Dis­cover Fiji

Katie Stow ex­plores the di­vine Momi Bay and gets well and truly wrapped up in the is­land

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IS­LAND LIFE

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

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