Bula (means hello in Fijian) and welcome to the Paradise of Fiji!
I’ve been instagram-ing a lot from Fiji since we arrived there early April this year but this is my first post about our visit to the Paradise of Fiji. Most of you have heard about Fiji before and immediately tropical images pop up. Beautiful beaches, palm trees, resorts and lots of sunshine. And, it is all true.
The Paradise of Fiji..
.. is a country of 330 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is close to Samoa and some other Polynesian islands. To tell you how remote this islands actually are I like to refer to flying distances. Those kinds of distances are known for every one.
The Fiji islands are about 2,5 hours from Auckland and about 11,5 from Los Angeles. The main and international airport on Fiji is Nadi, which is not the capital city of Fiji. That would be Suva. These two cities are located at the same island, which is also often referred to as the main island of Fiji. The cities are about 4 hours apart from each other. In Fiji time. That means, maybe 5 or 6 when you travel from one to the other. Everything goes really slow on the islands, no one is stressed and everyone takes it easy.
The population of Fiji is 800.000, almost a million as they proudly tell you. Lots of these people play rugby, the national sport of Fiji. They guys are tall and massive and even some of the women could play some rugby. Don’t get me wrong; most of them are not fat. They are just very big.
When you stay on islands like Fiji, the island life get’s to you. You start thinking about what really is important in life. Why we create so much stress in our lives and why we shouldn’t live like the Fijians?
Our first stop was at the Coral Coast on the main island called Viti Levu. We picked an affordable resort to stay for a few days and relax and enjoy the Fijian-life. The resort had a beautiful garden, lovely swimming pool and a beach. The little houses are either with garden view or beach view and could use a bit of maintenance but still, we thought they were very comfortable.
Fiji can be an expensive place to stay, especially when you go to resorts that own an island. Therefore it is a very popular destination for honeymoons. There are lots of resorts with luxurious suites, spa’s and the best restaurants.
But also for backpackers or young couples, there is enough to find in Fiji. The best thing to do is booking a cheaper accommodation and visit that expensive resort for lunch or dinner.
I always use a Lonely planet to research my travels. I’ve tried to travel without it but I feel like I’m missing something. Missing something in my bag and hands when I’m walking through a city but I also feel like I’m missing something in that specific city or country. Bad isn’t it? :-)
The Lonely Planet of Fiji is compact and cheap! Perfect for travellers! I’ve ordered my Lonely Planet on Amazon.
Did I mention that Fiji is a good option when you go to New Zealand? It’s great to enjoy and relax in Fiji for a week and then travel to New Zealand for a road trip.
Where is your paradise situated? Is it home? Is it an island? Is it a city? Tell me!
Safe Travels, Claudia