Shipwrecked… and Loving Every Minute 1


My morning today started with a nice breakfast at my posh resort and then a 30 minute drive through many local villages to the port. I knew the luxury was about to end as I boarded the catamaran for a five hour trip to the north western Yasewa Island group. A funny thing about the catamaran ride was one of the songs that played on the way. The song was “I’m sitting on the Top of Kilimanjaro”, a song that I heard constantly on my African safari last year.

I was heading to the northern most island of Nacula where there is no hot water or electricity. I am staying in a “Bure” which is a traditional beach hut. This is as about as rustic as it gets. I actually had flashbacks of being in Africa last year.

After a lunch served by the local villagers, I did not even take my camera out because it was so hot. I dropped my gear off in my Bure and ran straight for the ocean. The water was warm but extremely refreshing. After relaxing at the beach, napping in a hammock, and being generally lazy, I figured I better get to work. I grabbed my gear and walked the beach and then up the hill at the south end of the island. It was a warm up for the major trek ahead of me in a few days where I will be hiking up the mountain on Waya Lailai Island. If you have seen the movie Castaway, it is very similar to the mountain Tom Hanks climbs. The 360 degree views were spectacular, even from this relatively low hill.

The temperature and humidity did not drop that much in the evening but the sound of the lapping waves on the beach right outside my Bure is amazing to listen to as I write this post.

I will shut up now and let my pictures do the rest of the talking!

The Exotic North Yasewa Islands of Fiji

The Exotic North Yasewa Islands of Fiji

View From Above

View From Above

Local Charm

Local Charm

Every Single Sunset is this Magical

Every Single Sunset is this Magical


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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