Our last lazy Sunday was spent fittingly on a boozey sailing cruise of the Mamanuca Islands with a special trip to the deserted island where Tom Hanks film Castaway was shot. We luckily had a boat of around 16 people and as the boat normally holds around 35 we had plenty of boat to stretch out on. Our host Keith made us very welcome and we had unlimited Champagne, beer and basically whatever you fancied to drink or eat for the day. We had some fab fellow passengers with some Aussies,some pomes and the legendary French Canadians Pierre, Jason and Paul. Our first stop was at a village where we got to see how the Fijean people traditionally live, however as it was a Sunday we couldn't take part in a cava welcoming cermony as work is not permitted on Sundays. The villagers were on their way back from Church and Louise got to befriend some of the gorgeous children who found her highly amusing (see pic). The serenity of the Island and village was sooooooo special and beautiful and it is hard to imagine when we live in such a chaotic world that places like this exist, the rest of the world literally does not exist here and it is a wonderful feeling when your priviledged to be a part of it.
Afterwards we had another fab lunch on the Yacht and then moved onto the deserted Castaway Island where we got to snorkel around the very exclusive and wonderful coral. There is only 2 trips in the whole of Fiji where you can go to this island and no one is allowed to build on the island or snorkel without permission, this keeps the coral untouched and the best we've seen all year.
We returned to the mainland early evening merry and full and sure that we will return to the beautiful islands of Fiji, as our lady from the resort said so fittingly 'why would i go anywhere else when paradise is right here'.