The Mr. and I have a passion for traveling so we make it a priority to see new places each year. It is such an amazing experience exploring the world with your significant other. With a busy life it is nice to be able to slow down a bit with the one you love and experience new places. You need that every once in a while! As we love being side by side on this traveling adventure we also enjoy sharing these experiences with friends!
So aside from the obvious reasons why one would love Fiji; the beautiful waters, the kind locals and island living. I have a very special, different kind of love for Fiji. Fiji was the location I attended my first Feast. Not only did I go on the amazing tropical vacation I had always dreamed of, but it was a place where I became closer to my faith, closer to God and I believe we even developed a greater strength in our marriage. We had the opportunity to pray with our breathen everyday. It was a beautiful thing focusing on only these things for 10 straight days. Halfway through our stay, we were poolside relaxing and I looked at my husband and joked “do you think this is what Heaven will be like?” LOL. Actually, I was semi joking. 🙂
Maybe you just want to take yourself or you and your family on an amazing vacation. I would highly recommend Fiji Islands. The most expensive part of our travels was the airfare of course, but for those of you who didn’t know hotels.com will match the lowest price guaranteed all the way until the day of check in. For example, our resort was originally $200 a night and (because my husband kept watching the rates) we ended up paying only $69 a night. YES, you heard me right!! So just do it guys! Paradise for under a $100 a night?! Unreal!
Thanks again for letting me share this extremely special trip with you all. Here’s a few more pictures for fun! They include a hike to Biausevu Waterfall where we had Kava for the first time and one of our last dinners with our new Fijian family where they gave us beautiful handmade gifts. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by you guys! I hope you all had a great weekend even if you did have rain like us Houston folks! I can’t wait to hear about YOUR trip to Fiji! 🙂
Funny story. On this day we walked out to our rental car to head out for a day of shopping and our car battery was dead. While we waited for the guy to come back with jumper cables I asked Brandon to snap some pics of me. LOL. Thank goodness he loves me!
DAY FOUR: A DAY OF SUN AND SHOPPING
After we soaked up the sun as much as we (Brandon) could handle for the day we headed to Suva, the capital, to have lunch and do some shopping! Suva was about 2 hours from Pacific Harbor so along the way we drove by more sweet villages, schools and all the friendly locals strutting along Queens road waving hello!
We ran into someone who told us he was the City Councilman. He took us around to different “must see” shops. Basically, like a personal shopper, haha! He let us know what shops put the money back into the villages so that was nice to know and gave us another reason to want to shop. Although, let’s be real I don’t need another reason 🙂
The day my dreams of snorkeling in crystal clear water came true! Seriously, the water was so clear it was almost like you could drink it. Don’t worry, I didn’t. We rode with our church fam to Denarau Marina where a Hydroplane boat awaited us. The boat we took was a one of a kind design with a unique hyrdofoil system that literally makes the boat fly on the water surface. Not to mention the neat glass bottom design that allowed us to view sea life during the day and also the night on the way back to Vita Levu. If you are interested in booking this for your next vacay you can read more here.
On the boat ride we got to enjoy the amazing view that consisted of other islands (include Castaway Island), beautiful waters and some other “boats” that kind of made me want to live a yacht life!
Once we got to the private island we enjoyed lunch with a sweet couple from Kentucky (also from our breathen) and then snorkeled the afternoon away with our Fijian family.
Okay, now go back to the close up of the water. I told you it was drinkable 🙂
I think it is safe to say that after day five my feelings about wanting to relocate to Fiji were stronger than ever! I loved every minute we were there and I remembering how much as I write here 🙂 Thanks for letting me sharing these beautiful days with you! More to come!
“We travel not to escape but for life not to escape us”
Fiji has always been on my bucket list. Basically every paradise island is on my list LOL. So when Pacific Harbor was listed as one of this years Feast sites my husband knew what my choice would be!
As our internal clocks were waaaayy off I woke up at 2:30am that morning. Thank you again to my sweet friends and family that kept me occupied via text before Brandon woke up at 4:30. This became to be our normal routine. When my husband got up at 4:30 we chatted and laughed about how we thought the resort really should have things to do at 4am for people like us! Then we got dressed and walked around the resort again taking in all of the beauty catching our first Fiji sunrise.
After we walked around the resort and strolled along the beach we came back to have breakfast with the most amazing view. Then it was time to change into our swimsuits to relax at the pool for a few hours. We actually both made spa appointments for this day, but I ended up calling to cancel because I didn’t want to leave my pool chair. I was determined to come back with a Fijian glow! My husband went for a massage and said it was the best massage he has ever gotten.
The afternoon of our second day in Fiji was the day we were able to enjoy our first church service. It was so convenient to get to service everyday as it was held in this newly built wedding chapel at the resort.
Right after service we enjoyed a yummy Mediterranean dinner prepared by the resort staff. My ultimate favorite was the Kokoda which some people refer to as “Fijian ceviche”. It’s local raw fish “cooked’ by being marinated in lemon and lime juice. There’s coconut cream, cilantro, green pepper and a few spices. People make it differently, but let me tell you I will definitely be trying this recipe at home!
Awake at 2:30am 🙂 I guess Brandon heard me trying to be sneaky with the plastic wrappers on my strawberry wafers that he woke up laughing. That morning we went to the gym for the first time.
On the third evening the Fijian breathen hosted a dinner and prepared the most delicious authentic Fijian meal. I mean, I know I’m not an expert on Fijian delicacy, but I will say what they made was amazing! We learned that many dishes can and are cooked in a lovo. I’m not sure I can try this at home. Brandon is very particular about his yard and I’m not sure would appreciate me digging a pit. 🙂
So it is safe to say that on day two and three we were still loving island life and the Fijians you guys…they were literally the nicest people I have ever met. I’m not even exaggerating. The locals shopping a store, the people walking down the street, not to mention again the lady that opened the door for me at the gas station. Everyone said hello (Bula) to you and naturally you begin saying it to every single person you see. They were all just so kind and it was definitely refreshing.
So can we all just take a moment when sitting in traffic next time and instead of getting angry and giving someone the bird for who knows what reason just take a deep breath wave and say HI! 🙂 The other person might look at your like you’re crazy because what?… Because we aren’t used to that type of random acts of kindness. 🙁 Let’s all make someone smile today. It doesn’t have to cost us money. Sometimes even a smile from a stranger can totally change someones day. Let’s do it!
Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and reading my blog! I truly appreciate it.
“Whoever said Disneyland is the happiest place on earth has never been to Fiji.”
Just a few Fiji facts:
Fiji is made up of 333 islands that rest in the South Pacific.
Capital is Suva.
Languages spoken are English, Fijian and Hindi.
Currency is the Fijian dollar.
The main island is Vita Levu which is where the capital, Suva, is located and where our unforgettable vacation took place.
We left Houston Friday evening with a 3 hour flight to LAX. Once we got to LAX we hopped off of Southwest, claimed our baggage and checked into Fiji Airways. It took us a little over 12 hours to get from LA to Nadi.
Once we arrived in Fiji we picked up our rental car and headed to Pacific Harbor where our resort was located. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the airport. The drive was full of the most beautiful greenery and so many sweet little villages every few miles. Not to mention you are riding along the coast where the ocean hues go from dark blue to turquoise to crystal clear. I love when you can see all of the different colors sitting side by side. It always amazes me.
We stopped at a sweet souvenier/gas station on the way to the resort and when we pulled up one of the employees came out and opened the car door for me. All I was thinking is that Chevron really needs to step it up!:) We purchased a few gifts for family and friends here. They also had a little coffee shop in the store so I ordered an ice coffee. As I was watching them make it I noticed them putting scoops of ice cream in it and I knew right then and there that Fiji is exactly where I was meant to be! 🙂 Needless to say that was not the last ice coffee I drank in Fiji!
After that little shopping and coffee stop we continued on our way. We ended up getting to The Pearl hours before check in, but they were super friendly and able to accommodate us and get us checked in early. They probably took one look at us and realized we needed some rest because after 15 hours of flight time I do not “wake up like this!” LOL.
After checking in we walked around taking in all of the beauty, had lunch and then unpacked for our 8 days in paradise. That evening we were able to to attend a “meet and greet” with our local Fijian church members along with a Pastor from New Zealand. They were all so extremely nice and it immediately felt like a family gathering.
Brandon and I have been very blessed to have been able to travel to quite a few places in our short marriage and I think we both agree that this has been the best trip we have been on yet! I have so many pictures and details I want to share with you all so I am breaking this trip up into a few separate posts! I hope you have enjoyed seeing our Day 1 pictures!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy weekend beauties!