Saturday 30th July 2016
The island that's easy to get to but very hard to leave. That is true about Beachcomber Island in every sense. Situated on a marine sanctuary in the heart of the Mamanuca group of islands, just 17 kilometres north west of Fiji's Nadi International Airport, this renowned barefoot Fiji accommodation allows you to do as much or as little as you like.
Since our volunteers have been aware of our spectacular discovery itinerary, this has been the visit that has intrigued most due to its reputation for being Fiji's paradise island. It certainly didn't disappoint.
It was an early start to travel approx 100km from Namatakula to Nadi in order to catch the 9 o'clock ferry over to the island, it was a 40 minute transfer.
We arrived at the port early which gave our volunteers time to grab their 2nd breakfast of the day in the cafeteria (yes 2nd).
Upon arrival on the island we were greeted with morning tea and our guide for the day took us through our program of activities. There were opportunities to go out to the reefs and snorkel, feed the fish whilst on a glass bottom boat, watch the turtles, water sports and more - what a fantastic day ahead!
Our group went out on the first snorkel trip together, and what an incredible experience - it was breathtaking. The fish were surrounding us as we used our fln's to glide through the water. Our guys managed to capture some excellent GoPro footage along the way. Check out the video below of Founder and Director Matt Ray as he takes in the snorkelling.
Everybody had a fantastic day, some even conquered there own fears of getting in the water. Aaron Daas, 21 from Southampton was a success story.
Travel teacher will take you out of your comfort zone, you will do things with us that you never knew you were capable of. Until today Aaron had never swam in any kind of waters in his life due to a lack of confidence, today he snorkelled in water 40ft in depth using a float. Talk about diving in the deep end Aaron! We are delighted for you....well done!
The day seemed to pass by so quickly but the group have certainly taken away memories which they will treasure for the rest of their lives.