07.06.2012 - 21.06.2012 33 °C
Before we arrived in Fiji we said we better make the most of it because it’s so far away from home that we’ll probably never come back, but after spending two amazing weeks there we definitely want to go again! Although it rained for a whole week, the times when it was sunny were just perfect. The places we stayed were great, the food was delicious and the Fijian people are the friendliest people we’ve come across by far. The locals and staff at the resorts were always smiling and so talkative, they made us feel so at home.
Viti Levu – The Coral Coast
We spent our first 5 days on the south coast of the biggest island, Viti Levu, at a place called The Beachouse. We met some really nice people here and had a great time, but unfortunately it rained for the entire 5 days - not a minute of sunshine It was not the Fiji we’d imagined!
The pool area at The Beachouse
Lovely Lucy - one of the three massive dogs they had at the resort
On our second-to-last night one of the guys who worked at the resort asked if we wanted to go and see the final of the pro surf competition that was currently being held off the coast. We thought this was an opportunity not to be passed up, so the next morning we were up at 5am to travel to the marina and get our boat out to ‘Cloudbreak’ (the area of the sea where the competition was going on). There were such big waves just suddenly swelling up, but 10m away where our boats were was perfectly calm – it was so cool! Our boat was right next to the surfers’ massive yacht so we got to watch them all go out to the break. We said to the guy who took us that we’d definitely have to go and see surfing again, but he basically told us not to as we’d just seen the best surfers in the world ride the best waves in the world, so it would never be as good!
Enjoying the atmosphere
Kelly Slater getting ready to go out - the No. 1 surfer in the world and winner of the competition
We spent the rest of our time in Fiji island hopping up the Yasawa’s and our first stop was Beachcomber Island. It has a reputation as a party island so we thought we'd check it out. It’s a tiny little island with just one resort on it. It has one massive dorm (86 beds!), a few smaller dorms and some beachfront bures (bungalows). Luckily we had beds in a 4 bed dorm and we were the only two in there, so that worked out a lot better than paying the same to sleep in the same room as another 84 people!
After a spot of sunbathing we had a pretty bland buffet dinner and then the party all kicked off! We danced on the sand dance floor until 2am and met some pretty funny people. We really enjoyed staying a night on Beachomber, but one night was definitely enough!
Waya Island – Octopus Resort
We loved this island and resort. The beach was beautiful, the pool area and restaurant were lovely and Stephen said the coral reef was better than the Great Barrier Reef (a big claim!). Our dorm room was a little bungalow with five single beds in and was really cute and comfortable. It was a small resort with only about 70 people staying, but there were plenty of sun loungers, bean bags and other seating areas which was perfect for enjoying the sun. We got a boat to the other side of the island one day to watch the local village play rugby against another village which was really fun; the locals were really getting into it!
We only spent 3 days at Octopus but that wasn’t enough! We’ll stay again for much longer next time!
Lovely beach bar...
...Lovely staff - singing goodbye to us as we left on the boat
Nacula Island- Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
This place is the sister resort to Octopus so we expected it to be just as good and we weren’t disappointed! The beach was perfect and sea was as still as a lake with a nice coral reef just off the shore. We spent 5 nights here, doing the usual beach stuff. Stephen went on a trip to some caves and a snorkelling trip, and we both went to the village church service on Sunday which was nice
We were pretty lucky as we got upgraded from a dorm room to a private lodge room which felt like luxury after staying in dorms for 3 weeks!
One of the best beaches I've ever seen
Delicious food, including my new favourite: Cassava fries
Blue Lagoon was a bit smaller and had some good activities in the evening, but we still preferred Octopus overall as it had a pool area and more space for lounging around. We did get some amazing sunsets at Blue Lagoon though:
Our trip on the boat back to the main island was terrifying! It should have taken 4 hours and been back in the port by 6pm (in time for us to get to the airport in plenty of time for us to get our 10pm flight), but we got caught in a storm. The waves were so high and it was pretty bad luck that the boat company had sent a very small yacht that day as the main boat was under maintenance. Pretty much everyone on the boat was being sick and we were very close to tipping over at numerous points. The whole ordeal lasted 7 hours and we got back into port at 9pm – the time check-in closed for our flight. The boat company said they had called the airline and they were going to extend check-in by 15 minutes, so we raced to a taxi and told him to do the 20 minute ride to the airport in 10 minutes. Thankfully, after a bit of a death defying taxi journey, we made it to the airport for 1minute to spare! We were so grateful that we were alive and that we made the flight as we’d have had to wait for 5 days for the next one if we’d missed it, and ended up messing up all our California plans as everything was already booked!
Although this last day was the worst day of my life so far, it hasn’t ruined my memories of the rest of our time in Fiji. I will think twice about going on that boat next time though!