Garden Island and white beaches on the Yasawas

17Sept2015

During the last two days on Taveuni we managed to explore the Island despite of my flue (with a veeeery slow walking pace... I guess I will be called "grandma" or "baby giant" for the rest of my life...)   

We did the Lavena coastal walk, a 4,5 km walk which starts where the road ends ands goes along beautiful beaches, villages, over three small rivers and finally ends in a stunning whaterfall, way bigger than all the whaterfalls on the main land. 

    

We also visited the Bouma national park, famous for its three waterfalls: The first, 60 meter high one close to the street, the second one a thirty minutes walk up in the jungle and the third one (a triple waterfall) another very slippery twenty minutes away.

 

Taveuni is called the Garden Island of Fiji for a reason, it is full of wonderful tropic flowers and colorful birds which make it a stunningly beautiful place full of life.

    

But, of course, in the end we had to leave... But Taveuni is a place to come back to and I didn't go diving there, which ist a must do. So, one more reason to come back :D On rainy winter days in Germany I will certainly think of this place. So, we had to say "Moce (good bye) Taveuni".

We had to get back to Sigatoka because there was a big charity event in a fancy hotel for the national park. The food was amazing, but the rest of the evening was quite boring... Well, the first and only time I had put on make up in Fiji :,D.

I started my PADI diving course, but after the first day I caught a horrible ear inflammation. Whatever you do, NEVER EVER go diving with a cold. I went to a doctor (which in Fiji you only do when it is REALLY bad, because medical care in Fiji sucks) and was told not to dive for the next two weeks.. hm, so much about my diving in Fiji. But as I said, I will come back anyway.

To finish my two month I spent a week on the Yasawa Island, the number one tourist spot in Fiji. The Yasawas are an island chain in the west, mainly characterized by its beautiful white beaches and blue water. It certainly was beautiful over there and I certainly enjoyed it, I swam with manta rays (man, those were hudge), visited a cave, enjoyed beautiful sunsets and the stars. But, honestly, after a month in different villages the resorts on the Yasawas were just a fake Fiji to me. I mainly spent my time talking to the staff anyway. Still, I had a really nice time over there and goin by boat from island to island was a lot of fun. It felt good to come back to "my" vilage though, especially being welcomed by a beautiful little girl screaming "Vavalangiiiiiiiii"