November 12 Monday (Day 17)
After our shark dive we changed hotels and we moved to the backpackers’ hotel in the Art’s Village at Pacific Harbor.
(They really take the word Arts Village serious - all rooms are painted in psychedelic colors)
Other than some small shops, which were pretty empty, a few restaurants and an outdoor theatre there’s not much to do and it rained pretty steadily. You really get the feeling that Pacific Harbor hasn’t “taken off” yet and there are just too many other beautiful beaches, resorts and islands around. In most places of the world the nice golf course, proximity to a pristine and empty beach and fun activities offered around Pacific Harbor would draw huge crowds but you got to offer something more here in Fiji especially during low season. So we decided to take a bus to Nadi the next day and stay one night in town before we head off to Sydney on the following day. As soon as we crossed the mountains between the south coast and east coast the weather changed and it was hot and sunny again – Viti Levu has indedd two distinctly different climates, very hot and dry in the East and North and wet and cooler in the South and West; given that the island is not very big and you can surround it by bus in a couple of days it’s pretty amazing.
(A Fijian girl on a local bus being fascinated by the only white face on the bus sitting right behind her)
(As the T-shirt says: obviously a member of the local Mini Girl Gang)
On our last night in Nadi we had the opportunity to watch the Indian community in Nadi celebrating Diwali in the middle of town with a fair, singing contests (worst karaoke ever☺) and fireworks. This would go on for another few days and it’s always a very colorful affair. But finally we had to say good-bye to Fiji and although it is far away from home (pretty much wherever you live except Australia) we might come back some day – it’s definitely worth it.
(Escorted out of the country by these two gentlemen)