Fiji is a Utopia where you can do it all or do nothing at all and have the experience of a lifetime. But… I chose the do it all path and I’m quite successful. Today, I departed Matangi Private Island Resort, trekked through Bouma Waterfalls, stood on the international dateline, and arrived at Garden Island Resort. My legs are tired, my back is sore, and I’m so dirty that I have to type on the couch, but I would do it all again tomorrow if I was given the chance. I’m officially in love with Fiji!
We were serenaded by locals as we boarded the boat to leave Matangi Private Island Resort this morning. They hugged us like family and wished us well on our journey through Fiji. Between the morning views and the warm wishes to send us on our way, it was impossible not to continue with a smile throughout the day.
I was ready for my first adventure and trekking through Bouma Waterfalls didn’t disappoint. The trail started out with a 10-minute walk to the first and most famous waterfall of Fiji, Bouma Falls, and continued up a series of switchbacks to a second falls. Increasing difficulty and steep trails didn’t exactly match our choice of flip-flops and water shoes, but the panoramic vistas and refreshing falls made the hike seem a lot less difficult.
A three hour hike didn’t deter my fellow travelers from testing out the nearby natural water-slide, but after watching them take a few undeniably painful “slides”, I designated myself as the official, shore-watching, photographer.
Our next stop, the international dateline, was an interesting idea to wrap my head around. Essentially, I was in “yesterday” and “today” at the same time.
After a day of hiking and time travel, I was exhausted.
The Garden Island Resort is my home for the night. With an ocean view and a jacuzzi, I’ve finally found my island time.
If you’re looking for me, you can find me at my private, outdoor jacuzzi. I’ll be relaxing and soaking up Fiji with a drink in my hand. The sun may have set for the day, but the warm breeze and relaxing waves are a perfect end to an adventurous day.