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13 Jul

I smelt like coconut - Fiji

Tales from the desk of Toni Wiilliams - Gilpin Corporate Consultant

1313628528_Fiji Toni.jpgWe travelled on the Air New Zealand airbus which was comfortable, offering good service and food, however the in-flight entertainment was average, needing a better variety of movies.

On arrival we were collected by coach and whisked away to ‘Hideaway Resort’ on the Coral Coast.  A family friendly resort for those on a budget with free activity and entertainment programmes. The staff at this resort were super friendly making the stay that little bit more enjoyable.

Heading back to Natadola Beach to ‘The Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa’ for the night. Fabulous resort with spacious rooms and pure Fiji bathroom products to die for. I smelt like a coconut after a glorious soak in the tub. 

That night I was lucky to win a scenic sight seeing trip with ‘Island Hoppers’ in a chopper.  I was so excited and this was definitely the highlight of my trip, being my first time in a helicopter and all.  What an awesome way to get around and see Fiji with the added bonus of a super cute pilot.

A sightseeing visit to a traditional Fijian village known as ‘Nagado’ was fun and informative. It allowed us to experience a kava ceremony & meet with the  elders & village people. We had a great time singing, dancing and laughing with them.

My favourite property on the mainland is ‘The Terraces’ an apartment resort based heart of Denarau Island. Big spacious apartments overlooking the pool and golf course.  Whilst there is no restaurant onsite, they have arranged charge back and room service  with several local restaurants. My fondest memory of the property was the cold jugs of water in the fridge & the mini bar water price the same as a dairy price!

A night out at the Hard Rock Cafe, Port Denarau left me slightly groggy but no time to dwell as today we head out on the Mamanuca Express  (speedboat transfer) to the Mamanuca Islands. A tour of Beachcomber Island (party island), Treasure Island (family orientated) and Matamonoa (adults only), then onto Mana Island for an overnight stay.

The next morning we head out to Castaway (family orientated) then onto Plantation and Musket Cove. At Plantation I gave scuba diving a try but I don’t make it past the pool. Yes, I was too scared but thank the staff at Subsurface Fiji - adventure diving and water sports who were very patient with me.

My favourite island is Matamonoa and I can’t wait to go back there in the future.