Aimee Pemeberton , Calder & Lawsons' Junior Consultant - had
the time of her life in Fiji earlier this year. After a short 3hr
flight from Auckland she landed in paradise. Aimee visited 24
resorts, from Denarau to the Mamanuca Islands before exploring the
Coral Coast. She ventured into Sigatoka on a river safari and zip
line through a forest for a bit of an adrenaline rush.
Below are Aimee's top 5 highlights and why Fiji should be your
Fiji will always have a special place in Aimee's heart due to
the people. They are always smiling and are super friendly. The
staff at the resorts go above and beyond expectations to make your
holiday experience exceptional.
2. Kokoda and Kava
If you're a bit of a foodie and love fresh seafood this is where
you need to be. The famous Kokoda(said kokunda )is Aimee's
favourite Fijian dish made with fresh raw fish, lemon juice,
coconut cream, chilli, spring onions, tomato, onions… The acid of
the lemon cooks the fish and it is beautiful!
Kava is a ceremonial drink enjoyed by the locals and anyone of
any age can too. It is made from the root of the pepper plant which
grows throughout Fiji. It does not contain alcohol but brings a
calming effect on consumption.
Fiji is home to hundreds of gorgeous beaches so it's easy to
find your own little secluded spot to relax. You can snorkel right
off the beach in most areas too and swim with beautifully coloured
fish and the world's richest soft coral. Most resorts supply
snorkelling equipment for free if you don't have your own.
Fiji has lots of resorts to cater to your budget and style. From
basic accommodation to 5 star luxury, adults only or family
orientated - there's something to fit everyone.
Aimee's favourite resorts:
- Raddison Blu (in Denarau) - Stunning restaurant that faces the
sunset, 5 star, has a kids club, huge complex.
- Malolo Island Resort (in the Mamanuca Islands) - boutique
modern beach house style villas, fantastic kids club, Treetops
restaurant does incredible food and cocktails.
- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort (in Coral Coast) - Best Oceanview
rooms in Fiji, 5pm tapas and champagne brought to your room daily,
award winning restaurant.
The Sigatoka River Safari is a must do tour. Take a 15km journey
up the Sigatoka River by jet boat while learning about the area.
Visit one of the 16 villages to experience the Fijian culture.
Participate in a kava ceremony, enjoy lunch and singing and dancing
with the locals. On the journey back, be sure to hold on as the jet
boat does 360 degree spins.
Another great place to visit is Kula Eco Park. Enjoy one of the
many boardwalks through acres of natural forest. See the different
birds, reptiles and marine life. Children can enjoy a hands on
experience at the Environmental Education Centre or play on the
waterslide and water playground. For those who want more action
dare yourself to a ride on the roller-coaster Zip Rail. Fly from
the canopy, around trees, through the forest and down to the river
As you can see, Fiji is a fantastic destination to visit whether
you're after a holiday where you can relax on a beach or are more
of the adventurous type there's something for everyone.