No Man Fri­day

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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.

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