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Jun 8, 2007 - Fiji

The Happy Isles of Fiji Bula, Bula...the ubiquitous greeting of the Fijians exemplifies the warm spirit of these islands. Salt Whistle spent three weeks exploring some of the 332 islands and islets that stretch from about 16 degrees to 20 south and 178 west to 176 east. The two main islands of Fiji, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu lie just west of the international date line some 660 miles west of Nuie, 1,200 miles north east of New Zealand and 1,100 miles east of Australia. The population of under one million is comprised of 50% Indian and 45%...

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Aug 8, 2006 - Fiji Part 1 - Suva, Levuka, Caquelai and Leluvia

Fiji - Suva, Levuka, Caqualai and Leluvia Suva - The Largest City in the South Pacific Islands With just a little more than a month left in our dream trip, we arrived in Fiji for our third and final time. It is a country of over 300 islands, diverse cultures with almost 50% of the population being native Fijian, just under 50% Indian and then a minority of mixed Europeans, Chinese and other Polynesians and Melaneians. The indigenous Fijians are certainly the warmest, friendliest and most welcoming culture we have met on our travels. Their...

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Aug 8, 2006 - Fiji Part 1 - Suva, Levuka, Caquelai and Leluvia

Fiji - Suva, Levuka, Caqualai and Leluvia Suva - The Largest City in the South Pacific With just a little more than a month left in our dream trip, we arrived in Fiji for our third and final time. It is a country of over 300 islands, diverse cultures with almost 50% of the population being native Fijian, just under 50% Indian and then a minority of mixed Europeans, Chinese and other Polynesians and Melaneians. The indigenous Fijians are certainly the warmest, friendliest and most welcoming culture we have met on our travels. Their laid back...

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Jul 26, 2005 - Sailing with the Moores- and downgrading again

We drove with increasing excitment (good) and rain (bad) to meet up with the Moores at their luxury hotel on the coral coast that they had been in for 3 days with dark skies and intermittent lashing rain. "More rain than we've seen in 3 years in Peru" was the quote. However it was a little better by the time we got back to the ship and a spot of snorkelling and beach work (although still cloudy) was done on the first afternoon of the second leg of the cruise. Much merriment was had over dinner regaling travelling stories (even Captain came...

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May 18, 2005 - Levuka

Flew from the mainland to Ovalau in a 14 seater plane which took 12 minutes. So small was the plane that the co-captain was giving out safety instructions. Once we had landed we caught a taxi to round the island to Levuka (the old capital of Fiji). We checked into the Royal Hotel (the oldest hotel in the Pacific), the four of us managed to get the last room available in the hotel. We were also sharing the room with a family of rats and I caught one of them eating through a plastic bag to get to our bread at 3am. We spent the morning of our...

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May 16, 2005 - The South Pacific's Wild West. Levuka, Fiji

After our stay on the tiny Caqalai Island we rode on an open boat through a colourful lagoon, weaving through passageways in the coral. Forty-five minutes later we arrived in Levuka. Levuka was Fiji's capital until the shift to Suva in 1882. What makes the town so attractive is its 19th-century, Wild West feel. Many of its wooden buildings and covered sidewalks still remain today. Levuka was founded as a whaling settlement and became the main center for European traders. In its glory days it had over 50 hotels and taverns along the main...

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