Advantages close to NZ and AUS
Disadvantages very humid in summer months, only serviced by Air Pacific
A small cab fare from Nadi are the mainland resorts such as the Sheraton and the Royal Denarau. When I say “small” cab fare, maybe about FJD$10 if you’re lucky as the Indian cabbies will not hesitate to rip you off if given the chance. A classic line is “Oh, I don’t have change for your $20 bill”. It’s just the way they run their business. When you reach the resorts you are finally secluded from the madness these people create and are welcomed by native Fijians who smile with such sincerity and innocence as they carry your bags to your room. These resorts offer many activities such as water sports, tenniscourts, a nice golf course etc. But really. Who goes to a tropical paradise to play golf? The hotels are your standard luxury affair with shops, good food, nice rooms, and good service. If you are looking for a more Fijian feel the Royal Denarau has dark wood décor with traditional Fijian touches such as crafts and tapa cloths dangling from walls etc. These resorts are great to stay at for a couple of days after your flight but with average beaches, murky water and a few palm trees scattered about, they lack that special something which takes your breath away. That is where the outer islands such as the Mamanucas (“ma-ma-nu-tha”) are begging to make your acquaintance.These groups of islands are a short boat ride (approx’ 1-2 hours) or a seaplane ride away. The fares are usually included in your pre booked stay at one of the many island resorts that are on offer. From the moment your boat hits the shore you will experience true Fijian hospitality at its best with a song and dance, and for the ladies a trip over the water to the beach cradled in the arms of a burly but gentle Fijian male to avoid getting wet feet.
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