Bula ! from Fiji.
Today was our boat trip out to one of Fijis smallest islands – South Sea Island.
We left Port Denarau by fast catamaran and within just 25 minutes the tiny South Sea Island was (fully!) in view. We tendered ashore to be met by the island staff singing Fijian folk songs.
As we came ashore, I was tempted to respond with renditions of various songs from South Pacific, but a) Sandra was not keen and b) whilst my dad taught me words from most of the songs, I had forgotten many – so “There ain’t nothing like a dame” would probably not have been appropriate!
So, onto South Sea Island for a busy day (seriously). We started on the semi submersible craft to see the reef and the sea life around the island – what a huge variety of colours and sizes both fish and coral. This was our taster and we wanted to see more later.
We next decided to kayak around the island – a very pleasant 25 minute paddle (now you get a picture of how small this island is!). Then a swim in the warm turquoise surf that runs up to the golden beach (but a bit rough with the broken shells and coral on the shore).
Lunch was a beach BBQ washed down with Fiji Gold beer and serenaded by the local Fijians singing local songs and doing the odd “traditional” war dance. We had a bit of a rest after lunch, in the shade of a couple of palm trees before getting ready for our next activity.
Having seen the reef from a semi submersible, we wanted to get a bit closer by going out snorkelling. We donned the required gear and only a few feet from shore, we were able to see at least 6 species of fish and as we swam out the variety increased and we added coral to the list as well. Fish we later learned included surgeon, parrot, angel and blue star fish. There was blue coral, brain coral and many more. This is a different world a million miles from any other and totally transfixes you.
We had time to dry off in the sun and grab a cup of tea before it was time to head back to Port Denarau. What a tremendous day – finished off by a long lasting an awesome sunset.