A Little Taste of Paradise

Our East Coast travels have come to an end and where better place to cure our blues than a tropical island…in fact, two tropical islands…in Fiji. You might be thinking why on earth do you need another holiday but the truth is, you can’t go all that way across the world and not! That’s our excuse anyway! So here we are in Fiji. Sun, sea and sand!

Lauren and I split our week into two and decided to do a little island hopping. We stayed on Beachcomber Island, Mantaray Island and spent one night on the mainland in a resort called Sofitel Luxury Hotel.

We arrived in Fiji during the early hours (as always), bought our ferry tickets and took a two and a half hour boat trip to Beachcomber Island. When we arrived, two Fijian men picked us and another couple up in a little boat and sailed us to the island. We were greeted by a team of workers in floral shirts, clapping, singing and playing musical instruments. It was just like you see in the films. They cried ‘BULA!!!!’ which we discovered means ‘Hello!’. We were given fruity welcome drinks and taken care of straight away.

We were shown up to our room and our luggage was already at the door.. (Australian hostels really need to take note of this service, it would make life much easier!) It was cosy and had everything we needed: bathroom, beds, a fridge and flowers on the pillow. Very sweet indeed! We took a much needed nap and then went down for lunch. It was a self-serve buffet, so we just had a little taste of everything. We sunbathed all afternoon, had tea and went to bed.

However, at about 2am, I woke up to find Lauren rooting through bags and moving things, I asked her was she okay and she replied that she thought there was something moving next to her. She decided it might be the wind blowing the plastic bags so she moved them to the cupboard and got back into bed. A couple of hours later, we both woke startled and grabbed our phone lights because we both definitely heard something this time. Lauren shone her light on the bedside table and saw a lizard running away! Hello lizard gate!!!! We both shrieked and realised it had been eating the powdered milk from the sachets. It was so creepy the way it knew where the milk was, practically a little human. Lauren put the tea,coffee and milk remains in the fridge and we tried to go back to sleep after lizard gate we were rather paranoid, so slept on and off till breakfast.

Sun was out, 30 degrees! Thank you very much Fiji , that calls for a sun worshipping day I think! We basked all morning, watched a few people leave, more people arrive and enjoyed some late-morning cocktails.

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Lauren went up to the room for a little bit and came back…the first words she spoke were: ‘Okay,sorry I was a while, there has been a situation…’ Not ideal, however, she continued to tell me our hot water had run out and we were being moved to a beach hut! She stated it was much nicer than our current one and she wasn’t wrong. It was much bigger, two beds and the most amazing view! Take a look at this…

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Actual paradise!! After this, we enjoyed lunch and went turtle feeding on the other side of the island. It took us five minutes to walk across the island, just to give you an idea of how small it was!

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This picture cracks me up because it looks like a scene from the Lion King..just thought I’d share that with you haha! The turtles they breed there are the biggest I think I’ve ever seen!

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That night for tea, the staff had urged everyone to sit together (perhaps because it was Friday) and we all got to know each other. We all got on really well, a mix of English, Germans and Canadians. There was also a lovely girl from Lancaster University who was travelling and turns out we had a lot of mutual friends! Seriously small world. Beachcomber is known for being the party island, however, it was quite quiet whilst we were there. However, it is what you make it isn’t it. So we drank, danced and partied under the stars till early hours. It was so fun and hard to believe there was actually a proper bar/club on the island, two levels, good music and sand as the floor!

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New day, new island! Goodbye Beachcomber!

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We said bye to our new friends and lovely staff and embarked on another boat trip to Mantaray Island where we would stay for three nights! Exciting…

We were greeted in a similar fashion to Beachcomber, songs, dance, welcome drinks. Very pleasant and taken to our tree house which was right on the beach front. We were very lucky with our accommodation in Fiji actually, location wise anyway, animal wise…not so sure. I’m now a professional at bug swatting!

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The food menu was much better here, as we actually had a menu, with proper lunch and dinner. It was very nice. Our day was spent sunbathing and just discovering what was around us. Here I am getting into Fiji life..

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The next morning, we went bracelet weaving with a Fijian man called ‘Solo’. He was pleasant and showed us how to make bracelets from Palm Tree leaves. It was interesting and I don’t think we were too bad, what do you think?

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We sunbathed all afternoon, it was beautiful weather and we went snorkelling. I also bought a waterproof case for my iPhone and took it in with me. What a view!!

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That evening, we went on a sunset tube cruise with 4 others. We were taken on a speedboat to the other side of the island, given rubber rings and left floating in the ocean, watching the sun set! The water was so warm it was amazing and such a laugh because you know Lauren, water and myself go oh so well together!

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The next day, it was more humid than sunny so we took ourselves to the hammocks to read our books and chill in the Fijian atmosphere! It was really lovely just to sway in the breeze. We were relaxed thats for sure! And apparently the cloudy days make for the best sunsets!

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The next day we didn’t have to leave until 2pm, so we got some sunbathing in to catch the last rays!

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We arrived back on the mainland at half 5pm, watched the sun set from the boat and got chauffeured to our luxury hotel. It was ridiculous how nice it was. It had everything from shops, multiple restaurants, a private beach, a spa, and several pools! We wished we’d stayed there all week. We arrived at our room and received complimentary room service.

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We ended our trip with cocktails and food down in the restaurant by the private beach. A fitting end to the most amazing week. Fiji you were an absolute dream!

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