“Bula!” (or Hello in English)…..friendly smiles, warm welcomes and a very very laidback culture is what you’ll find in Fiji. There’s no such thing as ‘time’ here really, people just go with the flow and locals are pretty relaxed – so if relaxing is what you want, that’s what you’ll get (and plenty of it). It’s a perfect holiday escape that includes plenty of sand, warm weather and perfect views of the Pacific Ocean.
If the more lavish 5-star(ish) resort type holiday is more your style, you might want to consider staying in Denarau. It’s a small private man-made island that’s connected to the mainland of Fiji via a short bridge. It’s also known as the ‘touristy’ spot where you’ll find those high end hotels, resorts and where alot of the island tours depart from (via Denarau marina). The Coral Coast is also a popular and stunning spot for visitors to stay. It’s located on the mainland and surrounded by secluded beaches and plenty of tropical greenery. Actually, alot of the main island is covered with alot of greenery and small villages. You could probably drive for hours and see nothing but greenery.
But, if you want real seclusion, jump on one of the island tour boats and take a trip to one of the islands – that was a real getaway! You can stroll around the island and lay on the beach without seeing another person except the person you went there with. I have to admit, I did feel a bit sea sick on the boat ride over though.
Another experience I really enjoyed was visiting the local villages and getting in with their culture and traditions….and yes, that meant drinking Kava! I even arrived at their village via their long river boat. (Ladies, just remember to cover your legs up with a sarong when visiting these villages..).
Fiji was definitely a fun visit and would love to come back again. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be “relaxed”. The locals also really appreciate and welcome international visitors to their little islands and it does wonders by helping their communities.