We arrived at Bibi’s Hideaway on June 1, 2010 a few months after the devastating Cyclone Tomas. The estate was beautiful, but the signs of the hurricane were obvious. Thirty foot palm trees littered the lawn and large bushes were half uprooted and struggling to stay green. The bures appeared to be in perfect condition and I read the reefs around the island sustained only minor damage. Unfortunately the high winds had knocked down all of the fruit, so we wouldn’t be able to pick our breakfast from the numerous fruit trees located on the property.
A change in flight times had us land in Taveuni around 8:00 AM, four hours before we were expected. Paulina, the caretaker at Bibi’s, welcomed us with a smile and showed us to the large white cottage. We had reserved the Honeymoon Bure, but as guest has just checked out that morning it wasn’t read for us. Paulina assured us that we had full use of the other cottage, we could shower, cook or nap until our bure was cleaned. We didn’t want to create more work for her by dirtying the cottage, so we decided to walk over to Coconut Gove for Breakfast.
We were a little worried we had missed it during our walk, as it was slightly farther than we had expected, but once you are familiar with the area you realize it is a short walk. Coconut Grove’s restaurant is located on the second floor of the resort with an excellent view of the ocean. Coconut Grove is a small resort, with only a few bures and a small restaurant. They also sell a few things in the reception area, some pearls, sarongs and postcards. People rave about the cooking at coconut grove, but I’ve only tried the fruit shakes and the grilled cheese.
The weather was perfect – warm air, lots of sun and a cool breeze. We spent the afternoon walking on the beach and dipping into the ocean to cool off. The water is crystal clear and unlike so many beaches I’ve visited I didn’t see a single piece of trash floating in the water.
On our way back from the beach we ran into the Indian man who lives next door to Bibi’s and provides dinner to the guest. We were so excited to have dinner delivered for only $10 Fijian! He knocked on our door at about 7pm with two warm plates of chicken curry, some dahl soup, and a pumpkin side dish all over rice. The dinner was delicious! It wasn’t spicy, but it was so flavorful! I haven’t eaten much Indian food, and Paul’s had it even less frequently than I have, so coming here and eating it all the time has been a real treat. We can’t wait to go home and try to cook it ourselves.
I thought having only 3 hours of electricity would be bothersome, but we actually shut off the lights before the power went out at 9pm. I was exhausted and the warm air was so relaxing after the freezing nights in New Zealand. As much as we enjoyed New Zealand, nothing compares to being in a tropical climate.