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Old 04-28-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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Anyone else love Fiji? Spent a week there this past Nov and had a blast! Weather was great. The people were awesome. Food was delicious. It was everything I thought it would be.

Share your stories...good or bad, but prefer to hear all the good times you had. Guess, however if you have a note of warning for another traveler that might be helpful, then that should be posted also.

BULA, BULA, BULA!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Bula! Yes, I love Fiji, too! My wife and I honeymooned there in 1999 and had a wonderful trip. The Fijians are such warm people, their islands are beautiful and the ocean is stunning. We stayed on Qamea Island and also spent a little time in Nadi, so we experienced the remote rainforest island side of Fiji and it's more gritty, urban side. Drinking kava and wine with the locals playing Fijian music made for some fun and relaxing evenings!
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Bula! Yes, I love Fiji, too! My wife and I honeymooned there in 1999 and had a wonderful trip. The Fijians are such warm people, their islands are beautiful and the ocean is stunning. We stayed on Qamea Island and also spent a little time in Nadi, so we experienced the remote rainforest island side of Fiji and it's more gritty, urban side. Drinking kava and wine with the locals playing Fijian music made for some fun and relaxing evenings!
What a great place to Honeymoon! I'm not familiar with Qamea Is. We were just outside of Nadi at Sonaisali Resort Is. Didn't care much for kava, but everything else was awesome! Great to connect with others who had great experiences there. BULA, BULA, BULA...Such a friendly people!!!
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Hi Deef! I see you got inspired LOL!

Ahhhhh Fiji!!

A few random memories of trips...

Watching two Fijians take all day to paint a sign that said "Pool" with an arrow. (I learned about "Fijiian Time" that day.)

The Blue Lagoon Cruise and huge Fijiians with rifles on deck while we were swimming. I didn't realise until we were back home that they were on the look-out for sharks.

BLC and a crew member putting his face in our port hole early in the morning with a big smile and a "Bula!"

We left our Angels baseball team hats with some of the guys we met on one island a few years ago. I always secretly hope a Dodger fan sees them.

Wahoo fish steaks. Best fish in the world.

The men getting invited to drink Kava Kava. And coming back drunk. (Ladies not allowed.)

Sulus!

Being carried ashore by Fijiian men. (Made up for us ladies not getting any Kava Kava.)

Watching the men climb coconut trees to pick lunch.

Fijiian school kids.

Pictures of John Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth in their homes.

Listening to some of the elders talking with American WWII vets about their adventures in the war. (The Fijians were known for their utter, brazen bravery.)

Shopping in Nandi.

Grabbing a guitar and joining the locals for a few songs on the beach.

The color of the water.

Having the huge blessing in my life to be able to say, "Why yes. I've been to Fiji."
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Old 04-29-2010, 04:13 PM
 
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Hi Deef! I see you got inspired LOL!

Ahhhhh Fiji!!

A few random memories of trips...

Watching two Fijians take all day to paint a sign that said "Pool" with an arrow. (I learned about "Fijiian Time" that day.)

The Blue Lagoon Cruise and huge Fijiians with rifles on deck while we were swimming. I didn't realise until we were back home that they were on the look-out for sharks.

BLC and a crew member putting his face in our port hole early in the morning with a big smile and a "Bula!"

We left our Angels baseball team hats with some of the guys we met on one island a few years ago. I always secretly hope a Dodger fan sees them.

Wahoo fish steaks. Best fish in the world.

The men getting invited to drink Kava Kava. And coming back drunk. (Ladies not allowed.)

Sulus!

Being carried ashore by Fijiian men. (Made up for us ladies not getting any Kava Kava.)

Watching the men climb coconut trees to pick lunch.

Fijiian school kids.

Pictures of John Kennedy and Queen Elizabeth in their homes.

Listening to some of the elders talking with American WWII vets about their adventures in the war. (The Fijians were known for their utter, brazen bravery.)

Shopping in Nandi.

Grabbing a guitar and joining the locals for a few songs on the beach.

The color of the water.

Having the huge blessing in my life to be able to say, "Why yes. I've been to Fiji."
No Kava for the ladies? How odd...they offered it to all of us! Didn't care for it though! LOL...Lookout for Sharks YIKES!!!
We did a 4 hour wetbike open water ride and snorkel trip. We had a blast, but the whole time we were way out in the ocean I kept telling my daughter...just don't turn us over! She was driving..I was holding on for dear life!!! LOL It was choppy we were going full out to keep up with the group and I was scared to death!!! LOL But we had a BLAST!!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:31 AM
 
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So glad you had a nice trip there.

My trip was marred by a ferocious cyclone that had ripped through the islands back in the late 80's, as a stopover to Australia.

I had come from a leaf-less cold winter in Minnesota, and the cyclone blew every leaf off the trees, there was debris up and down the coast, a bridge was destroyed, and I had to surrender my rental car at the river, cross by boat, and hop into a different rental car on the other side of the river, and vice versa on my return trip.

But, despite the cyclone damage I enjoyed my 2 and a half days there.
Because I'm subject to island fever, I was afraid to schedule any more time there.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:20 AM
 
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So glad you had a nice trip there.

My trip was marred by a ferocious cyclone that had ripped through the islands back in the late 80's, as a stopover to Australia.

I had come from a leaf-less cold winter in Minnesota, and the cyclone blew every leaf off the trees, there was debris up and down the coast, a bridge was destroyed, and I had to surrender my rental car at the river, cross by boat, and hop into a different rental car on the other side of the river, and vice versa on my return trip.

But, despite the cyclone damage I enjoyed my 2 and a half days there.
Because I'm subject to island fever, I was afraid to schedule any more time there.
Oh goodness! I am so sorry for your troubles while you were there. I feel so bad for people who go to enjoy anywhere for sun, ocean and island relaxation of any kind only to end up with a storm. I can't imagine you could even find the good. Hopefully one day you can go back and REALLY enjoy Fiji. So sorry you had those experiences. Make it part of your bucketlist to go back one day!!!
BULA BULA BULA
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:21 PM
 
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We should, actually, be keeping the Fijians in our prayers. They recently got hit by a tremendous cyclone which did a huge ammount of damage across the islands. A State of Emergency was declared in mid-March.

Bula!
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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We should, actually, be keeping the Fijians in our prayers. They recently got hit by a tremendous cyclone which did a huge ammount of damage across the islands. A State of Emergency was declared in mid-March.

Bula!
Wow...I didn't realize! Thanks for informing us. Will do just that!

Anyone out there know how they are doing? Recently.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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When I lived in Hawaii, I knew several people who vacationed in Fiji and when they returned all they talked about was the FLIES. Was that a problem when you were there?
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