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Fiji time

Our flight to Fiji was just 3 hours. We landed and made our way into the arrivals hall where we were greeted by local Fijians playing guitars whilst we waited to go through border control!

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For our first night we were staying in Nadi, just 10 minutes from the airport. It was weird having an actual room again after 6 weeks in a car! Once in our room we went out to the beach where we had our first Fijian sunset.
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We then had dinner at the hotel and got an early night as we were up at 6am the next morning to start island hopping! We were picked up from the hotel at 7am and driven to the port where our boat then left for the islands. The island we were going to was 2 hours away but the journey went really quick as we had lots of amazing islands to view along the way.

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As the islands are so small the boat cannot pull up for us to get off so a little rickety boat from our resort greeted us in the middle of the sea and we had to jump across boats to continue our journey! We were all sat on the floor of the boat and once our bags were loaded we sped off towards the island.

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Our first island was a basic resort/homestay where there was no WiFi and electricity was only turned on at night. However the resort was really lovely with great views and a private beach just for us.

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We had booked a dorm room for this stay but when we checked in the lady told us we had been put in a private room! There were still some people in our room so we left our bags and went out to relax on the beach. We had our first buffet lunch and then Hannah made some jewelry with the locals before we headed back to the beach again.
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We were then finally in our room and after a cold shower we went for dinner with everyone at the resort. After dinner the staff at the resort taught us some local Fijian dances and games! One game involved dancing and then when the music stopped the lady shouted a number and you had to get into a group of people of that size. We survived the first couple of rounds until the lady shouted 3 and we ended up in a group of 4... Sam kindly shoved Hannah out of the circle so she was out whilst he stayed in the game!! Games over we chilled with everyone and then went to bed.

We spent another 2 days at this resort. The weather had turned a bit rainy so we were constantly going back and forth from the sunbed to shelter when it started chucking it down. On our final evening the staff put on a culture demo where they showed us some of the important items involved in their rituals and culture. They then passed around Kava for us all to try which is a drink derived from the root of a plant. It looked like muddy puddle and tasted like it too. The locals loved it though!

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The following morning was the nicest weather we had had so far! It was so hot and not a cloud in the sky. However we were leaving that morning so we packed up our bags ready to go to our next island. The staff sang us the goodbye song and then we got on the little boat which took us to the larger boat for the rest of our journey.

Our next stop was Nanuya Island where we were staying at Mantaray Island Resort. This stay was a step up from the previous with WiFi and electricity all day! It was still lovely and sunny when we arrived so after checking into our 'bure' (chalet/hut) we went out to the beach. That afternoon the tide had come in so we were able to go out snorkelling just off the beach. The coral was amazing and we saw lots of fish! The current then became really strong and we were drifting towards where boats come in so we quickly got back to the safety of the beach.

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That evening we had a 3 course dinner and then the staff put on a dance show. We had to join in with 2 dances at the end which was so tiring! Everyone was very sweaty by the end.

We were at Mantaray resort for another 2 days where we spent the mornings chilling on the beach and then then the afternoons snorkelling around the amazing reef!

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After another farewell song we boarded the boat to our final island - Blue Lagoon!

We'd heard a lot about Blue Lagoon and everyone who had already been there said it was amazing so we had high expectations. We were greeted with a welcome drink and arrived just in time for lunch which was really nice (except for a fish dish we accidentally put on our plates which was disgusting!!) We then checked into our room which again was really nice and spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool. That evening we watched sunset before having dinner right on the beach.
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Once again we had another 2 nights at Blue Lagoon where we spent the majority of our time around the pool. The resort did however have an inflatable obstacle course out in the sea so we went on that with some other people we'd met...

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Our time on the Fijian islands was then over :( we got the boat back to the mainland which took 5 hours and we are now staying in Nadi for one final night before getting up at 5am tomorrow for our 10.5 hour flight to Hong Kong 🇭🇰

Posted by SamHannah 18:06

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Well looks like you still having lovely time but coming to an end .hope you have safe journey home back to dreary weather take care xxx

by Nan Q

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