To carry with you:
- A thin sheet sewn in half so you don’t have to worry about dirty sheets or bed bugs.
To bring from home:
- All clothes and footwear you need – It’s a bit hard to find the right sizes here
- One sweater – It gets chilly at night sometimes
- Spice pack– Oregano, basil, cayenne… just a few spices when you want to cook something that tastes like home
- Keep your eye out for Air Pacific Sales. All flights were 50% off for a couple days in August!
- All MHs and a lot of corner stores have cheap ice cream bars that are between 50 and 95 cents. So delicious.
- Try the Maggi Curry instant noodles. They are the most spicy instant noodles I have ever had.
- The juice outside of the market in the big containers is fresh and delicious! A cup ranges between 30 and 70 cents.
- Try the Indian dried snacks that come in small clear packages. I like all the chevda’s. These are very sodiYUM and full of lovely things like MSG (mmm).
- If you get sick, or need xrays, go to the Suva Private Hospital.
Advice – Yasawa’s:
- Water is significantly cheaper on the flyer, stock up because you can’t drink the water at most resorts.
- If you end up at a resort with hot water, cherish it.
- Bring snacks, most resorts are on 3 meals/day and you’ll get hungry.
- Stay places that are locally owned. Spend your money where it matters. You’ll have a better time and avoid the crowd.
- Bring your own snorkel gear, you’ll save about $10/day/person.
- Pick a way to travel, either South to North or North to South.
- If you’re unsure about a place, just book one night and then decide whether you want to stay extra days or not.
- The Bula Pass allows you unlimited travel
- You can either book ahead through Awesome Adventures, just get the Bula pass and see how things go or go directly to the resorts. Advantages of booking ahead through AA: nothing to worry about, no boat transfer rates, easy. Just Bula Pass advantages: Flexible to go where you want to go depending on weather/who you meet/if a place rocks. Booking direct advantages: Probably the cheapest, the only way to camp, more chances the resorts get more money directly.