Yeah, so I’m a little late on this. I’ve been pretty busy trying to settle in here in Dunedin (more on that later). So — FIJI!
Day 1 — Flew into Fiji and stayed at the Raddison Blu, a five star resort on Denauru Island. Beautiful, as expected. Pretty much relaxed in the pool/ocean all afternoon, followed by an evening dancing and fire show.
Day 2 — Woke up early to catch the (slightly nauseating) 3-hour ferry ride to the remote Naviti Island, where we would be staying at the Botaira Resort. This was a pretty rustic place. We had 28 girls in one hut, which made for a lot of body heat on top of the 85+ degree weather and high humidity. Naturally, a lot of us slept outside. The showers and drinking water came from rainwater, and there was NO SOAP — yuck! Lucky I brought alcohol wipes and shampoo, or I would’ve been out of luck. Once I got past the bare-bones accommodation, though, I have to say that our stay was quite nice. I parked my butt in a hammock half the time, and I never knew what time it was since I brought no electronics with me — now THAT’S relaxation.
Days 3 & 4 — SCUBA DIVING!!!! My absolute favorite part. We had to go to the Barefoot Lodge on another island for these trips. I wish I could’ve taken some underwater photos, but sadly, my camera broke just before the trip. I have never seen anything so beautiful. There were purple and yellow angelfish, several species of clownfish, a few reef sharks, a sea turtle, and a porcupine pufferfish as long as my arm — and that’s when it was uninflated!
Days 5 & 6 — Took the ferry back to the mainland, where we stayed at a very nice hotel near the airport. I loved where we were, but man was I ready for a real shower… Flew home after breakfast the next day.