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Lazy days in Paradise

The Yasawa island chain is a must-do for every Fiji traveller as it has some of the most beautiful small islands and beaches in the world.
Prices for food and accomodation are very high compared to the main island but it is worth the money! We spent our last few days (where it finally stopped raining) on Fiji at Oarsman’s Bay Lodge located on the island Nacula which is just 2 kilometeres away from Nacula Lailai where the movie The Blue Lagoon was shot. I could tell you about the friendly staff singing and dancing all day, the three little dog puppys they had, the most colorful coral reef I have ever snorkeled through or about the amazing landscape but hey – just have a look at the pictures! Do I need to say more?

- Bernd -

Yeeeeeh-haw!!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Yeeeeeh-haw!!! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with Frangipani flower in her hair (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell with Frangipani flower in her hair (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Uuuuuuuuuuh! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Uuuuuuuuuuh! (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell dancing with hotel manager Philip on the Fijian night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell dancing with hotel manager Philip on the Fijian night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)


The Beach House

Our first few days on Fiji we stayed at the Beach House, a hostel on the south coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. We hang out at the wonderful white sanded beach right in front of our bure (a Fijian beach hut), snorkeled in cristal clear water at high tide and enjoyed a Fiji Bitter beer at sunset. Unfortunately, the weather changed on the third day around midday and since then it hasn’t stopped raining.
So, what can we do on a rainy day? Sit at home?! Nope, go on a jungle trip to a hidden waterfall – that’s right. On this trip our guide (I really can’t remember his name but it was something like fijian George – let’s just call him George!) led us trough his so called “gift of God” and explained plants, trees and animals and what the people of Fiji use them for. As George told us the day before that we should wear hiking shoes we put on our normal sneakers and wondered why everyone else just wore flip-flops. We found out as we had to walk trough the first lil’ river, which was followed by several waterholes, ditches and even bigger rivers – the only thing left to do was taking of our shoes and walk barefeet…an awesome experience! Anyway, we finally reach the waterfall (during the walk my mind wandered back to the article about canibalism on Fiji in former times – I really don’t know why!) and jumped into the pond in front of it, climbed up and slide back down again. After some time George decided that it’s time to go back. Not having brought a towel (George’s answer to bringing a towel or not was ‘Nope, it just gets wet’) we put our clothes back on while still wearing our bathing suites – it really didn’t matter because by the time we arrived at the hostel you couldn’t tell anyway if we went swimming or hiking… but it was worth every single rain drop!

- Isabell -

Relaxing at the beach (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Relaxing at the beach (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Our bure (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Our bure (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on the swings (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on the swings (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Barefeet through the jungle (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Barefeet through the jungle (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Get the Fa experience ;) (© 2010 FG)
Get the Fa experience ;) (© 2010 FG)
   


Meet the bulls!

Bull shark - © pterantulaDear readers, did you ever feel like diving with a shark species that

“[...] may be more dangerous to humans than any other species of shark, and, along with tiger sharks and great white sharks, [they] are among the three shark species most likely to attack humans.”

?

Well, maybe you never felt like diving with sharks at all ;-) but if you`re a fan like us then you should go to Beqa Lagoon – the top spot on Fiji – and see their bull sharks (Quote above from the Wikipedia article). We`ve been diving there yesterday and had over 20 of them on one dive, big ones with a fat body but still so much faster and agile than you´d think. It was an overwhelming experience seeing those 10 feet (3 meters!) tall fish swimming around only a few meters away from you and the best thing was: We were in the open water, no glass between, no cage, nothing! It wouldn`t have been necessary as our dive guides were very experienced and equiped with metal bars to hold back sharks that would come too close.
Beside the bull sharks we had a lot of other species like whitetip, blacktip and grey reef sharks. You would be very lucky to face one of them on an ordinary dive but the bulls definitely stole them the show!
I do not yet have an underwater housing for my new DSLR camera so I can`t offer you pictures from the dives – sorry! But the bull shark on the picture (that has also been taken in Beqa Lagoon!) could be one of those we saw – thanks to pterantula for sharing the picture under Creative Common licence!

- Bernd -

P.S. For more pictures have a look at the gallery on the website of our tour operator, the Beqa Adventure Divers!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

… or in our case: with a single click!

After the decision was made thoughts were going crazy: HOW are we travelling? WHERE do we want to go?  WHEN are we going? HOW LONG are we going to travell? WHAT about the costs? …

So, one thing at the time:

HOW to travel: Okay, let’s face it – anything else than plane didn’t come to our mind. But instead of booking every single flight there is a great way to get around the world: Round-the-world tickets ! ;-) There are several united airlines like Star Alliance, OneWorld Alliance and SkyTeam that provide different around-the-world programs: Whereas SkyTeam only offers booking via telephone, OneWorld does have difficulties with crossing the Pacific. Star Alliance seemed to have it all:  Great deals, easy booking, friendly support – need I say more?!

WHERE to go: The world, of course! Ahw well, some countries have been on our list for a long time: Australia, USA (continent), USA (Hawaii), Thailand and the Fiji Islands – we have to visit these countries! And then one thing led to another: hey, if we’re on the Fiji Islands we could also go to New Zealand. And before we go to the States we could make a stop in Mexico. And why not go to Bali right before Thailand?! Can we do this within 29.000 miles – YES, we can!

So this is the actual route:  Frankfurt/Germany – Mexico City/Mexico – Los Angeles/USA – San Francisco/USA – Honolulu/USA -  Nadi/Fiji – Auckland/New Zealand – Sydney/Australia – Denpasar/Bali - Bangkok/Thailand – Frankfurt/Germany

WHEN to go: Due to a little trip with friends end of August we set the date of departure on September 10, 2010.

Travel planning with Poker chips (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

HOW LONG are we travelling: According to the novel of Jules Verne our trip will take 80 days. (There is no bet going on, we know that it’s possible!). As easy as it was to set the 80 days the harder it was to choose how many days to spend in each country: First put a minimum of days on each destination, then spread the remaining ones and finally flipping one or two. (Hint: Poker chips are perfect for that!)

WHAT about the costs: Well, nothing’s for free. There are two aspects: The ticket and the trip itself.  As I said before, the ticket price depends on the miles, the stops and the countries you travel to – 29.000 miles are cheaper than 35.000 miles, the entrance fee for one country is more expensive than for another country…. I think we’ll have an extra post for this topic!

Okay, these were the first steps we took on our journey around the world… but be sure, there’ll be A LOT more! ;-)

- Isabell -