20 hours on paradise island Octopus Resort

After a really nice morning of mantarays and chilling at the pool, I’m ready to try the next island.  Leaving about 3pm as it the boat heading back to mainland so later, it is only a  short ride as is only the next island along so no more than 25minutes. As I am getting onto the boat I cross over with Matt the police chief and he says that it is a really nice resort, but warns me you have to hike over to the rooms as the boat can’t get into the main beach as the waves are too big.

So I am greeted personally when I arrive on the beach as I am the only person arriving at this time. The fijian guys all take my bags and we do a short hike over the mountain that isn’t too hard, but I feel for the guys carrying my bags as they are heavy. And none of them wear shoes so must have tough feet, as we do walk over stones, gravel and sticks from the trees. I understand know why Fiji is so good at rugby as all the men are very tough, big and broad. The view from the top is nice and can see down to the beach and resort with the waves coming in. The guy tells me that they never have waves like this and maybe only once a year have to get the boat to the other side. You can see on this island also the cyclone impact on the trees, so another island again which got hit.

So already quite late by the time I arrive here and the only resort where I don’t have a full 24hours at, there are no activities I can do, so I just head to the bar area which is lovely over loooking the beach and ocean and this is the sort of place you good spend ages at. The bar is playing some good chill music and there is a good atmosphere with a few groups if people sitting at the bar also.

There are a lot of couples and families here just like blue lagoon, but there are more solo and groups of travellers so more of a mix and easier I think to spend a longer time here. The blue lagoon is actually the sister hotel and am told that it is a new edition only open 2 years whereas the Octopus is the original and has been open 16years. It is all to a very high standard and the dorm room is very nice and it is quiet with only 3 people in it, but it does sleep 7. The showers are nice and just next door, so with towels and stuff to use it is all very convenient. They also have a very good dive shop here and I think this would be a great place to come and learn to dive.

So after watching another amazing Fijian sunset  it is time to get ready for dinner, which is Al Carte so exciting.  The girl in my dorm Simone is nice from germany and I head out to dinner with her, as she is travelling by herself. She knows a few people already and we sit at their table a nice family from Auckland and Wellington. A couple who are engaged with their parents and it is interesting to chat to them. The food is great quality and has the reputation to be the best in the yaswara island.  I order soup to start,a beef escalop with nice potatoes and cheescake for the pudding. All very nice and in between get sorbet to clear the palet.

After we eat the family head off to bed and so does Simone, so I join the Kava ceremony that is happening just on the floor out on the decking. For the ceremony you have to clap your hands when each person takes a sip and say “Bula”. We go around the circle 3 times and it isn’t so bad, just a muddy water taste and gives a little bit of a numb tonge. The guy who is serving the Kava however looks like it is effcting him as very mellow and relaxed even forgetting me out of the round the last time. All good fun.

During the ceremony I get chatting to a group of volunteers here to build a house for one of the families effected by the cyclone doing it though a company called Habitat for Humanity. I end up chatting to them a lot and join their table. All from Canada and handpicked by the project leader of the group who has done lot of these in other countries. A really interesting group of people and a mix of all ages with a young couple there to older mid 40’s and 50’s. You have to pay to do the volunteering about $3000 (2000GBP) and in Canada can get tax back, but it covers all the flight costs internally, accomodation, food and materials plus the airfare to get to whatever country your in. The reasons why people are doing it are interesting and that’s all some of them ever do or they combine it with teaching English.  As Fiji is never a late to bed place, everyone heads off about 11 and a couple of stay and share a bottle of wine and admiring the amazing stars that you can see so well as it is just so dark on the Fiji islands.

 

23rd May 2016

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