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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast April 5th 2010

During the one hour drive from the airport to our home for the 1st week here, we realised quickly that Fiji is a very poor country.We drove through small villages, where the houses were constructed from corrugated iron sheets as walls, precariously propping each other up, with a few planks of wood at odd angles offering dubious extra support. Most homesteads have a tethered animal, usually a single cow, goat or horse and a small area of untended wild grass surrounding it . All have a washing line, usually strung between a fence post and tree, and hanging with the family's laundry including net curtains and sheets (I have since learned that the net curtains screen the myriad of insects in these parts) I suspect that the laundry is done by hand as washing machines are ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi April 4th 2010

Je savais depuis un bout de temps que Vancouver allait être mon point de chute, de l'autre côté du vaste Pacifique. Ce que je ne savais pas, en revanche, c'est qu'allait m'être offerte la chance de faire deux arrêts imprévus sur la route. Après quelques heures de farfouille sur la toile et des réservations forcées dans une agence de voyage de Melbourne, je me suis retrouvé avec trois e-ticket en poche : Auckland – Nadi, Nadi – Honolulu, Honolulu – Vancouver; le tout pour un peu moins cher qu'un vol direct. Chic ! Bon, au final, l'opération s'est en fait avérée un peu plus couteuse que prévue. Une erreur dans les dates de réservation par cette foutue agence et une confiance mal placée de ma part m'ont forcé à reprogrammer mon dernier vol vers la Canada. ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi March 14th 2010

BULA! We arrived in Nadi International on the mainland Fiji, 6th March at 6:00am. We had a short transfer to the Hostel, which was more like a hotel than a hostel with two pools and two restaurants, a movie room and games room. We quickly felt at home! As we started early we lazed around in the sunshine by the pool. After recovering from some jet lag, we lost the 5th of march, it never happened, we had dinner in the restaurant which was really good food and cheap. We re-packed leaving some heavier thicker clothing at the hostel on the mainland. Our island hopping adventure started at 6:30am; after breakfast we jumped aboard the window less bus to take us to the marina. Denarau port was very pleasant with a golf course winding between the ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Nadi March 6th 2010

I left San Francisco at 3pm thinking my flight was at 18.50 but i got put on the earier 4pm flight to LA then a 3hr connecting flight over to Fiji. I left at 9pm LA time on 20th feb and arrived at 6am on 22nd in Nadi having crossed the international date line. Fiji is one of the closest countries to the date line meaning that it is one of the earliest place of daybreak in the world. This made me think that as I saw the sunrise on Monday i would be one of the first people on the planet to welcome in this new day. Back in England this would not be seen for another 13hrs! I got a shuttle bus to my hotel, which is on the same bay as the airport ... read more
Kava ceremony at Oscar's house
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast February 19th 2010

It was an early start flying out of Sydney and we had a long day ahead of us. Our flight was at 7am which meant leaving the hotel at 5am. It was a 3 hour flight from Sydney to Auckland; a 4 hour wait in Auckland for our connecting flight and then a further 3 hour flight to Nadi, Fiji. We landed at 6.30pm (Fijian time - 2 hours ahead of Sydney) which means we are now 11 hours ahead of South Africa and 13 hours ahead of UK time - very confusing, i know. The flights all in all went well. We flew with Air New Zealand and there was enough time to squeeze in a movie in both flights. The lady, who owned the house in which we would be staying, had arranged someone ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast February 4th 2010

Bula Everyone! 153 days have passed and we have visited 63 destinations in 11 countries, travelled on 24 planes, 5 trains, 9 buses, 7 boats, hired 11 cars and had the best five months of our lives. The trip has taken us to some of the world’s wonders and we have been lucky enough to experience many cultures and meet a lot of great people on our travels. Our last week was exactly what we planned: seven days in paradise with nothing to do but relax. Fiji is made up of 300 islands scattered across 20,000 square miles and is a stunning country. Some of you may remember the ITV programme ‘Celebrity Love Island’ (a reality show where z-list celebs are sent to an exotic island for a few weeks) which was filmed at the resort ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast December 2nd 2009

Bula! :-) Arriving in Fiji on the Tuesday evening, we were greeted by the driver that the hotel had arranged for us. The journey would take an hour and a half with nothing more than a few villages between Nadi and Sigatoka where we would be staying. Having been to Ko Samui and Phuket we expected it to be similar but it was quite different. There was very little to be seen in the way of tourist shops, cafes and fast food places. It seems that although there are signs of development for hotels and houses along the road, the Fijians have managed to keep their paradise island exactly that. There are masses of fields growing sugar cane along the road and occasionally you would smell the burning where they had cut it down and see ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast » Mango Bay November 16th 2009

The local bus dropped us off at 7pm and we had to walk down a pitch black lane for 10 minutes until we found the resort, the security guard welcomed us and feeling sorry that we had to walk in the dark, he gave us a bowl of kava and showed us to our room! The next day we booked ourselves on a fishing and island trip, about 10 of us crowded on to this small boat and went off in search of fish and hopefully sun. After about an hour of smashing along the waves and needing to see a specialist about our new back problems, we reached the island with 2 tunas in hand, and whilst the hosts cooked them, we went snorkelling and played a bit of football. After lunch we went to ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast August 5th 2009

So we are back home safe and sound. Fiji was Amazing! blue blue waters, coco nut filled palm trees and tons of adventures to be had. I would have updated the blog earlier, but the islands were very simple, and had no such luxuries as internet or hot water :P Throughout the week "fijitime" we managed to visit 4 small islands. the main island Nadi, corovue, coralview and bounty. Nadi is the main island. Most of the population lives there. its the main Hub for all the islands. This is where we first landed, in the blanket of the night, the first Backpackers was very nice, people just lounging by the TV in the common area, and if you walked a little further you are greeted by the white, soft sandy beaches and rolling waves that ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast » Pacific Harbour July 6th 2009

The whole reason we went to the south coast of the country was to do this world famous shark dive of the coast of the island of Beqa (pronounced Ben-ga). We arrived the day before on the bus, which was pretty good value for money at fj$3 (1 pound) to get us to the other side of the country. Since it was a Sunday we had to wait for the bus for about an hour. We stood by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere & witnessed how Fiji gets its reputation for being one of the friendliest countries in the world. Every car, almost with out exception, flashed their lights, beeped or waved at us shouting "BULA!" as they went. It was a lovely touch which made me feel less like a ... read more
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