Fiji

A Stunning and Memorable Destination

Wednesday 16 June 2010 | By Sonya Dwarte |

BULA!

After a three and a half hour flight we arrive in beautiful Fiji. Our flight arrived late at night so we stayed at the Mercure in Nadi which was only a 10 minute transfer ride. I found the mercure a great hotel for a stopover as it is close to the airport, clean, comfortable, features a delicious buffet breakfast plus the staff were also extremely welcoming.

The next day we drove to Denarau Island which is only a 15 minute trip from Nadi. Denarau Island is a beautiful island located across a little bridge from the mainland of Fiji. Boasting a stunning golf course at its centre, extravagant housing on either side and luxury resorts perched at the end. 

Denarau harbour is a great spot and has grown to include many cafes, including; The Hard Rock Café, Thai and Indian restaurants, clothing stores, souvenir shops and a local supermarket. Denarau harbour is also the main marina where the ferry boats go to the mamanuca islands.

Later that morning we boarded the island hopping ferry, 'Awesome Adventures,' giving us a chance to see many of the other islands. After a 6 hour boat ride plus a 45 minute tinny ride we finally arrive at the exclusive Yasawa Island Resort. Given my experience on the open seas I would highly recommend a plane or helicopter alternative in order to get to Yasawa Island resort. This will ensure you avoid sea sickness and save time. As a side note, the water was quite calm however the duration of the trip is the primary downside to this mode of transport.

Since we where all exhausted from our long boat ride we chose to postpone to resort inspection to the following day and instead indulged in some cocktails in the pool. Yasawa Island resort is very private and exclusive, nestled on its own little island it's an ideal destination for honeymooners!

The next day we had another long boat ride back towards them main land.  On our journey back we stopped at an array of islands and I would have to say that the highlight for me was LikuLiku Lagoon Resort situated on Malolo Island. This was yet another luxurious and amazing resort featuring over water bungalows, perched atop crystal clear, blue water.

Around the corner from LikuLiku we continued to inspect Malolo Island and the Malolo Island Resort. This island and in particular, this resort will always hold a special place in my heart. It has recently been refurbished and plays host to beautiful, private cottages sitting along the beach. 

With a few hours to spare before the boat picked us up we decided to go snorkeling… and for someone who is usually petrified at the thought, it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had!... I never knew that Nemo was actually real!!

Over the next 3 days we inspected The Sofitel, The Radisson, The Hilton, Sheraton resort and spa and the Westin. The Sheraton Resort and Spa and the Westin are conveniently located next to one another, and I would nominate these as the best resorts in the area. With the two properties owned by the same company, guests of these resorts are given access to the facilities of both. This makes for excellent value for money!

There is a local shuttle bus that picks up from all the resorts on Denarau and from Denarau marina, at the small cost of $4.00 for the entire day, passengers are free to hop on and off as many times as they wish.

During my stay on Fiji I also had the privilege of visiting the Taikim Village. It is a village supported by charities with the aim of housing women and children who have nowhere to go or who suffer from abuse. While we where there we helped build a little hut, we also sung and danced with the children and purchased community made clothing and handicraft, with all proceeds going back into the community.

All in all Fiji was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to go back one day. I highly recommend Fiji, boasting lovely weather, crystal clear water and friendly local communities - It is both a stunning and memorable holiday location.

Venaka! (Thankyou).

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