I recently had the opportunity to visit Fiji and experience this amazing destination first hand. This was my first visit and my expectations of what was in store were different from what I experienced. Not in a bad way, more so from a logistical standpoint, location of resorts, distance between them, etc. Things tend to look different on a map, remember that if you are trying to figure things out on your own.
As a travel professional, I tend to “compare” certain destinations that have similarities. Having traveled all over Mexico, the Caribbean and twice to Tahiti, I thought for sure it would be similar. What I found with Fiji is that you just cannot compare it to any other. I fell in love with just about everything from the moment I arrived, and I am sure you will too. Since there is far too much to put in one blog post I will break it up into several. Let’s start with the reasons I fell in love with Fiji and why I think you’ll love it for your honeymoon.
#1 – Fiji is considered one of the exotic destinations. Remote, yet close enough to modernized countries, being a 3-4 hour flight from New Zealand and Australia. You really feel like you are in a “real” exotic location. Honeymooners are seeking more exotic destinations these days. Something off the beaten path, something that is not a typical vacation destination.
#2 – Fiji offers a wide array of resorts available in various locations. From large, chain types to very small and intimate. Those for the more budget minded to ultimate luxury. And many offer a great mix of traditional Fijian culture while also providing modern amenities. The bures (this is what they call their rooms, huts on the beach) are very spacious. They offer modern updated bathrooms (some with outdoor showers), many with a sitting area (inside and out), many with air conditioning, mini refrigerator, and some with a private plunge pool.
#3 – The activities offered in Fiji are endless. From relaxing on the beach, lounging by the pool, snorkeling just off shore, hiking to a waterfall, visiting a local village or school, and SO much more. Kayaking, standup paddle boarding, horseback riding, ziplining… With Fiji being the soft coral capital of the world, scuba diving is also very popular and much different than what you will find in the Caribbean.
#4 – Breathtaking beauty of the various islands. From the Mamanucas, to the Yasawas, from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu. Some are small, some a bit larger, but ALL have their own beautiful scenery. I had the opportunity to view it from the air and the islands, water and coral reefs are spectacular. Speaking of spectacular, Fiji is blessed with some of the most amazing sunsets in the world. And after the sun goes down, be sure to do some star gazing. You will see different stars, constellations and sights that we are not able to see from the Northern Hemisphere. Several nights I was able to see the Southern Cross and the Milky Way. It was one of the highlights for me.
#5 – Of all the reasons I fell in love with Fiji, I have saved the best for last. By far, the best part of my journey were the Fijians themselves. They are some of the most warm and welcoming people I have ever met anywhere. You never meet a stranger. They are quick to greet with a welcoming song and treat you as if they have known you for years. Even the small children smile and greet you with a very warm “Bula”. Fijians are very rooted in their culture and extremely proud to share that with visitors.
I have to say I was in awe with the people everywhere I went. Always smiling, always welcoming and always sharing. The most beautiful and touching experience was when the staff at each resort sang us a farewell song as we were leaving. It’s called “Isa Lei” and the harmonies, notes, and tones are just amazing. Very moving and very sincere.
If you are looking for a destination that is “not just a spot on the beach” or “not just a resort with a comfortable room and a swim-up bar”, definitely consider Fiji. Of course it is farther than traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean (that is a drawback), but the experience far exceeds the travel time in my opinion, and well worth it. This place truly touches your heart and soul and to have the opportunity to experience this as a newly married couple would be one of the best. I dare you to visit and leave without tearing up or crying! It is just that wonderful and the people make it so hard to leave. This will be an experience that you will remember and treasure for a lifetime.
**Stephanie loves the South Pacific region and strives to help others experience this magnificent area of the world. She is a South Pacific Specialist, and specifically a Fiji Matai Specialist. One of two in the state of Oklahoma**
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Stephanie is an avid world traveler. Eager to assist others in exploring the world as a local using insider tips. Always looking for that perfect option for the couples she works with, Stephanie is very detail oriented and devotes her attention to ensuring your travel experience is one of a kind, each and every time!