A fond farewell to Fiji – forest and beach walks, botanical gardens and Fijian hospitality. πŸ‡«πŸ‡―

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We have relaxed here, REALLY relaxed! Constant travelling is incredible and we’re so lucky to be able to take this year out, but when you’re 50 something, it does get tiring! We drove west to the Sleeping Giant Jungle Trail where we were led through the forest to the waterfalls by our lovely guide – we discovered they have to work 7 days a week, from 7.30-5pm for 3 Fijian $ an hour – about Β£1. Despite this she enthusiastically described the forest, local plants, huge rain vines and how easily the abundant pineapples grow and took us to see the giant cannibal rock. Next day Adrian the Dutch owner at Coffee Planet recommended the He Ni Uwa restaurant on the coral coast for excellent traditional food. We arrived to lots of cheering as everyone was watching Fiji beat the USA in the Cape Town Rugby 7s πŸ’ƒπŸ»! Starting with delicious Kokoda – raw fish marinated in citrus juice and creamy coconut we moved on to fish and prawn coconut curries. The long awaited rain finally fell during a dramatic storm over the sea. Waking up to grey skies we drove the 2.5hours to Suva, the centre of adrenaline sports – not sure walking round the botanical gardens is classed as an adrenaline sport – but we had fun taking photos and checking out the local art exhibition!! We came across a charity market and bought some Fijian rum infused Christmas cake – more rum than cake!! Currently sitting in the hammock chair – bags packed and waiting to drive to the airport. Sad to leave – but Australia here we come!!!

4 of the rescue dogs waiting to escort us home!

This urchin is underwater!

What rock????

Cooling down

Our lovely guide taking a well earned rest!

Huge rain vines travelling for miles across the jungle.
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