Arrived Nandi international airport in the afternoon after a five hour forty minute flight from Kingsford Smith in Oz. First impressions were that of a slightly chaotic, but functional immigration and customs process as one made ones way through the main hall. Being assailed by a number of purveyors of taxi and shuttles from the various hotels around and about. Leaving the terminal building the heat of the day hit like a sledgehammer. Got to the hotel (Wailoaloa), just a short ride from the airport, checked in and flopped on the bed for a snooze.

Welcome committee!....I jest of course

Welcome committee!….I jest of course

The accommodation turned out to be really comfortable. A large room, separate en-suite, TV, balcony and a sumptuous pool and dining area. Fijians are really pleasant, readily smile and are most welcoming. On making the trip into town the following day by local bus one was a little shocked as to the age of the thing. It had open aspect sides, (so naturally air-conditioned) one could say, and although it shook and grind-ed and bumped along, it seemed that it had been functioning adequately for aeons and was likely to carry on doing so. Having such a short hiatus in the travel schedule gave one the opportunity to carry out a substantial amount of bureaucratic housekeeping vis a vis forward planning, e-mail responses, etc. 20.02.15 Travelled overland up the west and around the north coast to Raki Raki. Topographically, the area is stunningly beautiful. The tortured shapes that the lava when cooling after eruptions took were beautiful in their colours and forms were consummately natures “Artistic Garett”.The use of shuttle buses (small vans) is ubiquitous on Fiji, and progress was expeditious and straight forward. Took a small boat out to an island called Nananu-i-ra where we were to spend eight days at a lovely island location called Bethams.

NaNaNu-i-ru, off the North coast of Fiji

NaNaNu-i-ru, off the North coast of Fiji

Kate and Rob ran this “bijou” resort with care and attention to detail. 28.02.15 Headed down to Suva (the capital) where we stopped at “The City Hotel”, completely at the other end of the spectrum, a fairly challenging experience. Although, again the staff were courteous and pleasant. Heading back to Nandi the following day along the south coast we passed some very attractive resorts from Nanuka to Taunovovinoge. Some four and a half hours after leaving Suva we were back at Nandi, having circumnavigated the island.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

View from NaNaNu-i-ru back to the mainland.

The weather seems to have a proclivity to rain for a short period in the afternoon these days which though irksome, conspires to cool the ambient temperature.

09.03.15 Today we took the opportunity to go by local bus down to a peninsula visiting a purpose built tourist development called Denarau. Though beautifully done with a shopping centre, restaurants, bars and up-market tourist gift shops encompassing a lovely harbour the prices were substantially elevated, counter intuitive for budget travellers.Speaking of buses, there is a bus route that is quite novel in the respect that part of the journey runs on the sand along the beachfront.

 

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