Fiji: Where Honeymooners, Families and Even Backpackers Can Enjoy Paradise

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!

No climbing up to top bunk for Brian during our stay on Waya Island!

No climbing up to top bunk for Brian during our stay on Waya Island!

One of the beautiful floral arrangements in our bathroom.

One of the beautiful floral arrangements in our bathroom.

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…

Here is the wonderful welcoming crew singing and greeting everyone upon their arrival to the island.

Here is the wonderful welcoming crew singing and greeting everyone upon their arrival to the island.

Should you opt to do something other than relax on the beach and take in your beautiful surroundings, there are plenty of activities available for you to do!

Should you opt to do something other than relax on the beach and take in the beautiful surroundings, there are plenty of activities available!

Water so clear you can see the bottom!

Water so clear you can see the bottom!

kayak

The local children getting on their "bus" to head to another island for school.

The local children getting on their “bus” to head to another island for school.

Before dinner, we headed to the beach just in time to see the sun setting.

Before dinner, we headed to the beach just in time to see the sun setting.

Dinner

Late night swim anyone?

Late night swim anyone?

Our Favorite Memories from Fiji

1. Scuba Diving

In between our dives, one of the staff was able to get two coconuts down from a nearby coconut tree and gave them to us to drink!

In between our dives, one of the staff got two coconuts down from a nearby coconut tree and gave them to us to drink!

2. Mountain Peak Hike

Beginning what we would soon find out to be an intense mountain peak hike.

Beginning what we would soon find out to be an intense mountain peak hike.

Taking a break to catch our breath!

Taking a break to catch our breath!

We made it!

We made it!

Brian and our new friend, Nussy, enjoying the views.

Brian and our new friend, Nussy, enjoying the view.

Our hiking trip turned into rock climbing.

Did we sign up for hiking or rock climbing??

Brian pondering something - perhaps life?

Brian pondering something – perhaps life?

A little splish splash in a waterfall we stumbled upon. Our local guide, who did the entire hike barefoot, is next to Brian.

A little splish splash in a waterfall we stumbled upon. Our local guide, who is next to Brian, did the entire hike barefoot!

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!

On our way to go play with the manta rays!

On our way to go play with the manta rays!

4. Enjoying the Local Fijian Cuisine

A plate full of mouthwatering fruit is my favorite way to start the day.

A plate full of mouthwatering fruit is a great way to start the day.

From the lunch menu, I had freshly caught red snapper cooked in a banana leaf.

From the lunch menu, freshly caught red snapper cooked in a banana leaf.

The seared tuna was a favorite at our dinner table!

The seared tuna was a favorite at our dinner table!

5. Learning How to Fish with a Hand Line

As it turns out, Brian is a natural using a hand line to fish. Within a few minutes, he caught this coral cod!

As it turns out, Brian is a natural using a hand line to fish. Within a few minutes, he caught this coral cod!

Heading back to the island after a successful afternoon fishing.

Heading back to the island after a successful afternoon fishing.

6. Making New Friends

Drinks with our new friends from England, Australia and New Zealand.

Drinks with our new friends from England, Australia and New Zealand.

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!

fiji sunset

What became a nightly routine for Brian, skipping rocks as the sun was setting!

What became a nightly routine for Brian – skipping rocks as the sun was setting!

Reflection of the sunset on my sunglasses. Artsy, right?

Reflection of the sunset on my sunglasses. Artsy, right?

Spectacular view on our last night in Fiji on our boat ride to the main island, Viti Levu.

Spectacular view on our last night in Fiji. We saw this one on our boat ride to the main island, Viti Levu.

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!

Brian enjoying the hammock while on Fiji time!

Brian enjoying the hammock while on Fiji time!

 

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Fiji: Where Honeymooners, Families and Even Backpackers Can Enjoy Paradise

    • He most certainly does! As soon as Brian lays in a hammock, he instantly becomes relaxed!! I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures – the beauty in Fiji was just breathtaking!

  1. Pingback: Relaxing in the Waters of Ambergris Caye | Beaches & Backpacks

  2. Pingback: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico: A Wild Adventure with Whale Sharks! | Beaches & Backpacks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s