Resort Reporter Fiji #39 – 9 years of holidays

We’re now approaching our ninth anniversary with Wyndham, and have enjoyed many wonderful but brief holidays from this relationship.

Amongst these have been approximately one trip per year to Denarau, excepting 2012 when we only got as far as Vanuatu, because of the catastrophic flooding in Fiji during April that year.  Trying to talk about a single holiday to Denarau has now become difficult, as there are always new little happenings different from those before. I certainly enjoyed a trip to Luka Eco Park at Sigatoga, as the photos tell, whilst Kathy kept to her favoured photographic position – behind the camera!

We certainly enjoyed a day out on “Whales Tale”, and another day trip on “Seaspray” which still has the looks she showed off during her TV series. These were very cheerfully organised by Rosies’ staff in the resort foyer.

This included a March 2011 visit to an island village, where the local guide explained that the village was still suffering from the 2010 cyclone,  which was forming as we departed from Nadi that year. Then he told us all of the concerns Fijians had several weeks before with the formation of another storm, for which they all prayed for their safety. In a beautiful, cheeky manner he then asked if any of us came from Queensland: and added “but you didn’t”. This was about a month after Yasi struck Queensland.

Of course, the other side of Wyndham at Denarau is that it is also so easy to simply do nothing. Just spend the late afternoon relaxing by the pool, being serenaded, watch the lamp lighting ceremony [where it is delightful to see the torch bearer allow the young children to actually perform the lighting], and simply gaze out towards the sunset. Are we thinking about home in Australia? Well, at least we are looking in the right direction!

Now that we’ve retired earlier this year, we intend to put our credits to good use, and thanks to the wonderful help and efforts by Makyla from Travel over the past few days, we’ll be able to tell you how our holiday in Bangkok and Hoi An goes this August.

Words and Photos by Ross and Kathy

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