Peaceful islands with nothing but white sandy beaches, colourful coral and the bluest water this side of the Maldives! That’s what I had in mind anyway and would have been the perfect way to continue beyond New Zealand.
WHERE IS FIJI?
I opted for the Bula Pass, which is an inclusive way of paying all accom, transfers and meals for a length of time which you choose. The more you move the more value for money it represents. I had a week free between New Zealand and Vietnam so I was happy with 6nights. Having met a lot of people who had travelled with the Bula Pass I had my list of islands decided already!
You just got to decide at the start of each day where you want to go. It’s good for convenience as you don’t incur any other costs apart from drinks and ideal for people wanting to move islands more often as the boat is very expensive.
- To save yourself a night it is important to fly in early in the morning as you can get a direct transfer to the dock from the airport in the morning. The boat only leaves the mainland once a day, first thing in the morning.
THE KIWI BUS LIVES ON
Anyway got on the bus and set off to the port. We went via a few hotels to pick up a few passengers and who else gets on but John Tuff, a German guy I knew from the Kiwi Bus. I was aware he’d be in Fiji but not actually heading to the same island on the first day. Both of us are heading to Beachcomber, a tiny island with nothing but a hostel.
Getting on the boat I bumped into another fella, Scott from the bus, looks likes this trip wont be a chilled as first thought! The boat stops at all the popular islands and the first stop it really set the tone. All the islands are small and look like nothing I have ever seen! My only true island experience (I don’t count Koh Tao as its too big to walk around) are the Gili islands during my Oz trip and I have never found an island as small, it took us 30mins to cycle it. It would take anyone just a few minutes to run around beachcomber.
FIJI ISLANDS ARE NO JOKE
All the islands around this side of Fiji are fairly similar in size and appearance, it’s just jaw dropping seeing one after the other, completely the norm here. From Beachcomber we are able to look across at two other islands, 1 is called treasure island which we are considering kayaking to, again something out of a movie!
I’m currently lying in a hammock staring out into the sea, not sure I could’ve ask for anything better between being on the go all the time in New Zealand and the carnage that awaits me in Vietnam when my mate Phil arrives! I would imagine a few more days like this await me
I am on cloud 9 right now and really need to step up my expectations, cant wait to see whats in store over the next 7 days
My first experience of a Fijian island is at Beachcomber and it couldn’t have started better. Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of The New Zealand and Fiji Series, click to explore.
- Have you ever been to Fiji
- Did you visit or stay on the islands?
- Which islands were your favourite?
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