I have always wanted to go to Fiji there is just something about the gorgeous blue water and the stunning white sandy beaches that beacon you. S wanted to head down to Fiji for her birthday it was the big 3.0 and she wanted to do something special to celebrate. I was going for 4 days of fun, beaches and relaxation. Our flight to Fiji was delayed as Fiji Airways had an issue with one of their flights. So we ended up having a drink at the Tui Bar at Auckland Airport which makes amazing coffees and drinks btw. I haven’t travelled with Fiji Airways before but like any other small airline and considering its on Fiji time they do take their own leisurely time. The food on the flight was ok (chicken curry, rice, bread roll, cheese, crackers & chocolate wafers). On getting to Fiji airport the Immigration was quite quick however the baggage took a while to arrive, we were worried for a bit that our bags were lost but they finally arrived. There are only two ATM machines once you get out of baggage security check. One belongs to ANZ. There is a fee for the withdrawal of cash charged in Fiji Dollars but we got quite a good exchange rate compared to what was displayed in the bank. We had booked our accommodation with Aquarius on the beach. Its a small resort located around 4-5 mins from Nadi airport with no traffic. Resort is kinda a big word as it is more backpackers version of a resort. You have the option of sharing rooms or you can have your own rooms. The reason we picked this was the trip to Fiji was a bit last minute so we had to make do with last minute cheap deals and this place was on the beach. The driver from the resort picked us up & we had to wait for two others staying at the resort to join us. From Nadi Airport to the resort we couldn’t see much expect for the fact there is a lot of construction going on so take that into account if rushing to the airport. The driver wanted to know what we had planned for the next couple of days and if we needed a taxi. As we already had a tour booked the next day we said we would contact him to let him know if we needed him. Once we got to the resort we were greeted warmly by the gentleman at the reception. It is a small reception desk under the stairs. Opposite the reception is a room with bunk beds and right next to it there is a computer room. The bar and restaurant at the resort are only open until 10pm. It took about 20 mins to check us in and get us to our rooms. They operate on “Fiji Time” so be prepared for everything to go at an extra relaxed pace. We were given our tour voucher for the next day and were duly informed that the bar was closing so if we wanted some drinks that we would need to head down soonish. We headed up dumped our bags, looked around the room and headed down.
At the bar we seen some fresh coconuts..S is from Fiji and I am from India so we cannot walk past fresh coconuts so we ordered two to go and sat down facing the ocean. What is it about the sound of waves crashing on the shore and the ocean breeze that calms you and relaxes you… we had officially entered Fiji time.