It’s Fiji Time!

What time is it? It’s Fiji time!  That’s the most serious answer I could get when visiting the enchanting archipelago!  After a few days, you really no longer care what time it is ;).

Fiji consists of an archipelago of over 330 islands.  From those 110 are permanently inhabited. They rely mainly on revenue from the tourism industry and sugar exports.  And yes, Fiji bottle water is from Fiji!

Getting there and cost:

In my previous post “Beautiful Sydney, Australia” I revealed one of my most precious discoveries…I purchased my trip through Groupon under the getaway section.  I live in sunny Arizona, and the deal departed from Los Angeles.  A day day trip to Sydney and Fiji cost me $1999.00 and it included roundtrip airfare, all hotel accommodations (pretty decent ones) and transfers to hotels from the airport.  The airfare alone would have cost me $2000.00 if I would have tried to do it on my own so I was pretty happy with the package.

Nadi International Airport is their main entry point and is located in their main and largest island Viti Levu.  The airport is relatively small which makes it easy to get through.  Also, the Fijian people are incredibly welcoming so you should make some time  talking to them and learning more about their ways of living.  There is much to learn and you will enjoy the conversation.

Temperature is mostly warm all year around.  I personally experienced an average of 78 degrees Fahrenheit in mid September.  It was perfect!

Below are a few pictures of my wonderful time in Fiji with my friend Nancy!

Savala Island: 

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Savala Island

Oolala day trip to Savala Island was a great choice!  We got to enjoy the crystal blue waters of this deserted island.  Great snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming.   Personally, I just wanted to enjoy the water and relax under an umbrella with a refreshing drink!  It was a memorable day!

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Nancy and I at the beach (Savala Island)

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Yes, the water is that clear!  That’s me! Nicole 🙂

The Garden of the Sleeping Beauty:

Another great attraction that you won’t want to miss is the The Garden of the Sleeping Giant.  This garden houses Fiji’s native plants as well as an impressive collection of orchids.  We spent about half a day at the garden but you could spend the entire day walking through the place and enjoying the peace and beauty of this majestic place.

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Nicole at The Garden of the Sleeping Giant

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Don’t you love the tree huggers? They protect the garden!

 

The garden houses more than 2000 kinds of orchids.

Namaka Market:

You can’t come to Fiji without experiencing kava!  Fijians use kava to hold a special ceremony whenever they have a special guest.  The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties.  Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia, and areas of Micronesia.

 

Mud Pools:

Interested in hitting the spa?  What about a very natural spa?  While in Fiji, you can visit their popular mud pools.  They are made from hot spring water that is mixed with volcanic ash to form a mud bath pool.  Fijians claim that to take full advantage of its therapeutic value your first need to coat yourself in mud, followed by standing in the sun until it dries.  The last step is to wash it off in the hot spring water.

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Last stage of the mud pool “process”.

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Does it look therapeutic to you?!?

Fiji Hindu Temple:

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Sri Siva Subramaniya Tempe

If you want to experience the cultural and architectural diversity that Fiji is known for, then Sri Siva Subramaniya is a must stop.

Will I go back?

Yes, in a heartbeat!  I would probably also combine it with a trip to New Zealand.

What do you think?  Are you planning to go to Fiji any time soon?  Have you been before?  I want to know your thoughts so please don’t hesitate to comment. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Nicole

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