Time for the FeeJee Experience. This was the first time we had signed up to an arranged tour after 5 months on the road. We had looked into other options about getting around the main island to see and do things, but it looked like FeeJee Experience was the best option.
We were picked up early in the morning from the van and introduced to Emmy and Mr P. Emmy the guide and Mr P the driver. There were a few pickups near us so we started to meet up with the other people on our tour. It was a real mix of people however John and I were the only couple.
The tour we booked was the Whole Hula, four days and three nights going anti-clockwise around the main island. This worked out at about £180 each. That included breakfast each morning and the activities.
With everyone on board and introduced to each other we headed to Nadi town to pick up supplies for the tour. We had to buy a sarong each (for later on the tour) and some trainers which I could ruin (also later in the tour). We had a chance to look around the town, the highlight being this little sugar cane train
After the excitement of the morning it was time for the beach. We stopped at Natadola Beach, a quiet beach on a bay. We had a little sunbathe and got to know some of the other members of the group before going for a swim. The swim didn’t go well, a really big wave whacked into me and knocked my sunglasses off my head. Despite John’s best efforts they were gone.
We sat down in the shade to eat a huge BBQ lunch which was really nice. It also gave us another chance to get to know some of the people on the tour, four young English girls, a south African, a girl from Switzerland, three lads from New Zealand and an Aussie guy.
After the beach we headed to Sigatoka Sand Dunes for some sand boarding. We had sand boarded in Peru in Huacachina earlier in our trip, this time we used boogie boards rather than snowboards.
Ever the enthusiastic John headed up first, and went down at great speed, ran out of sand and finished in the grass.
My attempt wasn’t much better, I rushed down then hit a bump at the end and whacked into the sand using my face as a break. Cue a huge “ohhhh” from everyone watching and a very concerned John. I was ok bar a face and mouth full of sand.
John had another go and then Mo one of the lads from New Zealand tired to stand up on the way down. Here was his effort.
Before we headed off we had our first little team photo, the first of many long procedures due to the 10 cameras.
We headed to the resort where we would be staying the night, the very nice Mango Bay resort. All of us stayed in the big dorm. We were also allowed to bring our own drink. So we stopped off at the local shop and bought a couple of crates of beer. John’s favourite, Fiji Bitter.
We had a nice meal in the evening, not traditional Fijian food but something deep fried with chips. There was then some hermit crab racing, very amusing, but I think it was fixed with the Fijian crab winning!