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Trip Report Bulla Fiji and Plantation Island

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I was anctious to board our Air Pacific Flight to Fiji. Why? Well this was my very first time on board an aroplane in 35+ years. Will it take off, will it land, will we get there without a hitch, I guess this is everyones mantra. I was scared and worried, and my husband knew about it, yeah he even felt the fingernails digging into his arms as the plane took off. It was a three our flight from Brisbane, our friends Kris and Chris are sitting a couple of rows to the front - I can hear their exited chatter. We were sitting in the middle of the plane and I had the grand position of sitting next to the window, right where the exit door is. I quickly found out about the exit door and the importance of sitting in this position. Well if we go down it will be up to me to open the doors. I found myself thinking. Scary!
What am I going to do if, if....I started to ask my husband, but he quickly assured me that everything will be fine and politely requested if he could get the feelings back in his arm. The take off was smooth, the landing smoother and soon we found ourselves waiting outside the Nadi International terminal waiting for our shuttle to take us to our over night accommodation. Chris and Chris took the taxi whilst hubby and I waited for the shuttle. We could see it, the doors were open, but the driver wasn't there. And we waited. And we waited and waited. Hmm what to do next. Hubby took this oppertunaty to rest his nerves by having a couple of cigarettes. This was the longest he ever went without a smoke.
It was about three in the afternoon, very humid all the people on the aroplane were gone and we were the last one waiting. Our very 1st snag how will I solve this one. Well all I had to do is ask our tour operator and the shuttle suddely arrived. Kabamm it was magic. Now that was easy and you know what this was our only little snag during our 10 day trip to Fiji. As it turned out the Shuttle driver had a friend who drives a local taxi. He was talking to his buddy having a couple of smokes, at the taxi rank outside the front of the departure, whilst we were waiting and waiting around the pick up area, just around the corner. So the moral of this little yarn is if you find your self in a simular predicument, just have a look around the corner, your driver might be there.

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    We finally caught up with Kris and Chris at the bar who were already on their 3rd or 4th glass of whatever they were drinking. Our buffet seafood dinner at the resort was absolutely wonderful. We exchanged notes and views about the resort and resort and if was unanamus. Tanoa Resort is georgious. I set aside my fears and with the help of a couple of glasses of scotch and soda I relaxed. We left Brisbane at 10am on Wednesday 23rd September 2009 and Arrived in Fiji three hours later, by the time we got through customs, found our shuttle driver and meet up with our friends it was late in the evening. I lost track when we went to bed.
    The next morning we woke up, I felt brilliant, so did Kris, the two boys well lets just say we left them alone for a little while. Today we are heading off to Plantation Island Resort on Mallo Lailai Island, only 16km off shore to the west of Nadi. I saw the pictures of the beautiful blue lagoon on the net, and hoped that the white sandy beach will be just as beautiful as they are on the net. I wasnt dissapointed. You know the locals told us that Mallo Lailai means little island, and just accross the lagoon at little Mallo you are surrounded by another island this one is called Mallo, but the locals refer to it as big Mallo. So from now on I will refer to our Island as little Mallo.
    Our shuttle bus was arriving just after 10 which meant that we had plenty of time to look around the resort. Our breakfast was a buffet breakfast with assortment of continental dishes and some tried and tested egg dishes. What ever your heart desires to eat you got. Tanoa Resort has the biggest Kava ceremonial dish that I have ever seen. We missed out on the Kava ceremony but am quite sure that we would see plenty of them at Plantation Island on Little Malolo. Our shuttle bus arrived promptly we settled our bill and were on our way to hop on Mallo Cat II to take us to our holiday playground. We were exited as we knew by the time we get there that the rest of our party will be waiting for us. You see there were at least 20 of us, all friends from various walks of life. Cant wait to see them....

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