February 16th, 2019

australia, ocean

South Pacific Adventure 2019 - Day 22 - Sunset Beach & Soso Village

at Sunset Beach Mana Island Fiji.
February 16 at 3:34 PM ·
They told us at 8am Saturday that the morning swimming with the sharks trip was cancelled, and after our rough night on the choppy waves, we needed more sleep anyway, so we slept through breakfast. At 9:30am they announced we could swim & snorkel at Sunset Beach but we were still in PJs! Ah well...but when we came down for 10:30am morning tea, the staff told us we could take another boat out to meet the rest at the beach, so we changed our clothes, put on sunscreen, then had maybe 30 minutes of playing in the surf before everyone came back to the ship to clean up for a tasty buffet lunch.

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at Soso, Naviti,yasawa.
February 16 at 3:48 PM ·
Thankfully back on schedule for the afternoon, we visited the chiefly village of Soso on Naviti Island, a current-day Fijian island village complete with solar panels, wandering chickens, cute & friendly kids who high-fived us with “bula,” and still rebuilding after a big storm 2 years ago since supplies are so hard to get to the island. Ladies had to cover shoulders and everyone had to cover their knees, so the ship provided sarongs and tied them for us. Together we entered the village hall to present the kava root to the elders, then we saw the local elementary school, then the local church, and they set up a market for us. Even strangers were commenting how much I was sweating in the humidity (sad I know!), so a local woven fan was an excellent souvenir, plus a bright teal sarong and an aqua shell bracelet. :)

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at Blue Lagoon Cruises, Fiji Princess Vessel.
February 16 at 3:59 PM · Nadi, Fiji ·
Glen napped in our cabin while I went to Saturday happy hour a little early to be fitted for saris for Indian Thali night. I chose a bright teal one with bling that looked great, but it was a bit warm to wear all evening over my dress. The curry buffet was thankfully not too spicy for me, but we missed the group Bollywood dance at the bar since we were still chatting with our dinner mates. We both wish the common areas had more breeze to try dancing tonight, but since it was still so unbearably muggy, we retreated to our room early instead of socializing. At least the ship is hanging out in sheltered Soso Bay tonight with calm water so far, so hopefully we will both sleep better. The scenery may be gorgeous in Fiji, but this weather is definitely not paradise for Glen or me. ;)

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