Bula…wow it’s been a while, I got a little distracted by Christmas then we road tripped up to Kaiteriteri next to the Abel Tasman National Park for a week with a bunch of friends which was awesome, apart from the fact that the boys decided to wear speedos for the entire holiday, I spent the whole time trying not to look but somehow the offensiveness draws your attention and then you look like a perve. For New years we planned to hike into the Abel Tasman to stay at a friends Bach but woke up to the most insane wind and rain storm. Most of the ferries where cancelled and one had to turn back half way which was apparently the first time he had turned back ever after probably hundreds of trips. We managed to persuade the ferry company to take us in since we were a big group and off we went looking totally ridiculous in our home made bin liner waterproofs and sun hats that kept flying off. We crashed through the sea, no one was sick which was pretty impressive and then we landed at Anchorage Bay. From there we hiked in the rain for a couple of hours until we got to Torrent Bay and then as we got the the Bach the clouds parted and the sun came out…queue one spectaluar rainbow and then it was party time! And as if that wasn’t good enough on New Years day a family in the bay put on the most insane fireworks display I have ever seen, it lasted half an hour and was bond film worthy. I thoroughly enjoyed the ending too when we all realised that the barge the fireworks where set off from was on fire….oh the excitement.
After that we headed to Wellington for 2 nights which was dangerous…they have pretty amazing shopping there and such awesome restaurants. From there we were heading off for a week to a surprise location….man my boyfriend is a good one! So he got me to Aukland airport and I still had no idea where we were off too, only that I basically just needed a bikini. He almost got me onto the flight without me finding out but they needed to have me at the passport desk so then I found out that we were heading to FIJI!!!! Lots of high pitched excitement and hula dances followed until we landed in the tropical island.
We stayed near Nadi on the mainland for a couple of days which was absolutely boiling and adventured around and found the most amazing food market in Lautoka that was just loaded with amazing fruits, spices and veggies, it was damn frustrating though because we didn’t have a kitchen and all I wanted to do was cook up everything. I did go a little crazy at the spice stall though and buy a whole load of indian spices in the hope I could get them past customs.
We then headed to Mantaray island in the Yasawas for the rest of the week to hang out on the beach and the boys wanted to go diving. I’m getting better at swimming in the sea these days, but I still get freaked out snorkelling that a shark or eel is going to sneak up and bite me. So the first time we snorkelled on the reef I was like a limpet attached to Jase and holding his hand, arm, leg pretty much whatever I could get my hands on and then I relaxed a bit and got over excited by all the disco fish in the incredible reef. I was then persuaded/forcefully booked onto a dive the next morning which I was just a little bit nervous about, especially with all the shark chat I kept hearing. Anyway we got to hold hands with Seta our instructor and just float about breathing and it was awesome, so many amazing fish and I loved it. So I by accident ended up doing my dive certificate which meant 3 dives on day one, then 2 the next day and then 1 just before we jumped on the ferry back. It was hardcore and in 4 out of the 6 dives we saw sharks and I didn’t even have a panic attack, oh and we dived through caves….I can’t tell you I’m changed woman! The coolest thing we saw was an octopus which was like a chameleon and kept changing colour and shape as it moved, the funny thing is that we were all huddled around watching it closely and not paying the slightest bit of notice that 3 reef sharks were circling us.
Such an amazing holiday, the food was delicious too, loads of curries indian and asian inspired. And the fresh fruit…stop it, so good, I probably ate a pineapple and 3 mangos a day easily. Oh and the Fijian people!! Absolutely hands down the friendliest people on the planet…so smiley and everyone waves and shouts Bula (Hello and welcome in Fijian as well as wishing you happiness and good health)
We are back and missing holiday time but it’s always a good sign when driving home and you see the beautiful Lake Wanaka and realise where we live is not too shabby at all.