Fiji, part 2

Noeluna en route pour Singapour
Matthieu Vermersch
Sat 26 Jun 2010 09:06

Hello everyone. this time, I will be talking about Fiji, which used to be known as “The Cannibal Isles” because of the native traditions a few centuries ago. The Fiji islands were one of the last islands of the South Pacific to be colonized as the natives were divided into ferocious tribes that waged war quite often and would not hesitate to eat their war prisoners… Archeologists have found remains of cannibal sacrificing grounds complete with a place where to store the bodies and big rocks on which the victims would be cut into sashimi (or whatever mouth watering recipes they  had…).

Fiji is also very well renown for its less morbid things as magnificent beaches, amazing hills, mounts and especially, especially, SURFING. Some of the best breaks in the world are here in Fiji; Cloudbreak, an amazing wave that breaks on a reef and can reach more than 5 meters, Frigates Passage,  another world class reef break which also has world class diving, Namotu Left, Swimming Pools and many, many others. Unfortunately, surfing these waves can be really amazing but if you fall, your friends will have to scrape your remains off the reef with a fork…

We arrived in Fiji about a week ago in Savusavu with our friends, the Sporks. The sea was very choppy with 5 meter waves on the first day (during which everybody was a bit queasy…) but we finally got used to it on the 3rd day. I’m not sure I’ve told you previously but during the time in which we have been in the South Pacific, we have not caught one fish, this has annoyed us a lot for the past 3 months or so but finally, the fish shortage is over! On our way here, we caught a pretty big bonito and a mahi-mahi, both were delicious!

Savusavu, looks a bit like something out of a western movie, it is actually not as green as the other islands of the South Pacific and it looks kind of like Indonesia. The only difference is that there are Indians everywhere.

Unlike what we thought before coming, the water is very murky here and we can’t see the bottom, which is usually mud, this is the only letdown that we’ve experienced since arriving here, everything else is great!

I will write again in maybe a few days, once we reach the Yasawa group of the Fiji archipelago