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Feb 8, 2007 - Suva, FIJI

We left Tahiti suitably early in the late afternoon and arrived in the capital of Fiji [Suva] just after 5.30 in the morning. The Fijians see tourism in general and cruise ships in particular to be one of their most important income generators. In consequence the local band, national TV and local radio were on the dock side to greet us. We disembarked and joined our bus to the river Suva at 8.30 am. The excursion was billed as "A day in a Fijian Village" but this did not adequately describe the wonderful experience in store for us. It is...

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May 15, 2006 - Suva - Rainforest, Culture and Revisited Childhood

B: We caught a minibus round the island to Suva. This took us 3 hours and on the way we passed many of the resorts in which I had stayed as a child. Where possible, I took photos for my parents who haven't been back to Fiji since 1994. On arrival we found the Holiday Inn to be full so we caught a taxi to the Peninsula hotel up the hill. This turned out to be less luxurious than its namesake in Hong Kong but at least the room was quiet and air-conditioned so we slept well. That night we walked into town in search of some Indian food (Indians...

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Mar 19, 2006 - Feejee Experience - Day 2

Today we went on a 10k trek through Matakibau Rainforest. We went to the start of the trail in what Willie referred to as a 'Chicken Truck', which we all sat in the back of. On the trek Nina and Bola were making jungle crowns ...Nina thought she was the Queen of the jungle!! We followed a path for most of the way, then walked for about half an hour through a creek, which was sometimes up to our thighs! It was sweltering hot but it was much more fun than the hike in Hawaii. There were some good views at times, especially at the end when we...

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Dec 24, 2005 - Trekkin' to Suva

Gonna keep this short cuz internet is expensive... that means no pictures either. (Sorry) Took the Feejee Experience bus from Mango Bay to Suva. This included a GREAT trek for about 3 hours in between. It was wonderful because it was really out into nature, but at the same time not too hard. About 1/2 the trek was actually in a creek that ran 8 - 10 inches deep. We even saw a wild parrot overhead. Arriving in Suva, we went out for dinner with friends from our trip and then retired early (because I'm old)! The next day we woke and headed...

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Dec 21, 2005 - Mango Bay

We've arrived in Mango Bay on the Feejee Experience Bus. It was a fun way to get around and we did some neat stuff like sandboarding (toboganning) on sand dunes and stopping in a small village, and we hit a great beach! It's great because noone is on the trip over xmas, so we have a huge 35 seater bus for 6 of us. Our place in Mango Bay is INCREDIBLE. It's gonna be a 5 star resort, but it also has a small building in the back with some bunk-beds in dorm-rooms. It's great, we've got an incredible pool, beautiful restaurant and a wonderful...

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Dec 3, 2005 - Fiji, Viti Levu - Suva and Nadi

On saturday we left the island to go back to Nadi. We then got a 3 hour bus to the capital 'Suva'. The bus station was full of really old buses, most without windows! Luckily our bus was slightly better than that!! It was a good way to see the scenery of the island and see all the houses dotted around - most are small huts made from corregated iron, breeze blocks or wood. Washing and cooking is done outside. Its a very basic way of life and makes you so grateful for the life we lead. We stayed in a hostel cum motel in Suva and didnt really...

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Aug 3, 2005 - Waterfalls and Fijian Fish Dinners

Bula Again, We have added a few more pics to the previous entry as we are in an internet cafe in Suva, the capital, so things are a little quicker and cheaper. Thanks everyone for all the messages, we love reading them and hearing about things at home. After we log out of here we will read about the plane crash. Slowly but surely we will write to everyone. Well, yesterday we went on a waterfall tour. It was so incredible. The jungle never ceases to amaze us at it's beauty and what it provides; the medicines, food, shelter, and resources....

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Jul 30, 2005 - Rainforest- literally

Nightmare- I've just had a whole entry wiped out after the internet crashed- anyway all I said was that we are now back on the main island of Fiji and are in a wonderful place called Raintree Lodge in the rainforest- immaculate bures all set within the lush vegetaion of the rainforest and overlooking the lake that is the swimming pool. There are walks in the forest to waterfalls and more pools to swim in that would be fantastic if it wasn't lashing with rain and had not stopped raining for the last 24 hours. Can't believe this weather as...

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May 21, 2005 - Caqalai & paradise for a week...

We had originally planned to spend only 1 night on Caqalai Island but it ended up being 7! The island takes 15min to walk around & has sand beaches on all sides. The snorkelling was superb, with an ubundence of tropical fish, hard & soft coral, sea snakes & reef sharks.... The resort is managed & run by a Methodist Church organisation & the people were superb. All food was included & ranged from Reef Trout to Octopus, donuts & pancakes for breakfast, & loads of fresh fruit. Each night we had kava drinking (the national drink of Fiji) which...

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May 12, 2005 - Primitive Living on Caqalai Island, Fiji

Caqalai Island is a place where time is lost. Before arriving in Fiji we heard about a primitive resort on a small island known for its serenity. At Caqalai you live in grass bures next to the beach. Meals are cooked for you by women from a nearby village and dinners are serenaded by men playing Fijian music. You can walk around the island in 15 minutes. It is a small step up from camping as there is no electricity or plumbing. To get there we were instructed to take a local bus to an obscure bridge 2 hours from Suva where we would meet up...

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May 8, 2005 - The largest city in the South Pacific. Suva, Fiji

We left Cook Islands on May 6 and arrived in Fiji on May 8. As we flew over the International Date Line we lost May 7 of 2005. We were happy that neither of our birthdays fall on May 7. Once in Fiji we took a bus straight to Suva and were pleasantly surprised with what we found. Our guide book could not say it better... The pulsing heart of the South Pacific, Suva is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Oceania. The port is always jammed with ships bringing goods and passengers from afar, and busloads of commuters and enthusiastic...

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Mar 11, 2005 - Travelling to Fiji

Quick one - day spent travelling, arrived night time and the weather is hot and balmy, even at night, I'm guessing at 28+ celcius. I have a beachfront villa and can hear the Ocean breaking against the reef. I can't wait to see the view in the morning. I will upload a picture. This is a beautiful Island and such friendly people. My taxi driver from the airport is taking me out tomorrow night and the barmaid at my hotel, introduced herself with a handshake over the bar and a smile. Compare this to the Americans. (Fiji was another British...

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