Fiji is where happiness finds you

The Fiji islands are everyone’s dream of a tropical paradise. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine ocean, stunning sunsets – there is something about the South Pacific that brings peace to your soul. And everywhere you go you will hear “Bula” or “Welcome” from the smiling, generous, relaxed Fijian people. Fiji is where happiness finds you.

Fiji is made up of 333 islands – some inhabited and many not. Nadi – the jet setters town - is on the Main Island of Viti Levu. This is the principal port of entry for air travelers to Fiji, even though it is on the opposite (western) side of the island of Viti Levu from the nation's capital and largest city, Suva.

Nadi is buzzing day and night with a multitude of shops, a handicraft market and all kinds of local and international restaurants and lively nightclubs. Nadi is truly multi cultural – you are as likely to hear Hindi music blasting from a shop front as you are to hear Fijian music. Nadi is the centre for Hinduism and Islam in Fiji. The beautiful Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere. It is a site for pilgrims and well worth a visit.

Starting from Vuda Point just outside Nadi, the Sun Coast stretches for three quarters of the way around the main island of Viti Levu. A startlingly beautiful stretch of country it is made up of sugar cane fields, cassava patches, villages, majestic soaring volcanic outcrops and small towns, who depend on the sugar industry and diverse industries such as Fiji Water, cattle farming and tourism.

The historic site of Vuda marks where the first inhabitants of the Fiji Islands are thought to have settled. This very important historic site is where humans are believed to have arrived in Fiji from the east African coastal nation of Tanganyika about 3,500 years ago. The “first landing’’ village site is open for tours. It may send a shiver down your spine to remember that the ancestors of the Fijian people were cannibals!

Go a little further to add a lot more to your vacation – Fiji repays you with an incredibly diverse range of experiences once you arrive. From sunset strolls to trekking in the rainforest to exploring in the outer islands. And from coral reefs and watersports galore to cruising between the islands.

If you are looking for a wedding, a honeymoon or the ultimate in romance and pampering then Fiji has everything you are looking for. Or if you are driven by the thrill of adventure, looking for sports, activities or the chance to backpack through Fiji’s Outer Islands – this is your fun filled paradise.

And if you want to understand the local traditions, Fijians are known as the friendliest people in the world and they will make you a welcome guest in their villages and homes. Observe handicrafts and the creation of mats, hats, fans and baskets from natural materials. See pottery made the time honoured way or attend a storytelling session to hear about the history, legends and traditional local medicines. And partake in a Mekes – a huge feast cooked South Pacific style in a traditional earth oven.

Fiji’s 333 islands and atolls are embraced by a network of brilliant coral reefs and Fiji is known as "The Soft Coral Capital of the World”. This amazing undersea and aquatic world means you can see spectacular coral, a multitude of multi-coloured tropical fish, turtles, manta rays, sharks and whales. And the water is so much a part of this multi island nation that you can get on all sizes and types of boat to travel directly between the islands, to wander peacefully around them, to sail, snorkel, fish, dive and more.

Fiji Trip Showcase

This week’s Travel Show will show you how this dream can come true! Fiji may be more affordable that you think with the strong exchange rate and some great packages in your favour. Boomerang and Islands Escapes by Goway are two Canadian Tour Operators offering trips to Fiji.

Fiji is very accessible with great connections via Los Angeles. The total flying time to Fiji is just under 16 hours from Toronto and 17.5 hours from Montreal.

And if Australia or New Zealand is on your radar – stop off en route in Fiji to add a whole new dimension to an already amazing trip. A stop over in Fiji is FREE with Air Pacific (soon to be Fiji Airways).

Air Pacific is the International Airline of Fiji with a route network that spans 15 destinations in 10 countries; the airline has provided service to the South Pacific for over 60 years through its hub in Nadi, Fiji to Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga. In June of 2013 Air Pacific will revert back to its 1951 name of “Fiji Airways.”

With this rebranding it will take on the livery of three brand new A330-200. The first A330 was received in Fiji in March of this year and the second will be delivered in June. July 2013 will see the first service of the first A330-200 from the Los Angeles gateway with combined service of B747-40 0 and the A330 from July through the end of November. With the delivery of the third A330-200 in November Air Pacific will truly become Fiji Airways and completely phase out the B747-400 by the end of 2013.

Sonaisali is a true island escape in the beautiful South Pacific Ocean - yet the world you've left behind is only a three-minute boat ride across the lagoon from the main island of Viti-Levu. Ask your Travel Agent about these great value 7 nights vacations!

Boomerang Tours from $2599 per person including:
  • Return air from Los Angeles on Air Pacific
  • All ground transfers
  • 4 nights in a Beachfront Hotel Room at Sonaisali Island Resort with continental breakfast
  • Return boat transfers from Sonaisali Island to Malolo Island
  • 3 nights in an Oceanview Bure at Malolo Island Resort with full breakfast for 2 guests
Prices are per person based on double, do not include air taxes of approximately $250 per person and may change without notice.
Valid for Sales: April 1/13 to July 15/13
Valid for Travel: April 1/13 to May 31/13 and Nov. 1/13 to March 31/14 with blackouts over December festive season

Goway Travel From: $2099 per person including:
  • Roundtrip airfare on Air Pacific, Fiji's national airline, Vancouver/Nadi/Vancouver - add $300 for Toronto/Montreal/Quebec city departures
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Beachfront Hotel Room at Sonaisali Island Resort
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • Meet and greet upon arrival
  • All relevant transfers
  • Departure assistance
  • FREE Welcome Cocktail per person
  • FREE Jungle Cruise per person
  • Special invitation to GM's Cocktail Party on Monday evenings (1hr free drinks)
  • Free SCUBA Pool Splash per person
  • Children under 18years Stay Free - using existing bedding
  • FREE Meals for Children under 12 yrs
  • FREE Kids Club supervised children's activities (not crèche or baby-sitting/child minding)
  • FREE non motorized water sports
Prices are "from", per person based on double occupancy.
Travel to 11 June then 05 Sep - 12 Dec '13 on Air Pacific. Taxes and fuel surcharges included.
All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change and availability.
Please quote Trip Code: 69438.
For departures from Toronto or Montreal/Quebec city add $300 pp

The Chris Robinson Travel Show
Saturday April 06, 2013
10:00 am – 11:00 am EST
1-800-YEA-FIJI (1-800-932-3454)

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