We just spent the last 5 days in one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to.
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and were greeted by a very friendly private transfer company, who drove us to the most beautiful resort that we would call home for the next 5 days – called the Westin Denarau Resort & Spa.
Every single person that passed us, greeted us with ‘Bula!’, which is their term for ‘Hello’. Even if they weren’t right next to us, they would call it out to make sure we heard them.
After a long refreshing night’s sleep, we were ready to start our adventure. We booked a day trip everyday so we can enjoy what this Country has to offer.
But first we had to enjoy every mouthful of the biggest buffet breakfast we had ever seen. There was everything you could want and much much more! If only I could eat that much!
Once we were all fuelled up, we were off! Off on a cruise that took us to another small island all on it’s own, called South Sea Island. The water was absolutely picture perfect, as was the Island itself.
From that island we took a ride on a submarine to see the sea creatures below us. It wasn’t a very sunny day, so unfortunately we didn’t get to see very clearly, but we did see Nemo! It was a great adventure to be able to see something that I have never seen and probably will never see again.
As that trip was a half day trip, we spent the rest of the time on the island, lounging around on hammocks, eating Ice Cream and walking from one side to the other, which literally took 5 minuets! It’s so nice when you have all the time in the world to just sit and relax, no rushing around.
The next day we went on a tour to the local produce market, where we tasted some local fruit that apparently cures cancer with no side effects. If that is true, then good luck to those who live there! I think we should start importing it!
The tour also took us to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant which was full of all sorts of beautiful flowers. The mountain around the garden is in a shape of a sleeping giant. It was amazing! Unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of it though.
After the garden, we went to Mt Vera lookout. It was a hazy day but we could still see the wonderful sights this country had to offer.
We then went to ‘The Village’ where lots of locals still choose to live in small houses with 13 other people. They have their own laws in the village and if anyone disobeys them, they will be locked up by their local council.
The recent cyclone ripped through the village, leaving them to restore the damages.
Our last stop for this tour was to a temple. Although these sorts of buildings don’t really interest me, it was a different experience to see how the Hindu religion operates. We watched the process they take to bless their food before they eat it. The building was painted top to bottom by hand, which was great craftsmanship to see.
So the tour was very insightful to see how the locals live. As much as we love day trips to other beautiful relaxing islands, we also love to see the cultural side of the country we are visiting.
Then our final trip the following day was a sunset dinner cruise.
Unfortunately the whole day was pretty overcast, so we didn’t get a very good sunset while on board. But it was still an enjoyable evening. The crew entertained us with their singing and dancing and even got us all up to join in, which was a fun way to end the evening.
This is a sunset from our resort, which we had every other night, so we didn’t totally miss out on the ‘sunset experience’.
The resort itself had entertainment for us everyday. From crab races to fire dances and live music every night. It was one of the most relaxing places to go on holiday. Not only a beautiful place, but a very friendly one too. They made us feel at home everyday and they were genuinely sad to see us go. But that could have something to do with the fact that tourism is their number 1 income, followed by sugar cane -which we saw a lot of whilst driving on our day tour.
If you havn’t already been and are looking for a tropical paradise to escape to-then this is the place to book! This is the kind of place you will go back to in the future.
Oh and if you havn’t figured out where we went yet- it was no other than the beautiful Fiji. Bula!