OK, so it wasn’t THAT bad. Here is what happened:
Nate and I had been wanting to get up to the Yasawas, the most lovely island chain in Fiji. So, we saved our precious vacation days, and we spent HOURS poring through travel books, brochures, internet sites, etc. to find the perfect resort, where the price we want to pay matches the quality we want. Finally, after MUCH deliberation we decided on Oarsman’s Bay Resort.
Supposedly, the ‘Jewel of the Yasawas’.
After a 5 hour boat ride on the Yasawa Flyer (which we got half off, thanks to our handy (hand-made) local IDs..see future blog post) we arrived at Nacula Island. Actually, we arrived at the little boat which would take us to Nacula. This little boat ride cost us about $20 and was 5 minutes long. First disappointment.
As soon as we were sung to (local custom in Fiji) upon our arrival to Oarsman’s Bay, we were sat down and told all the changes that had been made at the resort. (Disappointments 2,3,4…) Now, all activities cost money (NOT anticipated! FREE activities were the main reason we CHOSE Oarsmans!) including kayaks, snorkeling, village and cave visits, etc. Also, the price of laundry had been raised (we had brought all of our dirty laundry expecting dirt cheap prices…will now remain dirty). Meals were strictly at 8 am, 12 pm, and 7 pm…if we missed it – too bad... if you don’t like the food – too bad. Oh, and by the way, meals are $67.00 a day –EACH! But we don’t get to pick what we eat, and our first meal was RAW, cold hamburgers (the fries, admittedly were pretty good…but that’s only because they had edible Ketchup...yum!).
We were then taken to our “Private Bure” which happened to be attached to the next “Private Bure” over, and had paper thin walls – I’m not kidding. We can tell you every word the couple next door said to each other – and most of the time they were not sober.
*Conversation at 7:30 am*
Guy in next room: What tiiiime is it (very groggy)
Girl in next room: whaaaaa? (also groggy)
Guy in next room: What tiiime is i….. (I think he fell back asleep)
Nate and I: (giggle, giggle, giggle…)
Also, upon investigation of our room, we found lizards in the curtains, (common in Fiji, but NOT what we expected on our awesome, much anticipated vacation!) spider webs in the shower, and an UNFLUSHED toilet!!! Gross! And worst of all, we were expecting hot water – turns out, the water was *solar heated* and it was a *cloudy day*. Needless to say, we had yet another cold shower. (Which is fine when it’s what you’re expecting, but this day, it made us very sad.)
Well, we couldn’t stay! We didn’t want to spend our precious vacation days and carefully budgeted money at a place we didn’t love! But as this resort holds about 15 people and there is a whole ordeal with leaving, we couldn’t just check out and disappear a few days early.
So, after a breakfast of stale corn flakes and sour milk, (I will NOT pay $67.00 EACH for this treatment again!) Nate told Ona (the lady in charge of the resort) I wasn’t feeling well, (which was true – that raw hamburger did NOT sit well with me) and we should probably go home. She was sad, but understanding. She changed our boat tickets, and we got the first (and actually, only) tender to the Yasawa Flyer, and cruised the 5 hours back, much happier to be leaving than arriving.