I have an addendum to Day 1. I forgot to mention that Steve threw away my Prepackaged Chocolate Covered Strawberries because he was afraid he would be detained by customs and how excited I was when the agent in Fiji stamped my passport!!!! Also that the cab at the airport would hardly start (another reason it felt so much like The Amazing Race) and that as hard as we tried, we didn't see the "green flash" at sunset. *sigh*
Now, onto Day 2
We woke up early today which is easy when you live the life of a farmer - Bed at sunset, Awake at sunrise. Monica made us a delicious breakfast of fried eggs, cheese and rashers all on a divine cheese roll we purchased from a little store in Musket Cove called Ananda's. Believe me when I say this bread is like manna from heaven. Side Note: I coddled a roll all the way home to Georgia, fearful, at any moment, some Customs Agent would insist I dispose of it.
Tom and Monica had some chores to do this morning. Yes, even in beautiful Fiji, chores must be done. Tom ferried Monica, Steve and I to the island. Monica was off to do laundry. Tom went back to Tanga to clean the bottom of the dinghy and Steve and I moseyed over to Dick's Place.
Dick's Place is the Bar/Restaurant/Pool at the Musket Cove Island Resort. The resort is yachtie friendly so Steve and I picked two lounge chairs on the beach, deposited our stuff and went to the bar to order foo foo drinks. Well, I ordered a yummy Fiji Freeze which was blended papaya and crushed ice. Steve ordered a Fiji Bitter Beer. We sat on the white sand beach enjoying the view from our chairs. After a while, it began to get warmer so, we took a walk in the water making sure to shuffle our feet to avoid accidentally stepping on a stingray. We enjoyed the water for a bit and then went back to our chairs. Since the tide was going out and the pool was now closer than the ocean, we opted for a dip in the pool. Tom and Monica joined us after their chores were complete. We all enjoyed the pool and drinks.
After an in pool discussion, it was decided that we would dinghy out to the sand bar (oops...bank) near the entrance of Musket Cove. We took our snorkel gear with us and enjoyed an afternoon of snorkeling, beer drinking and exploring the sand bar. The fish along the sand bar were very friendly as they are used to being fed by visitors. I had a clown fish nibble on my finger after Tom told me if I rubbed my fingers together, they would think I was feeding them. It was an awesome experience. The water was so beautiful and the coral and fish were vibrant.
We walked along the sand bar and as we walked, the tide continued going out and it appeared that at some point we'd be able to walk all the way over to the large island in the distance. Of course, that wasn't the case or it could've been but, we didn't walk long enough to find out. We did find a sea cucumber in a tidal pool. Steve and Tom (mostly Steve) aggravated the stuffing out of him. (And that's all I have to say about that!)
After leaving the sand bar and taking the dinghy back to the boat, we changed into dry clothes and decided to head back to Dick's Place for dinner. It was build your own stir fry night!!! The food bar was filled with deliciousness...noodles, veggies, meats, sauces, spices (BEWARE the RED SAUCE - LOL!). YUM! You filled your plate with your choices and took it over to the chef who tossed it in a wok and cooked it to perfection! Heavenly!!! After dinner and desserts, we made our way back to Tanga for an early night and peaceful sleep. Just another day in paradise.