Our Winter Escape to Fiji

Our Winter Escape to Fiji

Some of our holidays involve a lot of research and planning before deciding where to go and what to do, while others are decided merely by seizing a great opportunity. Our July 2022 holiday to Fiji falls into the latter category.

In late 2021 my eldest step-daughter, Belinda suggested that we take a family holiday to Fiji with her, her husband and two children, as she’d seen an amazing offer that included airfares, accommodation in a well known resort and all meals. Maggie’s other three daughters and their families were also invited, although only one other family could make it. For us the deal was so good we booked immediately, but holding some concern about Covid – Could overseas travel from Australia be shut down again? Could we catch Covid in Fiji and be stranded there?

Waiting to board at Sydney International Airport
Our Aircraft being prepared for our return flight

As it turned out we caught covid two weeks prior to our Fiji holiday, during a short trip to Queensland and were out of quarantine just in time.

Oscar playing a traditional “drum” to welcome us to Fiji, He and his parents arrived two days before us.

The Radisson Blu Resort (along with the Sheraton, Wyndham, Sofitel and Hilton resorts), is on Denarau Island; which was created from reclaimed swamp land on the western coast. In reality it is only partly separated from the main island, Viti Levu, and is not far from the city of Nadi.

Each evening parents paid a fee for their child to dress-up and take part in the torch lighting.
Oscar dressed and awaiting his turn (near the top right of above photo)

We each purchased a five day pass to ride the Bula Bus, which takes passengers from resort to the Marina and back, as well as to others resorts along the way.

Bula is a greeting that means something similar to “hello”. So the Bula bus is the Hello bus. As it turns out all of the Fijian people you pass while on the bus shout “Bula” to you. And of course it is polite to shout Bula to them.

We visited the Denarau Island Marina several times to explore and shop. On one occasion we were there to catch a ferry to Malamala Island for the day.

Malamala is approximately a 30 minute ferry ride from Denarau Island Marina.

Having arrived on Malamala we scrambled to reserve day beds with shade, close to the Malamala Beach Club and infinity pool.

Kane, Jamie, Belinda and Maggie

Swimming, eating, drinking and resting were our main activities at Malamala and the same back at Radisson Blu Resort.

It was enjoyable to wander through the resort gardens ….

…. and late in the day, to sip a cool drink, while the sun descended into the sea.

On several occasions we strolled along the foreshore and through the resorts to the north of Radisson Blu.

Bula Maggie
Day beds in the shade at the Sofitel resort, framed by Jamie and Oscar
Sunset drinks at the Sofitel

The seven days in Fiji passed quickly, however by that time we were ready to go home and face the mess left by a flooded Tuggerah Lake.

  • ruthwc
    Posted at 17:16h, 09 August Reply

    Wonderful photos, as always. Vibrant!

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 09:33h, 10 August Reply

      I’m pleased you like the photos Ruth

  • John
    Posted at 17:34h, 09 August Reply

    This holiday looks far too relaxing. Very glad you had a great time. I especially liked the images of the water scenery around the Fiji islands. Glad you are home safe.

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 09:35h, 10 August Reply

      Thanks for your comment John. This was a very different holiday for us and wonderful to spend time with family.

  • Marg M
    Posted at 13:37h, 29 August Reply

    Finally got a chance to look at the photos, Al. Great shots, as always. I particularly love the vibrant plants, and the sunsets. Brings back lovely memories of a long-ago family trip to Fiji for Christmas. Makes me want to go again!

    • alistairstravel
      Posted at 14:23h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks for your comment Marg. Hope you get the opportunity to go to Fiji again soon.

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