Fiji is like no other place I have visited, a real taste of a tropical paradise. Situated the other side of the world in the Pacific Ocean, it’s a fair few miles away, and one hell of a plane journey to reach – but don’t let that put you off, as it’s well worth it when you arrive.
Flying over some of the typical islands on the way to Fiji I could see how beautiful they were and I couldn’t wait until landing in Fiji itself, if it closely resembled any of these islands (I think the islands below are New Caledonia).
Arriving in Fiji, Nadie to be exact didn’t seem anything spectacular – it was lovely but nothing that would take your breath away. I booked a hotel just outside of the capital Nadie, and things started to look more tropical with exotic plants and tropical climates. Although really pretty and tropical, Nadie and the areas around it still didn’t seem as exotic as I imagined. So, I booked a hotel on a remote island called tokoriki Island. I say a hotel, but it actually was a kind of exotic ‘hut’. Although, with all the luxuries of one would expect from a exclusive hotel; infinity pool, tennis courts and a excellent restaurant on site.
I couldn’t wait, and the next day I had to then book some means of getting to the island, ferry seemed the most logical, with a guide then picking me up on a little boat – this sounds fun, and a bit of an adventure, so it was my cup of tea, for sure.
After jumping into the little boat that picked me up from the ferry, I traveled for a good thirty minutes more were I was greeted by locals who have now been employed as working members of staff at the hotel, singing songs along the beach as I arrived – I wasn’t expecting that!
The hotel was amazing, in fact I’ve never stayed in a hotel like this, and the quality of the huts and the food served at the hotel was really up their with the best.
As I mentioned earlier, the accommodation I was staying at was not the everyday hotel you book, it was a hut like room, with all the modern conveniances one would come to expect staying in any 5* hotel. Here is a picture of the many huts available on the island:
Fiji has some of the clearest waters I have ever seen, you could see schools of fish swimming around the sea it was that clear! If you love your beaches, then Fiji is the place for you – it can’t compare to most other locations.
If you’re looking for something more than lazing around the beach then it would make great sense to make the most of these clear blue seas and take up scuba diving, or even snorkelling. The amount of sea life living in these seas that you would encounter is just unreal, and an experience I’d highly recommend.
You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local villages, who are still very traditional and wear local attire. As well as getting to see how the locals live, you will get the chance to experience the local drink called Kava – the locals swear by it.
One of the highlights of my trip was seeing the island that played a big part in the movie Castaway, starring Tom Hanks. Whilst filming, a lot of money was brought in to the region from crew members staying at hotels and such, it’s helped build up the local economy and it’s great to see how the area is now thriving.
I’d recommend Fiji to anyone who wants to experience something a little more exotic, something a bit different and anyone who loves lazy days around the beach. I can say it’s one of the most interesting place, that I have ever had the chance to visit.
Check out some of the photos from the trip: