Fijian Glimpses

Fiji boasts around 330 fabulous islands circled by pristine waters and this post gives you a glimpse of just four…

Nanuya Sewa Island - Blue Lagoon, Waya Island - Rurago Bay, Likuri Island, Likuri Island, Malolo Lailai Island, Musket Cove, #Fiji, #Oceania

To share a few snippets of incredible countries, the Glimpses series started with Chile in South America. Then, I decided to continue with Burmese glimpses, Italian Glimpses, English Glimpses, Bolivian Glimpses, Calabrian Glimpses, and Argentinian Glimpses.

These short, sharp travel posts are designed to provide a morsel and just a small taste of a country or destination that you may not have visited. Have you been to any of the countries or destinations that I’ve shared so far? Let me know and share your comment below.

In 2015, I was lucky enough to be invited on a yacht by friends to sail around the glorious islands of Fiji for a couple of weeks – fantastic and memorable!

1. Malolo Lailai Island – Musket Cove

A tiny airstrip sees light planes come and go a couple of times a day on Musket Cove – a small dot in the Pacific Ocean.

Musket Cove, #Fiji, #Oceania

Musket Cove offers many secluded pristine beaches to get away from other tourists but be warned, this is a child-friendly island so a lot of children run around the whole of the island – skinny dip at your own peril!

2. Robinson Crusoe Island (original name: Likuri Island)

A low-key resort island, you can easily circumnavigate flat Robinson Crusoe Island on foot in about half an hour.

Impressive and mesmerising cultural fire shows are held on each Wednesday and Saturday night and are worthwhile to indulge in.

fire dancer, Robinson Crusoe Island, Fiji, Oceania
Flame dancing

This island’s name stems from 1651 when a sailing boat was wrecked on a nearby reef. The captain and his cat took refuge on the island. Coincidently, the cat’s name was Friday (not a good omen), and so, the story of Robinson Crusoe was born.

3. Waya Island – Rurago Bay

Six main islands and numerous smaller islets form the Yasawa group of which intriguing Waya Island is one. The group is volcanic in origin and very mountainous. With peaks ranging from 250 to 600 metres high, there are some majestic vistas and backdrops when sailing past or hiking to one of the peaks.

Waya Island, Rurago Bay, #Fiji, #Oceania
Pristine Rurago Bay

This is the island where yachties are expected to arrive bearing gifts of Waka (Fijian Kava) and then to be blessed in return by the chief. Taking tea and cake with the locals in the village is very lovely.

4. Nanuya Sewa Island – Blue Lagoon

Gorgeous Blue Lagoon was made famous by the movie of the same name in 1980. Nanuya Sewa Island is simply stunning.

Nanuya Sewa Island, Blue Lagoon, #Fiji, #Oceania

The Nanuya Resort is quite small and runs totally on solar power I believe, which is definitely a good thing.

Where in Fiji?

Map of Nanuya Sewa Island - Blue Lagoon, Waya Island - Rurago Bay, Likuri Island, Likuri Island, Malolo Lailai Island, Musket Cove, #Fiji, #Oceania
Map: Google

Want to see more photos of Fiji or read more about the sailing frolics around these idyllic paradise islands? Check out these Fijian posts sailing to exotic and scenic islands.

Have I included enough detail about each destination in this series? Enough photos? Enjoyed this Fijian post?

What country or destination would you like to visit with me next? If I’ve been there, I’ll publish a post just for you, so leave me a comment.

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40 responses to “Fijian Glimpses”

  1. Abirbhav Avatar

    May I regale you with a musing of mine? It isn’t a travel blog, but hope you can relate a bit to this..

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thanks for the link and I’ll pop over now.

  2. Abirbhav Avatar

    Fiji is one of the places I would love to visit.. Pristine beaches and idyllic islands with rich local culture in every island you may set foot on.. Feels akin to an explorer, speaking of which, great to see that you have visited the Robinson Crusoe island.. If only traveling to Fiji were cheap.. Sigh.. Nice picture and article as usual.. 🙂 Thank you for sharing..

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Abir
      Yes, Fiji was a great sailing experience and the flight from Australia isn’t too expensive although once in Fiji, it can be expensive. I was lucky enough not to pay for accommodation as I was on a sailing boat owned by friends. 😉
      You visited Japan and I think that Japan is more expensive than Fiji.

      1. Abirbhav Avatar

        That’s great to know.. 🙂 Someday will try the sailing experience for sure.. Thank you for the tip and the link.. Let me check that out too.. 🙂

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You should as I know you will enjoy the freedom of sailing!
        Appreciate you checking out my posts, thank you.
        My first Japan post just published today. Would love your honest feedback. 😉

      3. Abirbhav Avatar

        Wow.. Eagerly waiting for your post on Japan, and I am sure it will be absolutely fantastic.. 🙂

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Sorry, edited my comments as the post was scheduled to publish during replying to your comment.

      5. Abirbhav Avatar

        Haha.. No issues.. 🙂 I am still waiting for your post.. Eager to view Japan through your lens..

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        The post is published! It’s a very informational post and hope that it will help other travellers. I still have over 20 posts in draft for Japan.

      7. Abirbhav Avatar

        I am reading it as we speak.. 🙂 Informative indeed .. Thank you for sharing.. 🙂

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you for your kind feedback!

      9. Abirbhav Avatar

        You are welcome and thank you for sharing such fantastic posts.. 🙂

      10. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Thank you for your support! 🙂

      11. Abirbhav Avatar

        I am on my way to build a mini-series on Food.. The First one is already online.. 😉

      12. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Fantastic! I remember you were writing about food a few years ago. I’ll pop over to your blog again. 😉

      13. Abirbhav Avatar

        Haha, you have a greag memory.. I did write about food, and I mailed you some of my recipes too during the lockdown.. 😉
        But anyways, looking forward to your expert opinion as always.. 🙂

      14. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes, I remember! Lockdown seems like a lifetime ago now.
        I don’t call myself an expert – just like to share my travel experiences objectively.

  3. orededrum Avatar

    Happy Easter !

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Happy Easter to you too!

  4. equinoxio21 Avatar

    Couple of weeks sailing? Must have been “hardship” for you… LOL. 😉

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ha, ha, it was most excellent. My friends finally returned to Oz after over 10 years of circumnavigating and eventually sold their yacht.

      1. equinoxio21 Avatar

        10 years around the world’

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        I’m sure it was over 10 years, possibly 12 or more – cool isn’t it?
        That’s what cruising’s all about…take your time, see loads, and enjoy life. 😉
        There’s a photo of Phil (skipper) at the end of this Fijian post.

      3. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Friends of ours are currently on their second year, with interruptions. They’re cruising back north from the Caribbeans to Florida then up, up north to cross the Atlantic back to France.
        I’ll check Phil…

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Lucky them, bet they’re having a blast!
        Think I mentioned before, we bought a boat in NY (under snow), trucked it to Miami for fitting out, and then sailed to Florida, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, ABCs, Venezuela, and the rest is history. That trip and apart from Australia’s east coast is the sailing I’ve done, not circumnavigated…not my thing.

      5. equinoxio21 Avatar

        I remember your living in a boat for 20 years or so. But I’d forgotten your buying one in NY of all places. So you went “the other way”, south rather than north…
        actually when they started their adventure (he is about a year older -1952- than I am), buying a boat in Brittany, fitting it out etc… their idea was to cross the Atlantic, sail around in the Caribbeans, cross the Panama canal to the Pacific, and go back home to Brittany all across the Pacific… After their first bout across the Atlantic, they realized they were not up to “circumnavigating…” To each their own, right… Hopping over to your blog… Might have see your posts.

      6. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yeah, 21 years in the end – 20 on the first boat and 1 on the second.
        This is the post on buying the boat if you haven’t already read it – a little old now. 😉
        That’s adventurous and you’re right, to each their own as it’s not for everyone. I love where a boat takes you and I love the sea, but it’s not my thing seeing weeks of the ocean.
        It sounds as though your friends have settled into the cruising life if they’re on their second year.

      7. equinoxio21 Avatar

        I seem to recall your purchase and preparation. I’ll check in a minute…
        Their plan is to go back to France this year. I think they realized they also missed their life in France., friends, family. Their idea would now be like six months on the boat, six months back home… We’ll see. One port at a time…

      8. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yeah, I’ve seen that happen a lot but that’s not a bad plan and quite doable.
        You can play around sailing in the Med for years – it’s a wonderful playground!

      9. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Indeed. Sailing there must be gorgeous. So many places to visit…

      10. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        It certainly is and apart from a little sailing in Fiji and New York, also sailed in Greece a little with our friends – loved it!
        You just reminded me that I never published anything about that sailing trip but it was in 2009 – will have to get that out at some point. But, I have 19 posts started in my WP draft folder about this current trip already! Just no time. 😂

      11. equinoxio21 Avatar

        19 drafts? OMG. (I’m down to 3… I’ve been sketching and painting for a new post…)

      12. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Well, 23 really but the others were from before and not sure whether I’m going to do anything with those yet.
        The drafts are just a brain dump of each place as I don’t have a good memory, especially for Japanese names. I made a mistake though as should have set up a template (map, headings, etc.) similar to my other travel posts, then entered the notes straight into that to save time later. Only thought of it for my last draft, but will do this for the next ones. Live and learn.
        I’m sure you have enough material in your head to pump out a dozen drafts. 😉 Look forward to checking out your new post on Tuesday.

      13. equinoxio21 Avatar

        Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

  5. Dave Ply Avatar

    Is there anywhere you haven’t been? I was there once, in early 89 on the way back from NZ – and to do some diving. That’s one thing I’d love to do again, the soft corals were spectacular.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Dave

      Actually, yes, loads of countries are yet to see. 😉
      I only did some snorkelling there, not diving, but I’ve been spoilt diving the Great Barrier Reef (before mammoth coral bleaching). So, I haven’t found anywhere yet as good for diving.
      On the road again and currently in Japan but I haven’t had time to post anything on this amazing country yet.
      Hope all is well with you?


  6. Yetismith Avatar

    Lovely to see those fabulous beaches and the ocean. And those sweet Fijian faces. I often think of people in the Pacific and wonder how they are managing in these ever more trying times. When I got the job with BA I had to wait a year for travel benefits and then I decided to get as far away from New York as possible. It was a badly thought out idea. I travelled with an BA girl and we tried to fit way too much in to 2 weeks. We “turned around” in Sydney afetr a very short stay and flew up to Fiji where we stayed at Lautoka for maybe 2 nights. We collapsed by the pool and a chap in Fijian skirt came to ask what we would like to drink so we told him and when he came back, he placed our drinks on the table and sat down between us. He wasn’t a waiter. Oops. Next thing you know he had his hand on my knee. Sheila and I looked at each other and we were suddenly overcome with jet lag and made our escape. Fast forward 14 years to my “adventure cruising” days. One trip we joined the ship in Yap and we went to several of the smaller island including one that they claimed had never been visited by a cruise ship before. I can still see the beautiful faces of the children in those Islands. Another cruise we were supposed to join the ship in Cairns. Getting there from NY on space-available tickets was a drama and then the ship couldn’t dock in Cairns because of a strike, so had to fly to Port Moresby. But those cruises were memorable and I fell in love with the Pacific. Probably why I moved to Seattle for 18 years. Your wonderful photos bring it all back!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      What a bunch of adventure stories right there Carolyn!
      A fast getaway is the only way sometimes in awkward situations.
      The faces – both children and adults – are what I loved about Fiji but I love this in every country. Helps to capture good candid photos. 😉
      I haven’t been on a cruise ship, but never say never.
      For some strange reason, WP threw your comment into my Trash folder – frustrating.
      As always, thank you for your kind feedback.

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