Of course, the second part of our Fiji holiday was on Plantation Island.
We were picked up by coach from the Naviti and taken to Port Denerau via a stop at a supermarket in Nadi for some Snugglers and drinking water. Denerau has gated estate-style housing as well as the major hotel chains. Apparently alot of ex-pat Aussies and New Zealanders have houses here. We spend around an hour and a half at the wharf waiting for the Mololo Cat to take us to Plantation.
We have a beachfront bure at the island resort which is a spectacular spot. A few metres into the gorgeous clear blue water. So warm! The decor is very 70s as the resort is 40-odd years old and very little has changed.
It’s fairly quiet at the resort. They are between busy holiday periods so the staff seem a little surly and disinterested but some members are very friendly. The Kids Club staff are awesome but Fraser is a bit young to get the most out of it. He doesn’t have the confidence to stay and enjoy the activities without us. So most nights he pops out to us while we’re at dinner. They split the dinnertime sittings into kids at 5.30-7pm and adults from 7-9pm.
He did make a few friends though, so by the time we have our last dinner he stays in the Kids Club with them to watch a movie and we have dinner with some people from New Zealand that we’ve become friendly with.
There are lots more things to do here for kids than at the Naviti. Mini golf, water slides, jumping castle, playground with trampolines. Fraser spent a lot of time loitering around the pool tables watching the balls go down. There are several swimming pools. One of which, we didn’t even know was there until our last night.
Due to the rainy season we lost a couple of days so we hired Scrabble, yahtzee, played pool and watched a basket weaving demo. Oh yes, there’s no tv on the island. Hence the hiring of board games.
We’re not the sort of people who would go to the same overseas destination at the same time every year for a family holiday though I can understand the appeal. It becomes very community oriented in a way, when you’re with the same group every meal time for five days or so.
We just want an all you can eat buffet and lots of activities. ;)