After a busy year and a new born baby on the way, a family vacation was well overdue. Now despite being a sucker for cold, rugged landscapes, I really owed my wife some quality time in the sun. So with that in mind we headed to the vibrant turquoise waters of Fiji for the first time, and spent several days unwinding on the cosy Castaway Island. Below are a few brief words and images to accompany our time spent in this tropical paradise.
Having left Iceland just two days earlier, the warmth of the Fijian sun was quite a foreign sight for my squinty eyes as we cruised above Castaway Island in our Turtle Air sea plane. I’d definitely recommend arriving to the Island by seaplane if you get the chance, the views are fantastic and it only takes about 15mins. On arrival at Castaway Island we were greeted with an awesome musical performance and icy drinks, just the thing to help us drift away from any thoughts of the ‘outside’. We settled into our aicondtitioned water front bure and even though it was about 4pm in the afternoon we headed straight into the ocean. The water was just too tempting and the temperature in there was about 25 degrees!
As any parent knows, a happy kid makes happy parents, so we were stoked to see Judah make himself at home the minute we set foot upon Castaway’s sandy shores. To top it off, the Castaway staff always remembered his name, never missed an opportunity to say “Bula!” to him and treated him to endless slices of watermelon. He probably consumed a whole watermelon during our week-long stay!
Needless to say, the next few days consisted of many hammock naps, poolside and ocean swims, too much food and coffee as well as the occasional massage and game of volleyball on the beach.
One of the highlights from our trip was when we were out swimming and came across a bright blue starfish sitting peacefully in the shallows. Seeing my sons face light up in amazement is something I’ll never forget. This is what I truly enjoyed most, the uninterrupted quality time with my wife and son, away from the distractions of everyday life back home. Time really seems to stand still in Fiji.
From a photographic perspective, the Island offers shallow and crystal clear waters around most of the perimeter, with plenty of palm trees and white sand as well as the occasional volcanic rock for good measure. Looking out to the horizon, distant islands rise out of the sea and look quite impressive at dawn when the first light brings to life their ghostly silhouettes.