FIJI – Travelling with “The Mother”, Good resorts & Diving
Hi I am travelling to Fiji in around 3 weeks (late April) with my Mum, who is in her mid-sixties. She can get around OK but is definitely not a hiker or adventure activites person! We haven’t booked anything yet but are looking at heading to the Coral Coast for a week and then up to the Yasawas for a week.
Does anyone have any recommendations on the following:
1. Child-free resorts that aren’t exclusively aimed at the romantic couples demographic, in the upper mid range price bracket. Quiet and private accommodation that also offers some activities, tours etc to keep The Mother entertained.
2. Good dive operators. I plan to get my PADI Open Water whilst there and am currently thinking I’ll do that at Diveaway Fiji on the Coral Coast and then do some day dives up at the Yasawas after that. However there are a dazzling array of operators in Fiji and if someone can recommend a good, well priced operator with great dive sites, I am all ears.
We are probably looking to lock some things in within the next week or so – but assuming we want to wing things a bit – how likely are we to come accross accommodation shortages at this time of year?
Also any general advice on places to go would be much appreciated. We don’t want busy family resorts but also I think if we’re too secluded we’ll get bored and kill each other – a nice mix would be great! We both quite like the option of spa treatments too so that is a consideration. For me the important thing is beautiful beaches, clear water and great snorkelling/diving close by (we probably won’t be getting a car).
Thanks in advance
Hi Christina, you may have this sorted now but I’d recommend:
1. It’s tricky to find child-free resorts that aren’t expensive “honeymoon” style retreats. www.beachcocomo.com/ is a quieter option on the Coral Coast. Try octopusresort.com/ or www.oarsmansbaylodge.com/ in the Yasawas. The latter has its own PADI dive centre.
I’d personally recommend getting down to Kadavu though this involves an internal flight or a long ferry ride. Diving is phenomenal here and resorts include: www.papagenoresort.com/ and matava.com/. Latter does a nice line in pampering!
Thank you! Yes, I am all sorted now. We are off to VoliVoli Beach in the North of Veti Levu, where I will learn to dive and then four nights at Matamanoa – an Island in the Mumanucas. Thanks for your reply though!