Got a pick up to the harbour at Lautoka and after some wrangling over the fact that the ferry I had paid for wasn't running I got a lift with the Octopus resort boat out to the Yasawa islands. This meant half a mile out from Waya I had a transfer to a motorised bath tub to get me to the village. I was welcomed with singing, a floral necklace and a coconut to drink - I would have taken a picture but I was still getting over the boat switch!
The dorm was a traditional thatch bure right beneath the cliff face. I spent five days here just hanging around on the beach and snorkelling everday and reading in a hammock. The food was pretty traditional with breadfruit and taro and meals were announced with drums. The first night there was also a kava ceremony which the chief invited us to. I always go low tide (options are low, high tide, or tsunami) as really drinking muddy plant water out of a coconut shell isn't the best. I joined Luke and Livia on a walk up to the island peak one morning. It took us about 2 hours just to get up because is was so hot. Great views along the island group and down to the coral. On my last day of snorkelling the sea was really rough and a wave knocked off my mask and dumped me onto some coral. When I had a look down to see if I'd done any damage I was confronted with a black and gold banded sea snake. The dive instructor later told me that they can only bite really thin skin between fingers and toes - well that's ok then!