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Jul 11, 2017 - Farewell Fiji...Hello Melbourne

As I reflect on the Fiji portion of our trip, couple interesting points of note: 1) The country, which was colonized by the British many years ago, still feels very English in its culture - drive on the left, Queen's english spoken, significant number of residents from another English colony, India (almost as many as Fijians). 2) The country, and certainly the island of Vinata Levu, is far more mountainous than I realized yet none of the mountains are the result of volcanoes (at least according to our taxi driver). We couldn't see this...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Hermit Crab Queen....Helen

Last full day in Fiji today and it was as it should be - very relaxing. Shea and I had a nice walk on the beach in the morning, and aside from getting harassed by a local or two to ride their horses early in the walk, were left alone. Kids continued their neverending pursuit of the elusive hermit crab and came away with a handful of good ones - of course, they will be staying here despite Helen & Yates protests as I'm sure my friends in Customs would not take too kindly to transporting live animals across country lines. On the point of...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Golf at Natandola Bay

Had an opportunity to play Natandola Bay today - home of the Fiji Open and a course designed by Vijay Singh. While they plan to play the tournament in August and the views are spectacular (see pics), they still have PLENTY of work to do to make it tournament ready. Highlights included the 400 lb pig on #2 tee box, the children who so kindly grabbed our tee shots from the green on #4 (par 3 hole) and handed them back to us when we arrived at the green and the locals on #5 fairway who were laid out by the left side bunker with their dogs...

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Jul 8, 2017 - Bula Bula

So if there was one word in the Fijian language that I could master, it would be Bula. Apparently, this word means "hello" "goodbye" and everything in between and is literally uttered at each interpersonal interaction. Needless to say, the Fijians are constantly engaging us and could not be nicer or more willing to please. To that end Joana, one of the ladies working the Sunset Bar, has taken a personal interest in our family and has gone out of her way to make sure the kids are happy and Shea and I have everything we need. If you were to...

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Jul 7, 2017 - Back at the Beach

First day at the Intercontinental was as we hoped for - sunny, warm 86 degrees and no humidity. That being said, while the beaches and water are beautiful, I'm still not sure it is better than the white sand of 30A. Everyone woke up fairly early and we hit breakfast - one of the nice features of the hotel is that breakfast is included (about the only thing) and the spread is an impressive one ranging from eggs and bacon all the way to curry chicken and Japanese dumplings. After breakfast the kids hit the pool and I snuck in a workout -...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Traveling to Fiji

Time to get out of the cold and into the sun. This morning we flew from Queenstown to Auckland (with about 2000 British & Irish Lions' fans as they go back to Auckland for the final test) and then Auckland to Nadi. We took Air New Zealand which was quite a pleasant travel experience - flight attendants very friendly (unlike the ones on our American Airlines flight to Auckland), all the seats had TVs so the children were entertained and they even provided a meal on the Auckland to Nadi leg. Once we got to Nadi, we had to work our way through...

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Oct 11, 2015 - Bula

From Fiji, the land of cannibals. Yes, they were here. In the eighteenth century when Europeans were sailing around the Pacific exploring, everyone avoided the Fiji Islands. Fiji got the reputation in Europe and early America as the land of cannibals, and Tahiti and French Polynesia got the reputation for paradise with beautiful women and therefore lots of trade. Remember Mutiny on the Bounty? The crew, deciding they didn’t like the tyranny of Captain Bligh, set him adrift and went back to Tahiti. Some of the mutineers sailed off to other...

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Jan 22, 2015 - Leaving Sydney right before Australia Day - Headed to Nadi, Fiji today

I won't have wifi until we reach Hawaii so I'm doing the next two days ahead of time so that the trip map continues to get us back to Alaska! We fly out today (22nd) toward Honolulu with an overnight stay in Nadi, Fiji to break the trip up. As we are leaving Sydney there are signs showing the locations that are being closed off from 7am to 6pm on January 26th which is Australia Day --- the day they gained independence from England, yet stayed in the "family" by being in the Commonwealth. This is a national holiday with family gatherings,...

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Nov 20, 2014 - Two Days i One 24 hour period

Yesterday was both November 18 and November 19 for us. We crossed the international dateline a bit before landing for a refueling stop at Christmas Island. It was a BEAUTIFUL coral reef picture from the plane and so untouched. There are only a few fishing lodges on that island yet half the plane of passengers got off to go fishing. Lots of Brits , Aussies and Kiwi's go there to fish a special kind of fish only found there. The pit crew who refueled the plan were definetly a mom and pop company. It was a fasinating thing to see this fuel...

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Jun 28, 2014 - Eco park and pottery village

Hi! i haven't had internet access for a few days so i can fill you in now on our second last day in Fiji. We hired a taxi for the day and went to the kula eco park in sigatoka town where they have lots of birds, reptiles and other animals over a large lush green forest of trees. There were a lot of iguanas that have been rescued from smugglers and deserted islands and are being breeded to avoid extinction. we got to hold them and they were really friendly and cute. We also got the option of holding snakes, although we didn't really like the...

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Jun 26, 2014 - zip line and waterfalls

Yet another great day in paradise, today we went to experience zip lining in the jungle- its like a flying fox with 5 stop points on the way, each stretch of line was about 160m. it was really fun, we got to spin around whilst flying over the jungle. Our tour guide then took us on a long walk to some waterfalls. on the way, he climbed a tree and picked some grapefruit for us to eat, it was amazing! At the waterfalls we swam in the very crisp clear water, just perfect. on the way back to the resort, we stopped for some shopping in nadi. Its...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Shopping, massages and cruising into the sunset

Hello! This island resort is amazing! there are so many activities, we dont even have to leave the resort much at all. Today we went to port denaru for some shopping, we had cocktails at the hard rock cafe, it was great! Back at the resort we had alfresco beach massages, it was sooooo relaxing. In the evening we cruised into the ocean at sunset on a boat with champagne and canapes whilst our host played songs on the guitar (including stand by me). It was the best boat cruise ever! After the boat cruise and 2 bottles of champagne later, we...

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