Monday, June 30, 2014

Fiji Us Part 3: South Sea Island

We took a boat trip to smaller outer islands off Viti Levu’s west coast and spent a few hours at South Sea Island. The package includes coral viewing from semi-submersible boat, lunch and open bar.

South Sea Island is a tiny island in Mamanuca group of Islands and only half an hour away from Port Denarau Marina. We picked this option so we could spend time leisurely on this charming little gem.

The sand is white; the water is blue and warm. It was warm when we were there, honestly. The coral viewing would have been fantastic had the reefs not been damaged by the successive cyclones in the past two years. Bob walked around with his camera – I walked around the island (didn’t take long!) and picked a huge bean bag under a canopy to flop on and read my kindle. The island is so tiny – luckily on our trip only 20 people picked this stop so it was far, far from being crowded (imagine if it were school holidays!) There are 20 staff members stationing and servicing the island and they even have an accommodation that can house 30 backpackers but the island still maintained a nice and peaceful atmosphere in this shoulder season.

The island crew was wonderful and entertaining – barbecue lunch was good. On the way back we cruised around the islands to pick up and drop off passengers. It was a nice experience.

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