14.11.2012 - 22.11.2012 40 °C
BULA!! We are where each new day begins, as Fiji is in the first time zone of the world! It is truly the most beautiful place we have ever seen! Fiji is so rich in many ways; rich in culture, rich in tradition, and rich in its people!
So we left Los Angeles and had a realllyy long flight to Nadi, Viti Levu, Fiji! We sat next to a Fijian woman named Eva, who was so unbelievably nice.. a definite preview of the warmth and sincerity the Fijian people have shown us since we’ve arrived! We had a really long wait at the Nadi airport before our flight to Savusavu, Vanua Levu! The flight over was interesting to say the least, a 21 seater sea plane that didn’t quite keep the rain out... there was a few heart in throat moments! But we made it!
From the moment we landed we couldn’t get over the rolling mountains and beautiful harbour that make the backdrop for the little town! We got a ride from the airport to town with the mailman, who was very friendly and got us a cab to the Navure Beach Lodge where we are staying, just outside of town on a dirt road! We were greeted by our housekeeper, a little Indian woman named Malti, with hugs and kisses! She was very motherly and hustled us about showing us the place, and also informed us that we were very sweaty, in case it wasn’t obvious to us..lol
So in the five days we’ve been here in Savusavu we’ve done so much! The first day we explored our beach area and found some coconuts that had fallen from palm trees and spent a good 3 hours trying to get into them, and we were successful!
The second day we spent the day in town, went to the market and met some locals! They welcomed us in like family, and have been so hospitable! Amazing! We made friends with the girl that works at the liquor store (go figure), Cassie, she’s probably around our age and is hilarious and sweet! She introduced us to Fiji Bitter Beer and Bounty Rum (58% Fijian Rum, basically like drinking gas, but still awesome). We met a man at the tourism place named Edward, again super nice and very educated and gave us a lot of information on Fiji and what we should do here on Vanua Levu!
The last couple days we’ve spent cruising around the island! We rented a sweet little SUV and, took in the things that Edward told us to do! We went to the Fijian village of Vuadomo and met the people and swam in a beautiful waterfall on their land! Two local villagers, Veronica (loved her, so loud and full of energy) and Epeli, showed us around and introduced us to everyone and hiked with us to the waterfall! We brought a gift of kava root, and participated in a gift receiving ceremony, sevusevu, with the chief and some of the village people. We’re not sure what they were saying but we just clapped awkwardly when they did lol. Very cool experience! Then we had lunch at an eco farm called the Palmlea Lodge, owned by Julie and Joe! The place was closed when we got there but Julie insisted she cook us lunch anwyays and they let us swim in their pool! Just another example of the amazing hospitality shown to us. We also went to the bigger town of Labasa on the northern part of the Island, it thrived with Indian culture, all the shops, the people, the dress, everything – even a Chicken Express (we both thought of you, Mikey)! It was pretty much little India.
Yesterday we spent the day at a place the locals call the Blue Lagoon! Beautiful beach and awesome swimming! We met an Australia couple, Wendy and Scott, at a local watering hole called the Decked Out Cafe! They joined us for the afternoon and we had a few drinks and laughs and it was all in all a wicket fun day! Wendy and Scott invited us over some afternoon for mojitos and swimming in their pool which we are definitely going to take them up on!
Now we are sitting in town, by the harbour contemplating if we’ll be judged (since it’s not even 11 am) if we go order a drink at the Decked Out !
We love this place and we seriously don’t want to leave! Maybe we can make a pit stop on our way home next year!
Giselle and LeeAnn!