19.04.2012 - 25.04.2012 22 °C
The first thing to mention about Fiji is we arrived only weeks after their worst floods in history and the damage caused was evident throughout our stay with the clean up measures ongoing. We spent the first 4 nights in a hotel and whilst it was not the best hotel we have stayed in we enjoyed the relaxing in the limited sunshine as the weather wasn't the best for the first few days. We did take a taxi to visit Nadi town center and there we saw the effects of the floods with dust and water damage everywhere, with 80% of the shops still trying to clean up. You could actually see the water line a couple of meters high on the buildings.
Later in the week we moved to a different hotel where there was a beach and it was cheaper! We stayed in a beachfront wooden villa which was nice but basic. Luckily on the last 2 days the sun came out so we just managed to top up our tans and also see some nice sunsets. One afternoon we took a taxi to the harbour where there are some nice restaurants and some shops to look around. We had a nice meal watching the sun set with a few local beers.
It's worth mentioning that the Fiji you get to see when you book a 5 start resort is the total opposite to the Fiji we got to see, when you don't stay at such resorts you see the towns and cities that lay behind them are quite different. After looking into the island hopping passes we decided not to spend the money on them as we have already been fortunate (perhaps spoilt) in seeing some amazing beaches earlier on our trip so we put the money towards New Zealand and therefore only had a week in Fiji.
If we could sum up our visit to Fiji in 5 or so words/statements.
1) not so good weather overall!
2) didn't see the 'paradise' Fiji but didn't visit the islands!
3) severe water damage from the floods
4) very friendly people
5) nice to relax in the hammocks
Random sights/things in Fiji.
1) arriving and leaving in the airport to a Fiji band playingt
2) Welcome home was always the greeting from the locals (they also called England the motherland & Fiji the fatherland)