7am start but no problem getting up as an early night and it’s a lovely sunny day in Fiji. About half hour away it seems pretty organised when we arrive and hVe to check bags in first and then collect my paperwork to get my pas on the boat. The boat is where all the bookings take place, that I only learn other on as the whole Fiji island hopping takes awhile to get your head around.
Travelling with Minh it’s only 45mins away to BEACHCOMBER and it is a nice journey on a big catamarans where you can sit outside on the deck sunning yourself and taking in the views of the islands. We pass the smaller islands of SOUTZhSEA and BOUNTY part of the MAMACUSAS Islands that both look nice but very small and can walk around in less than 15mins.
Arriving at Beachcomber we get welcomed by the Fijian people singing to us and reminds me very much of Hawaii (well from films as I’ve not been there!). It is really nice and so far I like the Fijian people so nice. The island looks great with a nice beach – just a little bit hard on the feet as dead coral on it, but definitely can go barefoot which is good as my sandals broke in nz. The bar is on the sand and is in a big hut used later for a dance floor.
The dorms seem good and clean, near plug sockets and the showers are attached so sort of ensuite. The room is a couple of girls from Israel, Minh from bamboo, a fun kiwi guy who is checking out and a very drunken Danish guy who I hear Kirs of stories about how he fell out of the top bunk bed as too drunk and went in the girls showers fully clothed to sleep. One to watch for sure especially as later in the afternoon I find him asleep in my bed!
As we are here early we get the day for activities and they offer free snorkelling, which I go on and it’s not too bad just a small area of coral and only really one type of fish the zebra ones of course still cool. The boat has a glass bottom so that is also quite a nice touch. We snorkel for about 25mins then by time get back it is lunch that is a Buffett of lamb cutlets (a bit slack of meat though) and mash so bit better than expected. Get chatting to a few people at the table 2 English girls Jasmine and Mia about managing diebetes tees while traveling as one of them has it and have to inject same time wherever in the world they are so very hard. Also there is a group of isreal girls talking about the island mana and how fab it is vs beachcombe, but it isn’t on my boat route so will have to try another time although my sea spray sailing trip goes there briefly to just get on the boat.
There is another free snorkelling trip and planning to just laze on the beach, I then spot them going a different spot to the morning so last minute decide to jump on, but it’s not a great trip as my mask keeps leaking whatever I do so very annoying. Plus the water is too deep giving poor visibility. When back its afternoon tea and the day trippers that come to the island head off.
The sun is shining so hang out on the beach for a bit before heading to reception to try and book my other resorts only to find out after an hour that all resorts can only be booked on the boat or confirmed if pre book via online as they have to fill out the vouchers. All a learning curve and something that would have been useful knowing before and if the guys at the travel agent had done it that way.
By time get out its sunset and to get the full view walk around the island a bit where all the bure bungalows are and it’s very tranquil. I see Minh chilling on a hammock, so watch it with her and it’s a pretty nice one very pink and reflecting on the water to make it even prettier. Once it’s gone it’s time to time to get ready for dinner, which is all good the shores are right next to the room and not busy so out in time for the happy hour before dinner. Not too bad at $7 (£3) for wine I get a couple, then move onto some vodka the table I’m with has and then my own Malibu I bought at the airport.
The atmosphere isn’t bad although maybe a bit slow starting as the majority of people staying are a large Danish group of students who are having a last night togethere after travelling 3 countries as a 35 group so totally crazy. Some are nice and invite us to play a drinking game called flip flop where you have two teams that race against each other by being first to drink their drink and flip the cup on the table. Good fun and I’m impressed I manage to win both times and flip my cup first time – a born natural! Rest of the night is fairly quiet with just the Danish group dancing, so just stay out until about 12 as it starts dying down and worried the drunken Danish guy from my room will steal my bed again as is so drunk he can’t walk or talk. He is constantly falling over in the sand stumbling about so is amusing to watch.
16th May 2016