A complete guide to Fiji
Fiji is what paradise looks like, golden & white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal clear water with reefs that will take your breath away. With many islands to explore and lots of friendly locals to meet it brings meaning to the beautiful paradise. Here is my complete guide to Fiji.
Where to start
Flights were booked but knowing what to do next was a little overwhelming. Fiji isn’t the most popular of places when it comes to IG, budgeting, backpacking or blogs. I had no idea where to start but thankfully, a friend told me about island hopping with Awesome Adventures Fiji so I went to STA Travel and booked everything there. Problem solved. This blog post will be your guide to booking a dream holiday to Fiji. Wether you’re on a budget or fancy a bit of luxury, this guide is for you.
(This is not sponsored and is solely my own experience).
I did not want to advertise Awesome Adventures Fiji due to my experience with their customer service team. However, I’d like to help anyone plan a dream trip so I want to be transparent and honest about my experience. Our Fiji package was meant to include one meal at our first resort but we was made to pay for it. After our trip we complained about this and got refunded after weeks of emails back and forth. It was stressful and wasn’t until I wrote a public complaint on their facebook that my complaint was officially dealt with.
I do want to add that whilst on the islands the staff were all absolutely amazing and some of the friendliest people we have ever met. It was only afterwards dealing with the customer service online team that I had any issues. I will leave it to you to decide wether you’d want to book with them but I wanted to include this so you can make up your own minds.
Budget VS Luxury
Although Fiji can be quite expensive you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy a slice of paradise. You can stay on a selection of beautiful islands for 9 days for less than £500. Here are some examples:
*9 days Island hopping, including catamaran transfers, all meals & a bed in a dorm room costs £420
*9 days Island hopping, including catamaran transfers & a private double room (a little bit more luxury) costs £850
Note– Meals are not included and you will pay for them on arrival at resort.
*Return flight from UK to Fiji in cheapest month (May, according to sky scanner)- £914.87
Total cost of my trip:
Flight from Hong Kong to Fiji- £292
8 nights/9 days island hopping- £850
Food for 2 weeks including 3 course meals in resorts- £252.50
Grand total – £1,394.50
Our Fiji Itinerary
We chose the Fiji Discovery package which was 9 days and 8 nights on 4 different islands. We then had a few days in Nadi at the end of our island hopping trip. To start your island hopping you will need to go to Port Denarau where you will aboard the Yasawa Flyer. The Yasawa Flyer will transport you between the Fiji islands. The staff will guide you on exactly what to do and there is also information on hotel info boards wherever you stay.
Here is our exact itinerary for our 14 days in Fiji:
- Day 1- 2 in the Mamanucas
We stayed at the lovely South Sea Island in a private beach bungalow. It was a mini paradise.
- Day 2-4 in the Southern Yasawas
We went clamping at the Barefoot Manta resort. A quiet island with beautiful coral reef.
- Day 4-6 in the Yasawas
We stayed in the amazing Octopus Resort. Whilst there we visited the local village and had the most beautiful, authentic experience. It was our favourite place on our Fiji trip.
- Day 6-8 in Northern Yasawas
We stayed at the incredible Blue Lagoon Resort. It was a gorgeous resort with a small beach front and peaceful setting. We had our room upgraded on arrival and it was absolute bliss.
- Day 9 at the Blue Lagoon resort and then travel back to Nadi by catamaran.
If you suffer with sea sickness at all then take precautions before you travel. The journey back is 4 hours on a catamaran which was the worst journey I’ve ever had due to sea sickness. There was a monsoon being expected in the days after so that may have something to do with my severe sea sickness…
- Day 9-14 at Nadi
We spent our last few days chilling at Nadi. There are tours you can go on from any of the local hostels, however we just wanted to chill and spent our time prepping for our move to Australia.
Where to stay
We stayed at the Bluewater lodge, it was basic, clean and close to Bamboo Backpackers which is where you can book many tours around Fiji etc and is a cheap spot to eat at.
I hope this Fiji guide will help you in planning your own adventure in paradise. If you have any questions please leave a comment or DM me on instagram @thatwanderlustboho
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