Everyone needs an island holiday at least once a year. Nothing competes with the sweet dream of laying on a beach sipping piña coladas while basking in the sun, only to be interspersed with swimming amongst colourful fishes in crystal clear water. Earlier this year I had to book flights home, to Australia, whilst looking I found that Air Pacific flies Los Angeles to Brisbane, via Fiji. Sweet delight!! There was my island holiday vision again – piña coladas, sunshine, colourful fishes, and crystal clear water. One of my favorite travelling partners is my brother, so after visiting him and the rest of the family back home, he jumped on a plane with me to Fiji for a few days of sunshine, or so we thought…
The Fijian sunshine did not greet us as I had envisioned, sub in thunderstorms and the greyest skies you have ever seen. This wasn’t supposed to happen! We took a small little tinnie to Beachcomber Island Resort from the main boat, I was surprised the tinnie even made it through the rain. Unfortunately my bags did not make it. They were left on the first boat and I did not get them back until just before dinner. It wasn’t so bad while it was overcast, but then the beautiful sunshine finally came out and I had no togs to wear.
There are random things that can really only be learnt on a small sand island, and other shenanigans you must experience on this type of holiday.
5 things you must do on an island holiday
1. Crack open a coconut with your bare hands. The locals gave a small demonstration on how to crack open a coconut, it didn’t look too hard so I took one on. I successfully broke it open on my first try. Unfortunately I did break a hose in the process, and loose 90% of the coconut milk when I cracked it open. But I did it!
2. Have a photo montage with a starfish. We were able to go snorkeling straight off the beach where the starfish were just waiting to be found and photographed.
3. Succumb to food poisoning. My stomach can be compared to a garbage disposal; I can, and do eat, anything and everything. However this cast-iron gut came into trouble in Fiji, I got struck with a bout of food poisoning. Thankfully it wasn’t too terrible, and I won’t share any of the delightful details with you, but there were others on the island who got hit harder than me. I continued to eat like a machine in an attempt to harden up my body, it worked a treat.
4. Swim in crystal clear waters with colourful fish. Beachcomber Island Resort is located in the Mamanuca Islands. There are small reefs everywhere just waiting to be explored. During my brother and I’s stay we went snorkeling off the beach, but some of the best snorkeling was when we took a boat a few minutes out into the water.
5. Experience a double sunset. On our last evening in Fiji my brother and I relaxed by the fresh water pool while the sun started to set. If you have never experienced a double sunset before, although it is a short event, I highly recommend it. First you need to decide what kind of double sunset you want to see, over water or the city. I prefer over the water, but the most important factor in a double sunset is being in a place where you can quickly move to a higher ground and still see the sun set.
We chose to kneel by the water’s edge, then once the sun had completely set, we legged it up the little hill and up on top of the pools edge, we saw the sun set again.
My short time in Fiji with my brother was exceptionally relaxing, memorable and productive. I was able to complete 1/3 of one of my 25 items. English is not the native language in Fiji, nor have a I been there before, thus fulfilling the criteria of #5 on my list. Two more countries to go! Thanks brother, for coming on this adventure with me, I love you more than words can say.
Stay tuned for a movie of the crazy Fijian shenanigans.