F i j i L o v e

Ming single finning it on a Joel Fitzgerald special. Image by Stefan Jose

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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Nadi International

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

Kaleidoscopic Palms

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

Fishies!

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

Boys club

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

Momi adventuring

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

Wispy

Teh

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

Moi

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

Trevy Wistaff

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

hangin

Wispy. By Stefan Jose

Hanging out in my Samudra Onepiece. Get it on The Drifter Shop.

Samudra Onepiece

Split.

See ya

More fishes. Malolo Island

My little sis Jia. Malolo Island

Malolo Island

Palms at Plantation Island Resort

Morning walks on Malolo

Pie palms. Malolo Island

More Palms

Malolo Island from sea

Farewell Fiji, untill next time. View over Cloudbreak.

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