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  Reply # 1599032 26-Jul-2016 14:03
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I am not actually a huge fan of the Pacific Islands but have been to Fiji about 8 times over the last 5 to 6 years, mainly for work (in both Suva and the Nadi/Danerau side of the main island) but have also paid to extend my stays for breaks. Here are some general thoughts:

 

 

 

1. It is becoming quite expensive. I'm heading over that way at the end of next month for some work-related stuff and was going to hang around for a few extra nights in Danerau with my wife. But we'll likely give up on this idea. Anything semi-decent/nice (one thing I will say about Fiji in my experience is that anything less than 4 stars can be pretty crummy) is close to 400 bucks (NZD) a night. For a short break, I can do much better in lots of other places, including places in NZ.

 

2. Fijians in service industries, in my experience, have really oddball ideas of what constitute good service which aren't always in comport with what western people expect. I was staying in the Sheraton at Danerau and the room I was originally assigned had a serious ant infestation. When I first raised this, the front desk said they would bring a can of spray. And they took half an hour to come. By the time the person came, I came to the view that the room was simply unacceptable and asked to be shifted. They took another 1 1/2 hours to get this done. Such experiences have been common place everywhere I have been -- restaurants that are half empty taking 50 minutes to come up with your meals etc. The people are always unfailingly polite but none of them truly give a damn.

 

3. A few years back during the Australian mining boom, being in so called five star hotels like the Sheraton, Sofitel, and Hilton etc in Danerau was nonetheless a still painful experience, as the booming economy opened up access to these places to people for whom, to put it charitably, aren't always the natural market for such places. All the other guests were fine but I lost count of the number of Australians (or people with very obvious Australian accents) that I saw behaving obnoxiously to other guests and the staff. I am talking about things like clinging and clanging of cutleries, clicking fingers at staff, talking loudly any and everywhere (including corridors etc), and public drunkenness. Things appear to have improved somewhat over the last year or so, as their economy has tanked and such people just aren't around in the numbers they used to be.

 

4. If you are one that gets really bothered by noise, beware that a lot of the Danerau hotels will throw disco parties and so forth quite regularly on Friday and Saturday nights. And the restaurants in which they serve breakfast tend to be huge places in cavernous surroundings which totally accentuated the screaming and shouting of guests etc. I always made a point of ordering room service breakfast if available. The common areas and the shared beach can also get quite crowded.

 

5. Fijian food, in my experience, is either absolutely fantastic or absolutely horrible. Very little in between. When it's fantastic, the food can easily put much of the Auckland restaurant scene to shame and at better prices. If you are eating away from the hotels, even in places like Danerau (tourist Mecca), the prices are pretty reasonable.

 

6. There isn't much to do -- really, that is just the truth -- beyond swimming, enjoying the sun, watersports, and maybe things like going to a good spa and getting a massage etc. It's quite fun for a few days, though.

 

7. If you are going to go to Fiji, consider some of the larger standalone resorts on the Pacific Coast on the main island or one of the outer islands. I was in one of the former (the name escapes me) and whilst you are a bit "trapped" there, due to it being in the middle of nowhere (this one was about an hour's drive from Suva), there was just much more room in the common areas and things like lawns to walk on. So much more relaxing.

 

8. Don't go to Suva. There's nothing to do there. The Grand Pacific Hotel is wonderful but everything there is insanely expensive.

 

 


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  Reply # 1599041 26-Jul-2016 14:15
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I've been to Fiji many times and Samoa once, for relaxing holidays. There's sod all to do in either, they're both "downtime" type places. Ten days in one place would be a bit much, if you were away that long I'd go to two resorts. Fiji mainland there's more to do, but islands are nicer. Samoa has much less developed tourist industry, much more limited food options at the place we went (medium-high end), and has no book stores, so take anything you need if you go there. Fiji is built for tourists.





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  Reply # 1599066 26-Jul-2016 14:18
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I've been to Fiji many times and Samoa once, for relaxing holidays. There's sod all to do in either, they're both "downtime" type places. Ten days in one place would be a bit much, if you were away that long I'd go to two resorts. Fiji mainland there's more to do, but islands are nicer. Samoa has much less developed tourist industry, much more limited food options at the place we went (medium-high end), and has no book stores, so take anything you need if you go there. Fiji is built for tourists.

 

 

I can't comment on Samoa (never been there) but broadly speaking timmay is right about Fiji. There are also bugger all decent book shops in Fiji. Bring your own books if you are a reader on vacation type would be my advice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1599067 26-Jul-2016 14:19
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we've been to Raro, Tonga and Samoa. and I'd highly recommend Sinalei Reef Resort in Samoa. No KIDS allowed :)

 

Food on islands is meh, does not matter where you go. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but you can't compare it to even average restaurant in Auckland. And forget about coffee while you're there.





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  Reply # 1599085 26-Jul-2016 14:50
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we've been to Raro, Tonga and Samoa. and I'd highly recommend Sinalei Reef Resort in Samoa. No KIDS allowed :)

 

Food on islands is meh, does not matter where you go. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but you can't compare it to even average restaurant in Auckland. And forget about coffee while you're there.

 

 

 

 

I've never understood why, on an Island like Fiji that gets 9 flights + a day from places like NZ and Australia, why they don't bring milk and fresher meat in. It's crazy how bad the food is in Fiji to what it SHOULD be. 

 

We were on this REMOTE island in the Maldives, and we had the most amazing food (I don't even mean by Island standards). Obviously, all brought in (except the fish and some fruit and veges which were grown locally). 

 

 


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  Reply # 1599088 26-Jul-2016 14:55
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I've never understood why, on an Island like Fiji that gets 9 flights + a day from places like NZ and Australia, why they don't bring milk and fresher meat in. It's crazy how bad the food is in Fiji to what it SHOULD be. 

 

We were on this REMOTE island in the Maldives, and we had the most amazing food (I don't even mean by Island standards). Obviously, all brought in (except the fish and some fruit and veges which were grown locally). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am a pretty picky eater and I mostly have found Fijian food pretty good (my last trip being a clear exception). Admittedly I tend to stick to seafood and avoid red meat as I've never liked the latter.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1599089 26-Jul-2016 14:57
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timmmay:

 

I've been to Fiji many times and Samoa once, for relaxing holidays. There's sod all to do in either, they're both "downtime" type places. Ten days in one place would be a bit much, if you were away that long I'd go to two resorts. Fiji mainland there's more to do, but islands are nicer. Samoa has much less developed tourist industry, much more limited food options at the place we went (medium-high end), and has no book stores, so take anything you need if you go there. Fiji is built for tourists.

 

 

I can't comment on Samoa (never been there) but broadly speaking timmay is right about Fiji. There are also bugger all decent book shops in Fiji. Bring your own books if you are a reader on vacation type would be my advice!

 

 

 

Fiji has way more stuff than Samoa. After a 10 day trip to Samoa where I finished or skipped 5 books (heavy) and my then-girlfriend (now wife) had a kindle, I got a kindle right away. Also, Internet is virtually non-existent on most of the islands.





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  Reply # 1599091 26-Jul-2016 14:58
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I prefer to holiday in NZ.....

 

Get there quicker

 

No long flight in a flying bus

 

Good food

 

Good coffee (except in Auckland tongue-out)

 

Take my own car

 

Change my mind at a whim

 

Spectacular scenery

 

And last of all there is Utiku

 

 





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  Reply # 1599099 26-Jul-2016 15:17
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Fiji has way more stuff than Samoa. After a 10 day trip to Samoa where I finished or skipped 5 books (heavy) and my then-girlfriend (now wife) had a kindle, I got a kindle right away. Also, Internet is virtually non-existent on most of the islands.

 

 

I guess it depends what you like and what you expect. Out last year 2 weeks on Samoa was perfect getaway as we wanted to do nothing, just simply nothing. Eat, drink, sleep. Wake up 10 meters from ocean - swim, drink ice cold beer - swim again. Entertainment at hotel almost every night, nothing fancy, and everybody got to bad by 9pm, so opportunity for naked swim before bed time in warm ocean

 

So yeah, I guess everything really depends what you expect and want from getaway.

 

We still hired a car and drove around, soaked in waterfalls, etc, there're possibility for 1-3 days hiking trips. So really lot's to do. But we opt-in for doing nothing!





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  Reply # 1599102 26-Jul-2016 15:19
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I've never understood why, on an Island like Fiji that gets 9 flights + a day from places like NZ and Australia, why they don't bring milk and fresher meat in. It's crazy how bad the food is in Fiji to what it SHOULD be. 

 

We were on this REMOTE island in the Maldives, and we had the most amazing food (I don't even mean by Island standards). Obviously, all brought in (except the fish and some fruit and veges which were grown locally).  

 

 

 

 

Can't agree more. I've been 5 times to Maldives (enjoyed just 4-5hrs flight from European part of Russia) and food never was an issue.





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  Reply # 1599110 26-Jul-2016 15:32
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If you're boycotting Fiji over their political situation, you'd probably want to read up a bit on the Maldives before booking your holiday (I work with a Maldivian, so he may be biased...)

 

OTOH, since we're out of the Pacific all of a sudden, I can recommend Bermuda if you're feeling wealthy. This article about it on Stuff is pretty accurate for a tourist puff-piece. I have relations there which makes accommodation far more reasonable, but it is a very lovely place.


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Rarotonga, with several days in Aitutaki.

 

Aitutaki is more expensive than Raro, but is well worth the extra.

 

No language problems, NZ currency, tiny local population, Island Time. smile

 

 

This. Went there for honeymoon in March, stayed at Etu Moana, stunning! They had an honesty bar by the pool where you make your own cocktail or grab beer/wine and just write in a book what you made. Good times and good prices :)





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  Reply # 1599408 27-Jul-2016 10:44
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Fiji,  Malolo Island if you want to just chill out and relax.  Great for kids.  No TV, no WiFi in the rooms.  There is a lounge area for TV and Wifi at the beach bar if you need to catch up on things. 

 

Plenty to do everyday, happy hour every evening.  Great food and restaurants.  No crowds or lining up for anything, resort only has approx 30 rooms so guess that's the reason.

 

Spent a week there a few years ago, most relaxing time ever.

 

 

It must have changed.  We just spent a week at Lomani Resort on Malolo Lallai, adults only (>16, so our daughter could come), very quiet, 24 rooms, all facilities (water and bikes and excursions) free and readily available, excellent food, wifi (but not free), great beach and pool, altogether brilliant but quite expensive.  Next one up is Plantation Island Resort, lots of people, many kids, a bit frenetic (it was NZ school holidays, so maybe a bad sample).  And then, next one up, Musket Cove, quieter again.  We often biked up to eat at Dick's Place at Musket (and cycled back in the dark!), which was possibly slightly cheaper but again excellent (have the Kokoda!).  Two supermarkets (read 4-Square size) where we bought fresh bread and lunch stuff.

 

Well, we thought Malolo Lailai was expensive, but we had 3 nights at Denerau (Westin) on the way back so we could hire a car and visit some places we had been to before, and that was expensive eating too (we are talking $FJ 250-300 for 3 people with 2 drinks most everywhere) -- and this area/hotel was not very enjoyable apart from the breakfasts -- a bit frenetic too.

 

I recommend Tu's place in Nadi for a great, and less expensive, meal.  Kokoda again!





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  Reply # 1599423 27-Jul-2016 11:09
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I prefer to holiday in NZ.....


Get there quicker


No long flight in a flying bus


Good food


Good coffee (except in Auckland tongue-out)


Take my own car


Change my mind at a whim


Spectacular scenery


And last of all there is Utiku


 



This, we decided after taking a trip to Aussie our next holiday is going to see more of our own country first.

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  Reply # 1599680 27-Jul-2016 19:39
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For those who have been to New Caledonia, is there anything in particular that you would recommend doing there? Or is it just a matter of picking a nice resort and drinking cocktails by the pool?


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