I Didn’t Think it Could Get Better…. Then There was More

10 days in Fiji already sounds like a dream. Add on whitewater rafting, snorkeling, riding onSkydive Fiji a catamaran and a jet boat, ziplining, hiking to two waterfalls, visiting 5 resorts and a village, and driving buggies and it starts to sound like The Amazing Race. Just when I thought it was physically impossible to add any more to our itinerary, we decided, on our last day in Fiji, to take the plunge and jump from an airplane with Skydive Fiji. Continue reading

Here Comes the Sun: Rafting the Upper Navua River, Fiji

Our unforgettable rafting journey through paradise began early this morning with Rivers Rivers FijiFiji; we were on the bus before 7 am, but it was worth the early rise because the Upper Navua River, Fiji is a tropical wilderness, covered in lush rainforest and fed by countless waterfalls. The day would have been perfect if I didn’t make a serious, rookie mistake: I didn’t apply enough sunscreen throughout the day and now I’m as red as a matador’s cape. I’d recommend rafting the Upper Navua River if your in the area, but pack that suncreen and cover yourself head to toe! Oh Baby, it is hot in Fiji! Continue reading

Outrigger on the Lagoon: Reveling in the Beauty

Outrigger on the LagoonOutrigger on the Lagoon was my home for the past two nights. Needless to say, we’ve been active for the last four days. We hiked a waterfall, rode in a jet boat, experienced a traditional Fijian Kava Ceremony, stayed at four different resorts, kayaked, snorkeled, and surfed. So when I had time to relax at Outrigger, I reveled in the five star facilities and services.  Continue reading

Sigatoka River Safari: Cultural Connections in Fiji

With luscious rainforests, turquoise waters, an abundance of accommodation options, Fijian Villageand adventures for days, Fiji is an ideal tourist destination. But I can find those exact things in other parts of the world and avoid the long flight and costs. So what is the draw to Fiji? Why is it on everyone’s bucket list? Rich with history and culture, Fiji offers something more and I experienced it first hand today.  During the Sigatoka River Safari, we cruised up the magnificent Sigatoka River to visit an authentic Fijian village and experience a day in the life of the real Fijian. Our driver brought us on a journey to life, the way it is experienced in the village away from cell phones, computers, and “traffic” and I discovered that I would travel around the world a dozen times over to spend a day with the Fijian people. Continue reading

Life is an Adventure: Surf Lessons in Fiji

This is my first trip with other travel bloggers and although I didn’t know anyone before we Fiji-Surf
departed LAX, I’m quickly learning that I’m with an amazing bunch of people who share my lust for life, travel, and adventure. Today, we went surfing with Surf Fiji Co. and the expression on our faces speaks a thousand words. Continue reading

Would You Like to Have Dinner at Castaway Island, Fiji?

Are you hungry? Would you like to join me for dinner at Castaway Island, Fiji? Sit back in
your chair on the beach, listen to the waves lapsing on the shore all around you, rub your feet in the warm sand, and indulge in a tasty Fijian meal created by Chef Lance Seeto at Castaway Island, Fiji.    Continue reading

Everything I Dreamed of Finding in Fiji: Castaway Island

Castaway Island, Fiji embodies the heart and soul of Fiji. Close your eyes and envision what you think Fiji is like. Now, multiply all the beauty you just envisioned by a thousand and that’s Castaway Island, Fiji. The island’s 174 acres are covered in lush tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches with vibrant coral reefs and crystal clear azure waters. Add spacious, traditionally thatched Fijian style bures, numerous beachfront activities, and heart-warming hospitality, and you’ve found Castaway Island, Fiji.

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Snorkeling at Castaway Island, Fiji

It’s obvious from my whale shark experience at the Georgia Aquarium that I have a great fear of encounters with marine life. When I can overcome that fear, I see it as one of the most naturally beautiful events that humans can experience. Today, at Castaway Island in Fiji, I was able to see past the fear and enjoy a unique encounter. Continue reading

Island Time in Fiji

Fiji is a Utopia where you can do it all or do nothing at all and have the experience of a Garden Island, Fijilifetime. 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! Continue reading

Morning at Matangi, Fiji

Bula! It’s 6am, November 28th, in Matangi, Fiji. Exploring the resort makes me sad to be Matangi, Fijileaving after only one night, but there is so much to see and do in Fiji that my excitement is bubbling over like a boiling pot.

I roamed the grounds one more time before settling in at the restaurant for breakfast. The sun is peaking out from behind the mountains and the aqua blue and coral green ocean is still as bright as yesterday, yet the day has just begun.  Continue reading