Fiji will always have a special place in my heart because of the warmth and kindness of the Fijian people. Shortly after we arrived at our hotel, we were greeted with the words “Welcome Home” and a lei was placed around our necks. Although we had never been to Fiji before, there was definitely a homely vibe which made us feel right at home. Fijians represent every shade of beautiful. I saw myself in them. Many Fijians are of Indian descent whereas the vast majority are of African descent. Everywhere we went we were greeted with Bula, which means hello in Fijian. I had a wonderful time relaxing by the pool, paddle boarding in the ocean, and learning about Fijian history and culture. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. Fiji is definitely worth visiting!
Where to Stay
We flew into Nadi and stayed at the Hilton Denauru Island, which was 20 minutes from the airport. The resort is so massive that there are bus stops where you can catch the buggy-style shuttle to take you around the grounds. The property boasts 7 pools, with one specifically for adults only. There are several restaurants to choose from. One of the restaurants and bars is also adults only. All of the non-motorized water sports are free of charge. I especially enjoyed the breakfast buffet.
Things to do
Prior to arriving in Fiji, we didn’t have any tours booked. Thankfully, our taxi driver offered to be our tour guide which ended up being much less expensive than the tours offered by the hotel. On the tour we visited the following notable places:
Viseisei Village- Viseisei Village is the oldest settlement in Fiji. It is believed to be the first place Melanesian explorers landed in the 16th century. Be sure to participate in the cava ceremony. Cava is the national drink of Fiji which has mildly narcotic effects if taken in large quantities. The taste is similar to what I imagine muddy water to taste like Ladies if you arrive with shorts on or a short skirt, you may be asked to cover up with a sarong.
Sabeto Mudbath and Hot Springs- If you don’t mind getting dirty, then look no further. After you arrive, you’re given a large bucket of mud of which you lather yourself. Then you sit and let it dry for a few minutes. Next you enter one of three pools, of varying temperatures, where you wash the mud off. I was the only visitor on the day I went. I had an amazing time from start to finish. I had a fabulous guide who took lots of videos and pictures.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant-Beautiful garden which will amaze you. Don’t forget to get your tasty welcome drink after you’re done exploring the garden.
Port Denauru-Shopping center near many of the Denauru hotels where you have a variety of restaurants and shops to enjoy.
Have you been to Fiji? How was your experience?