Journey suggestions from an professional expat

EXPERT EXPAT

Rising up on a farm in Hartley, exterior Lithgow, set chef Daniel Boller in good stead when he took up the position as government chef at COMO Laucala Island 4 years in the past. Positioned in Fiji’s northern Lau Islands group, he grows fruit, hydroponic greens and herbs, and oversees a menagerie of greater than 300 chickens, tons of of contented cattle, and pens of wholesome pigs for the luxurious property. See comohotels.com

SEE

Bouma Waterfalls on Taveuni Island have lovely surroundings and contemporary, clear water to swim in. Go mid-morning when the climate is ideal, and the waterfalls are quiet. Not many vacationers go there as it’s miles from the hustle and bustle of Nadi and Denarau on the mainland. Do not forget your digital camera and reef sneakers, because the rocks are sharp and might harm your ft.

DO

Fiji has the most effective reefs on the earth in my opinion. I have been to many locations with in style reefs, just like the Maldives and the Nice Barrier Reef in Australia, however Fiji is the capital of soppy coral, and its magnificence is infectious. Even if you happen to’re not a diver, you’ll be able to nonetheless go for a snorkel and can see many lovely colors and an abundance of marine life. The Mamanuca Islands have lovely snorkelling spots the place you’ll be able to swim over beautiful reef sights.

EAT

On my days off, I take a ship from Laucala to Taveuni to The Dive Cafe. It is proper on the water, and within the mornings, I religiously go for contemporary espresso and a home made potato roti wrap. It’s a lovely place the place you’ll be able to clear your ideas and simply loosen up and benefit from the lovely view and speak with the candy Fijian girls that work there. Their roti wraps are easy however scrumptious, and you recognize they’re made with love. See fb.com/thedivecafe

DRINK

Drink a glass of contemporary Fijian coconut water every single day to remain hydrated as this place is at all times scorching and might get fairly dry and humid. Not solely nice to your well being, the coconuts in Fiji style nice. You possibly can seize a contemporary coconut from most markets or from an area stand by the highway, the place the pleasant farmers will fortunately open it for you. Laucala Island has a coconut plantation, and a glass of contemporary coconut water that got here of the tree throughout the hour is the most effective begin to your day. Even higher than espresso.

AVOID

Taxis with no meter, particularly from the airport. In the event that they suppose you are new to Fiji, the drivers will inform you they offer you an excellent deal however will rip you off. Usually, a fare from Nadi airport to the inns in Port Denarau is FJ$25, however if you happen to’re trapped in a taxi with no meter, they’ll cost FJ$70 FJD, so at all times verify for taxis with working meters.

THRIVE

Drink kava and speak with the locals. One of the best a part of Fiji is the individuals. They’re sort and inquisitive, concerned about the place you’re from and what you are doing, the Bula smile is infectious and your welcomed into the tradition with open arms. Making an attempt to get to know them may be very respectful to the locals. One of the best moments I’ve had in Fiji is sitting down with the locals, with a person manning the kava bowl and passing round their coconut bilo (ingesting bowl), the boys singing and taking part in guitar, and simply speaking and laughing whereas we share the bowl of grog. After this you’re going to get the most effective sleep of your life.

Interview: Belinda Jackson

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