Well, another stop that wasn’t quite what we had imagined. It was a very short visit, docking around 7:00am and leaving at 2:00pm. We wanted to make the best of it, and although we had originally reserved an included narrated tour of the area, we learned about a hiking excursion along a creek with several small waterfalls. You know what happens when we hear the word “hiking” – we were all over that! We canceled the included excursion and spent the extra money for what ended up being a nice challenging hike.
The excursion was a hike at Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, an oasis of lush jungle teeming with tropical plants and bird life – although we saw not a single birdie! The trail we followed was moderate in effort, but terrible in condition. Everything was wet – roots, wooden stairs and rocks – along most of the trek. Very steep in some sections, it meandered past several small natural falls and pools, and everyone had to be extremely careful not to fall. Fortunately, nobody did that we know of.
Our destination was a swimming hole at the end of the spring-fed creek. Folks were allowed to take a swim there, but it was crowded so we decided to skip that and continue the hike back to the parking area on our own. We were happy with the moderate hike, and everyone else in the group seemed to be pleased as well.
Our overall impression of Fiji? Another place I had high hopes for but that turned out to be another large port city – in fact the largest in the south pacific with a population close to one million. There are beautiful spots on the island (the Tom Hanks movie “Castaway” was filmed here), but the super-busy and noisy atmosphere of this capital city were a bit disappointing.
Drive on the left side
Our bus was late getting back, so I didn’t even have time to buy a T-shirt 😦
Back at the ship, the captain alerted us that at 12:51:04 the sun would be exactly overhead, a phenomenon called the Subpolar Point. It’s when shadows fall straight down from the direct overhead sun – something that looked kind of weird when we checked it out!