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Apr 29, 2018 - Suva

We began this trip in Fiji, jet lagged and unambitious to do more than enjoy the area around our resort. Now we have returned on the ship to see and do what this country has to offer. We are lucky to be here. Our ship has been coming here for weeks, but recent typhoons prevented docking and the ship just bobbed around. One week it could only land in one port in a week. Frustrating! Our tour guide talked incessantly during the drive to and from the Navua River. He talked about the early days when Fiji was settled by waves of Polynesians and...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Suva, Fiji

Today we were in the capital of Fiji, Suva. But the problem was that everything on the island is closed on Sundays. So, visitors are very limited in what they can do. A lot go to the beach (even though the closest beach was a 45-minute drive) and a large group from the ship went to a private island for a cultural show. So many people signed up to go that a tour operator convinced some locals to work. We decided to just walk around. It was interesting to see all the different building styles, which were mainly related to government. We also...

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Jan 25, 2018 - Fiji - Great Coral reef and bustling city Suva

Short day in Fiji (arriving 7 AM, departing 2:30 PM) as we have to leave early to make it to Russell, New Zealand our next stop. Mel and I decided to check out the town for an hour since our snorkel tour wasn’t until 9:15. Suva City is the Fiji commercial center and our ship docked amongst the containers. We got a free shuttle to “Jack’s” souvenir shop which put us in the middle of town. Shop didn’t open until 8 so we walked around the town to get some flavor of the place. Lots of people hustling to get to work by 8 AM. Definitely...

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Jan 24, 2018 - Fiji

History: There are 330 islands that make up the Fijian archipelago. The nations capital is Suva on the island of Viti Levu. The famous mutiny of the British ship HMS Bounty occurred in these waters. The island is very beautiful with emerald clad hills and stunning coral reefs. People very friendly, no hats can be worn in the villages except for the chief, woman’s knees can not be exposed, and it is an absolute no no to touch someone’s head. Heading to New Zealand.

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Jun 20, 2017 - Return to Fiji

This time of year for the last few years we have escaped the cold weather to travel to the Oceania Area Championships This year they are in Suva where we spent some time last year for the Melanesian Champs. I am looking forward to returning, not so much for Suva itself but for all the friends we will meet again there. Fletcher will be attending the Congress while I will be officiating for the Field Events.

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Mrs Mac

Jun 2, 2016 - Dravuni Island

The next morning we arrived at Dravuni Island- this was our favourite place in Fiji. A tiny island that you can walk across in ten minutes with 200 people living in a simple village. Izzy and Theo loved the school. The children were so friendly and just ran off at lunchtime to do what they wanted. The islanders played music and set up craft and clothes stalls for us. We spent a long time just sitting in the village watching the men sing while they shared kava. Theo learned to snorkel and Izzy took to it like a dolphin! We saw some...

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Our Year Out

Jun 1, 2016 - Port Denerau, Fiji

Overnight to Port Denerau and a long tender ride from the ship to this smart little town. It is basically a man made island with all the hotels on. We spent the day at the Sofitel- for free! How happy was Phill as if you booked it via the ship it was over $100 each!

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Our Year Out

May 29, 2016 - Suva, Fiji

Our first port day- Suva on the main island of Fiji. The weather was beautiful at about 25 degrees. Suva was just a small, plain town. We hired a taxi and went to the museum and gardens. Our taxi driver recommended the local waterfalls so we headed out for a walk. The poor guy ended up sending a search party out for us as we got a bit lost when the trail signs disappeared! Over an hour later we ended up 5km up the road in the next village, dripping with sweat and wondering if the black and red spiders were poisonous. Phill persuaded another...

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Our Year Out

Apr 26, 2015 - Fiji

FOBTs, Good Morning on the first of two April 26ths we will have on this cruise. It's Sunday, but it does not feel like a Sunday. We have arrived in Suva, Fiji, and will soon disembark for our tour. I awakened thinking about knots. No, not the tied kind but the nautical kind. I recently found out that a kilometer equals a nautical mile, but I confess to not knowing exactly what a knot is. Now, I could look it up on the internet, but I would rather rely on some of you with prior nautical experience to provide the answer. I will await your...

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Jan 17, 2015 - Suva, Fiji

Peter checked in from Suva and everything was going well. He and Robert had plans to go to the movie but the selection of movies was not too good so they skipped it and had a movie night on the ship, instead. He and several of his friends had dinner in the fancy Japanese restaurant on the ship and enjoyed it very much. With his crew discount, the price was great and they also enjoyed trying lots of sushi as accompaniment to their meals.

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Jan 11, 2015 - The Island was closed for merchants

This small island of 200 people is ruled by a chief and he holds the Sabbath firmly so no commerce could take place since we arrived on Sunday. We climbed the highest point on the island and had the most spectacular view 360 degrees of gorgeous scenes. It was a steep grade of a hill and took around an hour each way on a little goat like path. We had been told that the ship folks were welcome to attend the church service at 10:30 -when the chief sounded the gong on his special bell. We stood outside and were able to see and hear just fine --...

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Jan 3, 2015 - Suva, Fiji

Peter visited Suva, Fiji for the first time today and had a nice time. He and Robert went to a mall where they saw the movie, "Into the Woods," which he liked very much. He said that he just had popcorn at the movie, rather than eating lunch somewhere! He is feeling fine and getting along well with his playing and his other work on the ship.

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