Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nadi - Fiji

This was my first trip to Fiji, but certainly not my last.

From the moment one deplanes, the heat is overwhelming and humid.  Perspiration runs down your body like a waterfall, but the sea breeze cools one down and the views of the coconut plantations, sugar cane plantations, and the aquamarine ocean are enough to reset one’s mind and get you into the holiday spirit.

Spending New Year in Nadi was fantastic, although I must admit most resort patrons were very subdued and quiet over New Years Day – no doubt the party the night before was taking it’s toll.

I stayed in the Sofitel Hotel and Resort, which is a stylish and very relaxing resort and spa.  The resort is a mere half hour taxi ride from the airport. 

There are endless activities for the adrenalin junkie in us all, from jet skiing, jet boating, skydiving, helicopter rides, mountain bike riding, beach volleyball, sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving courses.  Snorkeling and scuba diving is a must when in Fiji, the coral offers a host of inhabitants such as brightly colored starfish, anemone fish and some beautiful and colorful soft and hard coral.

Snorkeling was a highlight for me, and something I felt I didn’t nearly do enough of, however next time I will be prepared.

Nadi Village is a short drive from the resort, if one would like to experience a bit of the Fijian culture, do a little shopping or visit the local market.

Port Denarau is also a short drive or stroll from the Sofitel Resort where one can choose from the myriad cruises and day trips available.  Cruises are an awesome way to view the island from a different perspective.  Taxi drivers are also keen to show one around – at a cost of course.

For those who are not quite up to all the extreme sports, one can simply stay in the resort from where one can shop, relax at the pool, stroll along the beach or sip cocktails from one of the five restaurants or bars available.

Nadi is the third largest conurbation in Fiji and is located on the western side of Viti Levu, the main island.  The capital city of Viti Levu is Suva.

To me, this is all far too commercial, which is why I moved from this island to Savusavu, which is where my real holiday began.

Stay tuned for more on Fiji, but of course feel free to comment if you so wish.

~  Vanessa

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