We have ripped up any ideas of having money left over and blown caution to the wind for our Fijian Odyssey. We have come out to the remote Yasawa islands and then travelled up to the end of these to sample Fijian island life. First to Nacula: the spot where Brook Shields filmed The Blue Lagoon. I had a great trip out here as all the Brook Shield look-a-likes seemed to migrate to the top of the boat. I am not sure what sort of impression I made as I was wearing my ‘dag’ (Australian I believe) hat and ‘garage’ sunglasses. I am sure they were warming to my witty, world traveller urbane chat ‘till Angela spotted what was going on, and according to her, saved me from embarrassing myself any further – cheek.
Nacula has crystal clear waters, coral sand and palm trees down to the shore. We have a small chalet on the beach. I am supervising now; Jacob is still snorkelling, he’s been doing that since 2, and Louise is preparing for the singing tonight, she has found a hollow coconut and is beating out rhythms to sing a song of welcome.
So Louise has settled in very well. She has spent the day with the resort staff; serving people, sweeping the floor and of course learning the welcome song. The song is a bit like the Maori Hakka, only without the tongue wagging or eye rolling, at the end you have to shout a big ‘Bula’ to welcome everyone. We will try to go fishing tomorrow.
Jacob and I spent the day snorkelling in some caves. The scariest part was swimming under water to the next cave. We knew it was only a matter of metres but both of us felt some trepidation diving down to the unknown. When we got to the chamber it was completely dark, until, slowly, your eyes began to adjust. The light that filtered into the cave came through the gap we had just swum through. This made the whole place a most fantastic blue, it was still too dark to make out the features on your face but you could spot their head. We swam through a squeeze and entered a brighter chamber, lit from above through a vent so smooth the rock had taken on the appearance of obsidian. Jacob and I did some marvellous ‘Bula’ shouting; the echoes seemed to shake you. We followed the light from the first cave back to finish our trip climbing the rocks and jumping into the deep pool.