Fiji with a Baby

Kirsty and her husband were lucky enough to travel to Fiji for a holiday when their son Kobe was 5 and a half months old.

Kirsty kindly fills us in on their trip, what they did and where they stayed:

We travelled to Fiji when Kobe was 5 ½ months old. It was the perfect destination for our first family holiday.

Kobe was kissed, cuddled, and had his cheeks pinched, and we were all greeted with ‘Bula’ by the friendly locals. It was wonderful to holiday in a culture where children are so cherished.

We booked an apartment at The Terraces, on Denarau Island. This provided us with a separate room for Kobe and facilities to prepare meals and do laundry. Although the resort was not on the water our apartment did overlook the pool. The resort was in a convenient location across from the marina where there was an array of restaurants and shops, including a chemist, where we were able to purchase nappies. This was also the departure point for boats to the islands. A day spa operated at the resort and treatments were available at a reasonable price. The pool was perfect for young children with a large shallow area and few swimmers. Quite often there would be at least one other baby or toddler nearby when we swam with Kobe.

We ventured into the highlands for a ½ day tour with a company, Highland Scenic, booked through the resort. Howard, our driver and guide, talked about his culture and provided several photo stops. Our destination was a small village where we were given a tour of the village and local school which included having some children sing for us. The trip was enjoyable and gave us insight into how most Fijians live – a stark contrast to resort life.

At the end of our holiday we travelled to Plantation Island, a small island in the Mamanucas. I can still visualise pulling up at the dock - crystal clear water, blue skies, palm trees, white sand beaches and the sound of the resort staff singing a welcome to the new arrivals. This is a resort made for families. There are children everywhere and they all seemed to be having a fantastic time, especially at the free kids club. The small supermarket at the resort had a small range of baby goods available including nappies and baby food.

Our days were spent enjoying the water and with no TV it was a chance to catch up on some of the sleep we had lost since Kobe’s arrival. We had Kobe cared for on two occasions by a resort babysitter when we went to dinner at the neighbouring resort and while we went snorkelling. The snorkelling was fantastic and Kobe enjoyed his time as well.

When our time was up it was hard to leave – we had thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of Fiji, the near perfect weather and the experience of meeting so many warm and friendly people.

It sounds divine Kirsty, thanks so much for sharing your experience with TWT

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