22nd May – After 29 hours flying, Wuu Kuang and I arrived at our overnight stop in Nadi, located on the western coast of the main island. Here we met Michelle and Harry who had travelled on a separate flight. In the evening we sampled the local cuisine at a Fijian restaurant. Wuu Kuang and Harry tried a typical Fijian dish called Kokoda (cold, raw fish salad). We all had an early night to catch up on some sleep before our early morning flight to Savusavu.
We all travelled to Nadi airport early on Saturday morning and after some slight issues with the baggage (some bags were almost left behind in customs!) we were soon on our way to Savusavu. The flight to Vanua Levu Island was certainly a unique experience as there were only five passengers on the tiny, twin propellor plane! In addition to weighing our luggage at check in, we each had to jump onto the scales to be weighed!
Our flight to Savusavu was amazing as we were treated to spectacular aerial views of the main island and coral reefs before we finally reached our destination. Once arriving at the airport we soon realised the pace of live in Savusavu is a lot more relaxed than in Dublin.
Aerial views of Fiji
Savusavu is a picturesque town which certainly lives up to its name as Fiji’s hidden paradise. This town is so tranquil and relaxed and the local community are so welcoming and friendly.
After unpacking at our hotel, we explore the town taking in the local craft shops and market place.
We will relax on Sunday before beginning our fieldwork on Monday morning.