Before my 5 month excursion to New Zealand, I visited Naviti Fiji— a small island, 3 hours boat-ride from the mainland. Although such a tiny island, Naviti offered so much: crystal clear water, lush hikes, fresh fruit, unreal coral reefs, and an adventure I will never forget.
One of my favorite parts about this island was kayaking out and looking at the island from sea. It was one of the most beautiful sights I have seen.
Another excursion taken was snorkeling; we took a 20 minute boat-ride to a nearby island and snorkeled under the most beautiful rainbow reef ever (the pictures do not do it justice). Here, I saw my first shark! Although just a baby, it was still pretty sick to witness.
I also got the opportunity to visit the island’s village— Soso Village. An hour hike from where we stayed. The church, school, and market are all parts of the village. This was my favorite part of the trip: getting to witness a third world country in its purest form. The residents have so little, yet were so happy to welcome us into their home. Offering us fresh coconuts, handshakes, and an infinite amount of “bula” (Fijian for welcome, hello, how are you, its a good day, etc…).
Vinaka Fiji, you taught me true appreciation for life, mother nature, and the ability to relax and enjoy the day. Bula!