Located about a 3 hour flight from Brisbane, Fiji has been attracting travellers for the last 40 years. After living in Australia for 25 years, it was about time to go check out these magical Pacific Islands collectively known as Fiji. With 333 islands to choose from, there are only a few which can cater for mainstream tourism. The best known islands are known as the Yasawas and in February 2014, I travelled up these islands with my girlfirend and sister. The main airport to fly into is Nadi, pronounced as 'Nan-di'. The airport itself is fairly small and can easily fill up when a few planes arrive at once. The airport is about a 15-20 minute drive from the centre of town and about the same to each of the surrounding hotels. I had prebooked a welcome package which included a nights accommodation at the Smugglers cove, a backpackers located right on the beach. A transfer from the airport and breakfast for the next day.
To travel out to the islands, most people travel on the big bright yellow boats. These are run by a company called 'Awesome Adventures'. The link for their page is www.awesomefiji.com
Each of the 30 or so resorts on the islands offer 30 or so different experiences. The first resort on the agenda was the Blue Lagoon Resort. A 5 star or 3 coconut (coconuts being the rating system in Fiji). A 5 and a half hour boat trip up to the top of the Yasawa's showcased the feel of island life.
We arrived into the blue lagoon area and were greeted by the turquoise blue water and fringing reefs scattered throughout. With four resorts in the same area, our launch came up to the mother boat to collect the guests and their luggage. As we waved good bye to the friendly staff, we waded our way back to the launch and continued onto the main boat. After a two hour trip back down the island chain, we arrived at our next resort - Barefoot Island Resort. This resort was classed as a one coconut property, a step down from the previous resort.
Our third and final island stop on our journey was the Mantaray Island Resort. Happily named after the large mantarays that feed in the channel just off the beach, the beach villa's were a step up from the beach hut on Barefoot. Unfortunately we missed the Mantaray season which runs May - November each year.
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