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Unwinding in Fiji: On Bula time

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An October 2004 trip to Nadi by Smitha Guru

Day trip to Malamala Island Photo, Nadi, Fiji More Photos
Quote: Fiji was a fantastic escape from the everyday world. It was truly unwinding and relaxing. Our days there seemed like a dream, from the friendly Bula greetings to the doing nothing on the beach.

Unwinding in Fiji: On Bula time

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Overview

Sunset at Sheraton Fiji Photo, Nadi, Fiji
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One of the best things to do in Fiji is - nothing at all! Just relaxing on the hammock on the beach in Sheraton Fiji was one of the most fulfilling things. I was in the constant danger of spending my precious vacation just doing nothing. If you are staying in Viti Levu, a day trip to one of the islands is highly recommended. The beach at Denarau was not spectacular in any way (swimming or snorkeling), and we loved our day out to the Malamala Island. If you want to go to Castaway Island, it is recommended that you book well in advance - even before you get to Fiji. The trip to Castaway was booked all 6 days we were there, mainly due to the school holidays. Souvenir shopping at Ja...Read More

Sheraton Fiji Resort

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Hotel | "Sheraton Fiji"

Sheraton Fiji Resort Photo, Nadi, Fiji
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The Sheraton Fiji, along with other Sheraton properties on Denarau Island, is 20 to 25 minutes from the Nadi airport and about 15 minutes from Nadi town. It’s a wonderful place for someone who wants to relax away the stress. Though the check-in time is 3pm, they had a room ready for us at 7am since the flight from Melbourne arrived very early at Nadi (we called up earlier with the request, though they had not guaranteed that). Don't pre-book the earlier night if your flight arrives early in the morning. Similarly, instead of a late checkout, we decided to leave our luggage in the storage and just hang out on the beach, but we were given a room from 11am (checkout time) to 4pm that had everything the r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Sheraton Fiji Resort
Denarau Island South
Nadi, Fiji
+679-675-0777

Day trip to Malamala Island

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Day trip to Malamala Island Photo, Nadi, Fiji
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Though the Sheraton Fiji was self-sufficient in every way, it did not have snorkeling. Through the friendly activities coordinator, we booked a day trip to the uninhabited Malamala Island. I had wanted to go on a tour to Castaway Island (tour booked out) or the Yasawa. But my partner (and many others like him), were influenced by the 'all-inclusive' and the short 1 hour trip to get to the island. The 'all inclusive' included all food, drinks, activities, equipment. Don't be put off by the rather small boat that takes you from Denarau to the island. It is only a 1 hour trip and is not uncomfortable. The crew sing Fijian songs till you get to the island. The island itself is like ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Day trip to Malamala Island
Malamala Island
Nadi, Fiji

Sand dunes of Sigatoka

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Sigatoka Sand Dunes, about 2km from Sigatoka, is Fiji's first National Park and is spread across 650 hectares. Archaeological excavations have revealed skeletons that form part of a more burial complex of ancient Fijian civilisation. They are also rich in ancient pottery artifacts that continue to surface as erosion continues. These artifacts give important clues to the origin of the early inhabitants of Fiji. Apart from this historic background, the sand dunes were a disappointment to us. The information is a tiny little place with photos and the person there was not able to provide any more information. The ecosystem in the dunes is truly amazing - seeing the range of plants growing, it w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Sand dunes of Sigatoka
2km from Sigatoka
Nadi, Fiji

Kula Eco Park

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Kula Eco Park is opposite the Outrigger Reef Resort in the Coral Coast of Viti Levu. It has many different species of birds and iguanas. Children would love going to this place. At the beginning of the park, you can even get a baby, red-breasted musk parrot and iguana to sit on you and take pictures! The park itself has a lot of native tropical trees and is very calm. The wooded trail was a good peaceful walk for us. It seemed like any other eco park until the peacock made the day for us. Peacocks and peahens were wandering around in the park, when one peacock took it in his head to impress a peahen and unfurled his magnificient tail. I don't know if he impressed the lady, but we were spel...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 22, 2004

Kula Eco Park
Queen's Highway, opposite Outrigger Reef Resort
Nadi, Fiji