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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
Bedarra Inn

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
View from our deck
South Sea Island
South Sea Island

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
The Beachouse
The Beachouse
The Beachouse

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
The Crew

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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Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast » Pacific Harbour May 23rd 2009

It is our last day in Fiji, we have now been travelling since last September, I know a bit late to be starting a blog, but I have to confess that this is not the start, I just thought I would add a post a summary of each destination we visit to a travel dedicated site. Those of you who are interested in my Blog can find the full blog, a day by day account of our journey at I will start with this summary record at Fiji, not the start of our trip, but where I happen to be sat at the moment waiting for our flight to Hawaii. You can also get a different perspective on our trip if you look at my daughter's website,, where she keeps a video diary and ... read more
Fijian Boa
Navua Market
Fijian Dancer

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast » Mango Bay April 13th 2009

12th APRIL 2009 - RELAXATION AT BEACHHOUSE & ON TO MANGO BAY!! I woke up at 8ish after having a cracking nights sleep…much needed I might add and the circles under my eyes were a little lighter than before! We went for breakfast (in with the price) and then checked in and out. We then explored the resort a little and laid by the pool. Such a nice place and I would have happily stayed there for the rest of my time in Fiji. It was right on the beach, there were log swings out over the sea, the sun was out and it was a happy place! There were loads of activities on and even a tv room for rainy days! It was a shame that we only had a couple of hours there which ... read more
The Beachhouse - Love Island...series 2!!
A swing over the sea!!

Oceania » Fiji » Viti Levu » Coral Coast November 18th 2008

Bula! We've just spent 4 days and nights in Fiji. We had thought about going to Fiji on and off for a while, but it was just weighing up the cost etc, but luckily the cost of flights had gone down and down in various sales, so we thought it had to be done, as we are over this side of the world and we never may be this way again. After much researching on the net, we booked a place called the Hideaway Resort, as it had really good reviews, but had pretty respectable prices. We thought this will be our 4 days of luxury after months of cheap and basic accomodation, and before we head south and go back to caravan's, hostels and campsites! When we arrived, late Thursday afternoon, it was 32c. Heaven! ... read more
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The lovely bed
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