‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’ – Maya Angelou
As I look back on my recent visit to Fiji, I cannot forget the warmth, kindness and infinite amount of love the people in Fiji had. Fiji is a naturally beautiful country and whilst I was amazed by the gorgeous landscape, I will always remember the bright smiles and cheerful ‘bula!’ that I received.
For the short time that I was there, I felt I was being welcomed in to someone’s large family rather than being in a foreign country. People are willing to go out and beyond to make you feel comfortable and you see how grateful they are even by the smallest of things. Being used to a much busier lifestyle, at first, I found it a little hard to settle in to the Fijian way of life. But when I got off my high horse and looked around, I could see that this place was untouched and was filled with tradition.
When tradition is a concept that is slowly fading in our new-age world, standing on the sands of a land where almost everything is about tradition, you’re reminded once again of the raw beauty behind the meaning of tradition and you fall in love with it all over again.
You always bring back a little something with you after travelling and it was no different this time. Rather than a postcard or a cute Fijian doll, I brought back the memories of the encounters I had with the people and their never ending generosity. Their joyful greetings, their ability to make almost anything in to a song and their always open hearts is something money can’t buy and what I think is the wonderful charm of Fiji.
I’ve only dreamt of swimming in crystal clear waters. So clear that I can see right down to the bottom of the ocean. My dreams became a reality when I traveled to Cloud 9 in the Mamancua Islands, a 2 level floating island surrounded by nothing but aqua blue waters. From Port Denarau Marina it took around 30mins by boat to get to Cloud 9 and when we arrived we were left to enjoy the sun, the wood-fire pizza and the water.
If you’ve got the time and you love the ocean, I highly recommend jotting down Cloud 9 on your places to visit.
Robinson Crusoe Island
Wanting to indulge in to the Fijian culture, I went on the Robinson Crusoe Island Night Tour where I witnessed an amazing fire dance show, South Pacific and Polynesian culture dance, fire walking and lovo digging (lovo is a large pit in the ground that is used as an oven to cook fish, chicken and pork).
The food felt like a home cooked meal that was simple yet delicious, but for me the highlight was the spectacular fire dancing from the locals.
It was a night full of celebration of life, culture, tradition and a night that will stick with me for awhile.
Garden of The Sleeping Giant
The magnificent Garden of The Sleeping Giant is home to more than 2000 varieties of Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids. Almost walking in to a scene from Jurassic Park, this garden boasts of raw, natural beauty that immediately puts you in awe.
The Skanky Stomach xxx