No Man Friday
Leaving Denarau in anticipation of a full day out on an island was exciting especially when the island was called Robinson Crusoe. I was hoping to see a wooden legged pirate with a parrot on his shoulder. However he wasn’t there.
Although I soon forgot about what I had dreamed of and started on a day of action.
A short drive from Denarau and we were soon boarding a shuttle boat that ferried us down to the mouth of a big river and out into the open sea. The Island was visible immediately and we were very soon approaching. Our first big surprise was some native cannibal warriors who charged out onto the beach and starting heaving coconuts at the vessel. We were conveniently out of range. However this was our first surprise of many that the performers pulled on us that day.
A warm beach welcome and we were ready for the busy schedule.
The day was full of numerous activities both designed for family fun. Visitor involvement is so important here that nothing is done without all or some of the visitors taking part.
The coconut a familiar drupe that is found on most tropical islands is something that the demonstrations on Robinson Crusoe are renowned for. Husking and shaving to extract the milk was also very entertaining
Story and images Gary Cody
with the visitors sampling the milk in a very awkward way. We watched as the staff climbed the coconut tree to retrieve coconuts, and then took part in the juice tasting demonstration fresh from the coconuts.
I took a tube ride, also available was stand up paddle board or mangrove fishing, massage or a refreshing drink in the Wreck Bar. The free activities include kayaking; swim in the pool or in the private lagoon while others did some snorkeling on the nearby coral reef. The jungle bush walk was educational and relaxing. I found time to just laze on the beach, catch some sun and look at the magnificent island scenery. We then then meandered over to the Lovo pit where Fijian traditions and cooking Lovo o style was explained. When the food is taken out of the Lovo the Fijian warriors walk k the hot stones and coals then it’s on to a fresh healthy hy lunch consisting of garden salads, chicken, ham and fish all served buffet style. The traditional Kavaholic Band plays island guitars & sings whilst we enjoyed our lunch. h. h
The fantastic & world famous South Pacific & Fijian an a Dance Spectacular Show began with traditional Fijian n Warrior dances, traditional Polynesian, Melanesian
& South Pacific dances with knife dancing and to finish off the spectacular Fire Dance. After a fabulous finish to a great show. we boarded the snorkeling boat “Adi Katarina” and took a short trip out to the magnificent coral reef for some snorkeling. We then ventured down to our turtle viewing area where we were lucky enough to see one . Then followed by the crab race and then finally a very heartfelt “Moce Sota Tale” from all the staff before boarding the boat again at 4.30pm to take the return jungle cruise back down the Tuva river back to our Jetty. What a day. Sun kissed and tired it was a treat to shower, eat in our room and lights out.