Beachcomber Island, Fiji

So turns out even paradise is a bit of a faff. I know, I know, it’s tough when the decision of the week is which amazing Fijian island to stay on, but it’s really quite stressful. Ok, I’d hate me too. After a morning of trying and failing to make decisions, I pluck for the Mamanucas Islands.

There are two choices really of how to ‘do’ Fiji. 1) The ‘Feejee Experience.’ Package tours of regimented fun, circa Fresher week, for the Sloane ranger/pearl earings/get your dirty blond roots done brigade. No thanks. Or 2) the boat + island = wing it approach. Which is how I find myself here. Of course either way, once you are on a desert island the ball is very much in Fiji’s court. Paradise really does come at a price here; $35 – 45 a night.That’s pounds too (Despite the Fijian keyboard fail.) And wipe that picture of five-star bliss out of your head, it definitely isn’t. That buys you a cold shower and a bunk in a 180 bed dorm! Rough and ready. You do get fed 4 times a day though.  All of the supplies are boated in from the mainland, no restaurants, no shops. You can walk Beachcomber in 3 mins flat, 2 if you get a wriggle on.There is however surprisingly high-speed internet. It really is heaven.

Here it is. The Fijian simple life:  Wake up, breakfast, snorkel, sunbathe, kayak, play cards, swim, lunch, volleyball, afternoon tea, biscuits, play chess, basket weaving, get massage, eat coconut, hammock, sunset, shower, write in journal, eat din dins, happy hour, limbo.

Beachcomber itself is the ‘party island’ of the set so maybe insert a few more happy hours, more limbo, louder music, and a couple of all night sunrises in there too.

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