If you really want to get away from it all, then you'll want to book yourself a hotel in Fiji. This tropical paradise, much-mythologized for being so far-removed from the bustle of everyday life, has shimmering blue waters, blazingly white beaches and its ornate coral reefs make it the ultimate place to go scuba-diving. And if you tire of the beach (as if that's possible), you can wander the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a sprawling wonderland of tropical orchids. The capital city of Suva is also a must-see.
There are no direct flights to Fiji from the United Kingdom, but then being far-flung is the very point of Fiji. Indirect flights can be taken from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, with airlines such as Qantas and Cathay Pacific. You'll arrive in Nadi International Airport, which is around nine kilometres from the city of Nadi (pronounced "Nandi").
Buses are cheap in Fiji, and there's also the option of taking a share-taximini-vans which hang around until they're full before driving off. Fiji is made up of many different islands, and there's a huge variety of ferry services that will allow you to easily explore the innumerable resorts. They can be on the slow side, but offer the perfect way to take in the tranquil sights all around you. If you're in more of a hurry and are eager to get to such Fiji holiday hotspots as the Mamanuca Islands, there's no shortage of domestic inter-island flights to choose from, operated by Pacific Sun.
If you're after a real bargain, and want to book a cheap hotel in Fiji, it's an idea to go during the off-peak period of February and March. There's accommodation to suit every kind of budget, so shop around online to find the place that's perfect for you.
As with many destinations, you're likely to save money AND have a more authentic experience by sticking to traditional local restaurants rather than high-end, international-style eateries. Fiji is known for its fragrant food, such as palusami, a dish of taro leaves with meat and coconut cream, and kokoda, which is a delicacy of fish marinated in citrus juices. By the way, tipping isn't really the done thing in Fiji, which means you can naturally save a fair bit of money over the holiday without worrying about seeming stingy. When it comes to exploring the markets and buying souvenirs, remember to always haggleas long as you're polite and firm about it, you should walk away with a bargain.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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