I recently had the pleasure of being sent to Fiji for three days with a big group of fellow travel agents. Though our time was short, we fit tons in, and got to see so much of the main island of Fiji. The country of Fiji is comprised of tons of little islands, but the main island houses the international airport, loads of accommodation, and tons of things to do.
Three Days in Fiji: Day 1
We took the 6 AM flight out of Sydney, arriving in to Nadi International Airport in the late morning. It’s only a 4 hour flight from Sydney to Fiji. After a super quick trip through customs, we met our transfer company and hopped in the van to head to our first destination, the Pullman Nadi. A quick hotel inspection later, we gathered around the biggest table in the restaurant for lunch with the hotel manager. The hotel is beautiful (and I’d highly recommend staying here if you are interested in staying near the airport in Nadi), and the lunch was amazing – an assortment of thai dishes, finished off with a coconut rice pudding.
After a big lunch, we hopped back in to the van and headed to one of the activities I was most looking forward to – a mud spa. After watching “Suits” on Netflix, I had envisioned myself lying in a bathtub full of mud, cucumbers on my eyes and relaxing spa music in the background. What we were greeted with was even better.
The mud spa was based outside, in the mountains of Fiji. The scenery was beautiful, and we got to listen to the stories of how the hot springs were discovered as we caked mud on to every exposed inch on skin. As the mud dried, we watched litters of puppies run across the grounds. Finally, the mud was dry and we were allowed in the cleansing pool.
The cleansing pool was muddy and slimy on the bottom, as this is the pool that the mud gets pulled out of. It was a surreal and awkward feeling, but as soon as we’d wiped all the mud off, we were allowed into the naturally heated thermal pool. The thermal pool was about 90 degrees fahrenheit, a perfect temperature for a cloudy and rainy day. It was a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a flight.
Too soon, we had to leave the mud spa and head over to our hotel to check in and have dinner with a cultural show. We stayed at the First Landing Resort, which was named so because it was located on the first plot of land where Fiji was discovered – the first landing in Fiji.
The next day, we hopped back into the van for a ride to Port Denarau. This is the main port of the island, where you can take boats to other islands, or day cruises. We opted for a day cruise with Captain Cook Cruises, which took us to a tiny uninhabited island called Tivua Island.
I’d highly recommend this cruise. The boat ride was just 90 minutes long, and on the way there we had a kava ceremony. Kava is a root native to Fiji, and the locals have been making it into a drink for centuries. It is said to have effects similar to alcohol, but the taste is like a dirty water.
Once we arrived at Tivua Island, we were given the freedom to do whatever we wanted. Most of us chose to relax on the beach, but some of the group went snorkeling to find the black tip reef sharks, and scuba diving was an option as well.
At the end of the day, we trudged back to the boat (unwillingly, in my case) and rode the 1.5 hours back to the mainland. Once we arrived back at the port, a new van was ready to take us to the Westin, where we had sunset cocktails.
The Westin was absolutely stunning, and if I was to recommend one hotel on the mainland of Fiji, it would by far be the Westin. It was the most beautiful hotel we got to inspect, and I would definitely be staying there had I gone to the main island on my own trip. Unfortunately, the sun set before our inspection, so I wasn’t able to take too many photos as it was already dark.
On our last day in Fiji, we slept in before an amazing lunch at the Boathouse. The van took us back to the mountains to have a quick zipline before taking us to the airport. The zip lining place is called Sleeping Giant, and though it was a quick few zips, it was such a fun time. I absolutely love zip lining.
We finished off the trip with a long flight home. Though the trip was super short, it was a great first experience of the beautiful country of Fiji, and I would love to go back.