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A Bikini a Day Guide: to Yasawa
Posted 25 Mar 2015

Founders of A Bikini a Day blog Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman know a thing or two about great holiday destinations. They flew to Fiji with Fiji Airways for an upcoming photo shoot and kept us up to date with their adventures.

After a few fun-filled days in Savusavu they headed over to the Yasawa Islands for a few more adventures and a spot of relaxation too, combining cocktails on private beaches and indulgent spa treatments with hidden caves and traditional basket weaving. Find out more or read about their entire trip here

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Transport

We flew from LA to Nadi with Fiji Airways – a great introduction to the good-natured Fijian culture, and a lovely way to start the holiday! Although we flew to the Yasawa islands from Savusavu, there are flights from Nadi to Yasawa which take about 30 minutes. Both flights have beautiful views and the plane in Yasawa lands on a grass runway, which we loved! Hotels will provide transportation and airport transfers so no need to rent your own car.

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Accommodation

Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

Arriving at the Yasawa resort is a very cool experience, (but possibly scary for the light hearted) the pilot lands on a narrow grass runway which has a grass hut and that’s it… probably our new favourite airport! Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is best known for its 11 private beaches and get this: no wifi or TV for the ultimate getaway and relaxation zone! Our villa/bure fronted a semi private beach lined with palm trees and had its own private infinity pool, absolute perfection!

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Activities

Private Beach Day- the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa boasts 11 private beaches, all accessible by boat. The resort offers day trips for couples or groups and provides ready to go picnic baskets for a day of complete privacy on your own private beach. How cool is that!?

Basket Weaving- learn how to weave in the traditional Fijian way. We loved this; it’s always good to get involved with some culturally enriching activities!

Cave exploration- a half an hour boat ride leads you to a mountain with amazing hidden caves. Once you are inside, you swim from one cave underwater to a pitch black cave lit only by the tour guides flash light; scary but seriously amazing!

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Spa- as if this resort isn’t relaxing enough already, they also have a heavenly full service spa.

Scuba diving- exploring the crystal clear waters and marine life on a scuba diving day trip!

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Weather

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. Warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F) so there is really isn’t a bad time to visit!

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Final Travel Tips

We loved flying Fiji Airways and felt the welcoming spirit of Fiji from the minute we stepped onto the plane in Los Angeles! We would highly recommend flying with them!

Fiji is amazing for couples, families and groups of friends. There is truly something for everyone- it’s the perfect spot for a one week-10 day trip. What stood out the most about Fiji were the Fijian people, they were so friendly and welcoming, as well as and the turquoise waters, white sand beaches and warm nights!

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(Special thank you to Fiji airways for making it possible for one of our followers to win a trip to Fiji with the person of their choice. Congratulations to Carly Chambers for winning, we hope you and your boyfriend love your trip to Fiji as much as Devin and I did!)

Getting to Yasawa

- Fly to Nadi with Fiji Airways. Transfers to Yasawa Island resort are made by plane to the resorts own private air strip.

Organise your Yasawa Island Holiday

- Flights to Nadi - Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi, flights from Auckland to Nadi, flights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance
A Bikini a Day Guide: to Savusavu
Posted 23 Mar 2015

Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, founders of A Bikini a Day blog, chose Savusavu and the Yasawa islands as the perfect spot for an upcoming bikini shoot. They headed over there with Fiji Airways in order to experience that fantastic Fijian spirit the moment they stepped on the plane.

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The girls told us about their nine days in paradise starting with Savusavu, where they enjoyed candlelit dinners on the beach, horseback riding, reef walking and snorkelling – read the full experience on their blog

Transport

Savusavu Island transfers are available with Fiji Airways/ FIJI Link from one of the main islands, Nadi. The flight from Nadi to Namale is around 1 1/2 hours with beautiful views. Hotels will provide transportation and airport transfers so no need to rent your own car.

Nightlife

It’s all about the day time in Fiji. We were in bed by 8 or 9 p.m. every night, exhausted from the fun-filled days. At night, we would join the other resort guests to watch cultural performances, or enjoy a beachside dinner before heading back to our villa.

Accommodation

Namale Resort & Spa

This all inclusive resort is arguably the best in Savusavu. From the minute you arrive at the tiny airport and are greeted by your driver you feel at home and the minute you leave you definitely feel like you are leaving a new found family behind! Great for a couple wanting a romantic and relaxing getaway, Namale Resort & Spa has 1,2 and 3 bedrooms villas/”bure” options complete with their own pools/jacuzzis, ocean front views, indoor and outdoor showers and much more. Our favourite part of the hotel was the beautiful beach which was lined with palm trees. Other guests love the Bowling Alley and game room, particularly fun if you experience a tropical storm

All inclusive room rates range from $900- 2000 per night.

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Activities

Beach Day- Lined with palm trees, have lunch and cocktails delivered to your beach chair and enjoy the white sand and turquoise water until sunset (usually completely alone)!

Snorkelling/Diving- Explore the Kora Sea on a snorkelling or diving sea adventure.

Horseback riding- We absolutely loved that the Namale has horse riding as an activity. We took a ride on the beach in our bikini tops. Heaven!

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Reef Walks- The resorts water front is surrounded by reefs which are filled with wildlife, and they even have a blowhole that will go up to 6-8 meters!

“Dine out”- Dinner on the beach. The resort has many remote locations that they will organize a sunset/evening dine out for you and your friend or partner. Eating a candlelit dinner on the beach was a very special experience!

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Spa- Apart from the ocean front treatment rooms, the Namale spa features a hydro-aromatherapy area with hot tubs, steam room, plunge pool and waterfall massage pool, all which overlook the ocean… yeah, we loved it.

Sports and games - We opted for a few games of tennis; it was like bikram tennis so if you can’t handle the heat, you may want to opt for the ice cold air conditioned gym! Plus, the Namale has its own bowling alley, we repeat, the Namale has its own bowling alley! We were jumping like kids with excitement about this: the game room features virtual golf, ice hockey, a two lane bowling alley and pool. Golf is also popular here.

Weather

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. Warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F) so there is really isn’t a bad time to visit!

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Final Travel Tips

We loved flying Fiji Airways and felt the welcoming spirit of Fiji from the minute we stepped onto the plane in Los Angeles! We would highly recommend flying with them!

Fiji is amazing for couples, families and groups of friends. There is truly something for everyone- it’s the perfect spot for a one week-10 day trip. What stood out the most about Fiji were the Fijian people, they were so friendly and welcoming, as well as and the turquoise waters, white sand beaches and warm nights!

(Special thank you to Fiji Airways for making it possible for one of our followers to win a trip to Fiji with the person of their choice. Congratulations to Carly Chambers for winning, we hope you and your boyfriend love your trip to Fiji as much as Devin and I did!)

Getting to Savusavu

Fly to Savusavu with Fiji Airways from Nadi or Suva. Once you have arrived, the resort is a short 15 minute drive from the airport.

Organise your Savusavu Island Holiday

Flights to Savusavu – Fiji Airways operates flights to Savusavu regularly from many domestic ports including flights from Nadi to Savusavu and flights from Suva to Savusavu.   

Flights to Suva - Fiji Airways operates flights to Suva regularly from many domestic and international ports including flights from Nadi to Suvaflights from Sydney to Suva and flights from Auckland to Suva

Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadiflights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance
Kelly Slater Home Away from Home
Posted 18 Mar 2015

World champion surfer Kelly Slater has been to some of the greatest tropical destinations on earth with his career. But it’s the Fijian island Tavarua that he’s called his ‘home away from home’ for the past 24 years. For Slater, it’s the culture of the people that keeps bringing him back, which is why he always flies with Fiji Airways – our quality service and friendly crew members mean you get a truly Fijian experience the second you step on board.

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The beautiful heart shaped island may be small but it offers something for everyone. Relaxing ocean views and clear warm waters make it an idyllic place for couples or families, while the world-class breaks create perfect surfing conditions – no wonder Kelly loves it! 

Getting to there and away

The best place to stay and enjoy the surfing action on the world-class waves is Tavarua Island Resort.

If you are looking to join this year’s Fiji Pro spectacle and to cheer on your favourite surfer, Fiji Airways can get you to the reef with daily flights to Nadi from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

After touching down, head out to Tavarua Island where you can see the waves break over the reef about a mile off-shore.

Plan your Fiji Surfing holiday

Flights to Nadi - Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadi, flights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Culture, Family, Relaxation, Surf and Dive
A Perfect Week in Wellington-Part 1
Posted 27 Feb 2015

Make the most of the last summer days with a quick getaway to Wellington, the city dubbed the coolest little capital in the world. It is renowned as a cultural hotbed with some remarkable architecture and numerous art galleries certain to satisfy those with an eye for art or history – and has a massive sporting culture to boot.

Take a look at our series on why New Zealand’s capital city is the holiday destination of the moment – starting with its arts and cultural scene… With its timeworn colonial buildings, street art, iconic sculptures and entertainment complexes this picturesque city will sweep you off your feet.

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Start your trip with the Artists in Action weekend from 28 February – 1 March, where you can visit painters, potters and printmakers in their studios all weekend from 10am to 4pm to see how they create their work, and pick up or commission a piece you’ll love.

All year round, you can follow the Arts Trail on the picture-perfect Miramar Peninsula, home to painters, photographers, sculptors and filmmakers. The Arts Trail takes you around Shelly Bay, Maupuia, Strathmore Park, Mora Point, Breaker Bat and Seatoun to galleries and exhibitions where celebrated New Zealand artists such as Jane Blackmore and Juliet Best display their work along the water’s edge.

For another cultural hit, discover the beautiful harbor area with The Wellington Writers’ Walk, where the waterfront is randomly dotted with typographical sculptures, quotes on concrete plaques and inlaid metal texts.

Follow the path to the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa on Cable Street.  Six floors of exhibitions with cafes and gift shops are dedicated to New Zealand’s culture and environment, free of admission charges. Here you can see Elf Soldier and Elf Lieutenant costumes from Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy films. Te Papa offers a Middle of Middle Earth Costume Trial designed by Weta Workshop, where you can hunt hobbits, dwarves, elves and men to the suburb of Miramar. Weta Cave, the studio behind critically acclaimed films like Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Avatar and King Kong is located here.

If you’d rather stay inside Te Papa, innovative and interactive exhibits tell stories of New Zealand’s unique geological, biological, cultural and social history.

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Continue on your journey of New Zealand’s political and social history with a visit to Parliament. Learn about New Zealand’s parliamentary process on a free one hour guided tour that also covers the history and architecture.

Across the road is the largest wooden building in the world, the old Government Buildings. Completed in 1876, the structure resembles an Italian stone palace and is lined with crimson flowering Pohutukawa trees.  It has two grand staircases, eight vaults, 143 rooms, 126 fireplaces, 22 chimneys, 64 toilets, eight verandahs and seven porticos and now houses part of Victoria University of Wellington’s Law Faculty.

At Jervois Quay, a late English Classical style building houses Wellington Harbour Board Head Office.  On Queen’s Wharf the Bond Store, designed in French Second Empire style, is where you will find the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

See the world’s largest specimen of the rare colossal squid, captured in Antarctica a few years ago and if you dare, meet Azorg the vilest Orc from Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy films.

To round off your cultural vacation, get to the heart of Miramar for the Weta Cave Workshop Tour and be greeted by three trolls in the garden. A one-hour tour provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of the multi-award winning design studio and manufacturing facility that services the world's entertainment and creative industries. Weta’s design and effects work for films includes not only the Lord of the Rings trilogy but also Chronicles of Narnia, District 9, Adventures of Tintin and Elysium amongst others.  Visitors get to try some of the weapons made for the movies.  You can also buy limited edition sculptures hand crafted by artists at Weta and clothing, jewelry and books. 

And if a few days of culture isn’t your thing, then stay tuned for our upcoming articles that take a closer look at Wellington’s sports action, golden beaches, picturesque gardens and retail hotspots.

Getting to there and away

Check out Fiji Airways special offers on flights to Auckland and flights to Wellington

Plan your New Zealand holiday

- Flights to Auckland - Fiji Airways operates flights to Auckland regularly from many domestic and international ports including flights from Nadi to Auckland, flights from Suva to Aucklandflights from Apia to Aucklandflights from Los Angeles to Auckland and flights from Hong Kong to Auckland.

Flights to Wellington -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Wellington regularly from many international ports including flights from Nadi to Wellington, flights from Suva to Wellingtonflights from Apia to Wellingtonflights from Los Angeles to Wellington and flights from Hong Kong to Wellington.

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Tagged: Community, Culture, Family, History, Leisure, Relaxation
Getting married in Fiji - A wedding guide
Posted 10 Feb 2015

Thousands of couples get married in Fiji each year, with some opting for an intimate beach ceremony or others choosing to share their big day with loved ones with a resort ceremony. There is a huge choice of wedding venues in Fiji, as five couples proved when they tied the knot onboard one of Fiji Airways’ flights, earning us a Guinness Book of World Records record for the world’s highest altitude wedding on an aircraft.

While most couples don’t get married at 41,000 feet, destination weddings are growing in popularity, says Samantha Amjadali, wedding guru and Digital Manager at EasyWeddings.com.au.

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“In the past travel was quite expensive, so destination weddings were about the couple heading overseas for an intimate ceremony. Often none of their loved ones could afford to join them to witness their vows,” says Amjadali. 

Things have, however, changed. “These days, with travel being so affordable, couples can still enjoy the romance and adventure of a wedding overseas, but with their friends and family present,” she explains. 

Fiji is a popular wedding destination for Australian and New Zealand couples for a variety of reasons, says Amjadali: “Fiji is easy to get to, its affordable, the there is no language barrier, the food is magnificent and the scenery is literally paradise.”

Fiji resort wedding packages

Many resorts offer wedding packages, which include a wedding coordinator to take care of everything, from the ceremony to the menu.

“All-inclusive packages take the burden of having to organise every last detail off your shoulders. Resorts like InterContinental Fiji offer some fantastic packages that offer lots of value,” says Amjadali.

Local Fijian customs and foods

Many packages can be tailored and Amjadali advises couples include some local Fijian customs in their ceremonies or serve local delicacies. “Consider serving some traditional food, such as slow cooked suckling pig or fish, which is barbequed for hours in a lovo (an underground pit). Have the whole Fijian experience,” she says.

Having your own celebrant or minister

“Some couples want a particular celebrant and they will fly them over to their destination wedding,” says Amjadali.

Under Fijian law, a couple’s own celebrant can participate in the wedding vows but a local celebrant must solemnise the marriage and sign the marriage certificate.

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The legal requirements

Before couples get caught up in planning every detail of their overseas wedding, they should first investigate the legal requirements.

“Find out what the local marriage laws are and whether your marriage will be recognised in Australia or New Zealand. You may also need to do some paperwork beforehand, or get visas or inoculations,” says Amjadali.

To get married in Fiji you need to apply for a marriage license ahead of the ceremony by providing:

  • birth certificates
  • passports
  • if applicable, divorce certificate
  • if previous spouse is deceased, a death certificate
  • in some cases a Certificate of Single status is required, if the marriage is taking place between: a Fiji citizen and a foreign citizen, former citizens of Fiji or foreign citizens residing in Fiji

A wedding coordinator will be able to help you with getting the wedding license in Fiji, but ask about this in the initial planning stages or you could run out of time once you arrive and not be able to marry.

Are marriages in Fiji recognised in Australia?

Marriages entered into overseas are generally recognised as valid in Australia, the Smart Traveller website advises. However, rules vary from country to country so be sure to check what rules apply to the country you’re intending to marry in.

When to get married in Fiji

The best time to visit Fiji is generally late March to early December. The wet season lasts from November to April when cyclones can occur.

Honeymooning in Fiji

After getting married in Fiji, it makes sense to extend your stay and indulge in a romantic honeymoon. In fact, Fiji is the second most popular honeymoon destination (after Europe) for Aussie couples, according to EasyWedding.com.au’s 2014 annual wedding survey.

Amjadali says most couples are in need of rest and relaxation after their big day. “The wedding planning cycle is, on average, about 18 months. At the end of it, many people just want to relax.”

Plan your wedding in Fiji

EasyWeddings.com.au is a one-stop online resource for wedding information, including apps, planning tools and a gift registry. 

Getting to Fiji for a wedding

Fly to Nadi or Suva with Fiji Airways. Check out our great deals and special offers with our partners

Plan your Fiji wedding or honeymoon

Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international airports including flights from Sydney to Nadi, flights from Auckland to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

Flights to Suva - Fiji Airways operates flights from Sydney to Suva and Auckland to Suva.

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Tagged: Resorts, Leisure, Relaxation, Romance, Wedding
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