In the blog and magazine world, December is all about pictures of homes decorated for the holidays, gift ideas, snowy destinations, and sweet treats to bake. How about something different today, say a look at a place sunny and tropical?
I was lucky to visit Fiji with my family last month, the world famous island destination, and a place I’ve always wanted to visit. It was our first stop on a three country tour we took back in November. I spent four days in Fiji before we journeyed to New Zealand and Australia, I’ll share pictures from those countries another time.
We flew Fiji Airlines overnight from LAX and arrived at 6 in the morning, most flights from America arrive that early. Our accommodations were the Wyndham Resort in Denarau Island, 20 minutes from the Nadi airport. We stayed in a 2 bedroom unit with a kitchen which was great because we cooked our own breakfasts in our room each day. The staff welcomes you with the island greeting “Bula!” and we couldn’t wait to get our suits on and hop into the pool.
Fiji is everything you’ve imagined, white sand beaches, palm trees, blue waters, thatched roofs, tropical drinks, fresh seafood, and a chill island vibe.
Our days were split equally between adventure and relaxation. Our first day we spent breakfast by the shore then visited a local village and we were given a tour by one of the local Fijian residents. Their homes are modest with open windows and doors, their hearts are big, and their children so sweet. We loved spending time with the local people, it was a Sunday morning and the village’s Methodist church choir was singing a cappella, so lovely.
Fiji is made up of over 300 islands, one day we took a boat trip to Beachcomber Island, a destination resort with beautiful blue waters to snorkel in. You can walk around the island in 20 minutes, on it is a small resort with a bar with sand on the floor, like something you’d see in the movies.
Where we were was very family friendly and there is no shortage of things to do – waterparks, jet skiing, zip lining, boating, snorkeling, parasailing, the list is endless. Yep that’s me zip lining across the rainforest, so fun!
On Denarau Island there are 7 or 8 resorts, and a hop on hop off bus that takes you to each of them and also the local port and shopping village.
I hopped on and off to check them out and shot a few pictures, all of them have beautiful lobbies, beach side restaurants and bars, beautiful pools … the bare necessities for tropical bliss.
On my last day I was happy to just sit under the palm and plumeria trees with a good book and a tropical drink. Bliss!
It was a dream destination, I hope to go back someday. Have you ever been to Fiji? Tell me your favorite experience there! .