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Anyone Been To Fiji?  
User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

I've been reading quite a lot about Fiji lately. I was curious if anyone has been there, or have heard legitimate stories about Fiji, the place I'm reading most about it Taveuni, Island; in the northern section of the islands. I plan on going there at some point in the near future. I enjoy seclusion (beaches etc)

Any stories or information you'd like to share?
Thanks!


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User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1220 times:

Yes, a lot of people have been there.




Jim



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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1216 times:

I'm planning to go there as well. Most probably October/November.

Needless to say I'm curious too.  bigthumbsup 

Sander



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5578 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1206 times:

I was there twenty years ago and stayed around the Nadi area. Didn't like the place at all, though I must admit the idea of cops wearing skirts was highly original! The beaches where I stayed were polluted and far from the "paradise" that the locals kept telling me it was. Much preferred Tahiti, though it was much more expensive.

User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

Brady- I've actually heard similar stories for Nadi, but I intend to go to more secluded islands than where Nadi is located.


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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

What I've read so far are similar stories about Nadi. That particilar area of the Island is the driest part and less beatifull compared to the rest of the archipel.

You may find this link with accommodations and inter active maps very informative: http://www.fiji-island.com/index.html

Sander



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 11874 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1167 times:
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Yes. I was there when I was 5. I do remember that the hotel I was staying at, The Sheraton, had a go-cart track there. The swimming pool was huge. The little Sugar Trains were very interesting to watch. I also remember getting lost on the NZ B742 and being taken to the cockpit and having my picture taken in the pilots seat with his hat on  Smile. Ahhh Childhood memories  Smile

User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

For all the latest of Fijian and pacific politics, go to: http://www.pacificislands.cc/pm42005/ .

It is an excellent resource for those who wish to know more than what they read in brochures.

QFF


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Only been to the Frat, not the island.  Wink

Harry



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3072 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

When I was 10, my dad took my brother and I. We flew into Nadi, stayed at the Sheraton for a night, then took a boat/cruise out to Castaway Island. It was absolutely mind boggling. So pretty, so warm, so fun, so perfect. I would recommend it to anyone.


Chris



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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

I have been to Fiji an estimated 60 times. Been to most of the resorts, and pretty much everywhere else. Infact, half of my family comes from Fiji, and I live there for about a quarter of every year.  Smile

Quoting AA61Hvy (Thread starter):
the place I'm reading most about it Taveuni, Island

Taveuni is very nice. It is located on the opposite side of Fiji away from all the crowded touristy areas of the west, so it is very tranquil and quiet. Almost the 'real' Fiji...


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1118 times:

Fiji is beautiful - I spent a few days there as the last part of a cruise round the South Pacific - we visited Labasa on Vanua Levu, which is not a particular tourist destination (we used a local school bus to get into town from the sugar wharf, where the ship docked) - lovely little town, reminded me strongly of South Africa (particularly because of the predominantly Indian population) - we took zodiacs down the Labasa river through the mangrove swamps back to the ship - wonderful.

We docked at Suva as well, and visitied the town, then drove round the coast to Nadi, and stayed a few days at the Regent (FABE-ulous - really lovely hotel). I loved the place.


User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1088 times:

Quoting NZ747 (Reply 10):
Almost the 'real' Fiji

Well what you consider the real Fiji?



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User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1074 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 12):
Well what you consider the real Fiji?

Ok, on the western side of Fiji there are all the main resorts, where everybody goes to. On most of these islands, the only thing 'Fiji' about it is the location. The coral is often all dead, so when you go snorkeling, all you can see is dead grey coral at a lot of these island resorts. Sure these places are good to take the kids, maybe just to lay on the beach all day, but that's all the 'Fiji' you get.

Taveuni is a big island. Not many tourists choose it as their holiday destination as it is usually too far out. Because of this, tourism has only mildly effected the island. You will see a beautiful untouched side of Fiji that many people never see. The scenery is endless. But I do suggest also staying on a western island for a few days.

When going into Nadi town, make sure you stick to the main shops. I suggest Jack's Handicraft for souvenirs and also the shops full of tourists. Restaurants are ok. I know people who have walked into other smaller souvenir shops in Nadi, and haven't come out with their wallet and belongings. Be careful with taxi's, although they are cheap, make sure the driver always use the meter. Some locals will do anything to rip you off.

In Taveuni I suggest the Taveuni Island Resort. But for variety, stay at more than one.


User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1061 times:

Spent a month there, mostly on Castaway Island. I'd recommend that place. Lot's of oustanding SCUBA there, too. Damn good place.

Lots of bugs, though. They spray very well on Castaway but we stayed at this other Island for a week and I looked like I had smallpox by the time we left.


FSP


User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1038 times:

Went there in 2001. Stayed on the resort the whole time as we arrived a week after the coup (prebooked the holiday) and recommendation wasnot to venture out !

The resort and service was excellent.



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