Malolo Island, Fiji

FijiBula! Welcome to the beautiful islands of Fiji. You’re thousands of miles from, well, anywhere. And that’s just the way you want it. Your heart has been beating faster ever since the airplane descended low enough beneath the clouds to see tiny islands, surrounded by bright aqua water, in the middle of the deep blue South Pacific.

After landing in Nadi, grab your bags and jump in a taxi to Denarau Marina. A catamaran will take you from the busy port west to the picturesque Mamanuca Islands, a volcanic archipelago that has some of the best beaches in Fiji. And your home for the next few days: Malolo Island.

The hilly, green island is where you’ll find Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Fiji’s first overwater bures. Climb down a ladder into the calm water. Eat canapés from your deck. Even your bathtub has a view of nearby Mana Island. Or perhaps you’d prefer a beachfront bure with a plunge pool, daybed, and outdoor shower. Either way, beach towels and sarongs await your arrival, and freshly baked cookies are delivered every day. Add a Vonu Lager and, of course, that view, and your elevated heart rate should start to return to normal.

Photo: Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Photo: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

At Likuliku, you can do the normal beach vacation activities. Snorkel with clown fish. Kayak around the Malolo Barrier Reef. Attempt to windsurf. But you can also take a bush walk to see the sacred sites on the island. Yadra Vula, the site of an early Fijian settlement. Vatu Tagi, a weeping rock that was said to make a ringing sound when struck. Vatu Tabu, a sacred wishing rock. And then return to Likuliku for a Fijian Lovo. Your dinner of fresh seafood and meat were wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted under hot rocks for hours. Add traditional music, dance performances, and the starry sky for the perfect evening.

Luckily, you have a few more days before you must say “ni sa moce” to paradise.

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