Pacific Harbour, Uprising Resort, and Hobie Cat Sailin’

Rainy Suva gets old pretty fast when it is every single day… especially when you have to walk everywhere and you don’t have fun rainboots to make it better.  🙂  Oh grey Kamik boots how I miss you…

Luckily Pacific Harbour is only about a 45 minute bus ride away from Suva.  We decided to stay in the dorms at Uprising Beach Resort which were only $40 FJD or about $22 USD.  After a night that some of us went out, we left Suva around 8:30 and arrived at the Arts Village.  The Arts Village is just a little place with shops with a pretty lake in the middle.

Cloudy Uprising.

Also since it was the first Saturday of the month there were local vendors selling food, fruits, clothes, and all sorts of trinkets.  Also the walkways are all covered so when it poured rain later that day we just came back and shopping around.  We did go to Uprising and put our luggage away and lounged around for a bit under the cloudy sky.

Night pictures on the beach.

It continued to rain for most of the night so some of the girls did homework while Brittany and I took night photos on the beach.  Then we laid down on a palm branch I ripped off a tree and looked at the stars.  They are amazing out here.  You can definitely see the milky way just faintly.  It was awesome.

Ripped down a palm leaves

The next day was gorgeous.  Just what we were looking for sun, sun, sun!  After a delicious breakfast we “sunbaked” (tanned) for a bit and then again Brittany and I decided to take a walk down the beach.

The glorious Hobie Cat

Walking down the beach we met a guy named Tod who is a 47 year old retired firefighter from the states who spends about 9 months of the year in Fiji.  He took us for a couple rides in his Hobie Cat sail boat.  He even taught us how to sail a bit.  We would also stop for a bit and jump in and swim in the ocean.  It was so much fun and just amazingly beautiful.  We sailed over several coral reefs in the area.  He has a daughter in Fiji and had one of her cousins with us so we played with them for a bit and even went down to The Pearl a really upscale resort and swam in their fancy pool.  The day was so much fun!

On the boat with Brittany and Tod’s little girl

My view sailing

Finally we went back to the beach and ate pizza, one of my new obsessions in Fiji.  I love good, nice not super greasy pizzas.  Finally then we took a bus home, happy, and full of sunshine.  What an awesome weekend.  We will have to repeat it another time for sure.


About Meg LaFollette

I studied abroad in Fiji for 5 months in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with traveling! I went to New Zealand right after and then Peru this summer. When not traveling (and sometimes during) I love healthy, environmentally conscious living. Animals, biology, horses, and behavior are other passions of mine.
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