So, you may or may not have noticed but this blog post is a lot later than usual and guys I have a confession to make. Ever since I’ve arrived in Fiji I’ve been in full-blown relaxation mode; the kind which makes you doze for hours on the beach. To tell you the truth it’s been some of the best days of my life.
Even now as I write this sitting in a hammock listening to the sea lap against the white sands along the shore, the coconut trees swaying in the breeze against the backdrop of deep blue sky it’s hard not to feel anything but relaxed. Yes, I’ve fallen for Fiji, but relaxation is not its only charm. If you need more convincing here are my eight reasons why you should put Fiji on your bucket list now:
1. It’s always Fiji time!
Forget about your watches because absolutely no one is in a hurry to be anywhere. It’s a slower pace of life here and relaxation takes on a whole new dimension. Head on up to the beautiful Yasawa and Mamanuca islands and the worries of the world will melt away. Seriously, it’s like your own modern castaway experience away from the stresses of reality and that’s not just because the film with Tom Hanks was shot here. It’s perfectly acceptable to spend the day lazing in a hammock with a good book. It’s called Fiji time and you won’t want anything else.
2. Beach bum paradise
Catch the Yasawa Flyer and do a bit of island hopping. Everywhere you go you’ll be in a world class beach bum heaven. The pristine white sandy beaches and warm seas with vibrant shades of aquamarine are so picture perfect you won’t be able to stop pinching yourself to remind yourself that it’s all real. Take a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon and be prepared to be blown away. Or, simply head to any beach on one of the many islands and get some serious lazing done. Don’t worry if that’s not your thing though, there’s heaps of activities to do if you find yourself getting a bit restless.
3. Make friends with the locals
The residents are very friendly and I’m not just talking about the people. Fiji is home to some of the most beautiful and vibrant coral reefs in the world and they are teeming with life. For this reason, there are plenty of snorkelling trips offered wherever you go. Between the months of May and October, the country plays host to the migrating mantarays, and swimming with these graceful surreal creatures is an absolute must. But the highlight of my trip so far has got to be without a doubt swimming with reef sharks. To overcome the fear of such an animal and to see it face to face in the wild is an exhilarating privilege. It turns out in fact that reef sharks are actually pretty friendly!
4. The sunsets are out of this world
Every single evening I’ve wandered along the beach or climbed to the summit of the highest peak on the island just to watch the sun set over the sea and it never fails to be magical. Sunsets in Fiji are famous and it’s easy to see why when you already feel like you’re in paradise. Perhaps it’s the relaxed way of life? Or the fact that you actually have time to witness the stages of the sun setting in its full glory? Whatever the reason, sunsets in Fiji will never cease to amaze you.
5. Everyone on the islands is friendly
The first thing you notice about the locals is that they will always greet you with the warmest of smiles. They are proud of their culture and they love to show you what life in the South Pacific is all about. Everywhere you go you can be sure to always be greeted with a song or an impressive fire dance. As if it couldn’t get much better, I’ve found Fiji the easiest country to make friends in especially as a solo traveller as everyone is so relaxed and happy to be here.
6. It’s always hot hot hot!
You can leave your jacket at home because it never goes below 20°c even if the weather is overcast and rainy! However, the best and therefore busiest time to visit Fiji is between the months of April to October, the dry season, as the remainder of the year is prone to cyclones. If you’re looking for a quieter holiday then I recommend visiting in September. I arrived expecting the islands to be overrun with holidaymakers only to find it pretty quiet. In fact, the groups were so small that we all felt like family and which made it harder to leave at times!
7. The dreamiest of resorts
Nearly every island in the Yasawas and Mamanucas has a handful of resorts for every budget dotted along the beaches. They are graded in a one or two coconut system with the latter being slightly more fancy and luxurious. However, you most certainly won’t be missing out if you stick to just one coconut resorts. They’re often smaller, less busy and family run affairs and there’s always heaps of activities to do. Whichever resort you choose you’re immediately welcomed as part of the family, and whatever your budget it always feels like paradise.
8. Embrace tropical island life
Above all, the Fiji Islands give you a unique taste of life and culture in the South Pacific and it’s a place like no other. Just this last week I’ve eaten fresh coconuts , swam with sharks (something I’d never thought I’d do), and watched the sun set over the sea every evening. Fiji is without a doubt a very special place and I’ll be sad to leave it.
Thanks for reading,