By T. Foster Jones
I THOUGHT I knew Fiji.
After several years of research,
interviews with travelers and travel
experts, poring over photos and
books and articles, I thought I knew
Fiji. Then I came here.
And I realized I didn’t know Fiji
at all. I also realized that, while I can
try to describe Fiji, you won’t know
it either, until you go. You might
think you do, but you don’t.
In truth, you don’t know Fiji
until you have:
Left footprints in the talcum-powder sands on Castaway Island.
Stood waist deep in the warm
blue waters (colors, by the way, that
seem to have been drawn from
a palette of otherworldly blue
CAS TAWAY ISLAND, FIJI
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B ecoming immersed
in the real Fiji
Eight-night vacation includes:
• Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles
on Air Pacific
• All transfers, including a catamaran to
Castaway Island, Fiji and a boat to Blue
• Five nights in an Island Bure at Castaway
• All meals included for stays through
• Four-day/three-night Blue Lagoon Gold
Club Cruise aboard Mystique Princess in
a Main Deck Stateroom
• All meals aboard ship, morning and
afternoon tea, entertainment, excursions,
entrance fees and activities (beverages are
• Use of Rosie’s VIP lounge at Nadi Airport
hues), surrounded by an array of brightly
Watched surfers challenging the towering surf a mile offshore; found yourself amidst
a school of 40 or more dolphins playfully zipping under and around your boat in swift
and sleek synchronized movements; or stood
beside a roaring inland waterfall, cooled by
the mist and soothed by the mingling scents
Experienced achingly beautiful sunsets
that seem to go on forever, yet are over far
Been invited to sit and sing and dance in
a beachside lodge, then partake in a genuine
village kava ceremony, or walked out into the
cooling breezes, listening to the gentle creak
of palm and bamboo.
Last, and most important, you don’t
know Fiji until you’ve been embraced—
enveloped, really—by the warmth of the
Fijian people, surrounded by their smiles,
their laughter, their lilting voices.
Let me explain something. In my travels,
I have become a tad jaded. I have come to
expect a certain amount of false friendliness,
smiles that hide a lack of true caring. But never
have I experienced such genuine and open
friendliness as I have here. Whether it was the
crew that became family after three days on a
Blue Lagoon cruise or the staff that treats every
guest as a beloved friend at the Castaway
Island Resort, the people of Fiji touch you,
leave an imprint, just as surely as you leave a
piece of your heart behind when you go.
I had mistakenly assumed that since Fiji
seemed simple to understand, I knew it.
I was wrong. Fiji is a heady blend of
sights and scents and emotions—a tropical
cocktail that leaves you feeling intoxicated
with its nature.
Don’t make the same mistake.
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