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Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Mana Island April 1st 2014

Bula from Fiji!! I was a little worried before I got to Fiji as I had read there was a cyclone arriving the day after I arrived. I emailed my airline to check on my flight and they assured me my flight would still be going ahead. I arrived and...no rain! Phew! The other side of the island, however, had been affected quite badly where some people had to be evacuated. Fiji is a beautiful, friendly, relaxed place. The Fiji experience started at the airport where I was welcomed by people playing music, friendly smiles, people shaking my hand asking my name...so much different from when I left New Zealand where the security person checking my passport shouted at me for not moving quickly enough. Why on earth people that work at airports think it is ... read more
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Teaching times tables!

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands February 12th 2014

Thursday 6th We get picked up okay and board our ferry at 8.30 for the Mamanuca Islands. Our first stop after 30 mins is South Sea Island. It’s small, in fact I’ve seen larger piles of sand on a building site ! Ten minutes later we drop anchor off Bounty Island. This is our island for the next three nights. It’s 48 acres and takes half an hour to walk around. We’ve booked at the last minute and got a beach fronted burre at 60% of the normal cost. It looks like my shed but with a pitched roof, bathroom, air con and a sun deck. It’s located about 30 yards from the sea shore amoungst palm trees and we have a double hammock in the trees. It’s great ! All Burres are numbered and given ... read more
Timber carving
Hawkshead turtle
Natqalia Burre

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Beachcomber June 13th 2013

Today I took a catamaran,(way bigger than I thought) to the Beachcomer island, part of the mamanuca island chain. I decided to take a day trip as I heard this how many people go about visiting the Beachcomber island. I had the time of my life, I took the seafari trip and got to visit the island where Cast Away the movie was filmed. I love that movie and the island was insanely beautiful. The people at the beachcomber resort greeted me with a 4 person band playing ukuleles ! We then visited a village and drank kava and hung out with the locals. The beaches are great, my room was very clean and the bar served decently priced drinks, not to mention th music. I cant wait to see what fiji has in store for ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands November 19th 2012

Leaving Christchurch we were heading out to Fiji. We booked the flights into our round the world tickets on a bit of a whim, but unfortunately we had neglected to look at how expensive it is to go to Fiji! We had visions of a desert island get away, but it seems that one company has a monopoly on most of the islands and it was a lot more than we wanted to spend for a week. After a lot of trawling the Internet we decided to book 5 nights on an island called Bounty Island, as moving between different islands was far too much money, and then spending a night on either side on the mainland in Nadi. The flight with air pacific was brilliant, nice and easy 3 hours and we were given food, ... read more
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desert island!
Lei making..concentrating hard

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands September 19th 2012

Bula! Sunday 16th September – Nadi, Fiji It was light outside by the time we arrived at 6.30am ish from Samoa and we had a really bumpy landing. The whole arrivals process was much much quicker than when I arrived in Fiji last November. They did insist on starting to search my luggage because they could see fruit on the scanner… there was no fruit! I sorted out a new Fiji SIM and found my transfer to the Smuggler’s Cove hostel. We had a couple of stops on the way through Nadi to pick up supplies. The people were so friendly and welcoming at Smuggler’s and although it was so early I could check straight in. The girls dorm was really nice, I’d normally stay in a mixed dorm but had chosen the girls because it ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Mana Island June 2nd 2012

Sun, sea, hammocks, scuba diving, drinking games and card games of shithead... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands March 30th 2012

We took a very early morning flight from Adelaide through Melbourne to Nadi, Fiji. It was a very comfortable trip and we arrived to sunny Nadi at around 330pm. We were both very excited for our helicopter transfer to Matamanoa Island. Matamanoa Island is a small, intimate and secluded Fiji Resort set in the beautiful Mamanuca Islands approximately 30 kilometres West of Nadi International Airport. The Island boasts a volcanic cone jutting out of the turquoise/aqua blue waters of this unspoilt area of the Fiji Islands. Clad with dense bush and palm trees, the brilliance of the vegetation contrasts magnificently with the white curved sandy beach and pristine coral reefs. Fiji is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand's North Island. ... read more
View from the heli trip
Views from the heli
Landed!

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Mana Island March 19th 2012

Well, where to start with Fiji! Literally one of the best times of our lives! We were greeted in Fiji by the extreme heat and traditional Fijian music being played as we stepped off the plane and beautiful scenery of course, it was paradise. Spent the first night in Nadi then headed over to Mana the next day at supposidly 9am, however we hadnt quite got the grips of 'fiji time' so didnt actually leave until gone 11. The mana flyer was a tiny little boat which we were all crammed into, there was no jetty so we had to carry our rucksacks in thigh high water in order to get onto the boat which was rather a challenge. Ratu Kini (the best hostel ever) was located right on the beach front of a small island, ... read more
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Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Mana Island January 22nd 2012

Bula from Fiji! We arrived safe and sound on Thursday morning, stayed on the main land in Nadi for one night visiting the mud pools during the day but then an early night ready for the Yasaw Flyer to the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort on friday morning which is on Nacula Island, the furthest island of the Yasawa group. We arrived just in time for lunch to an amazing Fijian welcome. This place can only be described as paradise - the beach was so beautiful, the staff were so friendly and not busy which was perfect. Yesterday we visited some limestone caves, the first of which was open so the sun shone through, the second was closed and you had to swim under water for 10 seconds to get into it! And once you were, you ... read more

Oceania » Fiji » Mamanuca Islands » Castaway Island November 10th 2011

Have let the blog writing slip ever so slightly..can you blame me though, with so much to see and do it's hard to warrant looking at an ipad screen every day so i guess its no wonder! So, writing this after having left Fiji we can safely say it was simply paradise. There is no other word to sum it up and I can imagine that word is thrown around a lot, especially in beautiful areas such as Fiji but looking at our island in comparison to the others and hearing other peoples stories (everyone else seemed to just have an OK stay) it was unbeatable! Our resort, Matamanoa, was it's own island and accomodated only 30 people when fully booked. There was an A-m-a-z-i-n-g spa set in the hills which overlooked the sea whilst you ... read more
'Lovers Cove' &Castaway
It's Very Hard To Look Good In A Wetsuit
Cheeeese!




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