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Fiji: An island paradise… And the first place I fell in love with!

Fiji will always hold a special place in my heart; It was our first overseas trip together (and for me, my first overseas trip at all, a long time before we started our long term travel).

And how lucky was I to start my travel life with such a stunning destination.

I will always remember the Fijians as the friendliest people I have encountered.  You cannot pass a local, whether it be on the street or at your hotel, without them giving you the biggest and best smile and saying “Bula!” (hello).

Fiji is known for beautiful white sand beaches, some of the clearest diving water, warm weather and that relaxed island ambiance.  And relax is pretty much all we did!

 

FIJI WATER HUTS

 

There are about 330 islands of Fiji but only around 100 of them are inhabited.  We stayed on the main island of Viti Levu on the coral coast.  But there are many other options.  Some of the smaller islands are most definitely worth a visit and have great resorts with all inclusive food and activities packages.

What I remember most about my time in Fiji is the daily massages I had. Picture this: Massage table on the beach at the waters edge; the sound of the waves gently crashing onto the shore; the rustle of palm trees in the soft breeze; the soft oiled touch of a Fijian masseuse gently easing away all your troubles… Yes, I could certainly go back for more of that!

We stayed at a resort that consisted of individual huts that lined the beach.  From our door we were just a few yards from the waters edge and surrounded by coconut trees, colorful birds and an endless blue sky.

 

Fiji Sunset

 

I would love to go back and experience some of the smaller islands as apparently they are even better than Viti Levu, which seems hard to believe!

 

Sigatoka Tour

On this tour we were taken to the home of a village chief and took part in a traditional ceremony.  We heard stories about the ancient practices of witch craft and local folklore.  It was truly fascinating. We were then taken to an amazing waterfall and lagoon for a dip.  Great tour which I highly recommend.

 

Colo-I-Suva Forest Park

What a beautiful sub-tropical rainforest.  Follow the various tracks which lead to waterfalls.  The greenery is lush and vibrant but be careful, in wet weather it can get quite slippery.  We saw so many beautiful birds here and swimming near the waterfalls was amazing.

 

Fiji - An Island Paradise

 

Kula Eco Park

This is an award winning (winning multiple awards) wildlife park and you can see why.  As you stroll through the park you will cross many bridges that span over the sparking waters and you will encounter wildlife such as birds, iguanas and honey eaters.  A beautiful and peaceful way to spend the day.

 

Have you been to Fiji?  What island would you recommend we try next time we go?

 

10 comments

  1. Looks amazing! We bought our flights to Fiji a few weeks ago, we have NO clue where we are staying or what island! We will be there November 4-18, 2013! You got me drooling over the massages, that sounds amazing right about now! Would love any more tips you may have on Fiji!
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    • Nicole Connolly /

      I’m so jealous of you guys! 🙂 You will have a great time.

      Tips – Hmm… Okay, don’t stay in Suva or Nadi. Either stay on one of the smaller islands or on the Coral Coast. We have been told the smaller islands are much better than Coral Coast, which is where we stayed. Denarau is not good for snorkeling even though its one of the most commercialized areas. Eat the street food but do be careful. So many people get sick from it (and the water – stick with bottled). Just make sure its cooked all the way through etc… Like you would with any street food really.

      If I think of anything else Ill email you!

  2. Jenny Smith /

    Oh my goodness – looks incredible! We’re heading there in spring next year, thank you for this, it’s got us excited about it all over again 🙂 Imagine housesitting there!!

    • Michael
      Michael Wright /

      House sitting there would be awesome! When you are there spend plenty of time snorkeling (or diving if that’s your thing). Beautiful clear waters with plenty to see.
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  3. Gorgeous sunset pic! Fiji is one of my dream destinations! What a beautiful first destination for you!
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    • Michael
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      We are definitely going back at some stage. We want to explore some of the beautiful islands in the area. Some of the photos of them are incredible!
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  4. YES!
    I highly recommend Oarsman’s bay lodge on Nacula Island. It’s a lodge run by the local village in absolute paradise! I wrote a post about it on my blog.

    I’ve also been to Beachcomber island. It is a very small island close to Nadi, but it is the party island. So much fun, but not great for anyone wanting a “quiet” break 🙂

  5. Maybe not Beachcomber…
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