Last Day in Paradise

We’re back home, I’m sat listening to the washing machine as it cleans the Fijian air and sand from our laundry reflecting on our last day at Paradise Cove (one way to drag the holiday out.) After our wonderful wedding anniversary celebration the night before we woke up knowing we had to pack and prepare to leave. We fairly quickly got our stuff together before wandering down the wooden path for breakfast, the blue sky dotted with white cloud, the sun shinning down, we had until 1pm to vacate our room, so we took our towels and sun necessities with us. After breakfast the daunting task of choosing a lounger for the last time, beach or pool? Beach won! We had brought some toast left over from lunch and decided to feed the fish, I wasn’t sure how it would go, but oh my goodness, the fish were happy, all of a sudden we were surrounded by fish, waiting eagerly for a tiny piece of bread, not sure bread is the best option but they enjoyed it, don’t we all like a bit of bread! They were leaping out of the water and then returning to our feet, only regret we didn’t do it sooner! We then sat for a while on our loungers feeling a little sad at leaving, holidays have to end, but this place seemed a little special, we’d met so many people, the staff knew us by name, we gazed over the aqua blue ocean laid out in front of us just thinking about the laughs, the food, the people and how relaxed we were. There was only one more activity that needed to be tried and that was paddle boarding, so to the hire shop for a board and a paddle. I went first, carefully on my knees I began, within seconds really I thought well, worst case, it turns into a swim. I steadied myself, hands on the board, positioned my feet and there it was, me stood up on a paddle board, paddling! It looks easier than it is, I was a it wobbly and the paddling was clumsy, but I was doing it. Mr Revthreads was next, same routine, same result, a wobbly yet ever so upright paddle boarding experience was being had. Mr Revthreads wasn’t keen overall, but he can say that with experience now, so I went again to do a paddle to the bommie ahead, turn around and back, turning is a whole other experience, but with sheer determination, and let’s face it necessity, I managed to do a 360 turn and head back to shore to dress for some time looking under the water. Snorkel and fins on, we’ll eventually, we used the resort gear and I wondered why every time I breathed through my snorkel I got a mouthful of water, Mr Revthreads caring lay laughing as he pointed out that my snorkel wasn’t attached and was laying flat in the water! Anyhoo sorted, off we went, it was amazing, almost like a fishy send off, as soon as our faces were submerged 7 trumpet fish glided past us, a school of Sargent Fish were feeding at the bottom, it was quite amazing. We continued on a trigger fish took off as we got closer, Angel fish and parrot fish gliding through, but one thing I noticed more were the juvenile or baby fish hanging around, a tiny little Angel fish, tiny clown fish, even a tiny trigger fish, each of them clearly identifiable by their shape and markings, just miniature in size. We came across the trumpet fish again, but now they seemed happy resting along the bed of the ocean. We knew time was passing, so it was farewell to our fishy friends so that we could finish our packing and check out. Once the room was cleared, we went to the bar and opened our tab for the last time, paradise punch for me, Fiji Gold for Mr Revthreads, we waited on our lunch and again just looked out over the ocean. By the time lunch was consumed it was pretty much time to assemble on the beach to wait for the flyer to take us to mainland for our flight. Home now, after a pretty poor experience on our flight home (that’s for another day) hoping the peace and serenity of our Fijian experience is deeply bedded in our spirits.

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About revthreads

I originally decided to get a blog because I think any adventure, travel experience should be journaled and then thought it's good to share. Some things may be interesting to others and other things not so much but sharing is good! I love to travel, I don't get to do as much as I would like, ultimately it would be my dream to just pack up, head off and keep going for as long as possible seeing and experiencing new things, meeting new and interesting people. Like a lot of people I have family and work commitments that keep me grounded, but I am fortunate enough to have a fair few opportunities to head out and live life to the full.
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