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Coconut kids club

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Traveling as a family can be tough. Your adventurous kids want to be out in the ocean, your quiet kids just want to sit by the pool, and at some point you want to feel like you’re on holiday as well! But how to manage all these competing desires? You can’t be everywhere after all, and you and your partner want some time together as well. Enter the Coconut Kids Club.

Activities for all ages

Kids of all ages will be swept away by the holiday magic offered by Plantation Island Resort’s Coconut Kids Club. Each day offers a range of activities to keep your kids occupied and having fun from 10:30am – 8:30pm. Better still, there’s activities to ensure even the shyest of kids have a blast. With offerings ranging from traditional crafts such as coconut boat making and meke preparation to tie dye, beach games, and evening movies, your kids’ time in Fiji will be their best holiday ever. They may even find their new best friend!

You deserve the holiday you’ve dreamed of

Fiji is famed as a place of natural wonders, where hiking, snorkelling, surfing and water sports reign supreme. Even the slowed-down resort afternoons spent getting pampered or sharing a cocktail and a book with your loved one are best enjoyed to the soundtrack of the ocean, knowing that the shrieks of delight you can hear come from activities supervised by trained professionals. Your holiday is your time too. You deserve to enjoy it.

Best. Holiday. Ever.

Whether your kids love running around playing beach games or sitting in the shade making crafts, Coconut Kids Club has something for them. Take advantage of the best that Plantation Island Resort has to offer, and give your kids time to be kids – and give yourself time to be an adult.

Coconut Kids Club is free for all resort guests. So give yourself, and your kids, the best Fiji holiday ever, and spend some time getting to know the best of Fiji with the Coconut Kids Club.

Run away and get married in paradise

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A destination wedding is the perfect way to celebrate the start of your new life together. How can you believe that your relationship will be anything but a dream when you cement your union on soft white sand next to gentle waves, under the bluest sky you’ve ever seen. When you return home, you’ll have the most magical memories, and while you’re there, it will be a beautiful, relaxing start to your marriage. You won’t even have to travel for the honeymoon – you can stay right at the resort.

There’s a wedding package for every budget and every style. We can organise a simple beachfront ceremony with a sit-down dinner for a small party, all the way up to a buffet dinner, drinks package, Fijian warrior escort and choir at the ceremony. We’ll organise the venue set-up and decorations, as well as flowers and sparkling wine to toast the happy couple.

Our wedding planning team is accustomed to caring for any couple’s desires. You can work with us to customize the colors and style to match your needs. We even have registered celebrants on staff so that you can get married at the day and time you want. We have pre-set packages, but we encourage you to come with your own ideas to make your wedding truly yours. We’re here to work with you. We will also take care of wedding licensing processing and onsite registration.

Start as you mean to go on – surrounded by loved ones, with no worries from the outside world, standing amidst the beauty of one of the most beautiful places in the world

What is Kava?

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Kava is a central part of Fijian culture. But what is it? How is it made? Why drink it – and does it taste any good?

Kava comes from the root of the yaqona bush, a relative of the pepper plant. It is consumed in various ways throughout many Pacific Ocean cultures, including Vanuatu, Polynesia and even some parts of Australia. Traditionally, it is chewed, or ground or pounded into a pulp and mixed with a liquid to drink. Kava has a sedating, slowing-down effect of the nervous system, and can sometimes even induce euphoric feelings.

When visiting Fiji, you’ll be greeted with the Kava ceremony, an essential aspect of the welcoming culture of the country. After work, relaxing in the afternoon, pretty much whenever, small groups of family and friends will share kava from a communal bowl. The Fijian preparation usually involves pounding sun-dried kava root into a fine powder and mixing it with water to form what is known as grog, which is then drunk from a bilo, the shorn half-shell of a coconut. Prepared this way, with the dried root, kava is not as strong as a fresh preparation, which itself is not as strong as chewing it straight. In this way, it’s a gentle, relaxing drink. Grog is a ubiquitous part of socialising and storytelling in Fiji, especially among young men. It can, however, leave your mouth and tongue feeling a bit numb. The best way to chase a bilo is with a sweet or a spicy snack, to wake up the tongue and mouth after the numbing effects of grog. After a few hours, you’ll feel delightfully relaxed.

Kava is a central part of Fijian culture. Whether or not you choose to indulge, know that it has been a part of Fiji and its people for a long time – and Fijians are some of the happiest people on earth.

How to Speak Fijian

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When you go on holiday to a country where the main language isn’t your first – and if you’re reading this, your first language is probably English, so this happens a lot! – it’s a great idea to learn some words or phrases in the language of the native people. It helps you to avoid any communication mishaps, as well as connecting more deeply to the country and the people you’re visiting. Who knows, you may even make some new friends or learn some tips you otherwise would have missed! Here are some phrases that might come in handy when you stay with us – it’s time to learn some Fijian! 

“Bula” – this is a word with many meanings. It means welcome, good morning, or good afternoon. It is also an informal way of saying hello, and an exclamation made when drinking, like Cheers! If you want to use it a little more formally, you can say “Ni sa bula.” If you want to say good evening, you can say “Moce” or “Ni sa moce”. 

“Vacava tiko?” – How are you?

“Sa bulabula vinaka tiko” – This is a response to “How are you?” It means something like “I’m well, thank you.”

“Ia bula”/”Ia ni bula” – Nice to meet you

“Vanuinui vinaka ki na siga ni kua” – Have a nice day! 

“Tulou”/”Jilou” – like the English “Pardon” or “Excuse me”, these are used when you want to excuse yourself or apologise for invading space.

“Ni vosota sara”/”Ni vosoti au” – these are more general ways to apologise.

And if you want to learn any more Fijian while you are here, you can ask “Na cava na kena vosa vakaviti ni …?” which means “How do you say … in Fijian?”

So many people in Fiji are friendly and happy to help, so bust out your confidence and practice some Fijian with the locals!

 

Celebrating International Housekeeping Week at Plantation Island Resort

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In the second full week in September, we celebrated International Housekeeping week at Plantation Island Resort! As you can tell from the name, International Housekeeping Week is a week where companies and organisations worldwide celebrate the hardworking staff that keep our buildings clean and well-maintained.

Housekeeping staff have some of the toughest jobs in any hospitality company. They are the true heroes, keeping everything in tip top condition so that our visitors can relax and enjoy their stay without worrying about making beds, washing dishes or cleaning up after anyone. We do that for you!

We took this week last month to thank our hardworking staff for their outstanding service to our beautiful resort. We want to make sure that they know just how much we appreciate them and everything that they do. In a place as beautiful as Fiji, it’s hard to concentrate on anything but the sun, sand and waves – yet our team stay focused on making sure our visitors are as comfortable and their rooms as clean as possible.

As you can see, we all had a fantastic week, and we also teamed up with our sister resort Lomani Island Resort to have a huge celebration, because that’s how grateful we are for their presence in our resorts – hugely. And it’s reflected in our visitors, too – we see your posts and comments on social media! You love our staff just as much as we do, because they are so lovely and welcoming.

Even though International Housekeeping Week is over, it’s always nice to hear a lovely word from our visitors – so say hello to our staff if you see them and thank them for a job well done. They deserve it!

Massage on the beach

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Every Fiji holiday is different. Whether you’re after an undersea diving adventure, a cultural cruise of the things that make Fiji unique, or just a few days relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other, Fiji has a holiday for you. The one thing all of these holidays have in common is that they’re all about you.

But even when that’s not the case – when you’re holidaying with the whole family or your best friends, and your days become a blur of activities and cocktails and reapplying sunscreen – even then, you can steal a little pocket of paradise just for yourself, one hour at a time.

Every day has a few little pockets of quiet. Sunrise. Sunset. Those lazy hours in the middle of the afternoon, when all your planned activities are done but there are still hours of delicious daylight ahead, bursting with promise. These are times of stillness and reflection, and what better way to relax and meditate than with your own beach massage?

Ask your concierge to book you a beach massage at one of those precious still times of day, and embrace everything that’s pure Fiji. Listen to the hush of the waves, the crunch of the sand as your qualified massage therapist works all the tension of the everyday world out of your body. Breathe in the scents of sea air and coconut oil; close your eyes and let your thoughts drift away on the fresh ocean breeze.

There are all kinds of holiday in Fiji, just as there are all kinds of holidaymaker. But whether you’re an adventurer, a spa aficionado, or a reader of books by the beach, there’s nothing more Fiji than embracing those quiet, still moments with your very own beach massage.

 

 

Fiji Food and Cuisine - Plantation Island

Tropical cuisine: What should I expect?

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As in many cultures, food is essential to the way Fijians gather, celebrate, and communicate. Fijian cuisine relies heavily on fresh, local produce – from abundant seafood to locally-grown and -raised vegetables, fruits, meats and poultry, prepared in a way that marries traditional Fiji island culture with the hundreds of years of influence Indian food and tradition has had on the island’s residents. Some Fijian staples you may not recognise from home include:

Taro

A light purple root vegetable with dark green, edible leaves, taro is native to the tropics and a staple of the Fijian diet. The locals call it dalo, and it’s delicious when added to stews, steamed and served plain the way the locals like it, or cut into chips and deep fried. The leaves, called rourou, are cooked down in coconut milk until they resemble creamed spinach and served as a side, or stuffed with meat (usually corned beef or fish) and coconut meat to create delicious palusami.

Duruka

Often called ‘Fiji asparagus’, duruka is the unopened shoot of the cane plant. Related to sugarcane, duruka is most often steamed or roasted and served as is. It grows wild in some areas, and can be eaten raw, but we advise that you leave that to the locals!

Nama

A small seaweed that resembles nothing so much as a tiny bunch of grapes, nama is served fresh as a side dish or as part of a salad. A native to tropical areas, other nations such as Fiji’s neighbour Samoa serve nama, also called sea grapes, use it in soups and stews, though Fijians tend to prefer it fresh.

Fijian food is a culturally diverse mish-mash of native Fijian, British, Indian, and Chinese influences, and this is reflected in the vast array of cooking and spicing methods favoured by Fijian cooks and restaurants. When you’re in Fiji, be bold – try everything, because you never know where you’ll find your next culinary adventure.

Experience a world-class surfing location in Fiji

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If you love surfing, you’ll love Fiji. Now one of the world’s premiere destinations for surfing, it’s hard to believe that surfing in Fiji has only been freely available to the public since 2010.

Surfing Fiji

Fiji is home to some of the world’s best breaks, including the world-famous Cloudbreak, voted one of the world’s top-10 best/most challenging breaks, and Restaurants, which breaks right off Tavarua Island. Both have been home to the Fiji Pro, a staple of the Men’s and Women’s World Championship Tours until 2018. With swells ranging between two and twenty feet and a reef break, these two breaks are for advanced surfers only. But don’t worry if you’re not the next Pro Tour headliner – if you want to surf, Fiji has a break for you.
Moderate surfers will enjoy heading out to Desperations, a good wave for shortboarders and bodyboarders even when the ocean’s having an off day, or Namotu Left, considered by some the best longboard wave in Fiji.
Wilkes Pass has waves suitable for all skill levels, though surfers are warned to watch out for rips in the area as well as the ever-present reef, which in this area sits a little deeper below the surface.
If you’re just starting out, make your way to Swimming Pools, a fun, user-friendly break just off Namotu Island. It can be difficult to catch, but you’re guaranteed a fun ride.

What to bring

While there are some resorts and companies that rent or sell surf gear, check with your accommodation before you head over with only your backpack. The sea is warm enough that a swimsuit and a rashie will be perfect, and with all the reef breaks it’ll pay to throw your booties in your bag as well.

When to surf

While the breaks are best between April and October, the surfing in Fiji is good all year around. It can be less consistent during the wet season, November to March, but the swells do get bigger then.

Sea Turtle Fiji

Saving the sea turtles in the Mamanuca Islands

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Fiji is a beautiful place, and there’s so much more to it than surfing and sunbathing. Each island contains a vibrant ecosystem, made up of thousands of plants and animals and strung together by the ocean that surrounds them all. But human intervention has vastly altered the ecosystem of the Fiji islands, and some of its species are under threat.

One such species is the sea turtle. Sea turtles spend much of their lives in the ocean, only venturing on land to lay their eggs in the nesting season. Once hatched, the tiny hatchlings face a perilous journey down the beach to the ocean, dogged by predators and the bright tropical sun. Once they reach the ocean it’s no picnic either – commercial fishing with dangerous trawl nets, rubbish to get entangled in or eat by mistake, destruction of habitat by oil dredging, and being caught by humans for food or for their shells are all constant dangers in a sea turtle’s life. Of every 100 hatchlings that begin the struggle down the beach, only one or two will survive to adulthood. Sea turtles are considered to be critically endangered, and their trade is strictly prohibited in Fiji.

The Mamanuca Islands are home to the main nesting and foraging grounds of two species of sea turtle – the Hawksbill turtle and the Green turtle. These beautiful, gentle creatures rely on the beaches of Mamanuca to survive. Our community is mindful of these beautiful, endangered creatures and encourages tourists to respect their environment.

Coconut tree Fiji

Consider the coconut

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One step onto any Fijian island and it’s easy to see coconut trees springing up everywhere. The benefits and amazing versatility of the coconut is not news – coconut oil is cleansing and healing, coconut meat is delicious fresh or dried in a huge variety of sweet and savoury recipes, and coconut water is super hydrating. But to native Fijians, the coconut represents so much more – every inch, every aspect of the coconut tree has been essential in building local life into what it is today.

If you have a need, it’s very likely that the coconut can help you out. Here’s how:

It’s good for your digestion

Many know coconut meat as the main ingredient in coconut ice – admittedly not itself a health food. But did you know that eating coconut meat can help your digestion? Coconut meat is a natural laxative, and it can help ease the symptoms of diarrhea, colitis, indigestion, piles, and stomach ulcers. Try swapping your regular plain flour for coconut flour, or use coconut milk to make a soothing popsicle.

It’s an all-purpose beauty product

Coconut milk is used in a huge range of beauty products, as it is natural, organic, and super hydrating for your skin and hair. Coconut oil is also a hugely versatile beauty product. It’s moisturising, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory, and you can get it at your local supermarket. For a low-cost, high-benefit beauty regimen, just smooth some straight out of the jar onto your face after a hot shower, then remove with a damp towel. Before long your skin will be glowing!

It’s an environmentally friendly cleaner

Despite being gentle enough to use on your skin, coconut oil is also versatile enough that you can use it to clean – almost anything, really. If it’s dirty, grimy, or needs some shine, just dip a clean cloth in some coconut oil and off you go! Works on furniture, tyres, windows, whitegoods – everything can be squeaky clean and sparkling with the application of a little coconut oil!