What we loved…
Pure Relaxation – If island paradise is what you’re looking for, traveling Fiji offers just what you want. There are countless pristine resorts on their own private islands. Once you take the water taxi out to your resort, you’re stranded on a lush island surrounded by beautiful blue water. There’s no hustle and bustle. There are no car horns, construction, or city lights. You can’t help but decompress and relax.
Sunsets – Every single sunset we saw in Fiji was more spectacular than any sunset anywhere else on earth. Even ones that you thought were going to be duds would have a late onset bright red and purple sky. The clouds would glow, and the shallow water would reflect the entirety of the vibrant sunset.
Water Sports – When you’re on a tiny island surrounded by water, you can’t help but get in the mood to try any and every water sport. And your resort will undoubtedly have it all the gear you’ll need on offer. Kayaking, sailing, stand up paddleboarding, jetskiing, parasailing, snorkeling. You’ll be a salty pro by the end of your trip.
What we didn’t love…
Pristine Resorts vs. Impoverished Villages – Your time in Fiji will most likely be spent at a pristine resort on a small island. Every wish and every detail will be taken care of for you. You’ll be in your own island paradise. A short boat ride away, the employees of that resort live with their families in a small impoverished village. It’s not your fault for staying at a nice resort, and other than supporting the local community by buying their homemade souvenirs, there’s really not much you can do about their poverty. It’s just sad to see how hard their lives are, especially in such contrast to how easy your life is in that moment in time.
Cabin Fever – Yes, there are a ton of watersports to try. There are also hammocks and lounge chairs and swings and a pool. But after eating at the same restaurant every meal and seeing the same 5 other people on the island and no one else, we couldn’t help but get a little cabin fever.
Food – Maybe it’s that we expected their food to be super unique and delicious like other island nations we’ve visited, or maybe it’s that we ate at the same restaurant at our small resort on our tiny island every meal, but Fiji’s food is forgettable to say the least.