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    If you're after a nice...

    by smiles97 Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you're after a nice relaxing holiday, you must go out to one of the smaller islands. We stayed in a bure right on the beach, and basically had our own part of the beach to laze about and it was wonderful. There are plenty of free activites like snorkelling, sailing, canoing, tennis, putt putt golf, and the food and entertainment are second to none!

    Fondest memory: Getting married of course. We didnt want a big wedding, and the thought of spending a fortune for one afternoon was ridiculous to us as we were saving up a deposit for our own house, so we saw a travel agent here in Australia and organised everything before we went. The day after we arrived at the Fijian Resort, we met up with the wedding organiser, and signed all the official paperwork and ran through details of how we wanted things. I saw a nice arrangement of tropical flowers at their reception desk and said I wanted a bouquet to carry just like that...and I got it no problems at all. We also noticed that they had 3 guys playing guitars and ukelales in the foyer, singing Fijian songs and we asked if they would be able to play at our wedding and that was no problem either.
    We spent most of our wedding day relaxing by the pool until about 2pm, then we got ready in our room before being taken to the most beautiful spot overlooking the water to be married at sunset. It was just gorgeous, and afterwards we had a beautiful lobster dinner on a balcony in one of the restaurants. So if anyone out there wants a stress free, no worries wedding day, I would definitely recommend Fiji....at least you dont have to worry about forking out stacks of money to feed stacks of ungrateful relatives!

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    by Kis_Jutka Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: My fondest memories of Fiji are the people and the scenery.

    The people are very friendly, happy and accomodating. The Fijians love children and offer great baby-sitting services.

    The scenery is postcard-like. I was actually foolish enough to take books to read on the beach. However, it was so beautiful, I didn't read a page. The beauty of the landscape is breathtaking and the ocean gorgeous. It was a truly memorable trip.

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    For sure like your life...

    by wilddog Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: For sure like your life depended on it bring mosiquito repellent as well as some sort of cream to stop the itching. I came across several people that were crying from all the bites and they had nothing so I shared what I had they were so happy they were able to have fun again..And dont forget that sun screen and a hat as the sun has a different angle down under.and Fiji is close enough to down under. Also dont miss the Kava drinking You may make some native friends that will invite you to their village or you will be able to do it lots of times in the backpackers lodigings. As they have lots of things like that . And the best thing not to miss is the FIRE WALK and better yet take off your shoes and do it .If you do it well then you can do anything in life why because you just conquered your oun fear. So good on ya mate have a blast in paradise.....

    Fondest memory: The beauty of the islands and the kindness of the people... Also the intense colors of the water against the sky and the beautiful colors of the flowers and the vegetation.......

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    by jeremyg Written Aug 26, 2002

    Fondest memory: When staying at Tavewa island myself and a couple of mates decided to climb the adjacent island. With help from the guys at David's Place we were taken to the island with a couple of bags of Kava to give to the chief of the island when asking to climb his hill. Such a nice chap allowed us to do so and after a stuggle through dense shrub in the searing mid-day sun made it to the top and captured a picture of the island we where we were staying.

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    by nieldy Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Sunsets! Here's me, looking like a bronzed god! Well,looking slightly puzzled anyway. 'Hmm, what is that person doing pointing that camera at me?' Note the bottle of Fiji bitter in my hand - a constant companion. All the Fijian beers had little slogans to go with them. Fiji Bitter - The Sportsmans Beer, for example. My favourite was Fiji Stout - The Health Beer. The more you drink, the healthier you get?

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    Go SCUBA diving! The water's...

    by TashieKitten Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go SCUBA diving! The water's warm, the fish are plentiful and the vis is great!

    Fondest memory: Not having anything to do. No phone, no computer, no television. I went there for my honeymoon and this uninterrupted time with my husband is invaluable and so very very precious to me.

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    Go to the peaceful WAYA Island...

    by James_Cooke Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the peaceful WAYA Island where you can enjoy your life.

    Fondest memory: I had a little trip from Waya with the school boat. A lot (A LOT!!!) of children going to school. Wenn we came back it was already advenced night, we saw a hudge cruiser in the bay (impressiv from a fisher boat) and at last we arrived (safe) into the village and made a exellent KAVA night/music.

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    I did not move that much...

    by dreamworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I did not move that much within the country.
    I was based at Nadi city in Western part of Viti Levu island, where you have the biggest airport (and international one).
    We did a 1 day excursion to the capital...Suva. Very very interesting if you want to really meet local Fidjian people. The government palace is worth to see (you can not enter but you can see it from the gardens), with their guards wearing traditional 'skirt' clothing.

    >>> the picture shows the entrance of the Presidential Residence in Suva, with the typical clothes worn by official Fiji police/security...funny

    Fondest memory: But the very very best place I've ever been could really be :

    MANA island, small one, about 1 1/2 hours by boat from Nadi port. It's like a paradise....extraordinary beach and top top clear water full of sealife and really not crowded. You must go there if you can afford it (boats aren't cheap).
    I did scuba diving off Mana island and that was probably the best diving site I've ever did (better than Australia Big Reef !). We saw whale sharks + hammer sharks + uncommon smaller fishes.

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    Talk to the locals , youll...

    by KiwiQ8 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Talk to the locals , youll probably get invited to go out with them. Being in the Air Force we got talking to some locals who were officers and they took us to their officers club and brought us drinks all day

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    by pinkstarnz Written Aug 25, 2002

    Fondest memory: We hired a taxi to take us to singatoka, cost us $25
    for the whole day, then he take us back to his home for a traditional Indain dinner and to meet his family. Dad stll see him every time he goes back to fiji every year. I really enjoy that as you don't find many people like any more.

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    by Miles_Togo Written Aug 25, 2002

    Fondest memory: SevuSevu with a local chief in a remote island of the Wasawa group.

    Anchoring offshore, and staying at a literally 'deserted tropical island', that our group had all to ourselves...

    The '$2.00 BAR', (it's actual name, although the drinks were actually $2.50 (about $1.25 USD)). Located in Musquet Cove, it was full of 'yachties' (sailors) whom where all quite friendly and full of stories and adventures. Even the old 'grizled' sailors that I expected might be a little snooty towards a landlubber like myself where great... down under, seemed a different world than the Caribbean, where there where a lot of egos on board (ie. 'island hopper sailors' who still getting there sea legs). In Fiji, most everyone has made the passage from Panama, and had to depend and rely upon solid skills, as well as other boats in case of emergency or help. Made for lots of good, solid, openhearted folks.

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    by Aquariusgal Written Aug 25, 2002

    Fondest memory: I met a Fijiian man in Nadi who invited me to his home to meet his wife and family for a proper Fijiian meal. I accepted and was treated like a queen in their home. I have never met more hospitable people in my life. We had a wonderful meal and the family ended up seeing me off at the airport on my departure.

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    by Jillworld Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The laid back feel! Do not expect anything to happen when they say it will, therefore, don't rush - you have plenty of time. They call if Fijitime, like no other time zone you've known. The people were warm and friendly, especially the kids!

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    Can't think of a 'Must' right...

    by King1e Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Can't think of a 'Must' right now, My doc.s just told me to go away, and that was a stop over point on my trip to Australia. Much more, but it can wait.

    I guess the warm weather, and warm water, and coral with colorful fish within 10 feet of the shoreline (shallow). The very small island I stayed on (no cars) it had one small tractor. The Island is called Beachcomber. I did not realize it, when I booked it, but it is a, well sort of a party island.

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    Visit Beachcomber Island...

    by mark88 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Beachcomber Island resort during Feb or March each year for the 1/2 price diving.

    Fondest memory: This beautiful island is small enough to walk around in about 10 minutes but has a wide range of activities to keep you occupied.

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