In one word- paradise.
In 714 words:
A state of islands in the South Pacific consisting of more than 300 islands, with only one third of them inhabited. The main island is called Viti Levu, where the capital city of Suva is located, and a large tourist town where most of the tourists land – Nadi. Fiji is known for its spectacular beaches and its warm sea waters suitable for surfing.
In addition, Fiji has the third largest coral reef in the world, which makes it very suitable for diving and snorkeling. Most hotels and resorts are located on the main island beaches or on the small islands.
We booked 5 nights at the 5-star hotel Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, located on the main island, 45 minutes’ drive from Nadi Airport. This is a breathtakingly beautiful hotel, completely new (from 2017) built around a lagoon with quiet and warm turquoise water. The hotel has 2 pools (one of which is an Infinity Pool overlooking the ocean) ,3 restaurants, a spa and gym.
We booked a “Lagoon Bure” – a wooden cabin that is situated on the water itself, as in the Maldives. The bure was huge and equipped with everything imaginable, with a large private balcony that allows you to rest in front of the view, or go down for a swim in the lagoon. Our package included breakfast in a buffet that was very diverse, and the freshness of the food was felt in every bite.
Of our five days in Fiji, three were devoted to staying in the hotel (swimming pool, beaches, massages, etc.) and two were devoted to excursions:
A Trip To The Mountains:
We chose a half-day trip with a guide who took us in a private car to see the inland (not the shoreline) of Fiji. It’s a very mountainous country and the views all along were amazing. After an hour’s drive, we arrived in a traditional Fijian village and visited a kindergarten, which was adorable and the kids sang songs to us. Afterwards we toured the village and saw how the locals live. We participated in a short Fijian ceremony and ate a traditional lunch. The tour was interesting and enriching, and I think it is a must for anyone who wants to really understand how the residents live in Fiji.
The tour was organized by Nautilus Adventure Tours, and was called “half day highland village tour”.
A Trip To The Islands:
Our hotel had a tour desk with a variety of offers for organized trips to the various islands, but we were looking for a private cruise that could be in accordance with our requests. We asked the guide from the first trip if he knew where to find such a cruise, and he immediately called a friend with a boat and arranged for us a private cruise the next day.
At 9:00 am a boat was waiting for us at the hotel’s dock and we began to sail towards a group of islands called Mamanuca Islands.
On the way there we visited Cloud 9 – a floating restaurant bar in the middle of the ocean, where you can eat pizza, drink alcohol and sunbathe in the huge tanning beds.
The first stop was Mana island, an amazing island with a large family resort.
The next stop was Castaway Island, the island where the film Castaway with Tom Hanks was shot.