The view from the Bure, the living
accommodation. On arrival, the
room was beautifully laid out, with flowers in the towels.
The view out to sea
was as you would expect. In the evening there was a fantastic
sunset. Note some of these
views, and compare them to the storm views later, especially low
tide!The resort has a lovely
pool. We also had some clear nights, when the moonlight
was like daylight this picture taken at 11:00p.m., you could
even see beneath the sea it was so bright. I had a great view
evening entertainment was laid on, there was a Meke, it means a
Fijian dance. Lots of singing
and dancing. Every evening
there was a torch lighting
ceremony. There was Polynesian
dancing, and here's me with them! We were also given activities
during the day, including a Jungle
Walk and village tour. There was the
collecting of coconuts, then
trimming them, so that we could sample the milk and flesh.
the Saturday, a storm that can occur once every 2 years came out
of the Pacific brought in huge
waves, which along with a Spring tide resulted in a tidal surge,
and waves on the beach, damaging
the gardens. The waves at the reef must have been 20 to 30 feet.
I have estimated the surge at
the beach as over 12 feet. Compare these pictures from others
both before and after
the storm. They even set people to clearing
the broken coral from the beach. There is a storm
channel, which completely
filled with many surges.
Here is the same view after
the storm. Even the
of my trips was to go on a sailing
schooner "The Whale's Tale". We went passed several
tropical islands. We stopped at two, where I was able to go snorkeling
and see a lot of beautiful fishes,
including Clown Fish and
Angel Fish as well as
corals. We were entertained
by the crew, and served up some lovely food. It was a great
day, and will live with me for a long time.
other major trip was up to Namuamua on a boat.
It is the location for the film Anaconda 2. The journey up the crystal
clear river took us through
rapids, and passed waterfalls.
We were able to stop and swim.
We arrived at the village,
and were greeted by a Fijian
warrior, and then taken to the
Bure to be welcomed in Fijian style, with the Kava
ceremony. We then went on a brief tour of the village, and here's
me with the Bure in the background. We were then given a Fijian
feast, where I
was escorted by the wife of the chief's son! The ride home was
on a bamboo raft, and
here's me waiting
to leave! On arrival back at Tambua Sands, I then had to go through
the Kava ceremony again!
Next day I had a headache! An other memorable trip, this time of
true Fijian life.