3 October 2013
We went on the snorkel trip to the Blue Lagoon this morning. Yes, this is named for the movie of the same name, which was filmed on the beaches of one of the islands on the lagoon.
We piled into the little whaler,
and had a 20-25 minute ride out to the beach, which is at one end of the
island. (I think it is Turtle Island, but of course it has a Fijian
name and I can't remember the name, some of the words and names are
difficult to remember for those of us who don't speak the language.)
The sand is almost white, the water ranging from bright aqua to deep
blue, the sun hot overhead - this is truly a gorgeous place!
We stopped out from the beach, and were suddenly surrounded
by fish - this is part of the routine, and the fish are very used to
this. Each of us was given a cracker to break up and feed the fish -
soldier fish, small green fish, larger parrot fish - one parrot fish,
the bright turquoise with hot pink strips, stuck his/her face out of the water and looked at us like "Hey, I want some too!"
anchored at the beach, and climbed out - this was our snorkel spot.
Richard and I promptly entered the water. Some of the coral, especially
in the shallow areas, was severely damaged in a recent cyclone. But
the fish were amazing, and there was more coral as we went deeper into
the lagoon. More and more fish, some coming so close in front of my
mask I couldn't focus on them - they looked like they'd bump right into
best of all, a family of clown fish, bright orange with a single white
stripe, hanging around their sea anemone! Well, maybe they were anemone
fish, they didn't have as many white stripes as regular clown fish, nor
did the white have the little black outline. But still, they were very
exciting to see!
spent about 3 hours out at the lagoon, then it was time to head back so
the tender could be used to meet the catamaran and bring back the new
guests for the resort.
I spent the afternoon learning
how to make a coconut shell bracelet - basically, an old dried coconut
is sawed right across to make a bangle bracelet. A rasp is used to take
off the stringy fibers. Then we sat and used sandpaper to smooth out
the surface and bring out the dark brown color. Once it was all smooth,
the bangle was dipped into varnish and left to dry for a few hours. So
I now have a lovely coconut shell bracelet!
Our new guests are a group
of marine biology students who are studying in Australia - but none of
them are Australian, and no two are from the same country. Our entire
group is quite a mix, from all over the world - we now represent every
continent except Africa and Antarctica.
are evening activities after dinner, and as Richard said, it's somewhat
like summer camp. Tonight, we started with the chef (son of the
village high chief) and our "activities director" teaching everyone the
bula dance - sort of a line dance Fiji style. Richard and I were made
the judges, so we didn't have to dance. (We thought that was hilarious,
but, well, Richard got out of having to dance. I'd rather have danced,
LOL!) Anyway, we watched the dancers, and picked one young lady (not
sure where she's from, but she was very good) and the new Swedish guy,
who was very enthusiastic and actually pretty good too.
activities (we bailed out at this point) included hermit crab races,
potato races, spoon races, who knows what else. Things to keep the
guests amused - and most of the guests are 20-somethings. We're
perfectly happy to go back to our bure and do some time on the internet,
read, watch the stars, whatever - we don't need to be kept amused.
So we're still having fun, and settling into the rhythm of life on Nacula.