Yep, another exciting weekend in Fiji. Might as well utilize as many as I can! Friday I spent just hanging out with the AWESOME girls in my hall shopping on asos (apparently a pretty sweet website with free shipping both ways for clothes and accessories) and looking at people’s facebook pictures. It was a pretty chill night, which was good because the next day 4 of us had to wake up at 4:30 in order to leave our hall by 5am to catch a taxi to leave Suva at 5:30am. Pretty early, right. But it was worth it to go white water rafting
First we drove to the put in site, which really did take almost 4 hours from Suva. Though in terms of miles it’s not that bad the road to get to the put in sight was in really bad shape so that took a long time. Luckily we were in a four-wheel drive bus or else we wouldn’t have made it.
Once we got outfitted with paddles, helmets, and lifejackets we had to make a short (and very muddy) hike to where the rafts were. Then came the customary safety and paddle commands talk, but by a native Fijian so the accent made it a bit more exciting. “On the river you may become a swimmer.” “Float feet first so you can feel the rocks.” “Find an eddy or swim to your raft” The raft guides were all really fun, and incredibly ripped. Paddling through the Upper Navua river gives them some Olympic caliber arms.
The four of us on the trip: Cindy, Rose, Cory, and I got hooked up with a guide and got started. I was a little disappointed because the river was the lowest it ever gets which meant a lot fewer and lower level rapids. Though I kept seeing big rocks that if the river was higher would make better rapids. But I guess that’s the price you have to pay for a week of sun in Suva plus going during the “dry” season.
Despite the low level of river it was still fun, there was still fun rapids. I loved my group and guide. And the whole trip lasted around 4 hours in the river. The scenery was gorgeous and amazing. We got to stand under a waterfall and swing off a vine rope. They fed a delicious lunch with MEAT (I’ve gotten close to becoming an at home veggie so far because meat is more expensive here) and fruit and AWESOME brownies. Pretty sweet. We got a discount price of 260 Fijian because we signed up with the Rucksack (outdoors) club in Suva which is equivalent to about 130 US when it’s actually advertized for 210 USD on their website. Transport, food, and everything was included so that was WELL worth it. I HIGHLY recommend this trip.
The guides are all local men that were trained by rafting guides from the United States. The company has been going for about 7 years. They have had celebrities such as Bill Gates, Jessica Simpson, and Chuck Norris come on trips with them. It’s actually owned by an American I think. The equipment is equal to what you’d find in the United States. And you get a mini-education about Fiji during the slow parts. We learned some Fijian words and about the river and everything. So much fun! Highly recommend!
We returned to Suva around 6pm, got some dinner, and then went back to our dorms. Of course since YOFO (you only Fiji once) 😛 we just had to go out to the clubs at night too. Lots and lots of dancing and fun. Nightlife here is amazing. Then most of Sunday included sleeping with some socializing and a tad of homework mixed in. Life is good, though certainly dreary most of the time in Suva. Hope everyone is having good summers at home. And the offer still stands for people to come visit me if they want. Though flights are very expensive of course, coming during the off season they’d be less expensive and if you’re willing to stay in a dorm accommodation and food are incredibly cheap.