The Fiji Islands are very much defined by the vastness of the South Pacific Ocean which for a long time have provided both isolation and protection. Made up of 332 volcanic islands, 110 of which are permanently inhabited Fiji is most famous as a tropical resort holiday destination. But beyond the friendly faces in the upmarket resorts is a land of big hearted, laid back and genuinely welcoming people. With deep traditional values both the Fijian and Indo-Fijian culture is alive and kicking.
Picture subsistence villages, rain-forested mountains and quiet roads winding around a coastline of an unbelievably clear blue ocean edged with swaying coconut palms. This is the Fiji we are heading for.
‘Vanua ni Sega na Leqa’ takes us to three of Fiji’s main islands, starting in Viti Levu with a two day village based trek in the Koriyanitu National Heritage Park (revisiting friends – Mandy worked with over a decade ago). A short flight takes us to Vanua Levu for six days of cycling across the island and on to Taveuni, aptly named the Garden Island. Add into the mix overnight village stays, reef snorkeling and plunging into crystal clear waterfall pools and you have the perfect mix for for a real tropical adventure.
And yes, you may find an occasional pina colada along the way…..