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Published March 11th 2016
Fly high through the forest
My husband spent the first few days of our Oceania Cruise trying to convince me to zip line through the Fijian jungle. I didn't think that with my crippling fear of heights he would convince me that flying though the forest was a brilliant idea. However somehow his persistence worked and we booked our tickets the day before we docked at Suva and spent the evening on the top level of the ship looking down at the water, until I was comfortable with the extreme heights.
In the morning we woke to the sight of Fiji on our doorstep. We quickly swapped the boat for a bus and headed to the island's stunning rainforest. Upon arrival we were suited up in a harness, helmet and gloves by some lovely barefooted guides before getting a quick safety demonstration. This little talk consisted of one of the men up on the first platform telling us we needed to do nothing other than use the glove as a brake, before he disappeared into the air.
Suddenly we were up. A new guide stood on the beginning platform and attached us to the wise above our heads. We sat down, and we were off.
There was no time to even remember my fear of heights because within seconds I was 20 metres above the creek having the absolute time of my life. In fact this extra long line zipped through forest, over a creek and then back through forest before ending way too soon.
Of course it wasn't really over. There are seven more lines if you are at the Pacific Harbour venue, and fifteen more to go if you are in Nadi. We were at the former, and after the first zip, we took a short (but steep) walk up a hill to get high! Once at the top of the hill the true fun began. We flew from platform to platform flying through the air up to 24 metres above the forest floor.
Whilst soaring our way through the trees we were encouraged to have a little fun – "look mum, no hands!" style, even building up to travelling upside down. It was great to see everyone gain more confidence with every line.
The staff were all professional and because there were seven of them scattered amongst the trees they were speedy. There was literally no waiting time on each platform. Plus when one person's fear overcame them we watched one of the kindly men simply strap himself to her harness and help guide her through. At the end her tears of fear had turned to tears of accomplishment.
Zip Fiji was without a doubt one of the highlights of our trip and I am now on the hunt to see where in Queensland will offer a similar experience. I am in love.