Part 1 – Fiji
I am so excited to share with you the best trip of our lives, our honeymoon! We decided to do it big and take two weeks off since we would never get that “newlywed experience” again. We wanted to have both relaxation plus have adventure so when a friend suggested we hit up Fiji on the way to New Zealand, we were sold!! So many people ask if we used a travel agent but we did it all on our own! We literally googled cities, asked friends who have been/live there, searched travel websites and talked over coffee A LOT. It wasn’t easy. We definitely had a few quarrels over the stress of planning, but overall it was quite do-able! I loved how knowledgeable we were about our entire trip and the details that went into it. It made it very enjoyable!
Hopped on a plane to LAX.
We flew from Houston to LA the Sunday after our wedding, then walked a mile to the international terminal, (figured it would help stretch our legs before the long overnight flight) grabbed a quick bite to eat and a glass of wine, then hopped on a plane to Nadi, FIJI! We flew Fiji Airways and the ambiance was everything. From coconut scented facial towels, to tropical printed blankets and soothing island music in the background all night, it was so fun! (and relaxing!) We splurged a little and upgraded our seats to have more legroom (hubby is 6’1)and it was definitly worth it! A friend of ours gave us two pieces of advice for Fiji. 1. Get off the main island because all the truly outstanding islands were the surrounding ones in the lagoons. 2. Stock up on the duty free alcohol in the airport because its cheaper than the resorts and most only include food in your stay! (Ours was one of those.) Once landed we grabbed two bottles of champagne and a bottle of red and white wine for $60 USD bucks total. Everything is in Fiji dollars and it’s a lot less in US dollars with a 1FJD/.50USD conversion rate. We figured we could splurge for the cocktails and beers at the resort.
We then took a taxi to the marina and hopped on a boat ride to our secluded island resort. Our resort helped us book a round trip in both boat and taxi, I highly suggest asking your resort who they work with as they will communicate for you a lot easier! Basically each island is its own resort, for the most part. You have to take a small plane, helicopter, ferry, or a boat to them from the main island of Nadi. Through a ton of research we chose one of the closer islands and a resort called, Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Since we only had 4 days, we didn’t want to spend any more time traveling than we needed to. When we arrived, it was drop dead gorgeous. I mean “postcard like” in every way! We were greeted with our own serenade and island cocktail. We stayed in a garden bungalow with our own plunge pool. They did have over water bungalows but from our research we found that the tide movement was so dramatic that a good portion of the day you were not over water. (Meh??) So, we decided to save the (almost double cost) and stay in the garden bungalow which did NOT let us down. We were so tired when we arrived from jetlag as it was in the middle of the night our time but the sweet staff really encouraged us not to nap! So, we popped some champagne and got the party started!
Our room view with private pool and walk in beach access.
Likuliku staff were so amazing and quickly became our friends knowing everyone’s names. Their customs and their culture are just so peaceful and beautiful! Our bungalow was always so clean and had fresh cookies (yes, fresh cookies) and we never saw anyone come in! They were like little magic elves leaving the best gifts!
The resort had so many free activities like snorkeling, paddle board, kayaks, volleyball etc. They also scheduled anything additional we wanted! You could do a jet ski island hop, private sunset cruise, picnic on a private island or even jet ski to Cast Away Island where the movie with Tom Hanks was filmed (Wilson still has not been found). We love scuba diving so we did that one day! Wow, was it beautiful. I concurred my fears as we swam through a sunken ship! You know the old screen savers of the fish swimming around? That is what it was like! The water was such a deep blue and clear it was unlike I have ever experienced! The calm waters really helped the visibility as well.
Our days consisted of popping champagne, sitting in the calm water outside our bungalow, snorkeling, paddle boarding, rinsing in the pool and the BEST island food you could imagine! Everything about Likuliku was so calm, the water and the wind the weather!
Each evening before our “scheduled” dinner, we loved hitting up happy hour to watch the sunset! It was so much fun to enjoy chatting with other couples, who all shared the same wedding date! There were a few celebrating their anniversary but for the most part, we were all October 1, 2016 bride and grooms!
Our last night there happened to be the pig roast island party! It was so much fun watching them dance and let loose. We got to enjoy time with the staff this night over drinks then had a giant feast with all the guests. My husband and I LOVE talking to servers everywhere we go. We meet great new people, hear awesome stories and get useful travel tips! Serei (pronounced more as Sara) she was our host most of the trip and she was such a beautiful person inside and out. She greeted us by name and always asked how we were doing and our plans for the day. The Fiji “Aloha” is “Bula Bula!!” They say this to greet you in every way. It means life and good health but also hello and bless you! It became part of our lingo for sure. Sorry for the blurry picture but I had to include Serei below!
Fiji was a complete dream! I would absolutely love to go back someday and visit all our friends! It would be so fun to stay on a different island as well. Stay tuned for PART 2 of the honeymoon…NEW ZEALAND!
BULA BULA! SA