February 16 at 11:50 PM ·
On Sunday morning we went back to the same Methodist church in Soso for Sunday service with their church choir leading the hymns, while I hummed some harmony where I could, since the entire service was in Fijian and no hymnals, only Bibles. It seems that struggles with keeping kids quiet in church are universal. 😉 Each island has a different flavor of Christianity depending which missionaries succeeded where. The Hindu and Muslim populations are mostly on the main island of Fiji, so you won’t find mosques or temples in the outer islands. Today the chief’s wife gave the sermon, and she read the lesson with a quick sermon and a welcome for us in English. Her Fijian sermon was much longer, and she was a good preacher even if we couldn’t understand the words. We have more blue skies today but some foreboding clouds on the horizon...
at Naviti Island.
February 17 at 1:09 AM ·
After Sunday lunch, we sailed to the other side of Naviti Island to a marine reserve for beach time and guided coral reef snorkeling. They place forms underwater here to grow new coral and transplant it to other reefs. I got some more decent snorkeling videos but not quite as impressive as Honeymoon Island. Very nice of he ship staff to set up umbrellas and chairs on the beach, plus a table for afternoon tea, and a kokoda cooking lesson and tasting!
at Blue Lagoon Cruises, Fiji Princess Vessel.
February 17 at 1:49 AM · Nadi, Fiji ·
We had time to cleanup properly before Sunday dinner, good thing since I was asked earlier to be in the evening sarong fashion show. Our cruise director chose my sarong style and assigned the islands we represented. The fashion show was actually a funny Miss Fiji competition, and it was hilarious how we all were enthusiastically miming our assigned hobbies, like big game hunting and scaling fish for mine! But since I was “backstage” before our show, I missed the whole kava ceremony and didn’t get to taste any. Glen tasted some but only noticed his mouth go numb after a second bowl, no other effects. Dinner & dessert were tasty again albeit just as muggy, then we leave the ship and go home tomorrow, arriving before we leave!