We did this day trip booked through Beachcomber Islands own boat, it's the cheapest day trip to Beachcomber Island. Beachcomber Island Resort have their own 7 mt alloy boat with two powerful 220 HP outboard motors to get you there within thirty minutes. We had to drive 25 minutes north of Nadi to the Anchorage Resort which is on the way out to Vuda Point. Although they do offer free pickup from Nadi hotels. The sun was out and the very light westerly wind made the 30 minute ride very comfortable. Getting off the boat on to the shore was very easy, the boat backed up to the beach and we just stepped off on to the sand, no wet feet. To book this trip scroll down to the bottom of this page.
After over indulging in hot pancakes and fresh muffins we had to walk it off with a 660Mt long crawl around this island paradise. By the time we made it back to the meeting hall the hand craft demonstration was in progress. We were given a short length of coconut leaf and shown how to make a basket to carry our towels and suntan lotion in, that's if it didn't fall out through the large hole in the bottom like my basket.
By now the wind was whipping up white caps out to sea. All the sunbathers were walking around looking for the perfect spots out of the wind, no fun having sand blown into your face. We spent the next half hour watching nine jet ski's out in the distance flying over the white caps and crashing back into the water, where are they going in this rough sea, it was here. This was their morning tea stop before heading back to Denarau beach. They were not very happy tourists, two of them had been thrown off their jetski and lost their expensive sunglasses, all of them were extremely cold in just cotton t/shirts, one lady was refusing to get back on for the bone braking ride home. A young boy around 17 was also ready the quit, he was too cold and sore, they should not have been out there. It should have been cancelled but that would mean giving them money back.
Back to the meeting hall, for the second round on how to make a bracelet out of a coconut shell, or how about a pair of earrings. This was followed by more food, what are they doing to us, do we look that skinny, a hot coffee and a freshly made donut, all right I had two, they were very small, they were the size of a orange. We thought it might be a good idea to go for a stroll around, through and over the island again, this mammoth walk filled in thirty minutes. As luck would have it we walked right into the breeding area for the sea turtles, we watched the one and only sea turtle swimming around and around his small pool, we were pleased to know he or she was going to be released in a few days.
Lunch time, there is no way you can say there was not enough food to eat on Beachcomber Island, there was rice, two different curries, sausages, chicken drum sticks, cassava chips, spinach, Vege stir fry, warm bread rolls and a good mixed green garden salad.
After lunch the wind had dropped slightly so the snorkelling trip was on for the day, but caution was still called for, you could be picked up by a wave and tossed on to the coral, coral cuts take a long time to heal. But all was not lost, on our five minute boat ride out to the reef, I watched a sea turtle pop to the surface for a breath of air just metres from the boat. Well, there was a rush for cameras, this was then followed by a stampede to the port side of the boat but all was in vane, the turtle disappeared under the waves in a matter of seconds.
We have been living in Fiji for the last ten months and go out snorkelling as much as possible. The water around December to February is very warm and very enjoyable. We could spend all day out snorkelling but not this day, one hour was too long for us even our Fijian guide said the water today was cold. But not the kiwis, they said the water was warm and they wanted to stay in a little bit longer.
As for the fish life we did see a good variety of coloured fish and a school of larger fish we have never seen before. This could be the second best island that we have been on for snorkelling so far. You can start from out the front of the meeting house and snorkel anticlockwise around to the deeper water or just stay in the depth of water you are happy with.
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