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Bula from Fiji

15 November 2008


Bula is the Fijian word for Hello and is a great way to be welcomed on arrival to this wonderful South Pacific Island nation. My first impression was the sudden hot, humid environment that hit me as I left the air conditioned airport building, quite a change from the wintery weather I had left behind.

So where to start……….

Castaway Island

We were welcomed off the ferry by great big smiles from almost everyone on the Island, and the locals singing and playing guitars, Castaway is part of the Mamanucas chain of Islands, west of Nadi. Watersports fans will love the PADI 5-star Gold Palm facility, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, waterskiing, parasailing, or just enjoying the warmth and beauty of the island. As far as snorkelling goes, you will be amazed how many huge colourful tropical fish are right there where you swim on the beach which means you don't need to go to the outer reef for a great experience. The Bures (rooms) are fully air conditioned and very clean.

Plantation Island

Nestled on the 553 acre island of Malolo Lailai, part of the Mamanuca Group of Islands, Plantation is surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens, coconut palms and white sandy beaches that front a beautiful sheltered lagoon. We had a great time with lots of fun activities for both adults and kids. When we on the island, we attended a welcoming and kava ceremony (traditional Fijian drink) and there were so many activities to keep us busy all day every day, The Fijians love kids and the kids club was great with different activities everyday and a great set up – leaving plenty of free time for mum and dad.

Sheraton Denarau

On our last night we stayed at the newly refurbished Sheraton Denarau. Set in 25 acres of tropical gardens, this is a contemporary hotel with a touch of luxury. Guests have access to the facilities of all three Sheraton Resorts as well as the adjacent (and excellent) Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. All rooms are fully airconditioned and decorated with the traditional Fijian flowers...making you feel very welcome. In the evening we enjoyed live Fijian traditional songs, a Meke dance performance and Fijian Firewalkers.

The Fijian people are very friendly with every single staff member saying “Bula” to you every time you walk past them. Fiji is everything you would imagine a tropical paradise to be, lush palm fringed beaches surrounded by turquoise waters......a must see.

P.s. I also got to visit Malolo Island, Mana Island, Musket Cove, Treasure Island, Bounty Island, Lomani Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort and the Sofitel and can offer great tips on each of these places.

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