Anyone been to Fiji?! Help a sista out!

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve never stayed at a resort in Fiji, but I’ve been there many times as my work takes me there from time to time.

Whether or not a visit to Fiji is “worth it” depends entirely on what that means to you.

The best aspect of a trip to Fiji is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a wonderful cultural experience. For that reason, I would never recommend an “all-inclusive” resort, because those tend to insulate you from the real lives of the people whose country you have chosen to visit.

Do you enjoy snorkeling or diving? Hiking? Visiting villages and getting to know Fiji’s unique Pacific Island culture? All of those are possible in Fiji, and having a sense of the kinds of things you would like to do will help narrow down the choices of location and accomodations.

One thing to keep in mind is that Fiji is under a kind of martial law imposed by the current military dictator who took over in a coup in 2006. But that’s unlikely to affect you.

I would recommend checking out the TripAdvisor Fiji forums and reading some of the Top Questions and destination expert responses.

Post # 4
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wish I could be of more help. It’s been like 15 years since I went. I had a free week at a timeshare,  and I don’t remember the costs of food and excursions. But I CAN say that if you can afford it,  I highly recommend it!  The people were great,  the food (I ordered fish every day) was AMAZING,  the land was gorgeous.  I remember seeing a night sky with more stars than I’ve ever see before or since. We took a boat down a river through a rainforest– and it rained on us on our way to the village…. which actually made it perfect. I went to Maui this year on my honeymoon and was thoroughly disappointed because I compared everything to Fiji. You should look up the exact costs on flight and hotel and whatever activities you want to do and decide if it’s in your budget based on that. Check on the political climate there right now as there are apparently issues from time to time. 

Post # 5
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Laurenskii:  I don’t know about resorts but it is worth it – just make sure you go during our summer (their winter) because it is so hot. I never stayed at a resort while there because I was volunteering in the highlands at a village to help with some curriculum development and other things. Try to get away from Nandi. The Fijian people are absolutely amazing.

ETA: If you are in the less touristy areas (like I was) they are more conservative about showing legs and the like.

Post # 6
7284 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Laurenskii:  When exactly are you planning on going? Because the October/November months can often have schoolies taking over resorts in Fiji and prices rise also. Schoolies is the Australian equivilant of spring break.

I would stay away from the any all inclusive places unless they are the $2000 a night variety. They just aren’t woth it and why would you want to be stuck in a resort eating bland westernised food?

I have been to Fiji a numebr of times and have had different levels of holiday. the best one was in a small traditional hut on a secluded beach whoch cost about $20AUD per night.

I would suggest working out what you want from the holiday first and then jump on trip advisor and look at hotel reviews and forums. There are many different Islands within Fiji and they delivery something different depending on where they are.

You also need to take into account transportatioon costs. If you chose a small Island with only 1 resort you will be stuck taking expensive water taxis and be stuck with one overpriced restaurant.



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