Fiji Travel - Great For Adults and Children
New Guinea - these are odd words to begin an item about Fiji. But that is where i am as you read this; on a dive boat visiting Seacology projects in the Raja Ampat section of New Guinea. I'll be back in time for my next entry and fill you in on this trip. For now let's focus on Fiji, one of the largest nations in the South Pacific. Fiji's 300 islands are located 1,300 miles north of New Zealand. I have been to Fiji over 10 times, mostly to visit some Seacology projects there.
Is Fiji a great travel destination? You bet it is. Fijians are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. The first time I was in Fiji the people were so friendly I thought they were putting me on. I was born and raised in the suburbs of NY and was not used to such overwhelming hospitality. And Fijians LOVE children. If you are thinking of taking your kids to a beautiful island this is the place to go. Of course diving, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, swimming and relaxing make this a wonderful place for adults to visit. Unlike a lot of exotic locations there are accommodations for every budget from backpacker hostels to high end resorts.
When leading a Seacology trip we stay at the Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort. Yes, its on the expensive side but if you can afford it, it is worth every penny. The setting on the island of Vanua Levu is wonderful, the food is great, the children's program is fantastic and this is one resort that really cares about the environment. The Cousteau Fiji Resort has received many awards from travel publications throughout the world and was recently recognized by the readers of Trip Advisor as the number one environmentally friendly resort in the world.
Coming on a Seacology trip makes Fiji a very special experience. We visit remote villages where Seacology has constructed a kindergarten, community center, etc. in exchange for the establishment of a marine or forest reserve. Often we are amongst the first group of westerners ever to visit these villages. We are greeted with a feast and dancing and gifts along with traditional ceremonies. In the photo to the right you can see an assortment of gifts piled up during one of our village visits.
And in this photo you can see me taking a stab (literally!) at a traditional spear dance.
I wasn't very good at this spear dance but the villagers appreciated my efforts. And that is one of the trademarks of a Seacology trip - treating the villagers as equals. Join me in Fiji for a fun, rewarding and moving once in a lifetime experience.
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