For the last week of our 6 month adventure, we headed out to the “Garden Island of Fiji”, Tavenui.
We hiked up to the Bouma Waterfalls, snorkelled the amazing Rainbow Reef, kayaked out to islands and enjoyed ourselves in the tropical paradise sunshine.
Our time in Fiji has been truly wonderful. We’ve definitely benefitted from Fijian hospitality, everywhere we stayed, even Airbnb places, we were treated like family and included in meals. We became accustomed to ‘Fiji Time’, the idea that everything and everyone will probably be later than expected, never any rush or hurry. There’s a laid-back gentleness which runs on feeling and emotion, similar to what we witnessed in Kerala and what we learned of the Aborigine culture in Australia, quite different from the Western perspective we’ve grown up with. In Fiji it probably stems from the consumption of kava which has a mellowing effect and was traditionally used to solve any conflict in communities. We really feel a connection to Fiji now, especially because of our time on Vanua Balavu and the relationships we formed there, we will be back for sure!