29 Sep Travelling to Fiji
“The journey is the destination” Dan Eldon
Fiji is only a relatively short plane trip from Sydney, close to 4 hours. We have travelled twice to Fiji with Miss I, the first time we stayed at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa on the Coral Coast, which was fantastic although we felt a little limited with food options. Miss I, was only 5 months old when we travelled here and exclusively breastfed so it was pretty easy travelling with her. I fed her on take-off and landing so her ears were not affected and she slept the whole way in the plane. The accommodation was clean and the Fijian people are very lovely and accommodating. The spa at the intercontinental was very nice albeit a bit on the pricey side for Fiji. The Coral Coast definitely has much nicer beaches than the Denarau Island area, but the real treats are the Islands!! We had previously stayed on Tokoriki Island and caught a helicopter to get to the Island. Having a baby/toddler we felt that it was safer staying on the mainland.
Miss I at 5 months loved splashing around in the kids pools and seeing the horses on the beach. We travelled during April and found the weather to be prefect. We did not leave the resort the entire stay and just had some pure relaxation time as a family. The Fijian staff would take Miss I for walks within eye distance of us while we ate our meals so it was a nice to have some time as a couple too.
The second time we stayed at the Hilton on Denarau Island, Miss I was 20 months and we travelled in October. The Hilton sits alongside other large hotels on Denarau Island. A hop on hop off Bula bus stops at all the Resorts in the area and takes you into the town centre where there are more options for dining, shopping and a marina where you can take day trip to close Islands. We chose the Hilton based on the proximity to the Marina and therefore the ease for going on day trips to other Islands.
Day trip: We took a day trip to Beachcomber Island to see the turtle breeding program, we saw baby turtles and lots of tropical birds. This Island is tiny and you could walk around the entire Island in 30mins. The beach had pure white fine sand and the water was the postcard picture perfect blue. An easy 20 min boat ride from Denarau Island marina this was the perfect day trip with a toddler. After a swim in the pool and some lunch we hopped back on the boat and arrived back at Denarau in time to grab some groceries and catch the Bula Bus back to the Hilton. Another recommendation if looking for Turtle conservation is Turtle Island, this is not a day trip as you will need to stay on the Island but its truly a great experience and one that saves the lives of the endangered sea turtle.
We stayed at the Hilton for 7 days and felt that was enough time to relax and do some exploring.
Where to eat:
Staying on Denarau we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food. The Bula bus loop allows for easy access to all the resort restaurants. The Hilton has several restaurants, of worthy note is– Nuku Restaurant and Koro which is Adults only. The Sheraton is an easy walk from the Hilton, we ate at the Flying Fish Restaurant on the beach – delicious seafood and Miss I was happy to play in the sand while we had some cocktails.
Fiji is a great option for a hassle free holiday and some quality family time. We will be back again.