to dance....the polynesia…
Learning to dance....the polynesi…
Should I be in the water for this?
Should I be in the water for this?
Police escort to shop! ;)
Police escort to shop! ;)
Fijian Inlay Wood
Fijian Inlay Wood
What a great place to shop.
What a great place to shop.
Does anyone know what this is?
Does anyone know what this is?
Passion Vine
Passion Vine
Waterlilies
Waterlilies
Singing
Singing
AirMark Dancing....
AirMark Dancing....
...dont laugh, this guy has some …
...don't laugh, this guy has some…
Firewalkers
Firewalkers
Fire Walkers
Fire Walkers
Ok...so Mark dared me
Ok...so Mark dared me
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