After a relatively low key evening, we were up early ready for today’s activity of walking through a rainforest to a waterfall. I put on the cheapo pumps I had bought yesterday specifically for today’s task as we were told that our shoes may get ruined.
A group of us got into the back of a pick-up type truck and took us to our starting point. The walk was pretty easy but very swampy and at time our foot up to our ankles would be submerged in warm, muddy water – I’m so glad I bought these pumps instead of wearing my walking boots! We walked through several streams which came up to your knees but most of the walk was through grassland rather than a typical rainforest.
After about an hour or so we arrived at the bottom of a pool. Apparently we had to trek another 20 minutes or so to get to the top to see the waterfall before sliding down three pools to the bottom. Whilst everyone was enthusiastically stripping down to their swimwear, I got a bit panicky and scared because I didn’t know how deep the water would be by the waterfall, especially if I had to swim down the three pools back to the start.
But I was assured by the Fijian leaders that I would be able to walk back down though they said it would be a little bit difficult as it was steep, very wet and swampy. I went anyway but didn’t bring my swimwear as I assumed I wouldn’t be splashing around in the deep water and swimming back down considering I can’t tread water.
When we got to the top, we arrived at a little pool with a waterfall and a big swing rope. I kind of wished I had brought my swimwear now as I could have paddled int he shallow bit. Oh well. I dipped my feet into the pool and decided to be camera lady for everyone. So here are a selection of photos at the waterfall.
A couple of others also didn’t fancy sliding all the way down so we walked along the edge and carefully made our way back to the starting point.
Once everyone was dried off, we started walking back. When we eventually hit a deeper part of the stream, we were placed on a little wooden boat for a relaxing ride to our van.
After an eventful morning, we were taken to our next resort, Uprising Beach Resort. This was also pretty posh and we finally had lunch. I had a chicken caesar salad whilst John had a monstrous burger and chips. The afternoon was ours so we mostly spent it reading our books and playing card games.
In the evening just before dinner we gathered for a ‘coconut show’. During the show, a lady gave us a talk on the numerous things which you can make from coconut including a hat, armband, basket. It was like a show and tell class at school.