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Fiji Islands
February '04

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The Three Couples

Vince and Judy Cellerini

 

Bill and Debra Linhart

 Jim and Debbie Pappas

All 6 of us

 

Vince and Judy the "Noodle Lady"

Bill and Debra at the Seafront Restaurant

 

Jim and Debbie relaxing in the condo

Relaxation at the Resort

Bill, Vince, and Debbie at the swim-up bar

On our way back to the resort on a "stretch" golf cart

Debra getting a massage poolside/oceanside

Jim and Debbie getting side-by-side massages

 

High Fashion Poolside

 

Bill bending a tree

Jim and Debra go Scuba Diving

 

Debra practicing in the pool

 

Debra with her instructor Nori

 

Nori and Jim holding Debra's hand at 40'

 

Nori piloting the dive boat

 

Jim ready for a dive

 

Jim exploring the reef

 

Dive partners Neil, Eleanor and Andrew

 

Joe the DiveMaster

 

Jim's diving buddy Dave

 

Jim exiting from his first dive

 

Jim, David, Neil and Andrew on dive #1

 

Coral as we emerge from a canyon

 

Jim swarmed by Zebra Fish

 

Jim handling a Sea Cucumber

 

Surrounded by fish!

 

I never did learn what type of fish this was

 

Close-up of coral formations

 

Jim just above the coral

 

We found this Lionfish under a ledge

 

This lobster was under the same ledge... antenna span was over 1M

 

We went through this tight canyon

 

Unknown fish

Exploring the Island

 

Debra and Judy on the open air town bus

 

If it starts raining, you roll down the tarps on the sides of the bus

 

Residents have gravesites in front of their houses

 

More gravesites

 

Typical family house

 

More local houses

 

Debbie, Debra, and Judy shopping in Nadi

 

Bill (Oregon State Police) visits the Nadi police shack

Judy shopping at the open air market

Open air market

 

Temple

 

Close up photo of Temple

 

Waiting for opposite direction traffic on the "two way" bridge

 

You also need to make sure there is no train coming!

 

Our guide called this the "Golden Gate Bridge"

 

Debbie was upset that I made our car stop on the bridge for this pic

 

Bill decides to walk... but regrets his decision about 1/2 way across

 

This would be a bad time to see an opposite direction train

Coral Coast

 

Our guide brought us to a beautiful secluded beach

 

Same beach

 

Jim and Debra decide to ride horses down the beach

 

The owner of the horses who offered us a ride

 

Local villagers came to our site, and offered their wares

 

Debra returns after getting thrown from her horse

Hiring a Chef

One night we decided to hire a chef to come to our condo and prepare a gourmet meal for us.   They set our room up for the feast, prepared the food in our kitchen, and then cleaned up for us... we never had to leave the comfort of our room, and we felt very pampered by the whole experience!

 

Chef and server prepare for the meal

 

Table set for the six of us

 

Chef preparing our 5 course meal

 

Enjoying our main course

 

Everything was wonderful... here is our dessert

 

Close-up

Other Resort Activities

 

Judy and Debra use the bicycles to explore Denarau Island

 

Cycling on the golf cart paths

 

Fetching coconuts

 

Show-off :)

 

Riding the "Bula Bus" that connects the various resorts

 

Jim and Debbie doing water aerobics

 

Judy... What are you holding?

 

Lighting of the torches at the Sheraton

 

Evening "lighting of the torches" at WorldMark/Trendwest

 

Jim and Debra go Sea Kayaking

 

Irisi (middle) leads our group out on a kayaking trek

 

Fire Dancers poolside during "seafood night feast"

 

Fire Dancers

Lovo and Meke

 

Wood fire is used to heat rocks in Lovo pit

 

Food is placed over hot rocks

 

Food is then covered with wet vines

  Next is wet burlap... then buried
 

End result is a real feast!

Meke Performers

 

Meke Dancers

 

Meke Performers sing the National Farewell Song

Other People we met at Fiji

 

Fredrick Decker - Best (most responsive) resort manager we've encountered at any WorldMark

Fredrick visiting with Debbie and Jim in our condo

 

Dole took care of our every need... from arranging for shopping trips, cars, reservations at each resort.

 

Judy's friend Felite who brought us a Lovo meal to our condo

Kula EcoPark

 

Kula EcoPark

 

Jim and Debbie

 

Host explains the concept of the EcoPark

 

Debbie has a conversation with a parrot

 

Save' (our driver) feeds the turtles

 

Lots of beautiful birds in the EcoPark

 

One objective is to teach schoolchildren a respect for nature

 

Huge Bats

 

Iguanas too

 

This above ground root system has multiple trees growing from it

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