You can't get the blues in paradise
I'm back in Fiji, working with my friend Colin Chung on his cookbook Kana Vinaka. We started the week up in the Lautoka area, working with a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) called FRIEND. More on them later... but for my first blog post for this trip, I really can't get past the sights and colours of Kaibu.
You may recall some of these vistas from previous blog posts, but it's impossible to ignore them, and totally impossible not to photograph them again and again. The endless shades of blue fascinate me: I could spend hours trying to capture them all.
This evening I'm sitting sorting, resizing and cataloguing photographs with the sound of the ocean hitting the rocks just below me. Frankly, darkness is a boon to productivity because during the day I keep rushing outside to check if the light has changed.
This is my fourth visit to Kaibu, and as the island is currently being massaged and coaxed into shape as a small luxurious getaway, there is always something new to see when we arrive. The raw beauty of these islands is gob-smacking, but Rob, Lynda and their team have an absolute gift for placing beautiful buildings on beautiful land, and then surrounding them with equally stunning tropical landscapes and gardens. Layer upon layer of texture, until your eyes are fit to burst and you think you might just fall down and drown in the sensory loveliness of it all.
But what a way to go.
If Joe and I hadn't already decided that we're going to end our days in our sleep, spooning each other at the ripe old age of 101, I'd sign up for death by Kaibu.
Take a Kaibu tour in images with me... Getting there is the first trick and you fly over lots of islands on the way. I don't know all of their names, but there is one I have nick-named Poached Egg Island.
An hour's flight from Suva, you approach Kaibu and the neighbouring island Yacata. In the distance is VatuVara, a spectacular uninhabited island also owned by the Kaibu VatuVara Resort. We often seem to circle before landing, and I love taking pictures from the plane.
Once you're on the ground, the turquoise water and lush green grounds are the things you take in first. There are so many wonderful views, it is difficult to decide what to show you!
In the interests of not crashing everyone's computers with the size of this blog post, I'd better stop adding images and save them for later posts. But I will say, it's lovely to have my feet back in this place, and I'm very grateful for the opportunity.