It’s time to get our sarongs as we visited a tiny Fijian village and school. But first, we stopped off in Suva city to buy some stationary for the kids. We walked around a few shops and returned to the van armed with some pencils and notebooks as well as a new pair of sunglasses for me.
We then made our way to Wailotua village on the east side of the island. We arrived at a Fijian home where we all had to wear our sarongs. Girls also had to cover their shoulders out of respect. On our arrival, we were greeted by members of the village with a big Bula before handing us a flower necklace each.
Inside, us tourists sat on one side of the room whilst the members of the village sat on the other side with the men at the front and the women at the back. Mo was chosen as the chief to represent us so he got to sit at the front. After introducing ourselves and learning a bit more about the Fijian culture, we headed into the back room where lunch was served. There were prawns, vegetables, rice and various other delicious items.
Once our bellies were filled, we headed over to the village school which was just a few minutes walk down the road. It was a tiny school and after a quick walk around the school we headed to the classroom with all the kids. As soon as we appeared you could see the excitement in the childrens’ faces.
We sat on chairs at the front of the class whilst the children sang songs and performed dances for us. You could see that they were all eager to please with some mini dance-offs happening among some of the girls. Funny stuff. At the end, the children all got up and got us all up to dance with them. It was very cute.
Now for some more water fun. We headed towards a little river where we were met with two bamboo rafts which are used as a traditional Fijian transport method along the river. Luckily the river wasn’t very deep so I felt relatively safe although when we sat on the raft we were pretty much sat in the water from the weight of us all. When we got to our destination we had a bit of time to splash around in the water. The guides made us play a game of cat and mouse which actually was a little bit scary – I hate being chased not that I was the mouse or anything.
We then headed back to the village where we dried off and returned to the home with all the members of the village. I had to borrow a long sleeve top off Erin as mine was soaking wet from the rafting and I didn’t have another spare shoulder covering top. Back in the house, the village members sang songs for us and each of us gave a thank you speech. They then got us all up to dance like the kids did at the school. A lot of fun!
As the day came to a close we said our goodbyes and headed to Volivoli Beach where we stayed at Uprising Beach Resort. This was the nicest of the resorts with the nicest pool and bar area with sand on your feet. We were put in dorms of four. As it was our final night, we all decided to make a bit of a night of it. After dinner, me, John, Erin, Lucinda, Geoff and Becky drank in our dorms and then began drinking games in the bar. It was a lot of fun and we all got very very drunk with Lucinda passing out in the toilets and being carried back to the dorm by the big strong Kiwi guy.
Once people started heading to bed, me, John, Erin, Becky and Geoff decided to head to the pool. Erin, Becky and Geoff decided to strip and go skinny dipping in the pool. John jumped in with just his boxers whilst I stayed on the side of the pool still drinking with Emmy.
At about 3am, we finally headed up to sleep. Me and John moved into Becky and Erin’s dorm as Lucinda was being sick in our room and we didn’t want to sleep there. Plus they had two spare beds.
So yet another eventful day but it’s been great.