Bula!! I just returned from a six day trip to the Yasawa Islands which is an island chain off to the northwest of the Fiji mainland. So I guess where I left off I had arrived in Nadi unsure if my boat was going to be able to leave in the morning to start the trip I had booked for the Yasawas. The boat ended up leaving the next day and the weather from the cyclone that hit Fiji a few days before was clearing up but it was still a bit rainy. I left Nadi in the morning and arrived on the island of Kuata around 10 in the morning. The island is pretty small but has really cool rock structures like the one in the picture.
For my trip I had booked the most inexpensive accomidations I could find, which meant I was staying in dorms with people I didn't know, there was no air conditioning, cold showers only, and electricity was on only some parts of the day. All of those I pretty much had no problems with so what we did get were meals, a bed, a bug net for our beds, beach time, and lots of hammocks. There were seven people staying at the resort that night, most of us were in the dorms, I was the only American but everyone spoke English. It was a ladies night and there were two
Germans, two Dutch, a Canadian, and a Scot. Everyone was really nice and it was fun to hear about everyones travels. Each of my accomadations were run by Fijian people. I found them to be the most hospitible, kind, and happy people I have ever met. Most have them have never left Fiji, all the people on the islands are part of one large family, they like to sing and laugh.
For my first day on Kuata I was pretty exhausted from my traveling and still sick so I mainly just walked on the beach, went swimming, and laid around in hammocks (to think of it that is what I did most of the week).
Kava is supposed to have a relaxing effect and it sort of has a peppery taste and numbs the tongue when you drink it. I hear if you drink a lot it can have a hallucinagenic effects but it mainly made me feel relaxed and sleepy. They also had everyone go around and sing their national anthems, since I was the only American I had to sing alone and I'm just going to say it: I killed it. I didn't forget any of the lyrics and got a large round of applause when I finished. I am going to attribute that to all my nights of karaoke in Olympia. We also learned a dance, played a game, and did the limbo. The next day I was headed to White Sandy Beach Resort on Naviti Island. It is a bigger island and further north that Kuata. I arrived and didn't feel very well. I was pretty sure I had a fever so I made myself lie in bed all day only getting up for meals. It was this evening that I started an involuntary weight loss plan: poop out food before I have the chance to digest it - really fun. It was a pretty miserable day but by the next day I was feeling a lot better. Here was the only photo I managed that day at sunset. This is from the dorms that I was staying in.
So the next day, Saturday I was headed to my last destination which was Nabua Resort on Nacula Island, I had to say good bye to my friends I had made but was headed to the most beautiful area of the Yasawas.