more rainy days in paradise
03.02.2012 - 04.02.2012 28 °C
Third and fourth days in Fiji have been fun despite the near continuous rain and leaden skies.
On Friday we went on a trip by powered longboat up the Navua River, visiting a village for local cultural traditions, handicrafts and ‘lovo’ lunch. Then on upriver to view and swim at a waterfall in the gorge, followed by bamboo rafting and the boat trip back. All very beautiful and interesting but it made little difference to be in or out of the water; at least the rain is warm. But a break in the weather for happy hour at our hotel and the most amazing sunset ever seen on the planet!
Saturday and early morning nerves before the shark dive. All the rain has silted up the bay and so the visibility underwater was very poor. Two dives, standing or sitting on the bottom (24m and 16m) watching guys hand feeding sharks 2-3 metres away as that was about as far as we could see. Imagine large (I mean really big!) bull sharks coming out of the gloom three at a time and then turning away in front of you. Also lemon sharks and nurse sharks swirling around at knee level, plus a huge ball of other fish looking for food. All this plus a really strong current from surface down to 15m. It was well organised and it was ok, but in my view the conditions were at the very limit of what they can do safely. Still we live to tell the tale (and show some foggy video!).
Quick tour of the markets and curio shops in capital Suva after the dive, but the weather really socked in and its not one of the great tourist capitals of the world, though we could not really do it justice.
Posting from Auckland airport waiting for the flight to the Cook Islands. Will this be paradise? (I’m afraid the weather may not improve much as the whole South Pacific seems to be sitting under a huge weather system. Hey ho, just bought some rum in duty free!)