Katie Stow explores the divine Momi Bay and gets well and truly wrapped up in the island
Being only a fivehour flight from Sydney, Fiji deserves a spot on every Australian’s travel bucket list. It offers sun, sea, sand and perhaps the friendliest people on the planet. So rather than visiting Bali for the umpteenth time, book a trip to this idyllic island destination instead.
While there are stacks of things to do on the mainland, the real beauty of Fiji lies in its many islands. The two biggest islands are Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. Our favourite, however, is a tiny private island named Fuji Island.
Frequented by the likes of Paris Hilton and Pink, Fuji Island is just an hour from Momi Bay and is framed by the beautiful Malolo Barrier Reef. It features infinity pools, hammocks, doubledouble beds (yes, it’s a thing) and panoramic ocean views.
Until December, the island is decked out with a host of Fujifilm cameras and a private photographer – meaning every picturesque moment from your holiday can be captured. (Hello, Instagram spam!)
SHOP & STAY
WHERE TO STAY: Fiji has a host of accommodation options, ranging from budget to boujee. However, if you’re going to splash out, one resort is a step above the rest: The Fiji Marriott Momi Bay.
Nestled on the edge of the island, the Marriott is the definition of luxury. Made up of lagoonside hotel rooms and overwater suites, every single bed in the resort boasts sweeping sea views.
RETAIL THERAPY: You can find local markets in pretty much any Fijian town. Here, you’ll discover the usual suspects: fresh fruit, produce and local snacks. But save some room in your suitcase for handmade arts and crafts as well as bright, vibrant, patterned clothes, towels and fabrics.
FIJI MARRIOTT RESORT MOMI BAY IS THE ULTIMATE ISLAND RETREAT
DELICIOUS KOKODA, AKA FIJIAN CEVICHE