A few weeks ago I realised I needed a break. I needed to get on a plane and go somewhere far away. I just wanted to sit on a beach and do nothing. Long story short, I ended up spending the last week of November in Fiji with my two younger brothers.
To say that I fell in love with the place is an understatement! It absolutely was the most beautiful place that I have ever been. The place itself is gorgeous – a tropical heaven with weather to soothe your soul. I usually hate humidity; for some reason, in Fiji it felt like it was the way all of humanity was meant to exist. My skin and hair and soul felt better.
The people were from another planet. Never have I experienced or watched so much kindness and warmth in people’s actions. They were so generous and funny and lovely – to us and to one another. As an aside, ladies, the men were all attractive, hunky, sickly sweet and insanely strong. All of them.
But on to the important things. Below, you’ll find a high-level summary of Fiji and then individual posts on where I stayed and the places we went.
Fiji is a gorgeous collection of over 300 islands in the South Pacific, with the main island being Viti Levu (where I stayed). Fiji is home to just over 800,000 people. The weather is definitely on the warm, tropical side. Locals tell me the coldest it gets in winter is 10C/50F. While I was there, I found the northern side (Nadi) to be constantly sunny and hot. Although it was relatively humid, the landscape was very dry and it looked like it hadn’t rained in a long time. The southern side of the island was just as hot and humid but far more wet. This was reflected in the luscious green forestry. It was pretty funny to be sitting in the rain at our resort and then driving into the heat just 30-40 minutes up North.
The official languages are Fijian and English – everyone we met spoke English. Over 50% of the people are Native Fijians and about 35% are Fijian-Indian. Since my Fijian friends in Australia were all Fijian-Indian, I assumed that would be the case in Fiji also! A majority of the population is Christian, with Hinduism and Islam following as the second and third largest religions.
Based on the locals I spoke to, most people worked in tourism or sugar-cane farming. The average income seemed to be about 100 Fijian Dollars, which equates to about 65 Australian Dollars.
Tourism seemed to be focused to two parts of Viti Levu – Nadi/Denarau in the north and the Coral Coast to the South. We were told the best time to travel was April to early November because November to March were prone to monsoonal rains.
Most tourists were Australians, so we were told to avoid Australian school-holiday periods if we wanted to avoid being overrun by squealing children.
More on Fiji
For more on my experiences in Fiji, click through below!
TerraTrek Quad Bikes and Waterfall Tour
Village Tours – Lawai Village
Sand Dune Trek
Love to you and yours xx