Whilst in Fiji I had the best snorkelling experience(s) of my life on the coral reefs of the Yasawa Islands. Although we only stayed at one island the variety of colourful coral and fish present in the waters just off the beach on a day-to-day basis was extraordinary and, although I’m a comfortable open water swimmer, the best part is that the reef was so close to the island that you didn’t have to even swim out very far to see the exciting stuff! In fact the only frustrating factor was that the coral was so close to the land that you could only snorkel in the morning and afternoon because when the tide got low at midday it left a lot of the coral exposed and you were unable to get in the water at all.
On my way from Australia to the UK I stopped in Fiji for a week and fell in love. The landscape, the animals and the people were just some of the things that completely exceeded my expectations for this country but there were a few things I could have done with a heads up on beforehand.
When I’m in a new city one of the first things I love to do is seek out the public library so for future reference I collared a few other book-loving travel bloggers to tell me about their favourite libraries around the globe (and then promptly added them to my to-visit list).