Fijian Waters villa in Pacific Harbor, Fiji, is paradise on earth. Or as close to it is as we mere mortals can get sometimes… From arrival to departure we were treated with the utmost care and respect by Gary and Glenn, the nicest guys to run a B&B I’ve ever met. They both went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, everything worked, and left us alone when we wanted to just chill. And yet we had a great time socializing with them, listening to their tales of moving to Fiji, and how they survived.
The property is discretely located on a beautiful riverbank, with the obligatory hammock, swimming pool and lush tropical gardening replete with bananas and papayas ripening on the trees amongst orchids. The villa itself is very comfy, and fitted with all the modern conveniences except for a dishwasher. But there are so many places to eat out nearby that a sink full of dishes never seems to pile up! Not to mention chef Glenn, who lives in the main house next door, who will create a great meal with a bit of notice.
Pacific Harbor itself has a “cultural center” offering shops, cafes, a small market and bottle shop, ATM machine, bus stop, and taxi stand. Here there are performances of fire walking and native Fijian dancing almost daily. Listen for the drum beating, calling all visitors to the center for a ceremony. There is an information center there for you to visit as well.
From Pacific Harbor there are many dive boat operators offering day or overnight trips out to Beqa (benga) Island, which has a huge and beautiful reef to explore. Our trip to Yanuca Island was fantastic, and I enjoyed some of the best snorkeling I’ve ever experienced anywhere – even the Caribbean. The variety of life on the healthy reefs was beautiful to see in these days of global warming and coral bleaching diseases.
Fijian Waters makes a wonderful base to explore the main island of Viti Levu. The capital city of Suva is a mere 45 minute drive away, where there is shopping, more dining, and the sights and sounds of an old colonial city in the tropics. Nadi town, with it’s international jetport, is an almost three-hour drive the other way around the island, and is a base used for explorers of the Yasawa and Mamanuca island groups. Fiji’s “Gold Coast” – a strip of resorts along the south side of Viti Levu, is less than an hours drive to the west of Pacific Harbor.
Address: PO Box 393, Pacific Harbor City: Deuba, Postcode: Phone: Fax: Added: November 13th 2005 Reviewer: Martin Trip Score: Hits: 2112 Language: