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Fiji 2 A • June 26-July 12, 2022

Friendship Blooming in Fiji

July 3, 2022

Yandra Vinaka! (Good morning!) The past few days of scuba diving have been jam-packed with

exploring and camaraderie, as the group is feeling increasingly like a second family. Our days at

Pacific Harbor, the adventure capital of Fiji, always began with multiple games of pool as we

enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, fruit, and toast. Once energized for the day, the group began

their scuba certification lessons in the pool. Those that were already certified, Ella, Bella, Mack,

Jesus (aka John) and I, relaxed in Enos, read books, and chatted about anything and



During our open water dives, we explored the underwater world of the reefs. Sophie and

Hampton saw sharks off in the distance as they completed their scuba certification. While

admiring the colors of the coral and fishies, TJ (Tanner James) happened upon a majestic sea

turtle swimming beside the group. Although scuba diving can be daunting, our group

accomplished all the tasks to become certified. I am especially proud of Carson for facing her

fears and learning to love the challenges of the open water.


When not practicing their scuba techniques, the group channeled their energy and desire for

fun. Thomas, T-Bone (Tanner Murphy), and Kate couldn’t get enough of (safely) jumping off a nearby

bridge into the high tide. The rest of the group became obsessed with the competition of nukem,

and with my pep talks, Mack, Burke, and Miles beat the unbeatable Jesus (John). Every

morning, Ella and I practice yoga on the dock as fish swam beneath us. Mack and Miles

made fishing rods out of sticks and fishing line. They even caught a fish and a turtle with the

makeshift rods! On lazy afternoons, the group would venture to the nearby arts village where we

purchased handmade sulus and other traditional Fijian mementos. Layne and I got matching

bucket hats! Finally, we would conclude our days on the beach. While Thomas and Bella beat

everyone in chicken fights, Sophie, Layne, Jesus (John), and I were entranced by the words in

our novels.


These past few days have been full of learning, facing challenges and loads of fun.


We can’t wait for continued adventure with this group.


Emme + John

Bula Bula!

June 28, 2022

BULA BULA! Hello from Fiji!


Words cannot describe how pumped I am that our group landed in Fiji yesterday morning. Our group emerged from customs with smiles and an energy that exuded excitement. Carson stood out within minutes, making everyone feel included and at home with her friendly demeanor.


After a breakfast of Fijian pastries and fruit, we set off for our first adventure… sailing! On the catamaran, we were able to relax from the long travel days and take in the scenic views of the Fijian coastline. In no time, the group was enthralled in riveting conversation, talking as if they had known each other for a lifetime. We arrived at a small island off the western coast of Fiji, where we snorkeled and explored the coral and fishies that inhabited it. TJ (Tanner James) and Ella were quick to dive deep underwater to see different angles of the reef. This included swimming underneath a natural arch made of coral. After our exploration, the group rested on a floating mat, which soon turned into a full-fledged game of king of the mat. Sophie, T-Bone (Tanner Murphy), Thomas and Bella put in strong work to stay on the mat, but no one could compete with our king of the mat, Mack.


You would think that a long day in the sun would tire a group out, but not these kids! Their energy did not waiver as we returned to our hotel. The pool slide became our next adventure, as Hampton, Burke, Miles, Mack and Kate competed in making the biggest splash at the bottom of the slide. We then gorged ourselves on some local pizza and enjoyed the sunset of our first day. During Moonup, Layne and Burke were chosen as the first LODs of our trip. Their kindness and desire for adventure and challenge will set our group up for success.


John John and I are so excited to explore the island and immerse in the Fijian culture with your kids. They are full of energy like I have never seen before. Thank you for sending them to us, and we are excited to share with you all the adventures to come!



John + Emme

Finally in Fiji!

June 27, 2022

Hello Fiji Families!

We just heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Nadi. The trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.

Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!

-Moondance HQ


  • Miles
  • Kate
  • Hampton
  • Burke
  • Carson
  • Sophie
  • Tanner
  • Thomas
  • Mack
  • Tanner
  • Bella
  • Ella
  • Layne