Most of you know Fiji for its famous beaches and palm trees. I have come to learn that this place has a lot more to offer. The few days of this journey were spent in the interior of the main island Viti Levu. We were welcomed in to the village of Nakavika with welcoming greetings. This village is located in the Nimosi valley. In the Fijian language Namosi means pain. So we were in the valley of pain. This name came from the local history. The people of this area were one of the most feared warrior peoples in the whole region having never been defeated in battle. That night we drank a lot of kava with the locals. This is a drink derived from the root of a pepper plant with anesthetic or narcotic properties. The next day we bid our farewells and kayaked down the wenicoralevu river and took motorized longboats the rest of the way. Other activities have included Eco parks and sailing a traditional Fijian boat.
All of the previous activities were great. However The scuba diving was what I was looking forward to the most. During last week I got my advanced scuba certification. We did many dives with beautiful hard and soft coral formations. However the most amazing were the shark dives. Yes I went diving with sharks! We saw many species of shark. Some of these included, Bull Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Silver Tip Sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks.
However the Bull Sharks are amazing scuba diving with a 900lb fish that could turn around at any moment and chooses not to changed my own personal perspective on sharks. They are inquisitive sharks. They should be respected and studied. Shark behavior is very interesting and people must learn that they are not these mindless man eating machines that the media and film would like us to believe. Jaws and Deep Blue Sea do not show the true nature of sharks. Do they have that potential yes but it is the fact that they can choose that separates them from such a perspective. We did several shark dives which were all very exciting.
Yesterday we had a full day whitewater rafting down the Upper Navua River. This was great fun. The canyon reminded me of something out of Jurassic Park. But tomorrow we leave for Voli Voli Resort on the other side of Viti Levu.
Hopefully I can update all of you soon.