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We departed from Denarau Marina towards a stormy horizon, our day sunbathing on a tropical island didn’t look like it would happen. But within half an hour from the marina the South Sea Cruises ferry broke through the clouds and we were greeted with a tiny paradise. We were transferred by tender boat from the ferry onto the sandy shores and then everyone scattered to find the perfect spot to spend the day with beach chairs, picnic blankets, beanbags, hammocks to choose from as well as plenty of palm trees and covered areas to retreat from the sun.

Now what to do first! I had a bit of a lay in the sun and went for a walk around the island to explore what is on offer, which only takes a few minutes! We had swim in the ocean and there is a salt-water swimming pool. Complimentary drinks of chilled wine, beer, soft drinks and water kept us nice and refreshed in the sun.

A buffet lunch was served with BBQ meat and fish, a variety of salads and tropical fruit on offer. You would be silly not to have a second helping. They had the most delicious tasting bread rolls I have ever had!

After lunch we grabbed some snorkelling gear and headed out off the beach. The island is surrounded in coral gardens and there is plenty of fish life to be found, making the snorkelling great at high or low tide. The water was a little choppy but underneath the surface the water was still clear and I even found Nemo! Non-motorised water sports equipment is available for use free of charge, including snorkelling equipment, kayaking and sailing. Diving is also available on the island with intro diving courses and a purposefully sunk shipwreck, drop offs and wall dives for certified divers.

And then sadly it was time to leave. This is a highly recommended day trip and such a short hop from the mainland too.

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