Where: South Pacific Islands
Placed I visited: Nadi, Coral Coast, Castaway Island, Mana Island.
The biggest highlight was scuba diving with Tiger and Bull Sharks. That was a first and to be up and close with some of the most feared but widely misunderstood creatures on the planet made Fiji all there more incredible.
The people in Fiji are so nice, and there is such a relaxed happy culture over there. I felt at peace here than most of any other countries I’ve visited.
The natural surroundings in Fiji, whether its lush jungle or beaches are so gorgeous and vast that I never wanted to leave! There are so many islands to explore, with clear oceans and beautiful soft sand.
I went alone but Fiji is full of backpackers so its easy to meet people. A friendly vibe comes from locals and travellers, and everyone just seems chill.
I visited the 4th best beach in the world called Natadola whilst having freshly caught fish cooked with some basic almost primitive tools.
Fiji can actually be cheap on the mainland if you travel yourself, so local food and transport wasn’t as expensive as I imagined.
The island hopping IS expensive however and that can be a little off putting for travellers on a budget.
We had a nightmare of a road trip and ventured off the beaten track into the countryside back roads of Fiji where we got stuck in the mud on a hill, nearly destroyed our hire car and had to turn back which eventually made a one hour journey back to the hostel a four hour one.
What to know
Fiji can be cheap and expensive so be prepared to what you want to do. ‘Kava’ is a south pacific crop, that using the roots can be turned into liquid form for consumption, that allows for less anxiety and one to feel relaxed. Basically its a sedative in some cases and is very popular in Fiji. There is a lot of Indian descent in Fiji and this can be influenced in local foods like Roti. Bula means health!