Seven months around the world.... August 2004 - March 2005 travel blog

We were above the clouds on the flight to Taveuni until the...

Island and reef on the way to Taveuni

Flying into our landing at Matei, at the north end of Taveuni

The Matei Airport

Things were looking up when I arrived at the entrance point to...

The welcoming staff at Beverly's Beach Camping

This was my home for the first four nights and the last...

Another angle!

And a close up of Beverly's Beach Camping - very mellow!!!

Poor Man's Paradise - a typical presentation awaiting me and the one...

While in the village to the south of Matei (I've sent my...

The local police station

Two very cute Fijian girls

The following are a series of shots from the boat while on...

This and the last one are looking west at the east end...

Looking at the inland of Taveuni - since this was a typical...

More of the western coastline of Taveuni

I'm not sure why I took this, but I did (maybe on...

Looking at Beverly Beach - the "kitchen" is just lower left of...

Closer to "home" - the kitchen tarp is in the center.

And here is the gang I spent that boat ride and dive...

Looking south one of the few sunny days. Considering how hot it...

Another horrible view from the campsite

Looking southwest from my campground at sunset

A little while later that day turning to night

The flower of the "fish poison tree", which only blooms one night...

Sunset may last night on Taveuni - from Beverly's Beach

A bit later, and a bit more subtle.

Two birds that visited the camp on my last morning on Taveuni...

Another view, but not as good - just for the files

Beverly's Beach Camping is at the bottom of the hill, and the...

A very fragrant flower, but without a guidebook I don't remember its...


NOTE: The map "mytripjournal" has for Fiji does not include the most eastern part of the country, so I placed the red dot as close to Taveuni as I could. The actual island ais about 30 kilometers to the east of where the red dot is.

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Upon arriving on the Garden Island, I camped at a place right on the beach, where I practiced Fiji Time at Beverly's Beach for a couple of very lazy daze. I also went for two dives in the world famous Somosomo Strait (which is just next to the also well known Rainbow Reef).

Some more include:

Diving: two dives in one day, and lots of opportunities toleanr more about diving. Particularly, I had my first true "current dive," which actually ended up being two dives - one very short one and the longer planned one. What happened was that at about 3 minutes into the dive the current was so strong that when I took in a bit too much air on one breath and thus raised up just enough, I got pushed up and over a "pass" in the reef. There was no controling my alternate route, and so the rest of the gang of three had to follow the new kid on the block cuz there was no swimming up that current. So, we surfaced, got in the boat, and motored over to the starting point again.

Once back in the water, the dive was a fine combo of learning current diving and seeing ocean critters. The current was something to play with, finding the right level and angle so that the current would hold you there, or at last at that horizontal level. As for the critters, here is a list of what I remember from the two dives: four barracudas, lionfish (very showy and very poisonous), a white-tipped reef shark, a manta ray (well that was while we were on the surface, so I only saw its two outer fins sticking up out of the water), the unicorn fish, some very big snappers, a coral that turned from a brownish color to bright white when it was touched, and the regular assortment of colorful fisha nd corals of the Fijian reef.



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