Fiji was our first stop after leaving Alaska. After a long day of flying we finally arrived to paradise. Although we had a bit of a rough start we really enjoyed our time there. The water and sea life was amazing. We were able to swim with the giant manta rays, a once in a lifetime experience. The people were very friendly and their culture shined through. We spent most of our time split between two islands in the Yasawas and then a couple nights on the main island. Check out more on our time in Fiji by clicking here.
We have hit a milestone! We have been traveling for 6 months. Can you believe it? We can’t! Time has flown by and we can’t wait to see what the next 6 months brings as we head out of our comfort zones and head into Asia.
Modes of Travel: Trains, Ferries, Cruise Ship, Boats, Buses, Cars, Camper vans, Planes and Taxis
Accommodations: Hotels, B&B’s, Cabins, Cottages, Camper Vans, Houses, Apartments, Ship, Motels, and Hostels
Items lost: Just 1-Jasons sunglasses went into a river
After spending five nights at Manta Ray Island, we headed three hours north on the ferry to Nanuya Island Resort. You could say we were a bit hesitant because of our experience when arriving at the last island. Would we like the food? Would there be a ton of people? Would there be mandatory eating times? Always an adventure. As we arrived at this island, we were greeted again by staff offering juice and even a shell necklace. Ourselves and one other couple would be the only new additions to the resort. After going over the details of the resort, we found out that Continue Reading
Now that we had been at the resort in the Yasawas for a couple of days and worked out the vegetarian eating situation with the kitchen for Simone, we began to settle in and got used to Fijian cooking. When traveling to new places you just have to find out what the people are used to cooking and what meats and veggies are local. A burger in Fiji is not a burger you’d expect to get in most places. When in Fiji, stick with the fish if you want meat. We had set times for eating all meals, but this was turning out to be good for us since we had just come off a cruise where food was at our fingertips all the time. It wouldn’t hurt for us to eat a little less for a while.
We would end up spending five nights on Manta Ray Island where the workers were incredibly friendly and remembered everyone’s name Continue Reading
Simone’s First Impression: Fiji
Being up for over 24 hours probably wouldn’t do any place justice in a first impression, but after a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Seattle to L.A. and a wonderfully smooth 10.5 hour flight on Fiji Air we stepped off the plane at 5am to wonderful tropical weather and tons of birds singing. We had arrived in paradise! We made our way through a quick and painless customs and found the Awesome Adventures desk to find out about a transfer to the marina. We were told that the bus would arrive at 6:45am to take us. We found a seat and took turns freshening up in the bathroom, we were only slightly badgered by the taxi drivers while we waited. Around 7:15 (we were officially on Island Time) the bus arrived to take us to the marina. After making a handful of stops we were thrown into the hustle and bustle of the marina and after no sleep I was finding it extremely difficult to understand anyone through their thick Fijian accents. Continue Reading