Over recent years travelling has become a real passion Neil & I share, so we made it a goal to visit at least one new country every year. Our honeymoon was the perfect excuse to head to Fiji – neither of us had been to any Pacific Islands, so we thought we better get the ball rolling.
Fruit, and lots of it! Watermelon, rockmelon, pineapple, guava, oranges…. the list goes on. Kava is a must. The roots of the kava plant are used to produce a drink with sedative, euphoriant properties. We were offered kava drink we entered the Wicked Walu restaurant for dinner one evening, and good manners demanded that we have a swig. It was surprisingly tasty, and left a slight tingly, numbing sensation. This was quickly alleviated by my seafood paella and chocolate tart.
Fresh Pacific Ocean seafood was in abundance, as were locally grown fruits and vegetables. We also ate Japanese, Italian and contemporary European cuisine while in Fiji. There is something for everyone. Eating is such a special part of the Fijian culture. On numerous occasions at various restaurants we were entertained with traditional song and dance while eating our meals.
You really don’t have to do much to enjoy all Fiji has to offer. We spent our days paddle boarding, snorkelling, kayaking, swimming and lazing on the beach. When we got tired of the water sports, it was time for reading in the sunshine, tennis, drinking beer, ping-pong, snooker, and drinking more beer. In the evenings we retreated to our room for champagne overlooking the South Pacific, complimentary afternoon tea, cocktails, and seafood dinners.
This was very much a relaxing vacay for us. We normally spend our travel days exploring, roaming streets, eating at local joints, only going back to our accommodation to sleep. Our time in Fiji was the exact opposite – a lot of alcohol consumption and afternoon naps on the beach. Just what we needed. The best way to begin married life.
We stayed at the Warwick Resort – Coral Coast. Unbeknown to us, our resort was a ninety minute drive from the airport. One long-ass taxi ride and $110 later we arrived, greeted by drums, “bula!”, and an upgrade to the beachfront suite. Our room overlooked the Coral Coast in all it’s beauty – white sand beaches, a vibrant coral reef and palm trees arching shade over the crystal clear waters.
We quickly learnt “bula” (greeting) and “vinaka” (thank you). Nothing was too much trouble, everyone operated on Fiji Time meaning everyone was relaxed, happy and content. Locals were keen to chat, and we found ourselves engaging in conversations about wildlife, politics and weather (naturally). Our time in Fiji was too short – I’d love to go back and explore the smaller islands, I’ve heard the island hopping is a must. We were so exhausted after all of the wedding hype we didn’t have the energy to explore as much as we usually would. We will be back!