When we were looking for somewhere to stay in Fiji we mulled over our decision for quite a while. You might have gathered that I’m not an all-inclusive type of holidaymaker but if you go to the Yasawas that’s pretty much your only option because most of the islands are so small that the resorts are the only things on there. This certainly proved to be the case where we ended up – Mantaray Resort – but the experience so far surpassed all of my expectations that I wanted to give it a little plug before I finish up writing about my time in Fiji.
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.