My second to last cruise on the Voyager included a stop in Suva, Fiji. I got off the ship with a small group of my fellow dancers, with plans to meet some other friends at a resort. Upon talking with a cab driver, we learned that the resort we had planned to go to was on an island accessible only by boat, so we set off for a different hotel, The Pearl South Pacific.
Our driver was quite a character. He admitted to liking crew members better than guests, because we asked less questions. Just because we weren’t asking questions, doesn’t mean we didn’t get answers! For the entire 45 minute drive, the only time he shut his mouth was when he ran into a gas station to get a Fijian brand of Cheetos for us… without us asking.
We started with lunch, a cocktail and fish burger, then hit the beach. The water was warm and beautiful! After about an hour, I decided I needed some shade, so we went by the pool to find me an umbrella. Shortly after we relocated, it started to thunder. Minutes later, the skies opened up! There was thunder, lightning, and pouring rain.
Surprisingly, we were pleased rather than bothered by the storm. After spending so much time inside the ship, the sound and smell of rain were oddly comforting. We sat by an open window until the rain died down, then found our driver to head back “home”.
It was a great day with a fun group of friends. I highly recommend this resort if you ever find yourself in Suva!