Where to go in Fiji
Bula! This is the word you will hear and see everywhere. It’s the word that is used for welcoming you, to say hi and when drinking cava. The most flights are coming in to Nadi or Suva which is the capital of Fiji. We had only 8 days in paradise and because we were a little bit stressed if everything would go well, we explain our trip to Fiji to let you know how easy it is to go around and not spending the crazy amounts of money on the resorts.
First of all, to see everything in Fiji, you need at least a month. This way you are able to see the mountains, different island groups and travel around. Since we only had 8 days, we chooses to fly on Nadi and go to the Yasawa islands to spend 4 nights there and 3 nights on the main island (Maui Palms).
The taxi from the airport to Lautoka (30 min. drive) costs 35$ by taxi. It is also possible to take the bus for 2$ per person. Generally, a short taxi drive is about $5 and really convenient.
The Yasawa islands is and island group on the north east side of Fiji. There are different ways to get there: Yasawa Flyer(5 hours) $170 , Seabus(3/4 hours) $120 or seaplane which is $400. We experienced a really good trip with the seabus but it can be a little rough sometimes. We arrived at 07:00 and got a ticket on the wharf in Lautoka for the boat which departures 1 time a day at 08:00. After 3,5 to 4 hours you will arrive just below Nacula Island (blue lagoon resort) on the water and depending on which homestay or resort, you will transfer on a small boat to go to your destination. We stayed at safe landing eco-lodge on nacula island. We booked this through airbnb which has a different name. We paid about $90 for a bure which was right next to the beach and with a private bathroom. Breakfast was included and dinner and lunch were both $20. We did a cave trip which was amazing. It was a different experience because you have to swim through the cave and go underwater to get to a dark cave.No worries, they have torches. The boat ride was fenominal and already worth the money.
After Safe Landing we went to the island next to it, and again, we were welcomed like family. Terry and her husband run a small homestay and they have 6 children. The island is magical and small. While they offer a lot of activities like spear fishing and hiking, it is also possible to discover the island on your own. There is a beautiful 30 minutes walk to the other side of the island where the boathouse resort is located. This is an amazing place to see the sunset with a nice Fiji gold beer (12$ for 750ml). The beach here is really calm and there is some reef available to snorkel. We found a better place for this which is located here:
From the Yasawa islands to the main land
After spending 2 nights here we went back to Lautoka by seabus and the homestay dropped us off. When arrived at Lautoka, we took a 10 minutes taxi drive (5$) to the bus station and from there a 2,5 hour coach-bus ride to Maui Bay (Maui Palms Resort). The bus was comfortable and the people helped us at the station to get the right bus.
The bus stopped directly in front of Maui Palms so we needed to walk for just a couple of minutes. The resort is one of the best places we ever stayed in with the swimming pool and reef right in front of our bed. The room had a jacuzzi in it and 2 showers. The staff was really friendly and served our first dinner on the garden table of our house. We went to Sigatoka town for a small visit to the market and had Indian food at Shivas Pizza Inn (a lot except pizza). Their sister company is called Shivas wine and dine which is really good too! In the town are a lot of different supermarkets and you are able to get everything in local prices. Take the local bus which is an awesome experience, good music, easy drive and cheap.
We wanted to take the coach bus back to Nadi airport but someone who needed to go to Nadi airport offered us a drive for the same price in a minivan as the coach bus would have cost ($10 per person).
Overall the experience was amazing! The people are really friendly and welcoming. There is no rush and a lot of the things are done at Fijian time (departing 30 minutes later is no issue).