July 16, 2019
Bula Bula everyone!! We are so pumped to finally be able to meet this awesome group and start our adventure here on the beautiful island of Fiji! From the moment everyone arrived at the airport, we could tell how close knit everyone already was and are excited to get to know the group even more by the time we are finished here. Thanks to y’all for sending your loved ones on this trip of a lifetime!
After lots of hugs and introductions in the airport, we exchanged our money and loaded onto the hotel shuttle for the short drive to where we would be staying that night. We had an incredible breakfast there and changed into our bathing suits to sit by the pool while we waited for our transportation to the marina to pick us all up. The group quickly put on sunscreen and grabbed a pool chair to lay on. Walton and Taylor immediately starting working on their island tan while Tyler, Caroline, and Phillip all attempted to break the Fijian record for most consecutive rides down the hotel water slide. Soon, we drove to the local port, where are catamaran was waiting for us at the end of the dock. We jumped on and made our way out of the harbor and towards one of the many smaller islands located off the coast of the main island. Within a few minutes, the crew passed out a wonderfully arranged plate of fresh fruits and enjoyed Fijian coconut slices, pineapple, and watermelon! We couldn’t have asked for a prettier day and all piled on the front of the catamaran getting to know each other through effortless conversations and tons of laughs.
As we made our way to the island, everyone enthusiastically jumped into the pacific waters to see some spectacular snorkeling sights. Luke was one of the first ones in the ocean and one of the last ones out! Emma was quite the GoPro specialist and we cannot wait to see some of the sweet footage she got! Scott was also a pro and even got to see a puffer fish! There were so many sights to see, we have trouble keeping count. Olivia and Mercer found clown fish and even a couple of lionfish! After this, we swam to a pier to enjoy the view and even got to jump off into the crystal clear, turquoise water. August totally enjoyed this the most before we all boarded the catamaran once again to have a great lunch of chicken or ham sandwiches, sliced fruit, and delicious chocolate chip cookies. After eating a filling lunch, everyone hopped right back to the front of the boat to once again relax and enjoy the tropical Fijian scenery. Peter and Alex quickly grabbed spots at the front of the catamaran and admired the insanely blue color of the ocean.
We took our transportation back to the hotel after the sailboat docked and checked into our hotel rooms after swimming and laying by the pool for another hour or so.(we can’t get enough of it)! We dropped our bags and took some much-needed showers and naps, using our free time to relax and reenergize. We regrouped for a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant, with meals ranging from spaghetti to veggie stir fry to burgers and everything in between. After catching the sunset, we had our first Moonup under the stars by the pool and we all caught some well earned Zzz’s bed. This morning, we woke up to breakfast at the hotel and currently are on a bus en route to our SCUBA section of the trip!! We can’t wait to check back in and let y’all know about how fun diving at the Soft Coral capital of the world was! To say we are stoked is an understatement and we know the kids are equally as pumped!
Talk to y’all soon,
Jack and Molly
July 14, 2019
All students have safely arrived in Fiji.
More to come soon!