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GAP YEAR BLOG
News item dated
15 Mar 2017
The beauty of Fiji’s many beaches never fails to take my breath away, regardless of how many times I have been, or where they are. But walking the sand dunes was something extra special.
The dunes are one of the few places in Fiji protected by the Fiji equivalent of the National Trust. Ancient pottery and bones had been found there so the sight was excavated and pawed over by archaeologists to be declared an ancient burial site. Now visitors are encouraged to walk the 2-hour route in and around the dunes to marvel at their natural beauty. And as volunteers we get half price entrance – even better!
The walk starts up a few steps and through a forest. Through which you must be silent to show respect for the locals and spirits of the land. It led out to a path above a village and towards the ‘unstable’ dunes. We noted that past the village there were wind turbines! Pleased to see that Fiji is beginning to use alternate power sources!
Climbing the unstable dunes was challenging for those in flip flops – not only did they have to go at a bit of a run, but try and keep them on as the sand was extremely hot from the midday sun. The dunes themselves were stunning, covered in flowering vines and prickly bushes. Hard to believe that the Fiji sevens team train by running up and down the slopes in the heat!
Looking out over the dunes to sea, the waves crashed onto the shore. Rarely in Fiji do you find such a beautiful beach without anyone else there. It was wonderful to walk along the shore; soaking up the sun, listening to the waves and feeling the sea breeze.
This is an absolute must do when you visit Fiji – it’s cheap, fun and you can go on to Natadola beach in the afternoon as it’s only 15 minutes away on the bus!
By Kat Barber - Project Coordinator
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