Navini is a small island that you can walk round in 10 minutes. It has only 10 bungalows called bures.
As promised our transfer to Navini began sharp at 10:00 with the arrival at our hotel of 2 cars to take us to the marina. There we caught a speed boat for the half hour crossing. This came as a bit of a shock as despite the pleasant weather, the wind was quite strong, and this together with the speed of the boat made a ride rather like a roller coaster, so by the time we arrived we were all quite glad to get off.
We were greeted by a several members of staff and shown to our bures. Each one has its own bit of beach and veranda. Complete with sun loungers both on the beach and nestling under the shade of the trees for when the sun is too hot. Looked like heaven! It was all very clean and there were fresh hibiscus flowers everywhere.
Meals are served at set times and the bongos are played to call everyone to eat.
Everyone has a complimentary sulu, which is like a sarong that men and women alike wear as a skirt. It was strongly hinted that we should wear them to dinner so, game for anything, we decided to give it a go. We had already seen several male waiters wearing them at the Fiji Mocambo hotel.
After dinner, as we entered our bure, there was a rustling noise and when we turned on the light we saw at least 8 6 inch long fat lizards skuttling up the wall from the kitchen worktop. On closer inspection we realised they had been nibbling through the selophane round the complimentary fruit we had left out. It was a bit spooky thinking of them lying in the rafters while we slept but we convinced ourselves that once the food was removed they would probably leave.
Later in bed I was bothered by some unidentifed flying thing until i managed to squash it on the pillow!
It was quite hard to get to sleep with the wind still howelling but first nights always seem to be the worst!