Although we probably didn’t get to bed till past midnight the night before (after a long day of wedding fun) we were already up nice and early on our last day in Fiji in hopes to make the most of it!
We had no idea wether the receptionist had organised the private tour for us, so we lounged around a bit after the breakfast buffet while debating what we could do if we didn’t get to do the tour. Thank goodness we did not have to resort to ‘lazing around in hammocks, sipping coconuts’ because instead we went riding in the back of an ute, chasing waterfalls and getting chased by local kids… oh and drank muddy water.
Around about 10AM our driver/tour guide, Riaz (along with his wife and 2 kids) came to pick us up in his ute which fortunately had some shade and comfy mats to keep us from getting sunburnt and relieve our bottoms from being sore the whole 1.5hr ride. Riding on the back of an ute brings me back to our weekend family ‘truck’ rides in Vanuatu 😎
A few minutes into the trip, we farewelled the last of the nicely sealed roads…
Its tough being at the back of an ute….
Hello dirt, gravel and driving through streams.
We inhaled a lot of this that day
Riaz occasionally stopped at scenic spots for us to check out, because he knew we were a bunch of photographers ;D
And here we are, about to begin the few minute track down to the waterfalls and up the mountains to the scenic look out… but sadly Fiji has been in drought for several months so there wasn’t much to be seen at the waterfalls.
We made the hike up to the look out, clearly we didn’t come prepared with proper walking shoes.
On the way up we were greeted by a local who lives in the nearby village and was on his way to the nearest town. At that point, I wish we too were on hoses so we can make it there and back within a few minutes!
A mango was spotted on the mango tree! It looked somewhat ripe, but it wasn’t…
This baby sized mango caught my eye on the ground, I wish I could’ve snuck it back to Sydney… don’t know what for but oh so cute!
Back in the ute, onwards to the next part of the trip!
To be posted soon…
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