Going to Fiji was definitely an eye-opening experience. Left Singapore on the 14th of December and arrived in Fiji on the 15th. Had a little drama while we were at the airport. I got stuck in the handicapped toilet and started to panic. Mum had to call one of the officers, and he kicked open the door for me. What a way to start the holiday! It’s safe to say that I will probably never use a handicapped toilet again.
During this trip, my family and I went island-hopping. Every 2-3 days, we’ll move to a different resort. In all, we stayed in about 8 different resorts.
The first two days, we stayed at Club Fiji in Nadi. Here are some photos taken at the resort…
We went trekking as well while staying in Nadi. It was at this place called The Sleeping Giant Garden.
On our last night at Club Fiji, we had dinner on the beach. Felt kinda romantic!
On 17th and 18th December, we stayed at The Beach House, which is at Coral Coast. Coral Coast is a few hours from Nadi.
Made some new friends there…
On the first day day at Coral Coast…
We went for trekking as well
The amazing view from the resort
The next day, we went to visit a village. Tried this drink called the cava. It is an acquired taste and after drinking, your mouth will feel numb and tingly and your body will feel relaxed. We also went for a off-road cave safari. Naihehe Cave was where some Fijians hid their families during war in the 1800+. The interior of the cave was filled with huge cavities that was used for different functions. They were cannibals. We saw the oven. The first white man to be killed and eaten there, was Rev Thomas Baker in 1867.
The Chief would eat the heart and brains so that he could be braver & more knowledgeable. The warriors would have the hands & legs… Women & children would have the back so that they have strengths to do work.
The Chief can have 10 wives but when he dies, they are buried alive with him!
Unmarried pregnant women were also killed…..
After Coral Coast, we headed to the capital of Fiji, Suva. We went trekking at Colo-I-Park Suva.
We had a scare when heading back to the hotel after the movie. Besides us, there was a local trying to get a cab. The cab driver decided to pick us up instead of him. The man was so furious, he came over and slap the driver and called him a racist. Later, we realised that the man is actually from a gang and the cab driver didn’t pick him as he was afraid. This incident left us shocked and worried for our safety.
We moved to Tailevu on the 21st and stayed for a night at Takalana Bay. Let me tell you, the experience staying at that eco-friendly lodge was really traumatising for me. The lodge was really dim. The toilet barely had light and there was no water heater. At night, the room was filled with bugs! Cockroaches, mosquitoes and these tiny bugs that were attracted to wood! These tiny bugs were white and they’ll fall from the ceiling and onto our beds!! None of us slept well that night. In fact, Tara didn’t sleep at all! I had a mini meltdown that night. Obviously, I’m anti-bugs! We were supposed to stay for two nights at the lodge but after one miserable night, we decided to head back to Nadi one day early.
Before leaving Tailevu, we went to the Moon Reef to do some dolphin sightseeing. Couldn’t snorkel with the dolphins as they’re protected. Snoopy came with us for the boat ride! Poor little one! He got seasick and vomited a few times.
On the way to Nadi…
Back at Nadi, we stayed at Aquarius By The Beach from the 23rd to 25th. The staff was really friendly there! Omg, I miss Joel, Paul and Ben! They’re the nicest people ever!
Made more friends…
Celebrating Mark’s birthday on Chirstmas Eve
Poor Mark and Tara, they were both sick on Christmas Eve and needed to go to the clinic for injection and drip.
Beautiful sunset at Aquarius..
On Christmas, we took a catamaran to a beautiful island called Nacula Island. We stayed at a resort called Blue Lagoon Beach Resort until the 28th.
Did some snorkeling, more trekking and visited another village.
The last few days of the trip, we were back in Nadi. Stayed at the Best Western Hexagon for 3 days.
On the 28th, we went ziplining and visited the mud pool.
The next day, we had lunch at the Marina, did some shopping and took a Bula Bus
On the 31st, we moved to our last hotel, Novotel Hotel. The room was so freaking nice! I joked that it’s my honeymoon suite hahaha!
Went to town to get fireworks and more shopping!
For New Year’s Eve Dinner, we went back to Aquarius cos we miss the people there soooo much!
While waiting for the countdown, we partied!! Did some dancing and of course, drinking!
The fireworks were spectacular!
Had a really awesome New Year’s Eve with our Fijian family! Miss them so much! ❤
I had some ups and downs during this trip and was miserable when we stayed at some resorts, but the locals were very friendly and cheerful. We met a few mean ones like this guy was so rude to us when we tried to bargain with him over a surfboard! I was so pissed with him when he told us to “Fuck off”!
The friendships we’ve gained was the best thing that happened during this trip! I hope one day I’ll be able to visit them again 🙂 ❤