Ahhhh Port Denarau…
Were spent the last 3 days of our Fijian summer in the MOST wonderful, *MAGICAL*, amazing place in the WHOLE world, Denarau. We LOVED it! We were able to get not the local discount, but the friends and family discount at the most fabulous 5-star resort in the WHOLE world. Breakfast, without staying in one of their magnificent rooms, was $50 each but FREE for us! Dinner there (which wasn’t free, and we didn’t partake) was $140 a plate! After we checked in we were driven to our room in a golf cart. oOoOo! We opened the door to an AIR CONDITIONED sanctuary, with a plush white bedspread on a luscious mattress. Complimentary snacks and drinks were nice, but our favorite part was the WARM SHOWER! After a summer of sleeping on the floor, the bed was like a cloud. After months of cold showers, the hot water was almost sinful. After having rolled oats (with no sugar or milk) for breakfast for weeks and weeks – nothing made my heart happier than that delightful breakfast. Pancakes, quiches, omelets, real cereal, hot chocolate, fresh fruits, honey comb, baked bread… Oh, it was amazing – however, to fully appreciate the experience, first you have to live a cramped house with 17 other people, eating curry and nothing else, in a 3rd world country for a summer (see Green House on Kavika Street).
And that’s just the INSIDE. The resort was RIGHT on the beautiful beach, and had the largest pool in the South Pacific (and the most beautiful too!). Everyone is HAPPY, and Nate and I were more relaxed than any other time in our whole lives. We didn’t have a phone, no one knew where we were, we were done working and living in a 3rd world country, and didn’t think at all about coming back to America. It was the best vacation EVER!
We spent our time lounging around the hotel pool, walking on the beach, exploring Port Denarau, and taking local buses to Nadi (and the Nadi handicraft market). At night, we went to Denarau Port, where we at the Hard Rock Café 4 out of 6 nights. (We had been to Denarau Port the preceding weekend with our group – Friday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s dinners were all from HRC). By the end, the waiters and waitresses all knew our names, and would ask us if we wanted to sit in our ‘regular spot’ (the small table, 2 away from the front door). We also had a great time watching the entertainment at Port Denarau, which included hula dancers and fire dancers! Nate loves looking at souvenir shops (even though we never buy anything) and our personal favorite at Port Denarau was Jack’s of Fiji. They also knew us by the end – we spent a lot of time looking and never buying in that store! After that, we usually got some ice cream from New Zealand Dairy, and ate our cones while wandering around the dock listening to various bands playing at various outdoor restaurants. If we wanted, we stayed and looked at the stars, or went back to our home away from home (our resort!) and walked on the beach there. *sigh* Those nights were magic.
On our last day, Nate won us a *FREE* day cruise to Mystery Island on a pirate ship! And I do mean free – we brought $8 with us, and didn’t spend any of it! We got free snacks on the boat (1.5 hours to the island), a big buffet lunch and free ‘drinks’ (Nate and I chose orange soda…) on the island (that took only 10 minutes to walk all the way around). We got to snorkel, swim, kayak, and bask in the sun all day. We then went back to our hotel to pick up our bags, change, shower, and prepare for our loooong plane ride home. We split a hamburger at the Hard Rock Café (of course) and picked up a pizza (for good measure) to eat at the airport in a few hours.
We were sad to leave Fiji, but we DO love America!!!