Fiji has always been top of my South Pacific bucket list. I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking Fiji was basically tropical paradise, and you’ve really ‘made it’ if you get the chance to visit. Although the second part of that sentence isn’t exactly true, I was super stoked when Fiji appeared twice on our cruise itinerary back in December. WHOOP!!!
Port Denarau, Fiji was actually the second stop on our trip, but it was the one I was most excited for. We decided not to book a shore excursion (hey people, we aren’t made of money over here), and opted for the ‘let’s risk it and see what the port has to offer us’ approach. Let me just say, out of all the ports-of-call we went to, we probably regretted this decision the most. You see, we had our eyes set on the Oolala day cruise to Savala Island, because apparently the tour takes you to some of the best snorkeling in Fiji.
What we didn’t realize was that the tour companies actually reserved this Oolala package ONLY for the shore excursion guests for the day, and we couldn’t book it with a local tour company after arriving. Crap. After panicking a second because we thought we would literally not be able to do anything, we discovered Beachcomber island. Beachcomber island is a TINY little island that is home to a single beach resort, and is surrounded by miles of very alive coral. Since Derik and I were mainly interested in snorkeling all day anyway, we decided to book the tour. We ended up having an absolute blast, and the tiny little island is DEFINITELY one I would love to be ‘stranded’ on for a day or two,
maybe even up to a month. I wish I had snorkeling pictures to share with you, but they’re still chilling on our GoPro somewhere. I’ll be sharing a sequel to this post about our underwater adventures as soon as I can, but for now, enjoy the above-water pictures of this adorable little island in Fiji!