FUN-travel: Slow Boat to Singapore – 5th Port – Lautoka, Fiji – Day 15 —

February 12, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Slow Boat to Singapore – 5th Port – Lautoka, Fiji – Day 15 — 

Tuesday, February 9th – Lautoka, Fiji – Day 15

  • This was our first peak from our balcony. A mangrove protected teeny tiny spit of an island in the harbor.

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  • Walking off the ship felt like being hit with a furnace blast of hot air. Big Surprise! Once again we had a short 10 minute free shuttle to town. As we meandered through the streets and parks of this 2nd largest city, “Bula, Bula” was our greeting. There are no strangers here and Fijians very much appear to be a happy contented bunch. Plus, they love their music! Big speakers at store fronts blast a variety from rock n’ roll to reggae.

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  • The city block long Central Market was filled with more colorful exotic fruits and roots, herbs and spices. That and more stalls of woven mats, hats, baskets and bags mixed with beaded jewelry, carved wood and masi, the traditional painted bark cloth.

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  • Trees with massive gnarled trucks and limbs are on every corner of the city. They look like a mix of
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    Sri Krishna Kaliva Temple

    Jacaranda and Mimosas with high canopies that spread out far and wide. And more flowers and bushes in full bloom in every color from magenta, vanilla, lilac, almost neon yellow and ruby red.

FUN-fact – Fiji is made up of 300 islands. Sugar production makes up half of the economy with tourism the other half.

More FF – There is a heavy Indian influence as they were brought in to work in the sugar cane plantations between 1899 and 1903. Fijians are considered to be people of the sea and were never required to work the land.

FUN-travel: Slow Boat to Singapore – 4th Port – Yasawa-i-Rara, Fiji – Day 14

February 11, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Slow Boat to Singapore – 4th Port – Yasawa-i-Rara, Fiji – Day 14 

Monday, February 8th

  • When you want to be completely isolated on a primitive, unspoiled South Pacific island, this is where you come. With a population of only a mere 600 souls, this little piece of paradise feels pretty remote.

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  • The teal blue waters turned to turquoise and then to a light aqua by the time our tender arrived at26 Yasawa-i-Rara, Fiji 2016 the only dock. The crystal clear water below greeted us with schools of fish darting in all directions.
  • As I ventured down the long dock I took in today’s scenery. Lush green gentle rolling hills rose up from the talcum powder white sand beach. Palms and pines mixed with grasses and vines just above the shore.
  • “Bula, Bula” means hello in Fiji, and was all we heard as we took off to explore. Once again we felt a very warm welcoming from the villagers. (And what we are finding is “SIOP” – Standard Island Operating Procedure) That, along with a choral group greeting. Today it was a baker’s dozen of baritones belting out a ballad.
  • Like clothes drying on a clothes line, the sarongs flapped like flags in the wind. Strung from tree trunk to tree trunk, zig-zagging along the waterfront, we came upon more and more vibrant fabrics (not a muted one in the bunch) of floral and island scenes. And adjacent to them were the women dressed in colorful muumuu’s, some with their babies in tow, playing shopkeepers in their make-shift stores. More strung shells, carved bowls and jewelry. A light sweet floral scent wafted through the air. Plumeria and hibiscus blooms were in abundance.

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  • The heat and humidity was so stifling that even as we sat in the shade we were dripping with sweat. So after just an hour on “this little piece of paradise” we called it quits.
  • Note to self – Do not get off the ship without your bathing suit on!

FUN-fact – The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields was filmed at the opposite end of the island.

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