Day 25

Today we drove to the picturesque Sabeto Mountains for an eco-tour adventure to the Sleeping Giant Waterfall.

Along the way, we passed many sugarcane fields and villages on the Queens Highway en route to the famous Mountains of the Sleeping Giants. Sugarcane is the main industry of Fiji, second only to tourism. The summits of the mountain range in this area are in the shape of a sleeping giant, hence the name. We began our guided walk through Fiji’s tropical rainforest along a mostly paved, but a bit slippery path for about a half hour to two inviting waterfalls. Our guide pointed out pineapple plants, monkey trees, water vines, and other tropical vegetation.

This was a hot, humid day, so we were all soaked with perspiration by the time we reached the falls and immediately went for a refreshing dip. The guides assisted us in getting in and out of the pool, so no one would slip on the rocks. We were a group of 10 and met a few more groups from our ship at the falls. We had about 15 minutes to swim before heading back down the trail. At the entrance base camp, we were served cold drinks and cookies. This hold us over until lunch back on the ship.

We spoke to some friends who had gone on a mud bath excursion. This is a mineral bath that is relaxing and rejuvenating, similar to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. They had a great time, but showered as soon as they returned, as mud was in their hair and clothes.

There are always several excursion options and passengers pick the one that interests them the most. We tend to choose the more active excursions. Many people on our ship would not have been able to handle the walking involved on the rainforest trek.

I actually had time this afternoon to sit in the sun awhile and then swim in the pool a bit. Mac, not a sun lover, sat in the shade and read his book.

We just missed points in trivia again today. We had 11, but 3 teams had 13 out of the 15 correct.

Lorraine and Kevin, two friends from trivia, joined us for dinner tonight at the Compass Rose. After a great meal and conversation, we went to tonight’s production show, The Great American Song Factory. This focused on songs from the 50’s and 60’s, our kind of music, and brought back many memories. Of course, we still knew the words and tunes- Leslie Gore, Sonny and Cher, The Shirelles, etc. who performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. An excellent show all around.

The next two days are sea days as we travel over 1,100 miles to the Bay of Islands, our first port in New Zealand.

Yours in travel,

Pat & Mac