Rainy days in paradise
01.02.2012 - 02.02.2012 27 °C
late posting, Sunday, Auckland airport (internet problems in Fiji)
The end of our second day in Fiji. Arrived here about 7.15pm on Tuesday after a 4 hour flight from Sydney. On arrival Smith’s Tours swung into operation again as we picked up a car and self-navigated two hours along the coast to our hotel in the dark and rain. Luckily the navigator stayed awake and we arrived without mishap, despite the 4km goat track that descends to our hotel.
Fiji is friendly, verdant, beautiful and full of flowers but it keeps raining! The first morning we went diving under heavy skies, just out from our hotel which fronts onto a shallow lagoon surrounded by reef and drop off. An interesting reef but the visibility was disappointing, though not surprising given all the rain and nearby rivers. We then went exploring by car, west along the coast, checking out other places for diving (and shopping).
Despite dire weather forecasts it was calmer and drier this morning (Thursday), with glimpses of hazy sun. Low tide so we walked our beach, ventured in the next door village, took some sun between showers and snorkelled in the lagoon. Explored east in the afternoon, taking in views of the coasts, the Sigatoka river and remains of a 19thC cannibal hill fort (and some shops). Passed several upmarket resorts but dined in splendid isolation in an independent restaurant right on the beach. Exploration inland planned for tomorrow via a river and rafting trip, and a famed shark viewing dive booked for Saturday. Fingers crossed the sun comes out for a little longer.