Fiji holiday – day two

We were so tired last night we went to bed at some ungodley early hour. I think it was barely dark so around 7pm. Then we woke at about 5:15am with upstairs moving chairs. We dozed in bed for another 30 mins reading and playing with phones then i got up, made a cup of tea and sat on the deck watching the workers.

Its interesing seeing how many people it takes to make a resort this size work. Whilst i appretiate the pools looking like large rock pools with beaches, they all need too be cleaned daily taking a fair number of people. Some swept the sand back out of the pools, other racked the sand back flat, and another set picked up all the garbage and fixed plants etc, plus the odd one or two keeping an eye on the lot.

We had breaky about 6:30ish or so since the kids got up, then we went down to the local shop and grabbed some postcards and stamps. After doing that we decided to go to the pools and look around. My son, oldest daughter and I decided to go canoeing out in the sea to see the coral but we couldnt see much, my hubby and other daughter went swimming. After getting back we all jumped into the pool to waste a couple more hours.

The girls wanted to book in and get braids since everyone else here did and it was $2 per braid. I said they could but only if it was out of their own money, which they worked out was fine. The older one got a half head of cornrows for $20, the younger got similar but shaped in a cool way for $32. The odd thing about the money here is that the exchange rate is in our favour, so that works out to be cheaper in NZD than Fijian dollars. The ladies who did the braiding were lovely to talk to, however it turned out they only made $3.50 an hour, plus whatever tips.Β  Also, work was a 3 hour round trip away! We made sure we tipped them each well! i know what things cost here!

We took a trip down to the Ports on the local Bula Bus, which was another excellent experience, and then went to Mama’s Pizza which *everyone* told us to go to. Once we had eaten there we realized why! the ‘Large’ pizza fed a famliy of 8 nicely, it was a good half mtr round at least! We got 3 medium pizzas and over ate. We had a gormet chicken and garlic one, and the other was half meat lovers, half hawaiian (bit of a bastardisation since we were in fiji!). Boy did it taste fantastic however!

I picked up a couple of other items at the shops there, and a bottle of wine. The one in my room had been calling my name, however it cost $50 if i drank it. Turns out they had decent NZ wine for $25FJD (about $18NZD) which was excellent, plus the makings of pancakes for tomorrows breakfast. No maples syrup or cream or anything like it at all however!

After getting back i sat next to the pool (it was 8pm by now) with my bottle of wine, and a good book, whilst the others swam for the next hour. Everyone went to bed late, we plan a decent sleep in tomorrow.

We booked in a couple of day trips for the weekend since everything here is closed at that time. On Saturday we plan to head on out to a Cave trip which includes some tramping, a visit to a local village, a kava ceremony and some other great things.Β  Sunday we are doing a island hop and stop over cruise involving some snorkling over coral, a submarine thing, glass bottomed boats etc.

Monday is our leaving day so we are gonna hang around the resort.

  • Glad to hear you are having a great time after all the hassles you guys had leading up to the holiday.

  • chrishattan

    Good Blog post Liz. Sounds like you all are having some fun. Enjoy

  • Glad to see you're enjoying yourself. Yeah Fiji is surprisingly hot (it's worse in December/January) – explains my complexion doesn't it :p On the bright side, unlike arrivals, departures is properly air conditioned. The area between the airport and which ever resort you went to is a pretty low income area (mostly farmers) πŸ™ Obviously not all of Fiji is like that, but yeah such is life.

    Anyway, be sure to go to one of the smaller island resorts. Beachcomber is a nice island for a day trip. There's Castaway island as well is better for overnight stays. The mainland you're on (Viti Levu) doesn't even come close to the quality of beaches on the smaller islands. Believe me, it's worth the trip πŸ™‚ Google for pics if you're not convinced. You should be able to book it with your hotel.

  • Heya Karuna, of course you would know all this stuff! lol πŸ˜€

    We know the beaches are better elsewhere, thats why we booked a day trip out to hope over some other islands. We decided on this location because of its proximity to airport and supermarket food rather than expensive holiday foods πŸ™‚

    Its kinda cool in nandi town, its like going back to the 70s. Even the logos for the ANZ bank and similar are those retro style 70s style!