Post # 1
FI-to-be and I are planning a holiday for our 3rd anniversary in July, to either Bali or Fiji.
Has anyone been to Bali or Fiji?
Where did you stay? What time of the year did you travel? What did you do on the Island? Would you recommend it? Any advice?
Post # 3
Go to Bali every year…..
Love, love, love it !!!!
Need any info, I’m your person 🙂
Post # 4
Bali is more interesting IMO, but also a fair bit grimier. I’ve been to both. Part of Bali is the super paty/swarming with Australians part (haha love Australians, but seriously, it was like a gazillion drunk Aussies) and the rest of it is more chill, but a fair bit dirtier because it is more where the locals are.
Fiji is lots of resorts and beaches, but not a ton else. Bali has jungle and a lot of other things to do besides the beach, which is nice for 10 days!
Post # 5
Iv’e been to Bali a couple of times. Once in March and again in November last year.
Kuta can be really crazy with party and night life and so i would suggest staying away from there.
Ive stayed in Seminyak which has a great relaxed beach vibe. I also stayed in Sanur which is another great place that have heaps of waterfront resorts and is slightly more affluent than seminyak.
I would also suggest looking into booking your own private villa if you’re after privacy. They range in all sorts of prices but you can get your own villa with private pool for very affordable prices especially in low season.
Bali is great! I highly recommend it!
Post # 6
I have been to both numerous times and I think it would depend on what type of holiday you wanted.
Adventure and activity then I would pick Bali
Relaxing and intimate then I would pick Fiji
Of course you can find both types of holiday in both places but for a more romantic holiday I would pick one of the resorts on a Fiji Island. There are quite a few that are adults only as well.
Post # 7
@nedaussie: I want all the info you have! But I shall start with asking: best places to stay and activities that are an absolute must?
@crayfish: Ooo, I forgot Bali had a jungle (duh!). Thanks.
@Winterwedding14: We’d definitely be getting a private Villa! Thanks for the information on the areas.
@j_jaye: And here is the problem: He wants ‘adventure and activities’ and I want ‘relaxing and intimate’.
I should probably add, that we’re planning on travelling to both places eventually, as we’re both avid travellers (I was actually in China this time last week!) we’re more trying to figure out which place is better for an anniversary (romantic) holiday in July (good season/bad season?) for a couple under 25 (active, drinking, spas etc).
Post # 8
@Mischka: I would choose Bali then. That way you both get what you want. But I would look at the more high end hotels like those in Nusa Dua or Jimbaren bay.
There are lots of gorgeous private villas that are out of the hustle and bustle of Kuta. Also take a look at Lovina, Candidasi and Lombok.
If you want somewhere a little different take a look at Boracay (Philipines) or BinTan Island (Indonesia). Or even the Cocos Islands in Australia.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2014 - saint patricks parish
hard decision but I picked fiji because its super romantic and beautiful.
Post # 10
I will private message you 🙂
I do agree, need to be in a villa and away from Kuta unless you want the drunken partiers…lol…unless you are one of them
We have a private driver (who has become a wonder friend)
We went to Bali 23 years ago (our honeymoon) I’m on here because I’m the MOB, and need lots of inspiration, as things have definately changed since I was married. ANd I must admit I hated it (wahaaa) But 7 years ago, gave it another go, and love it so much, that we go every year. (Sadly not this year, as mega $$$ for the wedding !!!!!)
lol…now I’m really rabbiting on !!!!
I’ll PM you 🙂
Post # 11
@j_jaye: I would love to go to Boracay! But FI-to-be is going to the Philipines for three weeks on Monday with his friend and they’re travelling there! Jealous! I will check out BinTan Island and the Cocos Islands, thank you.
@nedaussie: Thank you!
Post # 12
Bali for sure. Go to Ubud, Bingin, Uluwatu etc. Avoid Kuta & Legian as they are full of drunk Aussies. If resorts are your thing go to Nusa Dua. FYI Nusa Dua is 100% man made, it’s all resorts. Not my idea of Bali but you might like it.
We are going for two weeks staying in Ubud (below) Uluwatu then Seminyak.
Fiji is pretty but boring so I would avoid that.
Post # 13
I LOVED Fiji but July is their rainy season. So id say wait and go when it’s winter there. I’d be happy to give you details though if youd like them!
eta: ignore me because I obviously need some wine or something after this day. July IS winter there, duh we went in August!! Anyway we visited a few places and went up to blue lagoon resort which was fantastic and some amazing crystal blue water and sand beaches! We stayed in a private villa on the beach and loved every minute. you go you CANNOT spend your time on the main island at a big resort. That’s just not REAL Fiji. You can take a catamaran up the Yasawa islands and island hop for a week and won’t even cover everything there is to do!
Post # 14
@FauxBoho: Thank you. Wow, that picture is gorgeous.
@MsJ2theZ: I read your first line and was like what…? I live in Australia/NZ so I know July is winter haha. I’ll look into the Yasawa Islands, thank you.
Post # 15
We were considering Bali but a friend of ours went and said it was “dirty.” Maybe we should reconsider if so many people are saying positive things! As of now, Fiji is our #1…
Post # 16
Fiji, my Darling Husband and I travelled to Bali in I think 2010 maybe 2011, we hated it. Now we are not inexperienced travellers with no idea of the non western world, we have been to Fiji (twice for me) Thailand-Phuket, beijing, and some of Europe. But for island staying I would rate Fiji or Thailand so much higher, Bali was just horribly dirty I’m talking raw sewerage on the street if it rains as it overflows and there are no covers to the holes, we stayed in seminyak so out of the busy Kuta, and the beach was unswimmable, like literally could smell and see the sewerage in the wash up from the waves and alot of trash. They have a reputation for being friendly we unfortunately did not experience this once, taxis honk at you wherever u walk non-stop, one after another! You get swarmed and pestered at the markets and a no thankyou is not good enough.
It was a total different experience for us in Phuket or Fiji, the people we soooooo friendly beaches clean and lovely experiences