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qfflyer
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Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:19 pm

Sydney – Nadi – Sydney Holiday

After being back at work for 5 weeks, which felt like 5 months, it was time to go back to Fiji for a holiday. We had been there 2 years ago, which we loved except for the weather – rained every day but still didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the place.

11 February 2006
SYD - NAN
FJ 910
B 747 412 Reg: DJ-FJK
Seat 29A
Depart time, scheduled 13:55 Actual 13:48
Runway 34L
Arrival time, scheduled 18:45 Actual 18:34
Runway 08
Sector Length: 4 hours 39

Finally Saturday came and after a few last minute things we jumped in a cab for the airport. After my last Saturday at the international airport [SYDCNS] I had expected long lines to check in, but was pleasantly surprised by the relatively short 30 minute wait.
We then headed to the food lounge for some food, and some photography, by now my girlfriend has got used to my unusual behaviour!

China Airlines A340 heading back to Taipei

Immigration a breeze, and we then did a bit of shopping before hearing the boarding announcement. Seemed a bit earlier than normal, but as I didn’t have a watch, we went to the gate for immediate boarding. Turns out we were all seated 20 minutes early.

Our plane



Pushback was a bit early, and then a slow taxi to 34L, where we lined up immediately and power was applied.




Seems the northly route heads west first, as we flew over the Olympic Stadium and Parramatta before turning right, and over the northern beaches.





The flight was pretty uneventful, we ended up watching the Dukes of Hazard, and picking at the meal. Can’t remember what it was, but after having lunch in the terminal, we weren’t too hungry.











The final approach was very interesting, flying over the break in the reef where I had sailed through many years ago when we sailed the Pacific. It was great seeing it from a different perspective.

As we were going through customs, the officer looking at our passports was just about to give my girlfriends back the her, when he took it back, looked at a stamp, and commented that he was the officer who stamped our passports the last time we visited!

We spent one night at a hotel in Nadi, before taking the launch to Mana Island in the Mamanuca group.


Islands on the trip to Mana Island




Approaching Mana Island




Our bure for 5 days


North Beach at low tide. Best place for snorkelling on the island, better at high tide


View from Mana Island



5 days later we reluctantly checked out and made our way to the launch which was delivering us to Denarau for the bus trip to the hotel.
Due to flight timing, we had to spend a night in Nadi each way, but the hotel we stayed at was opposite the airport, so it meant we didn’t have to get up too early for check in.

18 February 2006
NAN - SYD
FJ 911
B 747 412 Reg: DJ-FJK
Seat 28A
Depart time, scheduled 09:00 Actual 08:58
Runway 20
Arrival time, scheduled 12:25 Actual 11:58
Runway 34L
Sector Length: 3 hours 56.

Check in was quick and uneventful, boring but not stressful. After a bit of shopping for the usual friends dutyfree requests, we sat in the terminal and waited for the boarding announcement. Never ceases to amaze me people push and shove as though the plane may leave without them. We boarded after the push and shove had taken place, and still waited 15 minutes before the doors shut.


The flight to AKL departing an hour after us


Nadi surrounds after take off




Departing Fiji


Approaching Sydney




Landing in SYD


Thanks for reading.

Next trip: Tomorrow, SYDBNESYD day trip.
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:32 pm

Fantastic. Thanks for all the pictures. Is it very hot in Fiji?
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:43 pm

Quoting QFFlyer (Thread starter):
Mana Island

There is a Mana Island off the city where I live

Nice report. Havnt seen a Fiji trip report before.
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:29 pm

Beautiful report, the photos make it so much more enjoyable. Keep your reports coming please!

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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:30 pm

Quoting Semsem (Reply 1):
Is it very hot in Fiji?

Only got about 31C, but it was a hot burning heat.

Quoting 777ER (Reply 2):
There is a Mana Island off the city where I live

Ah yes, saw it many a time while driving to Wellington.

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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:44 am

Good report - made me want to go to those beautiful islands. Lucky you!
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:08 am

Some very nice pics there. Thanks for sharing
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:38 am

Great pics...thanks for posting.
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:04 am

Fiji is a place I really want to go. I have been to tahiti and if it is like that I'm sure it would be great. Great trip report and pictures. How was the service on Air Pacific?
 
qfflyer
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:07 pm

Quoting Phxplanes (Reply 8):
How was the service on Air Pacific?

I have to say it was a bit average. The f/as did their job nothing more and nothing less. Not much smiling either.
I find the QF much more friendly [other then the f/a yesterday who asked me to put my camera away!]
Food was no different than airline food around the world.

Cheers
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:19 am

Nice report--I've always wanted to go to Fiji. Thanks for the pics!
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:46 pm

Great Report and Beautiful pictures...what is the name of the place you stayed, looks pretty nice, I wouldnt mind looking into a trip down to Fiji!
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:28 pm

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 11):
what is the name of the place you stayed, looks pretty nice, I wouldnt mind looking into a trip down to Fiji!

It is Mana Island Resort http://www.manafiji.com/

Cheers
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:22 am

Nice report! What were the loads like on your flights?
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:01 am

Quoting StarFlyer (Reply 13):
What were the loads like on your flights?

Loads seemed about 75%, we were sequence #242/3 on the flight to Fiji, and the return trip seemed about the same.

Cheers
 
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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 6:56 am

Brilliant report  Smile

Fiji looks paradise  cloudnine 

How were the loads on the flights, is there realy a need for 744's? (Not that I'm complaining  Wink)

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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:28 am

Fantastic Big grin

Looking forward to part 2 Big grin


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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:18 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 15):
is there realy a need for 744's? (Not that I'm complaining

The 744 works well for them, the 763 would be too small, and also with people avoiding Bali and Thailand, loads to Fiji are much greater.

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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:44 am

Quoting 777ER (Reply 2):
Mana Island

Different island, same Mana:
http://www.wn.co.nz/cameras/cam07.htm.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana_Island,_New_Zealand.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mana.

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RE: Sydney - Fiji And Islands W/pics

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:59 pm

Nice report man!  Smile
I visit Fiji a lot, and it is still a beautiful place.

Cheers,
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