I was inspired to write about Fiji after watching an old movie with Jim Carrey called The Truman Show, where Jim’s character Truman was always dreaming about sailing to Fiji, and about a week later viewing a time lapse video at www.constructiontimelapsespecialists.com.au of a sunset from a yacht sailing in the waters just off Fiji’s capital Suva.
The two main towns is Nadi (pronounced Nandi) and Suva which is the capital of Fiji. When you fly into Fiji and international airport is in Nadi and Suva’s airport has just opened up to international travellers at Nausori, about 20km from Suva city. Suva offers a great marina at the Suva yacht club which has great amenities, a bar and restaurant……the drinks at the yacht club bar were reasonably priced.
Suva itself has all the utilities any traveller requires but is quite dirty and getting hounded by sword sellers can be frustrating. Make sure you experience the local markets, have a look at the parliament house and the beautiful Thurston Gardens.
Many sightseeing tours leave from Suva to villages, waterfalls and temples. Make sure to keep your belonging close, but in general the locals are friendly and welcoming in the city.
Nadi’s population is half the size but is closer to all the main resorts, sightseeing and best access to outer islands and reefs.
Nadi, like Suva, is dirty but nowhere near as pushy with roadside vendors. Great day tours can be found to visit islands, snorkelling, gardens, mud bath, temples and villages.
If you like to explore by yourself, car hire or hire a local taxi for the day is also a great option to get around.
Fiji is a great destination to unwind and relax and nothing will wipe the smile off your face when you see the best beaches in the world on the islands and the friendly smiles of the locals as they wave and welcome you with a big grin yelling “Bula”.