10 days in Fiji. Boy can you pack a lot into 10 days if you try.
Our trip started with a boat ride up through the Mamanuca Islands up to the beginning of the Yasawa Islands to Manatray Island Resort. Snorkel, swim with Mantarays, snooze, beer, repeat. Along the way we met up with Belinda Irvine who had been crowd funding with her FOOD FOR FIJI campaign since February when the devastating Cyclone Winston had ripped through the islands. We went and helped deliver the 4th barge of supplies to the local villages in the Yasawa group. Although the cyclone happened back in Feb, crops can’t be harvested until the end of this year which leaves villages with only the fish they can catch. No coconuts, no vegetables. (They lost all the tops of the palm trees in the storm which means no coconuts). Good deed for the trip, tick.
After saying goodbye to old friends on Mantaray, we headed back down to Nadi to meet up with more buddies, Wispy & Teh. Teh’s family owns a farm in the village of Momi or AKA Paradise. It’s 14 hectares or rolling farmland down to the sea with boat access to the ocean and a short 10 minute trip over to Cloudbreak and the surrounding Mamanuca islands. See? Heaven. Our days were spent surfing, swimming, downing beer on Cloud 9 (with the rest of the crew who were over for the wedding we were attending), sunset sessions on Namotu and back on the farm, Momi exploring and more taki than you can handle.
While we were there Fiji had a pretty big swell come through and on the one day we had prior engagements, cloudbreak peaked at 8-10ft. You’ll have to check out Stefan’s blog post all about those amazing days. (coming soon to his blog).
What you’ll find below is a mixture of 35mm, iPhone and digital shots of a very happy 10 days away from the computer and being totally immersed in living the life we work really hard at having.
Enjoy kids. Love Ming xx
Images by Ming Nomchong & Stefan Jose
**If these froth-worthy snapshots from our trip don’t make you wanna book a spot on our women’s surf trip this August, well you can throw us down and tickle us purple.
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We scrimped on the first night and stayed at The Westin Denarau. Sunset beachfront.
Looking up while sucking on a cocktail
Scenes from the Ferry. The infamous Beachcomber Island
Really really relaxin. Manata Ray Island Resort
Manata Ray Island Resort. View from the breaky hut. You can see the wake of Winston is still evident.
This is what Palm trees look like after a category 5 cyclone ? (and that’s after 3 months of regrowth) Soso Village, Naviti Island
Stefan, getting his snorkel on
Swimming with Manta Rays. Pretty farkin cool dudes.
I love these little dudes
The reef off Manta Ray is pretty amazing. The colours of the coral and the amount of fish around really impressed
The barge arriving at Soso village full of supplies from Belinda’s crowd funding campaign
Local girl checking out the action down on the beach
Kids love seeing pics of themselves. They think it’s hilarious. I think that’s hilarious.
Young boy watching the goings on down on the beach
Team efforts. It took just under 2 hours to unload the barge with over 40 people working in train formation non-stop to bring food, tools, clothes and books off the barge for the surrounding villages
View from bed on the farm at Momi
Teh’s family farm – aka Paradise.
Morning coconut collecting on Momi
The view looking back over Momi
Some of the gang – The Farm, Momi
The tower at Cloudbreak
Under the waves, Cloudbreak
Wispy on a small one – Cloudbreak
Teh hanging out under da sea
Teh. Thanks buddy, love ya. xx
Sitting and waiting
It was a glass off
Totally got my palm tree fix. I shot film and went a little crazy….
Waqas Bar, Namotu. Wispy getting well acquainted
The perfect spot to relax the day away? Namotu
The beast little beach bar in Fiji – Namotu
Stef & Wispy
Pilbox sunset beers, The Farm, Momi
Cloud 9. Floating bar in lagoon. Can you ask for anything more?. Photo by Stefan Jose
This is how happy we were to be at Cloud 9. Photo by Stefan Jose
Fiji foolery. Photo by Stefan Jose
Cloud 9 gang. Photo by Stefan Jose
View from the upper deck, Cloud 9
The top deck jump. Photo by Stefan Jose
Pirate shots. You had to swim out to the boat to get a shot of Bounty Rum and then swim back. Just like a pirate of course. Agrrr.
This is how you get water up your nose. The best netti pot ever.
Swimming. We did lots of this.
Surfing Desperations. When nothing else is breaking, you have to be pretty desperate to surf here. We were pretty desperate. The day before the swell hit. Photo by Stefan Jose
Having fun at Despos. Photo by Stefan Jose
Wispy. By Stefan Jose
Hanging out in my Samudra Onepiece. Get it on The Drifter Shop.
More fishes. Malolo Island
My little sis Jia. Malolo Island
Palms at Plantation Island Resort
Morning walks on Malolo
Pie palms. Malolo Island
Malolo Island from sea
Farewell Fiji, untill next time. View over Cloudbreak.