Awsome Adventures Fiji " Bula "
Awsome Adventures are a company that take you yo the the Yasawas ( Just the most beautiful Islands in Fiji) on a boat, you can stay a serveral different islands.
Fantastic people, but remember the Yasawas do not have power, They run off generators that seams to turn off at about 11.30pm. But fun things happen in the dark!!!
- Adventure Travel
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Sailing lessons were avaiable, and David really wanted to have a go. I did a week's course in the Isle of Wight, learning to sail, many, many years ago, in fact I even qualified with a Royal Yachting Association's Certificate.
However, this was David's big moment. We paid extra for me to be a passenger while he learned. We expected the instructor to stay on the boat with us, but after a few simple directions, he let us out on our own.
We sailed off towards Ragent's own private island, did a few nice little turn, and then David delivered his new-found speciality: underwater sailing! Somehow he manage to steer the catemaran downwards, water started to cover the top, we were getting deeper and deeper into the sea.
Of course, the bouyancy of the boat means that it did "pop" up to the surface again after a little while, but it was an interesting experience!
- Sailing and Boating
Jet boating part two
We had a different driver this time, Colin. He was a real showman. The same spin for the camera, then off we went down the mangrove rivers at high speed with a few spins and narrow misses of the sides, stilted huts, bridges etc. I think this was even better than the original jet boat in Queenstown, New Zealand. It was certainly longer and better value for money, although the canyons made the NZ trip more interesting.
- Sailing and Boating
The beach here is really very nice indeed. Very soft sand, which is raked every day to ensure that it is clean. Plenty of sunbeds available should you wish to linger and soak up thos ewonderful sun rays. The beach is fairly quiet most of the time, we didn't have any annoying beach sales men pestering us either.
Having been on the Shotover Jet in Queensland, New Zealand, we jumped at the chance of signing up for the jet boat ride here in Fiji.
It is only just down the lane from the hotel and they pick you up from your accommodation. The boats are the same style as they use in New Zealand, the main difference between the two trips was 20 degrees! (temperature that is).I sat in the front this time. Same speed, same turns, warmer water. I got soaked! Not just sprayed, the water actuallt poured over me, like somebody had emptied a bucket!
Then we broke down! We seem to have a knack for breaking down in boats - I hope that doesn't go for the cruise too. The driver tried to repair it and sent off for another driver, who also couldn't manage to repair it.
Eventually we had to clamber out and scramble up the bank to wait for the van to come across the golf course to pick us up. Back at base we were offered a refund or another trip. We are goign again of course!
Going for a little walk at night, we wandered down to the deserted beach, which wasn't so deserted after all. Looking closely we could see hundreds of little crabs. They were quite amazing to watch, sliding sideways along the sand.
When we arrived at the Regent of Fiji Hotel, it was just getting dark. There was a man dressed in traditional straw skirt, running around lighting all the torches which lined the entrance road. I really enjoyed watching this little ceremony. As it turns out, he was the only man we saw in Fiji running, all others were so laid back they were almost stationary. All in good time - Fiji time!
We arrived in Fiji in the eveing, and as soon as we got to the hotel, before we'd even checked in, we booked tickets for the fire walking display that evening. As soon as our cases had arrived in the room, we walked over to where it was being held.
Having previously seen fire walking in Bali, I must confess that I was a little disappointed, this was not as visually spectacular. There was a big lead up, but then it sort of fizzled out. What you might call a bit of a non-starter.
- Arts and Culture
You dont have to look very far to find coconuts. They are scattered all over the sand.
Rafi decided to take this coconut and try to open it himself... A little secret - he didnt get very far.. LOL we ended up asking one of the locals to cut it open. Taste's GREAT!!
Basket Weaving with Papa
a quick Tip... "when an activity is scheduled for a particular time.... turn up 1 hour later"
We arrived at the time they told us it was going to start... and Papa turned up 1 hour later and told us "Its Fiji time" LOL
It was a fun experience... learning how to basket weave on the beach. You get to keep the baskets, however check with your home airport if you are allowed to take them back with you.
Plantation Island is beautiful. Typical of the Fijian islands.. Lots of tall leaning coconut treas and white sandy beaches. We stayed on the Plantation Island for one week. When you arrive at the Island by boat, the locals greet you by standing on the shore singing the traditional welcome song.
There were many tourists from Australia and New Zealand on the island.
Nightlife at the Plantation Island includes the following:
Bidding on the fastest Hermit crab to cross the finish line
Bidding on the fastest Frog to cross the finish line
A traditional dance and music show by the locals
Bar and disco music from the 80's which lasts maybe only 2 hours
Activities during the day include the following:
Water activities of all sorts including fishing, snorkling, diving and swimming but exluding jet skiing or water sailing.. didn't see anyone do those
Taking a botanical tour of the Island with one of the locals and learn about the trees and bushes
Taking a basket weaving course from BUBA, the local handcrafts expert and a favorite character by the kids
Take a trip on the boat by night to watch the stars and sip on champaigne
However, I would recommend Plantation Island for families rather than singles or Couples. There are many many activities geared towards children every day. It's truely heaven for them little ones..
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