This is the second half of our Fiji adventures you can find part one (here). On the morning of the 25th we had a trip booked to one of the Fijian Islands it was called Beachcomber Island. We were up early for the trip – very early in fact as Chris forgot to change the time on his phone and woke us up and hour early (we didn’t realise until we were showered and ready to go).
The trip to the island was 1.5 hours and I cannot tell you how beautiful it was it was like the typical cliché paradise. Amazing blue water and golden white sand and the weather was gorgeous. We were welcomed onto the island by a band playing the guitar and taken inside to be shown around. The place was amazing and so tiny, a small paradise with one resort, the beach carried through into the bar and there was beautiful coral and shells mingled in with the sand.
First on the agenda was snorkelling and it was great. I mean we were quite far out and it was abit rough and I can’t honestly say I wasn’t a little scared and seasick at times- but it was worth it. It was so colourful and there were so many fish swimming right up to us. Chris scared me because he was given some bread unbeknown to me, shoved the bread up to my face and the fish came pecking at me. Anyway that aside it was so so so amazing and the guides could swim so far down they were great. Chris actually saw a reef shark out there (I missed it unfortunately). The shark seems to get bigger every time he tells the story it started off at 5ft and I overheard him at work the other day telling someone about the 10ft shark he saw.
We had a buffet lunch and then arrived to the meeting point with the islands mum ‘Mama Lesley’ for the turtle viewing. Now I must say we were a bit suspicious that we could see turtles dead on 2 o’clock (a bit like the time we went to see the geyser go off at 9oclock and it was made to go off with soap). So yeah turns out they were in a pond out the back for conservation reasons but it was still nice to see them.
That afternoon Chris made a basket out of a palm tree leaf, we had a gin and then got back on the boat to go home! The weather was changing so quickly and we sailed past an impressive weather front and rainbow.
When we arrived back I just had to have the tasty Fijian curry I had a few nights ago and Chris had curry in a pineapple. It was a successful day all round.
On the 26th we had to move hotels due to the whole flight situation at the beginning of the holiday. It was called Aquarius on the Beach and it was exactly that right on the beach. We arrived in the morning and just read and sat in the shade (too hot for us brits).
I wont go into detail but I had a touch of ‘Bula belly’ as I have aptly named it so Chris went for a massage whilst I had a lie down. A few hours later I was fine and we had a swim in the pool.To be honest I never thought I would say this but we were having a swim and a coconut dropped in the pool off a nearby palm tree – doesn’t get more like paradise than that.
That evening we ate dinner watching the down pour and had a few drinks on our last night. Now to be honest on the next day I didn’t really think anything that eventful would happen as we were just flying home, but I just have to tell you about Jimmy. Jimmy basically forced me and Chris to come and sit on his palm tree and drink from a coconut he had climbed a palm tree for. Now I thought this was free (very naively) so he chopped the top off and gave us both a coconut, I was a bit suspicious when I saw he had a packet of straws – but anyway it was very refreshing. We paid Jimmy some money for the coconuts and set off for the airport it really made my morning getting to drink a fresh coconut.
The end to the story is that we flew back to Auckland (bought 2 bottles of Gin and a Toblerone in duty free) stayed the night in a hotel and flew back to Napier the next day. It was an amazing holiday, so below I am going to share average costs and some tips for anyone who might want to or is thinking of going to Fiji.
Fiji Average Costs.
On the whole Fiji is very cheap and I think the prices we paid at the resort might have been higher than average;
- Our whole holiday (including flights, accommodation for 4 nights, airport transfers, trip to beachcomber island, shopping trip to Nadi, massage and drink on arrival) – £400 each.
- Our whole bill at the hotel (meals and drinks for 3 nights) – £100
- 2 Fiji Gold beers – 11 Fijian dollars/ £3.50
- Glass of wine – 9 Fijian dollars/ £3.00
- A meal for example a chicken curry – 18 Fijian dollars / £6.00
- A trip to beachcomber Island (all food, snorkelling and transport included) – 100 Fijian dollars/ £35
- A Massage for 1 hour – 60 Fijian dollars – /£20
- In the main town do not be tricked into shops – they will lock you in and not let you out until you buy something.
- Get a good Mosquito spray and a room with aircon I was bitten 20 times on one leg and it is very hot!
- Most hotels have free airport transfers make sure you book somewhere that offers this service as it will be difficult if you don’t.
- The food is amazing give it a go!
- Take very cool clothes, I made the mistake of not taking enough and lived in the same 2 dresses – you might have noticed.
- Get out to the islands that is where the classic ‘paradise’ Fiji pictures come from.
Until next time