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Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Caloundra, Australia
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Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Hi All

Help !!! I'm confused as to where, have read all different forums...????

We are returning to in June/July 2014 to beautiful Fiji. We did Plantation Island last time, but the kids now 11 & 12.5 & hubby want a bit more adventure/water sports. I would like opinion's on mainland for 5N & an Island for another 5N. Also like a cpl of day tours to other islands. Snorkelling is a must so nice beaches. I want to go to a travel agent, however they are all steering me to Thailand(yuk) and I would love to arrange myself.....Thanks in advance if anyone is out there to help... :-) :-)

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1. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Not too many travel agents are familiar with Fiji unfortunately. It is probably best you make your own decision as to where you want to go and tell the agent. , Mana would suit you all and have the water sports you want.

You can arrange island hopping from there. The Coral Coast has some family orientated resorts, The Warwick or Outrigger may suit. Closer to Nadi First Landing resort may be good for you.. Lots of things to do on the mainland too. Kila World Eco Adventure Park has heaps of activities including a Zipline. It is at Navua on the southern Coral Coast.. The Naihehe Caves trip with Off Road is a really popular one you can also do it by boat and walking. These places have websites. From Mana yu can do the Seaspray trip to which takes you on an old sailing ship to Modriki Island where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was filmed. You get to visit a Fijian village on this trip too. Hope this Helps. Treasure Island Resort should be opepn by Christmas after being closed for almost a year and should be a good option. You can access Beachcomber Island with lots of water sports, jets skis, para sailing etc. from Treasure as they are very close to each other, could be a good choice.

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I highly recommend Leleuvia island (www.leleuvia.com)... It's on the south-east side of Fiji, not far from Suva... It's off the "tourist track" so you are treated much like family & not just another guest... Not over crowded like some of the other resorts... They have excellent reviews on TA... All non-motorised water sports are free (stand up paddle boards, kayaks, snorkelling gear)... Motorised sports are the cheapest I've seen in Fiji (jet ski, charter fishing, scuba diving)... They also have kiteboarding & hobie cat (not sure if these are free or if fees apply)... They also have a massage bure & free wifi... They do day trips to a few nearby islands (Levuka being one, the old capital of Fiji) along with village tours and if whales are around at the time they do whale watching trips... The beach is much like mamanucas, clean sand & crystal clear water (very much postcard Fiji), but at a fraction of the price... The only downfall is that the bures do not have their own amenities, only shared toilet & shower facilities... Some bures have a double bed + single + single bunks, so if you are happy to have the whole family in one room there is enough beds in the one bure to accommodate... Leleuvia is a basic resort, no aircon or TV in bures, although I don't think they're needed as the bures are right on the beach so you get the nice cool breeze and there is so much to do there is no need for TV (in my opinion anyway)... However if you are looking for a very commercial bells & whistles type accommodation/resort then Leleuvia isn't it....

If you stay on the Coral Coast on the mainland, Bau Landing (where you would get the boat to Leleuvia) is about 1.5hr taxi ride away or you could get the express coach bus into Suva, then 20min taxi ride from there.... Or you can fly in/out of Suva airport, Bau landing is about a 10min taxi ride from Suva airport...

Agree with Hooked for mainland... Warwick or Outrigger... If you're on a budget, Beachouse is also worth a look...

Wherever you decide to stay I'm sure you'll have a great time!! :)

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3. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Pacific Harbour white water rafting ,jet ski tours ,zip line ,snorkelling tours, diving with sharks,golf ,village tours enough adventure for you all within minuets of resorts try Uprising Beach resort or the Pearl

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4. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Navini, Navini, Navini

Tis Wonderful

No Internet or TV the kids wont look for it and they'll love it.

Baz

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5. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Hi sunnick - we have been travelling to Fiji once or twice a year with our now 8yo since he was 4 so I understand where you're coming from when you refer to your family needs "evolving".

Plantation is actually one of the more "activity" oriented islands. What more are you looking for? What sort of resort do you prefer? (large or small/remote or central?)

I can highly recommend the Pacific Harbour region for great mainland based activities including river rafting, zipline, island daytrips and more. Recs for Coral Coast would depend on what your preferences are. Many people love the larger resorts like Shangila or Outrigger whilst other prefer smaller places like Hideaway or boutique resorts like Crusoes.

Having stayed at Navini with our then 6yo - I would hesitate to recommend it for active families. Also, be aware that many of the smaller resorts have set dining times and limited menus which don't suit all guests. Something to look out for at most of the "boutique" resorts.

That being said, your children are now old enough that you don't have to worry about them falling asleep at the dinner table 1/2 way through a 7.30 - 8pm sitting but still, when kids are hungry - you have to feed them.....

I would agree with previous recommendations for Mana and Treasure for an island stay. If you want something more remote and intimate, also look at Octopus or Blue Lagoon resorts. Again, all depends on YOUR family "must haves".

As for travel agents, we have used www.travelonline.com a few times now and always find they offer great deals and excellent service. Far and away better than ANY of my local travel agents. We have also booked direct but generally find our best deals with TOL for the properties they service.

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6. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Hi Sunnick

Our last trip to Fiji in June/July 2012, we spent 6 nights at Mana & 7 nights at Hideaway. Was a perfect combination & I highly recommend both. I have done honest reviews on both & happy to answer any specific questions.

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7. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

I agree that Navini would probably not suit you for the activities you are looking for even though it is our favorite resort. They have kayaks, paddle boats, hobi cats, snorkeling and daily morning off shore excursions, either, village visit, island hopping, snorkeling or fishing but no jet skis, para gliding etc. all these are inclusive in the tariff so if these appeal then it may well suit you.

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8. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Are you going during school holidays or a week either side because that does make a difference?

Have a look at Mana and Castaway as they seem to have lots of activities.

On the Coral Coast, you have places like Naviti which can be a bit hit and miss but we have stayed there 3 times and enjoyed each time. It has a 9 hole par 3 Golf Course.

When we stayed at Naviti we were able to organise Day trips and go Zip Lining (think flying fox here) Day trip was to Mystery island Snorkeling, BBQ and singing. All good fun. They also taught us scuba diving in the pool but ran out of time to actually dive. I have absolutely no doubt that these activities would be offered by all the other resorts on the Coral Coast.

Navini, as Hooked has said, has no powered water craft for use by the guests but have been on morning trips where we have been able to hire them.

Friends have just returned from Blue Lagoon Beach Resort and loved it.

If you have a look on the right side of the forum page there are a number of recurring themes and they may well list some of the resorts on the Coral Coast

Hope this helps

Baz

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9. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Hi All

Thanks so much for your input & advice. Hubby now has asked about Phuket & fly down to KL (as he has a mate there..apparently!!!) I want Fiji he now is looking there...arrgghh more confusing now. I have been at this thing all day. It does seem cheaper Thailand/KL opposed to Fiji. But longer flight times etc.. Any more advise. I want to put this in front of him when home on his week off (miner) Cheers Nicky P.S..the rate I'm going I will spend my 40th & 15th weeding anniversary at home on SC, Qld LOL

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10. Re: Help Needed on where in Fiji before I flip out!!!

Just to confuse you a bit moor and as your husband is looking away from Fiji why not try Samoa a real Pacific paradise stunning beaches and scenery friendly people you can stay in a beach fale in a village from around$35 per night including breakfast and dinner .to me Samoa is what Fiji was like 25 or so years ago before it got over commercialised its defiantly somewhere that is worth a visit

Dave