Saturday is the big market day of the week, so we returned to Suva markets to shop before we return to the island on Monday and to search for some of the rarer ingredients we want to experiment with. We arrived before 7am and the market was already well underway for the morning. The market covers a large area and today we bought so much we needed the help of one of the guys who follow along after you with a wheelbarrow to help you get everything back to your car - all for just $2. We bought bora beans, mana (a small mud lobster), heart of palm, ota (fern shoots), octopus, oysters, purple kumala (sweet potato), yellow cassava... and a whole lot more. A whole wheelbarrow full in fact!
Once we'd finished at the Suva market, we drove out to Pacific harbour for the night, stopping at the village of Navua along the way to visit their market too. Different to Suva, it is much more of a local village market. It was held right in the middle of the main street, which runs alongside the river - one of the few large rivers in the region. I walked the length of the main street taking pictures, and towards me came the visiting rugby team for the weekend, walking back through the town after the game. You could see the reverence on everyone's faces as they checked out the guys walking through the town.
The day finished with our arrival at Pacific Harbour: we were just about on fire from the heat of travelling so within five minutes we were in the pool. The evening was an icy blended cocktail in a vessel the size of a small bucket and dinner at a local restaurant. Divine. And a good night's sleep assured.