Friday, June 13, 2014

Fiji - days 6 & 7

I woke in time for the sunrise but at this point I have decided sunsets are more spectacular. I will continue to wake up early this trip to have both sunrise & sunset on my Pinterest board, but on future trips, I will sleep in.

7am the Fiji Princess headed out of the bay and headed southward. We watched the small islands we pasted while eating breakfast.  Since we were unable to do our village dinner visit, at 9am we stopped at the Yasawa Island High School on Naviti Island for a tour. It is amazing that they did not have one computer. Not even for the teachers!
After lunch onboard, a marine biologist joined us and talk to us about the marine life, coral reef and conservation efforts that the Vinaka Fiji have been doing I the Yasawas. We went in our tender boats to the reef of Drawaqa Island. This was the best snorkeling I did this trip. My husband has an underwater camera but I did not think to ask to use it when I took off without him. Around 4 o’clock I had another first time experience and that was swimming with large magnificent Manta Rays. When I jumped off the little tender boat, one was swimming right towards me! I was lucky to jump off the right side of the boat since some people later said they never saw them. I did not follow that mantra ray but swam towards the group of people from our cruise to follow another one for a  while. It was a great experience before heading back to the ship.                                   
Our last dinner was supposed to be on the upper deck but once again because of high tide winds, we ate are has dinner together inside.  After dinner we had our International guest show. Everybody represented their country with a song or skit or poem. There was another couple from Florida and the four of us sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”. It was a fun night and great way to end the cruise activites.

Day 7
I took my last sunrise onboard the Fiji Princess ship but since it had rained it was hard to find the sun.  At 10am we were docking in Port Denarau to disembark. Since we had some time, we walked around the shops in this port area and then stopped in the Hard Rock for a soda. Late morning we took a taxi to the airport and checked in for our 2pm small aircraft flight back to the Yasawa Islands. Our 35 minute flight was a little bumpy but we landed on the grass air strip just fine.


There was another couple on the plane that were checking into the resort, along with two employees returning to work. I do not believe there are any paved roads on this island. The road between the airstrip and resort was a little bumpy also and Erin, the owner who had come out to the airstrip to meet us, said they maintain it on their own. She tries to get the government to do some work on it but they just fly over and say it looks good to them. If they drove it, they might have a different opinion. Not sure how a dirt road looks from the air, if you can even see the pot holes.

Once you arrive at the resort (it was about a 10 minute drive), you are greeted by staff singing a welcome song. You sit in the reception area as you handle the paperwork. You are then walked by a staff member to your bure. We had sub zero, furthest from the lobby but closest to the beach.
We had requested a small snack (since we missed lunch) be delivered to our bure. We sat in our deck chairs both clicking away as we watched the sunset over the ocean. We were the last people to arrive for dinner in the open aire restaurant. When there are only 26 guess you are aware of this.  Even with a late (8pm) dinner, we were in bed by 10pm.

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