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#16 TamLou

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 10:23 AM

I can recommend Castaway isl, it's so pretty and romantic.

The water around it is the cleanest I have ever seen and you can go from your own bureau to the water in all of one minute!

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 03:20 PM

What was the approximate budget that you should have for Fiji, I'm thinking maybe $5000 for airfares from Darwin for 2 people plus 7 nights accommodation. Is this about right or am I being optimistic??? huh.gif

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 03:48 PM

I just received the following quote from our travel agent:

2 nights Toka Toka Island Resort (one night either end of honeymoon), 2 night Blue Lagoon Cruise + 5 nights at Tokoriki Island Resort including breakfast and all transfers for two people $5818.

2 nights Toka Toka Island Resort (one night either end of honeymoon), 2 night Blue Lagoon Cruise + 5 nights at Treasure Island Resort including breakfast and all transfer for two people $4664.

2 nights Toka Toka Island Resort (one night either end of honeymoon), 2 night Blue Lagoon Cruise + 5 nights at Matamanoa Island Resort including breakfast and all transfer for two people $4678.

These are including return flights from Brisbane.

I think a $5000 budget would be fine. Hope this helps.
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Posted 17 November 2005 - 06:49 PM

I live in Brissy, and we have budgeted $4000 for 7 nights.

We are going to Beqa Island and staying at Beqa lagoon resort. Both of us are diving addicts, so we wanted to choose an island which is completely surrounded by reef, and this was it!!

The website makes it look dreamy..........

We are planning on going in either March or April which are both part of the 'cyclone season' but fingers crossed it won't be too bad.

Apparently May is the best month to go, but i'm too impatient to wait that long for my honeymoon tongue.gif

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Posted 19 November 2005 - 08:27 AM

I went July last year for my birthday and it was great. The people are so friendly. I stayed at matomanoa which was great. plenty to do. We went fishing, on a village trip over to another island which was about ten minutes away it was great, played tennis, boardgames, snorkled, went on walks on the beach, palm tree leave weaving (I made a bag), RELAXED, watched yabbie races, went to a carva ceremony ect. There is heaps of things to do. They have nightly entertainment. You could also see the island they filmed castaway from and you could have trips over there but we ran outa time and it rained.

We also stayed at Hideaway. Which was great. I think I liked it a bit better (thats only because it didn't rain. Although it had alot of families not as romantic as matamanoa.

I wanted to go to Torkiki (or however you spell it) but it was to expensive for what we could spend. Hope this helps. It is a beautiful place.

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 11:18 PM

Hey!

For our honeymoon we stayed at Kulu Bay Resort which is on Beqa Island just off the Coral Coast for one week.
It was really relaxing, beautiful and clean beach, hammocks to laze around in and heaps of activites like fishing, snorkelling, kayaking and you can go on a picnic on a sandbar - highly recommended!

The good thing with this resort is the package including meals is quite reasonable, and the service is impeccable! Also, you get to experience the real Fiji - with village tours and lots of kava!!

We then stayed another couple of nights at the Warwick, but found the service and environment a bit lacking compared to Kulu Bay.....was a bit too family-oriented and big for our liking, especially having just spent a week at Kulu Bay Resort!

Have fun choosing! I remember we spent so long lookig at those pretty pictures biggrin.gif PM me if you want more details!
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Posted 26 November 2005 - 05:17 AM

Hi there.

We stayed at Matamanoa Island Resort also. It was the most amazing holiday destination. (So good I cried the night before we left! Happy Tears - trust me!)

Shane planned the whole honeymoon so I didn't really know what to expect. We arrived at TokaToka and I thought I was in for a wild honeymoon. We ate dinner to the noise of crazy lizards and feral cats under our feet. But it was only one night.

To get to Matamanoa is an hour and a bit journey. You start on a bigger boat, to a smaller boat and then to a tinny. Arriving on the sands of this small and beautiful island is majestic.

Matamanoa only allows 32 rooms. So thats 64 people on the Island. There might be ten people near the pool. A handful back in their rooms. You never run into them, only if you want to.

The food is great. I reccommend getting a food package before you go. We had all our food paid for and then didn't have to worry about a thing. And trust me, you can eat. It's a two course for lunch and a three course for dinner - small portions which is good.

There is plenty to do if that's what you like. You can organise little trips if you are someone who likes to get out and about. We stayed on the Island for 7 nights and didn't get bored. There are two or three activities (free) everyday and the water is so warm you can live in it.

The people were the best thing I think. Their great musical talents that they aren't shy to share and their beautiful nature was touching.

In my experience I would reccommend getting the boat charters there and a helicopter back to Nadi. The helicopter isn't too expenisive if you organise it from back here - and I think it would be worth it.

I liked having no kids on the island - but that might have been because I work with children. We stopped at Mana Island on the way back to Nadi for a stopover to another boat and that Island seemed crowded and a little dirty. That was only one little area though. There were also lots of children.

I think Tokiriki would also be an amazing holiday destination and that is next on my cards.

Good Luck.
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 03:25 AM

We stayed at Treasure Island a few years ago and loved it.

It's a very small island (so small that you can walk the perimetre in about 30 mins) with only around 60 bure's or so, but they are all placed round the edge of the island so they get good water views.

The only issue we had with Treasure was that it only has one restaurant/bar and it closes round 11pm, so if you want to kick on - you have to head back to your bure (which is ok anyhow). So if you are after nightlife, it's probably not your island - it's fairly quiet (well we found it was). But still just gorgeous.

We loved Fiji. I'm sure you'll have a great time no matter where you choose. smile.gif

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 12:07 PM

We honeymooned on Tokoriki in 2003 (July) the weather was great, place was fantastic... I don't remember it being that expensive?! They have done some upgrades, however I do recomend spending at least a couple of nights in the honeymoon bure... divine!

Also, do the honeymooners beach picnic, they pack you a picnic and take you to a desserted island for the day and pick you up in the afternoon. However when we went, the little island had people on it, so the boat driver took us much further out to sea, to a more secluded spot... it was the island they filmed Castaway on! ohmy.gif I thought it was an omen... but it was a great day biggrin.gif

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 10:16 AM

Thanks guys, I love hearing your advice! tongue.gif

Has anyone stayed at the Shangri-La? I think that looks quite good, we want something with a bit of variety and activities to keep us busy when we want to be. We're thinking of splitting our holiday with 3 nights at Sonaisali/Outrigger on the Lagoon and then 5 nights at the Shangri-La...any thoughts?????????


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Posted 28 November 2005 - 04:02 PM

QUOTE (Renee R @ Nov 28 2005, 10:16 AM)
Thanks guys, I love hearing your advice! tongue.gif

Has anyone stayed at the Shangri-La? I think that looks quite good, we want something with a bit of variety and activities to keep us busy when we want to be. We're thinking of splitting our holiday with 3 nights at Sonaisali/Outrigger on the Lagoon and then 5 nights at the Shangri-La...any thoughts?????????


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Yes I have, we have stsyed there many times.

Let me tell you, you wont be bored there, that have sooooo many acticities programed for the whole day.
They are all really fun to.

I personally would only stay at the one hotel, but that's just me.
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Posted 28 November 2005 - 04:58 PM

Hi,
I'm joining in and I need fast advice! (Hope you don't mind Renee! - it might help you too). I am just about to book our honeymoon to Fiji. We had a budget of $5000. Got 7 nights at the Warwick, all meals, ALCOHOL, transfers, travel insurance and airfares from Sydney for $4860 in an ocean view room. Happy with the inclusive price for meals and alcohol because I know pretty much what we will be spending up front. Any opinions on the place or anything else?
It is in April - school holidays (I know, not ideal but I am a teacher so not much choice there). I told the travel agent our budget and that was recommended as the best place. I think the island stays are out of our budget. What do you guys think?
What are these Blue Lagoon cruises and are they very expensive?
Sorry if I'm crashing someone else's thread but I've read heaps of complaints about people starting new threads when there are already similar ones. Anyway I figure maybe the info will help us both!
Thanks heaps,
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Posted 29 November 2005 - 08:58 AM

Hey Cally,

The more the merrier I say! I'm interested in anything to do with Fiji and we arent even close to deciding so I hope you find some information on this. I've been looking up each resorts website - which I presume you have too, not that it helps too much like Sonaisali's website shows gorgeous pictures of white sand clear beach but apparently the sand is muddy!!!

Good luck - love the food and alcohol inclusion in your package tongue.gif

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Posted 29 November 2005 - 10:26 AM

We just put down a deposit for our honeymoon on Thusday.

We're going from the 17th of March to the 24th of March.

We're spending one night at the Anchorage Beach Resort (coz our flight gets in at 3pm and there's no transfers across to the island at night - takes approx 2 hrs drive from Nadi airport to the harbour)

Then the first morning there, we are getting a boat transfer across to Beqa Island, and we are staying 6 nights at Beqa Lagoon Resort in a Beachfront Bure which has a king size bed, marble lined bath, a seperate sun room with double bed, a porch with table and chairs, our own personal plunge pool on the porch and our own hammock on the beach!!

We ended up going over our $4000 budget to get this (ends up being $4500) but we will have one week of pure luxury (fingers crossed)!!

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 04:26 PM

Beckabunny that sounds like a great place. My travel agent said that the bure accomodation was a fair bit more expensive but that sounds pretty comparable to mine.
I just got a new quote
-flying out from Sydney Mon 24th
-1 night at Sonisali because the resort is too far away to get there on the night
-7 nights at the Warwick in an ocean view room (all inclusive, meals, alcohol, shows etc.)
-all transfers
-1 night back at the Sonisali
-flying home on Tue 2nd?

$4760 for two
Don't know....I really am keen on the bure style accomodation, but I know nothing about the place and haven't got much time to research. Also I thought the places that have the bure accomodation might be a bit too quiet for H2B and I. We like to go out and stay out! The Warwick has 5 restaurants, a night club, shops, a gym and heaps more.
Guess I'll have to keep researching. I'll check out the main Fiji website again.
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