White beaches, palm trees, a turquoise blue sea, colorful fish and delicious food … This is not a dream, but reality here on Fiji where we are staying for already two weeks. New Zealand’s cold was too much for us and so we had booked a change of scenery to this warm paradise in the Pacific.
Fiji is a small island group in the Pacific which is, after the fourth coup in 2006, once again ruled by the military. This, however, does not have to concern one as a tourist. The two of us are absolutely delighted by the permanent smile of the Fijians, which appears to be true and honest. Nowhere you get the feeling of being ripped off and everyone tries to invite us for a meal or a drink at their homes.
The first night on Fiji we spent with a funny Irish woman and her Fijian husband who provided us with lots of information on the islands. After several minutes, it already became clear that we have to go on a beautiful small island with white beaches the next day. We spent six wonderful days in a tiny family hostel. The owners prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner and we had quite relaxing days in which one never needed to worry about anything. We snorkeled a lot, we basked on the beach and chatted with people around the campfire, on the beach or at the bar.
After this wonderful time we went back to the main island to the Irish woman. By the cousins of her husband we were invited to a Kava session. Kava is a powder made from roots, which is drunk mixed with water. It tastes like mud, causing numbness in the mouth. At the same time it makes one relaxed and happy. But Steffen (strangely) appeared to be completely resistant 🙂
The next day we drove to the capital Suva, where we lived with a German family for over a week. With the hostess Anja we baked lots of bread, which we sold at the Sunday market. And their three children kept us busy as well 🙂 Anja showed us around and we visited with her a Fijian village. In such a village usually only members of a family live. They are ruled by a king (and sometimes even a queen). So we also had to ask the king for permission to be allowed to look at his village. Later Steffen and I spent a day in a beautiful park nearby, where we wandered from pool to pool along small waterfalls.
Before we took the ferry to the next island, Steffen needed the ultimate adrenaline rush. And so he dived to 30 meters depth, in order to observe big bull sharks and tiger sharks for breakfast. Since I prefer the more colorful little fish and would be reluctant to become shark bait, I preferred to write our new report 🙂