The little piece of paradise that is Fiji isn’t just reserved for honeymooners or those in search of a lavish family vacation. No siree! As a backpacker, you can enjoy the crystal clear Fijian waters, soft sand, and friendly local culture too and at a fraction of the cost! Fiji encompasses over 300 islands. As a result, your options are endless and there truly is something for everyone!
Unlike resorts in Hawaii, for instance, many resorts in Fiji offer accommodations that appeal to a number of different budgets. You can book anything from a dormitory room to a luxurious private bungalow on the beach. As a backpacker, the best news is that you don’t have to be throwing down any Benjamin Franklins on a room. In fact, what does 20 USD typically buy you? Back home or in Fiji’s neighboring countries of Australia or New Zealand, it might buy you a sandwich, chips, and a drink. In Fiji, however, try one night’s stay in paradise!
We couldn’t have been happier with our stay at Octopus Resort on Waya Island which is part of Fiji’s Yasawa Islands. Instead of describing why we loved it so much, I’ll just go ahead and show you why…
Our Favorite Memories from Fiji
1. Scuba Diving
2. Mountain Peak Hike
3. Snorkeling with the Manta Rays
One morning at breakfast, we made a last minute decision to go snorkeling with the manta rays and it turned out to be one of our most memorable experiences. At one point, Brian was swimming so close to one of the manta rays that he could have reached out and touched it. Another manta ray we swam with was a natural gymnast in the water! The manta did backwards summersaults repeatedly for a solid few minutes straight. If only we could have captured it on video!
Another manta ray was swimming up right under our boat and much to Brian’s surprise, when he jumped in the water the manta’s enormous mouth was wide open and right at Brian’s fins! Thankfully, manta rays only eat plankton and not guys named Brian. Otherwise, he could have easily been eaten right up!
4. Enjoying the Local Fijian Cuisine
5. Learning How to Fish with a Hand Line
6. Making New Friends
7. Admiring the Breathtaking Views at Sunset
I wouldn’t be my father’s daughter if I didn’t have a genuine love for that time in the evening when the sun begins to fade and a vast array of beautiful colors come out. Fiji definitely delivered some stunning sunsets!
If your travels ever take you anywhere near Fiji (namely Australia or New Zealand) and you’re able to score cheap flights, you would be crazy not to hop over to paradise and enjoy a bit relaxation or “Fiji time” as the locals like to say!