Before I went to Fiji I spent hours reading and researching to prepare for this trip. I wanted to know more about the culture, what to expect and see what others have experienced in Fiji. None of the hundreds of videos I watched and blog posts I read gave me any of the information I am about to share with you.
Here are 5 things you need to know before you go to Fiji
Get a Rental Car
- Garden of the Sleeping Giant
- Any of the many beaches
- Downtown Nadi
- Chicken Express, the KFC of Fiji
There So Many Resorts in Fiji
Fiji is a small island but boy does it have a lot of resorts. There are over 100 resorts in Fiji so it can be difficult to choose. There are also many reviews, blog posts and vlogs about different properties in Fiji. For me it was simple. I am a loyal Marriott client and after reading online, I learned a new Marriott resort opened in April of 2017. I had to check it out.
The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is a resort with everything for everyone. Upon arrival we were welcomed with fresh ice tea. The lobby is outdoors so while we being checked in we had a full view of the property. There are great facilities for children including a daycare, playground and children’s pool. I made many kiddie friends while I was there and even though I don’t have children, I never felt like they were disrupting my trip because they had their own space to jump around.
The room we stayed in was one of a kind. It was a completely detached private villa with a private beach. This room was one of the most stunning rooms I have stayed in my traveling career. There is a complete tour of the room in my video on my Youtube Channel. I loved the wet room with athe rain shower. The soaker tub was my absolutely fav as well as the King-size bed.
I love suites because they have sitting areas I can relax in after a long day at the beach. The private patio doubled as a breakfast spot and as place to get quick workout in. the gym on the property was very far away from our room but that is only because we had a the best room on the property so it was quite a bit of way from the lobby and common areas of the resort. Every morning we ran to the gym just so we could burn those extra calories.
The resort was pretty much a world of its own. Along with excellent service from the staff, there were many actitivies, performances and places to lounge during the day. You pretty much did not have to leave the property for any entertainment but we did.
Go to Fiji During Mango Season
Everyday after breakfast we would hop in our rental car ( See item 1) and drive out to the main road and buy mangos from the fruit stands on the side of the road. We enjoyed getting mangos and pineapples everyday. They were super fresh, organic and a complete relief from the traditional breakfast at the hotel.
Watch my VLOG for clips of the mango stand and great ladies who helped me select the sweetest mangos.
I was not happy and called my service provider to find out they did not provide service to Fiji. I would need to get a SIM card or local data plan. By this time I was over it and decided to soley use the resort WIFI. Ladies and Gents, that was a big mistake. The resort WIFI was not consistent at all because once again we were in a secluded area as well as it being a pretty new hotel with a wonky WIFI situation. HMPH! Lesson Learned.
Know Your Islands
Fiji needs to be next on your travel list.
Go. Explore. Enjoy.