Holiday paradise breathes a sigh of relief as cyclone checks out

It's business as usual at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort this morning after Nacula Island emerged unscathed from a cyclone threatening Fiji.

The beach paradise, about four hours by catamaran from Viti Levu, was pelted by steady rain and 30-knot winds overnight.

But with the weather improving this morning, Blue Lagoon staff have already removed wooden boards put up to protect windows on the beachfront villas.

And General Manager Justin King says the worst has now passed.

"It's looking a lot better and the wind and rain will disappear. The staff are cleaning up the beach and we'll get the shutters down from the restaurant," he said.

"It can be a scary situation, but there was nothing to worry about once we knew the cyclone hadn't formed nearby."

Mr King said the resort would be back to normal in no time at all.

"Within days your beach comes back again," he said. "We can bounce back very quickly. By tomorrow we'll be back to normal and the sunshine will be out."

In spite of the positive outlook, the ocean remains rough and the boat which takes people back to the mainland has been cancelled for the fourth time in five days.

Those due to fly later today and most of tomorrow will now have to rearrange their journeys, causing more havoc at an already chaotic Nadi international airport.

Danny Baker, 27, from Glasgow, was expecting to fly to Los Angeles this evening.

"I'm frustrated because we could have left yesterday on the boat, but we didn't want to get stranded at the airport for a day and a half after some of the stories we'd heard," he said.

"It looks like we now won't be able to get a flight until at least the weekend."

Despite his delay, Mr Baker, who has been on Nacula for nine days now, was relieved the cyclone missed the resort.

"I'm thankful that the bad weather passed by without too much damage," he said.

Dr Katie Lee, from Wales, was due to leave the island tomorrow for a flight on Thursday. She was originally supposed to leave Blue Lagoon late last week.

But Dr Lee was pragmatic about the situation in which she found herself.

"We were a bit despondent on Sunday, but we've perked up since," she said

"It's stupid being all dramatic [about our situation] because people on the mainland have lost their lives."