AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1615 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?
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6226 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1595 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.
777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12786 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1556 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 . Ahhh Childhood memories
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3108 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1522 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.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1507 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.
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.