So! Two weeks of island hopping, two weeks of beautiful islands, we were excited? OH YES!!!
The day began with an early start, we were collected by Awesome Fiji Adventures, the company we had booked with, to the ferry terminal. Once we had checked in and had been given our booking vouchers, our bags were labelled and taken by staff and we were ready to depart.
We boarded and 15 minutes later we were off. We knew where we were heading but hadn’t accounted for the 5 hour ferry journey to get there! Our island hopping began at the furthest island of the Yasawai Islands which is a line of islands to the north of Fiji mainland. Our plan was to make our way down this line of islands and back to Nadi on the mainland. About an hour into the ferry ride the weather changed and the sea began to get very rough. We were thrown about and before we knew it, we were not feeling too good. The ferry journey was rough for the remainder of the journey and by the time we got to our first resort, Safe Landing on the island of Nacula, we were definitely ready to get off the ferry and feel land under our feet again!
We were greeted by the very friendly staff of Safe Landing who led us to an open communal area where we checked in and had a beautiful lunch. We were then shown our room. Harriet and I were expecting to stay in a dorm, however, we were upgraded! The dorm was having a deep clean and so the manager upgraded us to a bure. A bure is a small, individual hut-like structure and ours had a cute room with a double bed and ensuite.
The resort in general was basic but beautiful, with only a handful of bures and a couple of dorms. There was a communal area with a bar and dining area as well as a few other buildings where the staff lived.
Once we were settled in to our bure, it was obvious where we were going to head first! The hammock! Gently slung underneath the palms overlooking the beach and the sea. Perfect! We spent the rest of the day reading, blogging, relaxing and enjoying, what I could only describe as a slice of paradise.
Our evening meal was announced by a shell horn. Diner was a lovely 3 course meal consisting of soup to start, chicken for main and banana cooked in coconut milk for dessert. The banana had a strange texture but was still gorgeous and very sweet.
After a comfortable and refreshing night sleep, we began the day with a morning swim. The water was so warm and unbelievably clear. Later that morning we made a bracelet out of coconut (with the help of a local!), had a language lesson learning some basic Fijian words and had a coconut demonstration learning which coconut produces coconut water and coconut milk and everything you could want to know about the coconut.
Later that afternoon we went to the local village and met the chief of the village and tried cava for the first time; not to my taste at all! Then we visited the women of the village who were at their local shell market selling jewellery, wooden masks and carvings, bookmarks and paper. All of their items were handmade by the locals using materials from the island. I couldn’t resist a beautiful bracelet and a bookmark which was made from tree bark.
As we were leaving the village it began to rain. We hurried back and spent the afternoon playing cards and chatting with the people we met at the resort. Dinner was great and we spend time chatting to other travellers about their adventures and exchanging funny stories. It was interesting to hear about where people had been, what they thought about places and things they learnt along the way.
Our final day on Safe Landing resort began once again relaxing in a hammock. But before we moved on we had one more local product to try our hands at – banana leaves basket weaving! We were helped to make a small basket; it was so clever and really pretty. And so to our last few hours on the island, and yes you guessed it, a little more time in the hammock!
At about 1:30pm we were taken in a small motor boat to the water taxi which would take us to our next island. We had just had a beautiful 2 days of, well doing nothing really, except for chilling in a hammock! But this was just what we both needed after all the experiences and busyness of everything we’d done in Australia. Even though the resort was basic, I felt it gave us a good feeling of traditional Fijian living. Okay we were staying a very comfortable version of it, but the staff, food and scheduling was all very Fijian. I loved it!!