It was time for my third national holiday this month. This time it was Fiji who had their 45th independence day, much like Papua New Guinea and Tuvaly, the indepence day was celebrating by eating lots and lots of food and watching songs and traditional dances performed by locals. Almost everyone had the day off so the people from the villages on the island joined in on our games of volleyball, tug war, bun eating competition and musical chairs. Playing childrens birthdayparty games seem to be a big thing here in the Yasawas islands, especially on their national holiday but also the rest of the evenings as well.
What I had been looking forward to the most with my stay at White Sandy Beach was the possibility of going swimming with mantarays, who normally would come up to feed around six in the mornings. I booked a trip, got up at five the next morning and snorkelled around the spot where the boat dropped us off for a few hours without seeing a single one of these creatures! I was bummed, but realised that I should not have expected to see them in the first place as it was the end of the season (oct) and there had never been any guarantee that the big creatures would be seen. We got to see some crayfish, starfish, eels and lots of colorful fish at the coral garden though which made up for it all.
The two resorts on Naviti Island were located on White Sandy Beach and on the oposite side was the so called Honeymoon Beach which was much nicer, but private with a two dollar entry fee. What people did not seem to know was that there was a tiny and peaceful beach between the two where no light and not even a single person could be seen. It the ideal place for night swimming, also because it was season for bioluminiscent algae which lighted up the ocean. For my last night on the island I decided to bring my hammock and sleeping bag to look up at the star sky which was more incredible than any star sky I had ever seen before. I stayed up the whole night with my star map phone app to try to recognize star signs and watch out for shooting stars which I saw more than thirty of during just that night. It was a truly magical experience well worth missing a nights sleep for.