As promised, I’m back with the second half of my updates!
It was great fun drafting up this post because I get to go over the photos and get reminded of what an awesome trip it was.
The trip was unexpected in many ways.
Prior to receiving our itinerary for the trip from Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji, I thought it was going to be a completely chill kind of holiday.
You know, the sun the sand and the beach and we all just lie around every day getting a lovely tan?
We did so much more than that!
#notyourtypicalvacay for sure.
Torres Maxi Dress (White Stripes) from The Tinsel Rack
Times like these, I wish I knew how to swim.
All these happy tourists canon-balling into the sparkling sea from this amazing floating platform instilled an urge in me to take up swimming lessons when I return home.
We also enjoyed food and drinks from the bar and pizzeria in between bouts of photo spamming.
I actually still went down into the sea though, after putting on an overly cheery looking yellow life vest.
Was quite the perfect afternoon less the fact that some of the girls sustained sea lice bites on their bodies after going into the water.
Sigatoka River Safari
We were told to bring our sense of adventure and indeed it was handy, haha.
Took a thrilling cruise down the river in a jet boat and arrived at a kaiviti (local Fijian village) where we spent a leisurely afternoon just soaking up the Fijian culture.
We were left soaking wet after the jet boat ride which spun us around the river but no regrets!
It was so fun I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
In between squeals of excitement we also saw breathtaking mountainous views sidelining the river.
I thought it was great that we got to touch base with the villagers and experience their food, their dancing, their culture and their way of living.
We also got to try the Kava root drink – a medicinal plant extract which is meant to sedate and relax the user.
It’s a really big thing in Fiji.
Everyone we talked to asked us if we’ve tried the kava yet and then they’ll launch into an excited ramble about how they love kava.
If I were to describe it – it looks like muddy water and also tasted a little like muddy water.
And then once you get over the bitter taste in your throat, you’ll realise this slightly numbing sensation on the tip of your tongue.
I don’t think they gave us a high concentration of it so I didn’t really feel relaxed after having the drink, haha.
Piper Shirt Romper (Navy Stripes) from The Tinsel Rack
Suva Jumpsuit from The Tinsel Rack
Tried snorkeling for the first time ever in my life!
Likuliku Lagoon Resort + Castaway Island Resort
We also had the happy privilege of being brought around the luxurious resorts of Fiji on one of our days there.
As you can tell from the flood of photos above, my hands were busy with the camera and eyes busy with taking in the gorgeous sights that the resorts had to offer.
Everywhere was so strikingly and beautifully blue that our eyes hurt.
Already curated and pared down the number of photos but there’s just too many I have to show you!
If you have the budget and don’t mind blowing some cash on accommodation (maybe for honeymoon?), these two resorts are highly recommended by me.
If I got to stay in either of them, I might feel the inertia to even step out of the resort, haha.
Fiji was more than just a great vacation.
I made new friends, got to know my fellow travellers in a way that I would never have if not for the trip, opened my eyes to a never-been-to part of the world.
This trip also marked quite a couple of firsts for me.
My first snorkeling experience.
My first time
swimming floundering about in the ocean.
My first time on business class.
My first time trying out ziplining.
There were undoubtedly many unfortunate incidents such as the sea lice incident, the stomach flu incident which affected almost 3/4 of the group, the consistent rain on the day we went for 6 hours of river rafting, and that on most days we didn’t get any sun at all…
But that’s what travelling teaches me.
To find joy within even the unexpected misfortunes.
And of course, the lovely people of Fiji made the trip all better with their choruses of “Bula” – which means “hello”, “goodbye”, “welcome”, “love” – everywhere we go.
Thank you once again to Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji for whisking me away to such a beautiful place on earth!