FIJI – A Short Break

BULA. We are home safe and sound. I thought I better post the holiday snaps first before I even make a start on Donna & Andrew’s amazing wedding photos. Not only was I lucky enough to photograph their wedding a in such a beautiful tropical setting, we also did a trash the dress session the following day at the local waterfall. Could I ask for anything more? So stay tuned, there will be lots of photo’s showing here very soon, but for now here are the personal ones.

We spent a total of 4 nights in the Naviti on the Coral Coast for the wedding and then headed over to the Outrigger on the Lagoon for another 7 nights for some rest and relaxation. Not that we got that, there was so much to do. Zip lining, island day trips and snorkeling every chance we got, I feel more exhausted then when we go away on snow trips. I was also super lucky to have both my older brothers Rob and David and his family with us on the trip. It’s not everyday you get a chance to escape to paradise with the whole family.

Naviti Coral Coast Fiji

First stop the Naviti, this was the venue for Donna & Andrew’s special day.

Naviti Coral Coast Fiji

Naviti Coral Coast Fiji

View of the pool from our balcony, swim up bar and all.

Naviti Coral Coast Fiji

You’ll see more of this later, this is actually the golf shop but we made good use of it for the wedding.

Naviti Coral Coast Fiji

Naviti Coral Coast FijiThe Naviti is actually on a lagoon but this photo was taken on an island a short stroll from the main resort connected by a long jetty, well worth the walk and it was also the location for all our bridal party photos

fijian village

Biausevu Village the home of the waterfall tour, make sure you get a local to organise your trip or you will be paying top dollar through the hotel.

Biausevu village pre school

Part of the waterfall tour included a visit to the Village pre school. These little munchkins were so adorable I just couldn’t get enough of them.

Biausevu village pre school

Biausevu village pre school

Biausevu village pre school

water fall tour fiji

After a long hike we made it to the waterfall, what a location for a trash the dress.

Biausevu village waterfall tour

Biausevu village water fall

Some of the locals boys jumping from up high, our boys only jumped from a few meters up.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

Our next stop Outrigger on the Lagoon. This is the view from reception, we had rainy weather here from the day we checked in to the day we left.
The beach was actually closed for 3 days due to huge swells washing up the beach, we were told by locals that seas like that are usually caused by earthquakes out at sea.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

The view of the resort at low tide, if you walk up the beach to the left 100m you can get 1 hour massage for $25 Aussie Dollars they also do hair braiding and there is also a Cafe for snacks and meals.

le cafe

Le Cafe we ate here a couple of times and drinks were half the price of the resort.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

This is why they call it the Coral Coast, the beach is covered in this coral ruble. Make sure you bring thongs or reef shoes.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

Yum, Cocktail of the day. Catch Me.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

Ritual torch lighting took place every night at 6pm, for you camera buffs out there these were shot at 16,000 ISO on my new 5D3, man I love that camera.

outrigger on the lagoon fiji

natolda beach fiji

 Natadola beach, one of the only beautiful sand beaches on the Coral Coast. The newly built 5 star Intercontinental Hotel backs right onto the back of the beach.

natolda beach fiji

I just love this shot, I only saw it for a split second, how often do you see surfers boys on horse back.

sigatoka markets

On the way home we stopped by the markets that was a real eye opener.

sigatoka markets

sigatoka markets

sigatoka markets

Russ with his weapon of choice.

horses fiji

Driving home we came across these three horses roaming down the main road, it seems they don’t have fenced paddocks so the live stock just roam free. I was just hoping they wouldn’t be collected by a car.

village fijian

This is a typical home in a Fijian Village, we visited the village with gifts for the children.

fijian village

We delivered a whole heap of pencils, texta’s, text books and small gifts for the children of the Village.

outrigger bula

A beautiful welcoming Bula every time we returned home

outrigger lagoon

I think the best thing about Fiji is the people, these are just some of the amazing and beautiful staff at the Outrigger, thank you so much for making us feel so welcome.
Especially Josephine from the Sundowner Restaurant, we all loved you.

kava ceremony

Time for Kava

kava ceremony

I was so proud of my niece and nephew both had a go at drinking Kava. After dinner we enjoyed a traditional Meke.

me and hubby

Russ and I at dinner. I highly recommend the Sundowner it had the most amazing steaks you’ve ever tasted.

south sea island

First island trip was on the Whale Tale Cruise to Schooner Island, on the way we sailed past a couple of other resorts this one is South Sea Island.

Me and my bro’s on board the Whale Tale

schooner island

Our destination Schooner Island

schooner island fiji

schooner island fiji

schooner island fiji

Rob and Aimee enjoying the 26 degree water and great snorkeling

Tanya & Harry

whales tale

beachcomber island fiji

Day trip two Castaway Island, this is Beachcomber Island one of the stop on the way

mana island

Mana Island

castaway island fiji

castaway island fiji

Our welcoming party

castaway island fiji

I’m already craving to go back, just look at that water

castaway island fiji

castaway island fiji

Time for a quick photo before our launch returns

castaway island fiji

castaway island fiji

I loved Castaway, definitely a place to stay for next time. It also makes for a great day trip with some fabulous snorkeling.

South Seas Adventure

Fiji time, crew on the transfer boat

fiji sunset

The only Sunset I got, I was a little disappointed as I was hoping for some picture postcard sunsets. Oh well I’ll just have to go again 🙂

Overall I loved Fiji, it was my first visit and wont be my last. The people are so amazing and it brought tears to my eyes when they sang the good bye song Isa Lei.
Having my own Saltwater tank I took the chance to snorkel when ever I could. The best snorkeling I would say was at Castaway, but there was pretty good stuff to see also at the Naviti and I was thoroughly surprised to find some really good stuff at the Outrigger, just make sure you head straight out to the black buoy inline with the edge of the resort. I saw everything there from hard and soft corals to large fish including big schools, star fish, cowrie shells, clown fish and anemones it was fabulous.
Tomorrow is back to reality, lots of wedding albums and one huge Fijian wedding to work on.
Bula Vinaka

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  • Aimee - OMG amazing photos they r sooooo postcard perfect

    and the shot of the crew on the back classic

    the farewell song brought us to tears as well simply beautifulJune 19, 2012 – 7:53 am

  • Simone Beach - Hi Bella, your photos are absolutely amazing, what a talented photographer you are, can’t wait to see the photos of Donna’s wedding. SimoneJune 19, 2012 – 6:29 pm

  • Pam - They are amazing photos! Makes a girl want to pack her bags and go! 🙂June 21, 2012 – 10:44 am