For me Fiji is a country that “one day” I would visit. I never thought that I would actually be getting on a plane and flying to do 2 weeks of island hopping in this beautiful place.
Our trip was booked through a company called Awesome Adventures Fiji and they create packages to visit the different islands. We booked 12 nights Island hopping and 3 days in the mainland city of Nadi.
We needed to be at the airport for 7am, with our flight at 9am. We left our suitcases with a friend in Sydney and only took a hold-all and a personal bag each ass hand luggage. We were delayed by half an hour due to some kind of complication, but before we knew it we were taxiing towards the runway.
However, we didn’t get very far when the captain made the announcement that the manual steering was not working correctly and the flight was aborted! So we sat on the plane for half an hour as the plane was towed to the hanger. The steering couldn’t be repaired so we would need to change airplanes! We were taken back to the gate we had left only half an hour ago and waited another hour and a half for the ground crew to move the luggage to the new plane and make sure everything was ready and working. 2 hours later than scheduled we again began the taxi to the runway, this time we managed to take off and we were finally on our way to Fiji!
Even though we had this delay, we were well looked after by the crew and airport staff and I must say a big thank you to the JetStar team for getting us to Fiji safely.
Finally reaching Nadi, we stepped off the plane and despite it being cloudy outside were immediately hit by the heat. Through security we headed to the Awesome Adventures Fiji desk to check in to our trip. Everything was as we had booked and we were given a Fiji SIM card which was a real bonus!
Driving through Nadi I was surprised by what I saw. As a main town in Fiji I expected it to be well built and quite busy, but it wasn’t. The buildings looked tired and some were in need of repair. It all looked a bit old fashioned! However the hotel was friendly, clean and ideal for our 2 day stay before wee started our island hopping. It had a restaurant and bar and we enjoyed a lovely meal before heading back to our room.
While we were at dinner a couple of girls arrived back from travelling the islands. They told us that the weather had been very disappointing with a mixture of sun and rain. We both felt concerned we were going to have 2 weeks of rain, as we realised we were travelling in rainy season!
Oh well! Fingers crossed!!