Malolo Island

We had to set our alarm as we are being collected by the taxi at 9am. We have our breakfast and load up our gear which has increased dramatically with the addition of 6 days worth of snacks and drinks and a few beers. The journey to the pier takes about 15 minutes and gives us an opportunity to have a bit of a look around. It’s very beautiful with loads of tropical coconut palms and colourful flowers everywhere. The women we pass wear bright floral dresses in reds and yellows and flowers behind their ears!

We get some money from the ATM (No ATM on the island) and wait for the ferry to arrive. At 1030 we board a catamaran for the 50 minute trip to Mololo Island. We stop once and then a second time at Musket Cove where everyone else apart from us is staying. We’re met by Stanley in a longtail and pile all our gear in before setting off. When we arrive at Walu Beach Resort I’m surprised and thrilled to find it’s absolutely stunning here. How fantastic! With a gorgeous long white sandy beach and about 20 beachfront “bures”, we couldn’t have wished for a better place.

As we pull up we are serenaded by 2 guitarists, a traditional “bula” welcoming song. So cool, we’re given welcome drinks and shown to our bure. Its great accommodation, right on the beach with 2 bedrooms, a lounge area and a thatched roof, its very cute and we feel really lucky to be here. Without a doubt this is one of Simon’s best finds. For 200 Fijian dollars a day we are getting 3 meals and accommodation. We worked out that this is costing around 15 pounds each. An absolute bargain for 6 days in a place which really is nothing short of paradise.

We spend the afternoon lying on the beach and baking in the warm sun; I try the hammocks and nearly fall out. There is only one other guest lying anywhere near us and other than that its almost completely deserted – complete heaven!! We sit watching the lovely sunset together, it’s very romantic and have a few beers. We make our way back up to the reception/restaurant area for dinner and pile our plates high with the BBQ and salad on offer. We have bananas rolled in coconut for pudding – the kids loved it. We sit listening to the guitarists playing and talk to a lovely couple from Ireland. They have been visiting their daughter who is half way through her RTW trip and we have a good chat.

At 9pm the fella announce it is time for the International Hermit Crab race and having picked a crab each for a dollar( I chose No 4 – called Mitsubishi and representing Japan) we all crowd round the crab racing area. To my delight he wins and I get back 18 dollars for my crabby investment! Hurray!

We head off o bed around 1030 and go out like lights. We have had a fantastic day today and I’m completely looking forward to a lie in and then doing nothing all day tomorrow.