South Sea

Our final few days in Fiji were spent relaxing on the tiny island of South Sea. The island is so small it takes only 5 minutes to walk around!! There is only a one dorm room and an eating area; the floors are all covered in soft sand and the staff are all family.  

South Sea island was also a hot spot for day trippers; throughout the day over 150 people send time on this small piece of paradise. We spent our final days doing not a lot, staying away from the hustle and bustle of the day trippers; although it was lovely to see so many people enjoying the island and what it has to offer it was also sad that the island was so busy, loud and not as peaceful as some of the other resorts.

We found a couple of sun loungers in a quiet spot on the furthest part of the island and soaked up the sun.  We chatted and reminisced about all the trips we have taken not only over the last few weeks but the last couple of months.  It has felt crazy thinking of all the amazing things we have done on this adventure! 

We were entertained every lunch and dinner by the staff with traditional songs, dance and games. It was lovely to see them in their traditional dress and their enthusiasm for games and getting everyone involved was infectious.  We were treated everyday to a buffet feast which was also great to take a little with us to snack on during the day.

It was so nice to just sit back, enjoy the sun and look back on the amazing 2 weeks that we have had.  At the same time strange that at the beginning of our trip we were so worried about the weather and the possibility of constant rain.  There was no need to worry as we were given 2 weeks of beautiful, hot sunshine with only the occasional shower.  We were so blessed to have such a wonderful 2 weeks, meeting amazing people, experiencing some beautiful locations and creating some unforgettable experiences. 


Cloud 9 

Beachcomber Resort offered so many activities, however we had done a lot of the activities whilst at other resorts so we decided to try once again to visit Cloud 9.  After arriving on Fiji mainland we had booked Cloud 9 but had to cancel our trip due to bad weather. We were hoping second time lucky.  So it was up, dressed and off for breakfast; breakfast was an amazing buffet including sausages, beans, hash browns, eggs 3 different ways, pancakes, cereal, toast and fruit! It was such a treat to have so much choice.  

We then packed up and checked out and hired snorkelling gear from the resort and headed out to Cloud 9.  So thankful for a second chance to visit this remote Pacific floating bar. Every one we met had told us it's definitely a must if you get the chance. So we headed out on a small motorboat. The journey lasted about 45 minutes and the sky was cloudy making the journey not too unbearable. We passed Island after Island as we made our way out to sea.

On pulling up to Cloud 9 we immediately fell in love with the place. A small open air floating bar. There was a pizza oven at the back serving freshly made pizzas, there were deck chairs, benches and bar stools but the best place to be was at the front of the bar on large lounging double beds. This is where we lay out towels. There was also an upper level with more deck chairs, more double beds and a place where you could jump from the upper level into the water!

Once we made ourselves at home on the beds at the front, took some cool photos and headed up to the upper level to make our first jump into the water. Standing at the top of the upper level felt very high but that wasn't going to stop us. Jumping in was so much fun and it was lovely to just swimming, the water was unbelievably blue and the early morning clouds began to disappear turning it into a gorgeous sunny day.

We swam, snorkelled and relaxed. It was a perfect day. After the swimming and snorkelling we got cocktails and sat at the front of the bar with our legs dangling over the edge and enjoyed the view while we chatted.

Soon it was time to leave. We had had an amazing time and didn't want to go but we said our goodbyes and hopped in the boat.

The motorboat then took us to the sister resort to Beachcomber, Funky Fish Resort, where on arrival we had a lovely fresh lunch of fish and chips. It was a lovely late lunch and very welcome after a morning of swimming and snorkelling. 

After lunch we were back in the boat and on our way back to Beachcomber, ready to catch the ferry to our sixth and final Island, South Sea Island.

I loved going to Cloud 9. I am grateful that we didn't go when we initially planned to as we wouldn't have met up with friends that we had made during our island hopping experience. It was a lovely way to spend our last day before we all went our separate ways. 


We got a late ferry to Beachcomber and so we arrived only a couple of hours before dinner, a quick settle and we were off for a wander around the island to see the sun setting on another sunny day. The island is small enough that you can walk around the whole thing in about 20 minutes, after our walk we headed back to our dorm room to shower and change ready for dinner. 

The dinning area and the bar area was all open with sandy floors and it was lovely to just walk straight from the beach to the bar. The whole setting was beautiful and well set up. Dinner was a buffet of different meats and salad assortments, we even got dessert, a delicious Oreo cheesecake!!

After dinner we headed to the bar and shared a bottle of wine, it was lovely to sit, chat and enjoy the evening. The evening entertainment was a dance troupe, they demonstrated different dances from different islands in the Pacific including the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tahiti. They finished the performance with a fire dance which was pretty impressive!

We only had one night at Beachcomber, as we had done a lot of the activities that Beachcomber offered at other resorts we had visited. So we chose to use the day to visit the Cloud 9 Bar, a beautiful floating bar in the middle of the ocean. I'll tell you about it next time! 


Wayalailai Resort is one of the only resorts in the Yasawari Islands that is owned and run by the local people of the villages on the island and it showed.  We arrived to the staff singing and welcoming us, we were taken to be checked in before going to the dinning area for afternoon tea.

The resort was beautiful and there the locals were pottering around and always had a "Bula" ready when they saw you.  The resort was made up of several little huts made in the traditional Fijian way with thatched roofs, wooden beams and banana leaves as a layer between the thatching and the beams.  The bedrooms were very simple with slats for windows and mosquito nets over the bed to protect us from the nasties.  We stayed in a room of 4 people, there was a shower and separate toilet off to one side and a basin in the room for us all to share.

As we arrived at the resort mid afternoon there was not to much we could do except lie in a hammock until it was dinner time (Trust me we weren't complaining)

Dinner was a lovely buffet that catered for everyone and we spent the evening dancing and playing relay games,  I loved learning the Bula dance, I think, this was my faveourite pat of the evening.

Day 2 at Wayalailai Resort and we went swimming with sharks!! It was an early start, on the beach and off by 8:30am.  We had about a 30 minute boat ride, it was so rough it was like a rollercoaster! The boat was going over some big waves and just flying before coming back to the water with a bump. I have a sneaky suspicion that they were going over the big waves on purpose.

We made it to the reef despite our rollercoaster of a rider.  The reef we had stopped at made almost a perfect circular area which is where we planned to snorkel and see the sharks.

Once in the water, within minutes we saw our first shark! Our guides were amazing, they swam down to the sea bed and knocked a couple of rocks together, the noise drew in the sharks and several sharks came swimming up. The guides kept diving down and making noises, more and more sharks appeared and soon there were 7 or 8 sharks swimming around. As the Sharks became more comfortable they came closer and closer.

It was amazing to see the sharks so close and the guides did the crazy thing,  they were grabbing the tails of the sharks!! They brought them closer and we got the chance to to touch them!! As the swam past we held put our hands and the sharks swam past and brushed our hands. Unbelieveable!!

We got back to the resort to only find that it was 10:30am and had the whole day left.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, sunbathing, reading, chatting to some lovely girls we had met on the boat to Wayalialia.  the sun was so beautiful and hot , taking a dip in the sea when we go too hot and switching between lying on the beach or getting a little bit of shade chilling in a hammock.

The evening was a beautiful dinner followed by more bula dancing and star gazing, it was lovely, a mat was put on the grass and we all lay there, including the staff and looked up at all the stars, there were so many and it was lovely just chatting and laughing with the staff before bed.

Our final day in Wayalialia had a slow relaxed start.  We checked out our room before grabbing our towels and heading to the the beach.  After a day in the sun the day before I was ready for a bit of shade and so spent the majority of the morning in a hammock under a shady pergalore; with a view of the sea I was set.

After lunch we relaxed on the beach one last time before getting too hot and spending the last couple of hours in the shade of the open air dinning area, playing cards, chatting and enjoying the last few hours at this beautiful resort.

It was a sad moment leaving Wayalialia, the staff were so friendly and were always keen to talk to you and we met some lovely girls, we will definitely keep in contact with.

As we moved on to our next island we were reunited with a couple of friends we had met on Korovou, it was lovely to catch up with them and what they had been up to, we were also spending the following few days together and were really looking forward to having some fun together.

3 islands down 3 to go and I have fallen in love with Fiji!!

Mantra Ray

Our next resort was Manta Ray Resort and some friends we had met on the first 2 islands had told us a lot about the resort.  Everyone had said it was a cut above the rest and they were right!  On arrival we were greeted by the staff singing and welcoming us with fruit drinks.  The whole resort was much more commercialised and professional; for instance, these guys didn't run on Fiji time!  After our wonderful welcome we were given the general 'need-to-know' and then taken to our dorm room.

Our room was a massive 32 bed dorm, however despite it's size the dorm was comfortable and cozy.  The beds were bunk beds, almost like cubby holes, giving us a bit of privacy which is essential when in such a big dorm.  Once settled, we headed straight to the beach to lounge in hammocks and relax before dinner.  On reaching the beach we found there was only one large hammock. So there was no option but to share. It was interesting trying to get us both in one hammock, but got there in the end!

Dinner was amazing. There was so much choice for mains, with a soup to start and a small dessert as well.  Our evening entertainment was a display of traditional Fijian dancing and story telling.  The whole evening was so much fun the staff had us all up and dancing the night away.

The next morning began with a feast of pancakes, fruit, cereal, eggs, beans and pastry delights; a delicious start to the day.  Then out to the beach, finding hammocks and relaxing in the morning sun.  Later in the morning, we joined in a bracelet making session, making pretty rope bracelets with shells we had found on the beach just metres away!! By the time we had finished making our beaclets it was time for lunch. Oh my gosh, there was so much choice for lunch, Harriet and I didn't know what to have; I settled on nachos and they were so good!

Our afternoon activity was a guided kayak. We made a mid way stop at a nearby beach to swim and snorkel and the water was unbelievably warm and clear with so many fish close to shore it was amazing to have them so close and swimming among us. Whilst here it began to get cloudy so we decided to head back. A good job too as the skies darkened more and then within half an hour the rain came down so heavily! It rained for the rest of the day which was a shame but it was the first proper rainstorm we had had since we began island hopping and after all the stories others had told us about 2 weeks of rain, we didn't mind. We had been lucky enough to have a week of beautiful sunshine already.

Relaxing before dinner, Harriet and I talked about what we wanted to do the next day and for the rest of the trip. One of our ambitions both Harriet and I were desperate to try was scuba diving! So we signed up for an introductory diving lesson.  We were unbelieveably excited!

Once again dinner was amazing and we had a night of fun and games. They were silly games, we had a blast and I won a free cocktail!!!

Our final day at Mantaray began early with a delicious breakfast before checking out and then going to the dive shop to have our introductory dive lesson. We had 2 instructors for the 4 of us taking the lesson. Attu, one of our instructors, kitted us out with fins, mask and a weight belt. He demonstrated the oxygen tank and vest, what we had to do (which was not a lot) and then we were helped into our weight belt, vest and tank, which was equally heavy, and practised our breathing with the regulator.


They talked us through how to equalise our ears and how the pressure can affect the body, the correct position for swimming and the hand signals we would be using. We then headed to the beach, sat in the shallows and put our fins and mask on and practised breathing with our faces in the water.

Before we knew it we were under the water and ready to descend! It was incredibly silent under the water, I loved the feeling of peace. The colours were remarkable and, within minutes of being in the water, we saw so many fish. We descended slowly with Joe, our other instructor. I could soon feel the pressure in my ears, equalising we then continued down. I cannot believe how many colourful fish and giant clams were on the reef, we were even lucky enough to see a shark! We got to hold an electric blue starfish and a sea cucumber, it was so cool!

We surfaced after what seemed like no time at all but, amazingly, we were under the water for 50 minutes! Joe told us that normally a first dive would be much shorter but we were managing so well, Joe had kept going. At our deepest we were at 11.8 metres!  I loved being under the water but I did find that the pressure got to my ears a little and I was struggling for about a day afterwards.

Back from our dive we headed to the lounge area to make another bracelet, and it started to rain again, but luckily not for long. Too soon we were getting ready to say goodbye to Mantaray Resort. The staff again as we said our goodbyes. Final photos with the staff we had got to know over the last 2 days and then it was into the motor boat to be taken out to the main boat that would transport us onwards to our next island.

On the main boat we briefly saw our friends from Korovou resort. They were going to stay at Mantaray for the next few days. After quick 'hugs', 'hellos' and 'see you soons', we were leaving Mantaray and on to our next piece of paradise.

Three islands down, 3 to go and I have fallen in love with Fiji!


So, as we waved goodbye to Safe Landing Resort, we began to get excited for our next island and what it had in store for us. The journey there was a little rough but definitely not as rough as our first journey from the mainland to Safe Landing! Unfortunately, just as we were about to transfer to the smaller motor boat, the heavens opened! We had no choice but to get in the little boat, and get to land and under cover as quickly as we could. As we got into the motor boat, the downpour got heavier and as the boat raced to the resort it was safe to say we looked like drowned rats!

Arriving just before afternoon tea, we quickly checked in, dried off and headed to the open dining area for a cup of something warm.  Whilst there we met someone we had met on the mainland along with some others.  Within half an hour we were laughing and chatting like long lost friends. We spent the rest of the day chatting, blogging and relaxing before dinner. The after-dinner entertainment was a fire dance performed by some of the staff. It was crazy watching them spin the fire and run the flames along their arms and legs! We were invited to join in with games and dancing. Such a great fun first night and a real contrast to the peace and quite of Safe Landing.

The next day the sun was shining and we were ready to soak it up! After a leisurely breakfast we hit the sun loungers with our new friends. When the sun became too hot, a quick dip in the sea was the perfect solution to cool off.  In order to avoid walking on the coral on the sea bed, a pathway had been created to walk along. Once over the corralled area, the path ended and we were swimming.  Amazingly, despite being a long distance from the shore, at the end of the path the water was still not too deep and it was lovely to swim in the clear water, cool off and then head back to our sun loungers to dry off and soak up more sunshine.

At about mid morning, the staff announced that they were going to feed the fish! Curious I went along and was surprised to find them throwing in the leftovers from breakfast into the sea.  The fish were going crazy; splashing around and racing for the food.  It was cool to watch.  Prior to lunch we had a coconut demonstration and rather that just letting us taste the coconut and explaining the different parts of the coconut, we were shown how the coconuts are opened, ‘peeled’ and then how it is used.  Before we knew it, one of the members of staff had shimmied up a coconut tree and was throwing down coconuts. They then expertly began to peel the outer layer off.  I had a go at this and it was surprisingly hard. The outer layer was quite course and is used by the locals as sponges for cleaning.  We were then shown how to open the coconut, and demonstrated many different ways to open them including cracking the coconut in half. Amazingly, one guy cracked one open with his hand in a karate chop move!

The coconut water was unbelievably sweet and much nicer than what you get in the shops.  Whilst sipping on the coconut, we saw how the inside of the coconut was removed.  It was “grated” out, or at least that is the best way of describing it!  It was very interesting to see.  Once the coconut was grated the guys squeezed the coconut and out poured coconut milk,  From the grated coconut, a traditional Fijian toffee is made; coconut fried with sugar, cocoa and a few other ingredients. Unbelievably good but you couldn’t eat too much as it was so sweet!

After devouring the coconut we returned to our sun loungers before showering away the heat of the day and going for dinner and another evening of fun.  Staff taught us the Bula dance, which is a dance performed all over Fiji.  We also played many more games, enjoyed playing cards and chatting.

I think the supply boat must have been delayed getting to the island as lunch and dinner was mainly pasta, bread and potatoes and everyone missed the fruit platters.  It was not the greatest day for food but I didn’t mind.  I felt that although it was also nice to enjoy good food, for me what made it was the great activities and experiences.

On our final day we once again had a relaxed time with our new friends and sun bathed.  We also had another go at basket weaving.  It was interesting to see the same style of baskets as we made at Safe Landing Resort, were also made here at Korovou, but made using a different technique.   Filling the baskets with flowers 🌺 we left them hanging in the dining area. They looked so pretty!

We didn’t want to leave the resort without finally tasting some more of the delicious coconut, so one of the staff members shimmied up a tree and brought down some coconuts for us to have.  It was a perfect way to cool off and finish a lovely few days at Korovou. Eating so much coconut we didn’t need lunch; it was so delicious and fresh!!!

Before we knew it we were saying goodbye to the friends we had met as they were due to head north as we were heading south. However upon checking the dates we were at each island we were excited to realised that we would be meeting up again. We had a couple of hours before our boat to our next island so once again we pick a spot and relaxed, wrote some more and enjoyed the view.



Safe Landing

So! Two weeks of island hopping, two weeks of beautiful islands, we were excited? OH YES!!!

The day began with an early start, we were collected by Awesome Fiji Adventures, the company we had booked with, to the ferry terminal. Once we had checked in and had been given our booking vouchers, our bags were labelled and taken by staff and we were ready to depart.

We boarded and 15 minutes later we were off.  We knew where we were heading but hadn’t accounted for the 5 hour ferry journey to get there! Our island hopping began at the furthest island of the Yasawai Islands which is a line of islands to the north of Fiji mainland. Our plan was to make our way down this line of islands and back to Nadi on the mainland. About an hour into the ferry ride the weather changed and the sea began to get very rough. We were thrown about and before we knew it, we were not feeling too good.  The ferry journey was rough for the remainder of the journey and by the time we got to our first resort, Safe Landing on the island of Nacula, we were definitely ready to get off the ferry and feel land under our feet again!

We were greeted by the very friendly staff of Safe Landing who led us to an open communal area where we checked in and had a beautiful lunch. We were then shown our room.  Harriet and I were expecting to stay in a dorm, however, we were upgraded! The dorm was having a deep clean and so the manager upgraded us to a bure.  A bure is a small, individual hut-like structure and ours had a cute room with a double bed and ensuite.

The resort in general was basic but beautiful, with only a handful of bures and a couple of dorms. There was a communal area with a bar and dining area as well as a few other buildings where the staff lived.

Once we were settled in to our bure, it was obvious where we were going to head first! The hammock! Gently slung underneath the palms overlooking the beach and the sea. Perfect! We spent the rest of the day reading, blogging, relaxing and enjoying, what I could only describe as a slice of paradise.

Our evening meal was announced by a shell horn.  Diner was a lovely 3 course meal consisting of soup to start, chicken for main and banana cooked in coconut milk for dessert.  The banana had a strange texture but was still gorgeous and very sweet.

After a comfortable and refreshing night sleep, we began the day with a morning swim. The water was so warm and unbelievably clear. Later that morning we made a bracelet out of coconut (with the help of a local!), had a language lesson learning some basic Fijian words and had a coconut demonstration learning which coconut produces coconut water and coconut milk and everything you could want to know about the coconut.

Later that afternoon we went to the local village and met the chief of the village and tried cava for the first time; not to my taste at all! Then we visited the women of the village who were at their local shell market selling jewellery, wooden masks and carvings, bookmarks and paper. All of their items were handmade by the locals using materials from the island. I couldn’t resist a beautiful bracelet and a bookmark which was made from tree bark.

As we were leaving the village it began to rain. We hurried back and spent the afternoon playing cards and chatting with the people we met at the resort. Dinner was great and we spend time chatting to other travellers about their adventures and exchanging funny stories.  It was interesting to hear about where people had been, what they thought about places and things they learnt along the way.

Our final day on Safe Landing resort began once again relaxing in a hammock. But before we moved on we had one more local product to try our hands at – banana leaves basket weaving! We were helped to make a small basket; it was so clever and really pretty.  And so to our last few hours on the island, and yes you guessed it, a little more time in the hammock!

At about 1:30pm we were taken in a small motor boat to the water taxi which would take us to our next island.  We had just had a beautiful 2 days of, well doing nothing really, except for chilling in a hammock! But this was just what we both needed after all the experiences and busyness of everything we’d done in Australia.  Even though the resort was basic, I felt it gave us a good feeling of traditional Fijian living.  Okay we were staying a very comfortable version of it, but the staff, food and scheduling was all very Fijian. I loved it!!