Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! I love remote islands with white sand and turquoise water. And who doesn't?
This time I tried a cruise from Denarau port straight to a tiny atoll located in 40 minutes from Nadi via yacht - the Tivua island.
Held by Captain Cook Cruises, this journey was extremely nice: welcome tea/coffee, cultural entertainments including kava ceremony and live Fijian music.
Remote islands in a fog and wooden ships made me feel like an Orient explorer: discoveries, excitement and mysteries... Yay!
A tiny island was visible in horizon. It came closer and closer, until we reached a shore and stepped on a sandy beach. Water was crystal clear and school of fish was swarming around including tiny baby lemon(?) sharks (it is very safe to snorkel and dive on Fiji, nobody recalls any case of death caused by shark or jellyfish).
Imagine or not - I tried a scuba diving. I've done a lot of crazy things including a skydive and off-road 4x4 climbs. This time it was ocean discovery from the depth. Honestly, it was really complicated: you have to inflate and deflate your jacket, control the pressure in ears, clean water from mouth using compressor and clear the foggy mask. I barely reached a 6-meter mark, and just sat near the coral to feed the fish with a loaf of bread. Mmm... Marine life down there is beyond imagination, trust me. Parrot fish, Picasso fish, puffs and a lot more. Fishy paradise! Glad I didn't do it alone, but with a nice Australian man who went to Fiji with his wife to celebrate a birthday. We had a good time there :)
After my adventures we had a lovely lunch with ocean fish, potato and a coleslaw salad. Yummy!
Then I took a kayak, trying to collect drifting coconuts and ended up snorkelling near the reef...
At three o'clock we came back to the yacht and went back to Denarau island.
That was an amazing experience!
Bonus content: Me walking and mumbling on the South side of Tivua: