FIJI BY MICHAEL BLAHUT

Fiji. Where to go? What to see? What to do? Michael Blahut, one of the authors of ‘Bula Pops!: A Memoir of a Son’s Peace Corps Service in the Fiji Islands’ gives his recommendations.

Visit Taveuni Island

It is the third largest island in Fiji. We flew there via Nadi airport, an experience in itself. We travelled this island from one end to the other, and you can do this by hitchhiking or taking a bus. The bus rides are fun too. They go everywhere. We went to Lavena and the Bouma National Heritage Park, where there’s a beautiful waterfall to go swimming in.

Fly down a natural waterslide, Taveuni Island

There is also a natural water slide on this island made of rock that is very slippery. Fun to ride but a bit rough on the butt. Just ask people, and they will point you in the right direction.

Go snorkeling along the reefs, Taveuni Island

Taveuni is also a great place to go snorkeling along the reefs. The fish and reefs are breathtaking. You just have to come early – before dusk – as the sharks begin to move in, we are told. We stayed at a small primitive resort that was comfortable and friendly. They let us stay there until the ship came in.

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