Bula!! (Translated to English, Hello!!)
07.11.2010 32 °C
Being only a hop, skip and jump from the over three hundred islands that make up Fiji, we decided to take advantage of our close proximity and spend a week in Fiji. So, On Oct. 29, we boarded flight NZ56 at the Auckland airport and headed to Nadi, mainland Fiji. The plane rides are now almost looked forward to as the kids get to watch their own video screens and pick their own movies for viewing. The meals are satisfactory and the drinks are good. Flying is something we have all gotten quite used to and don’t seem to mind now. As we exited the plane in Fiji we were welcomed with sunshine and lovely warm air.
On The Way To Fiji; Arriving In Fiji
Malolo Lia Lia Island, where Plantation Island Resort is located, is just one of the Mamanuca Islands, and is incredibly beautiful. Just 16 kms west of mainland Fiji, it is fringed by a necklace of coral reefs, 7 kms of white sandy beach, multi-coloured crystal clear water and a seemingly endless number of tropical fish. We did not get to Plantation Island until our second day in Fiji. First we landed in mainland Fiji and stayed at the Raffles Gateway Hotel near the airport. We got up at 5:15am to catch a van shuttle and then the Malolo Cat I boat to Plantation Island. It was an interesting van ride to the wharf as we travelled for 20 minutes through towns and communities that make it obvious that Fiji is a 3rd world nation. It was a bit of an education for all of us and made us realize just how fortunate we are to be living in Canada.
The ride to the island on the boat took about 45 minutes. As you can probably guess we were so excited to get to the island. As we were pulling up to the jetty at the resort, many of the workers came to the boat and welcomed each of us on land with a gift of a shell necklace. A nice welcome.
Located on the second floor, our room, #103, was very spacious. It was comprised of 2 rooms, one with a queen size bed, and the other with two twin beds a couch and 2 wicker chairs. When we opened the plantation shutters we had a perfect view of the beach. In addition to two ceiling fans there was also air conditioning in the room which we were very thankful for; it ran the whole time we were there. The average daily temperature was about 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 24 degrees Celsius at night. Even Paul tanned a little with his SPF 50.
Ayden Reading Another Book!!!!; Not Feeling Well; Still Our Room; Our Room
Our leisure activities involved kayaking whenever we wanted as well as snorkling, walking on the beach, resting in hammocks,or swimming in the ocean or one of three pools. We had a free fishing trip booked, but missed the boat because we were so busy resting. One of our favourite activities was kayaking over the coral reef and viewing the abundance of plant and animal life.
Fantastic Swimming; Kids on Dock; One of Three Pools; Ayden in Hammock; Paul in Hammock; PlantationIsland Claire in Hammock
Here are some of the views that we had to contend with as we went about our days, one in which a piece of Hollywood washed up on shore.
Another Island; Claire Wearing Flower; Fantastic View; Endless View; Palms and Beach; Paul with 'Wilson' on Castaway Raft
This last one is a picture of the raft used in the movie “CastAWay”. The raft Tom Hanks “built” to escape the island. The ball named “Wilson” is also attached. The fact that this original raft is located on Malolo Lai Lia Island is not publicized as the locals are afraid people will come and destroy it. It is only people that hear the story from ‘locals’ who know what it is that they are seeing. We were told by a couple that have vacationed on the island 8 different times.
While in Fiji we all did get the opportunity to vomit in a bucket due to a gastrointestinal bug however with excellent nursing care we were still able to enjoy the splendour of the Fijian landscape and the reality of the wonderful Fijian hospitality. As we headed back to mainland Fiji to catch our flight back to Auckland we were all very glad that we had the opportunity to travel in Fiji and also relax in a truly beautiful location. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat!!!