My Bucket List for Fiji

Fiji...can I just say we should all go visit and be done with this post?  😂

Fiji has so many things to offer...every water sport known to man, crystal blue water, pristine beaches, picturesque waterfalls, and so much more.  Read on to find out about several of the activities available on the island.

(Courtesy of Marriott)

Visit the Island of Taveuni

On the island of Taveuni you will find the Bouma National Heritage Park.  This location offers snorkeling in Waitabu Marine Park, hiking through Vidawa Rain Forest (complete with ancient ruins), exploration of Tavoro Waterfall Trail's three sets of waterfall cascades, bird watching, or views of wildlife.  Make sure you don't miss going on the Lavena Coastal Walk; this is a hiking trail that leads tourists along the coast, through the rainforest, and then to a stunningly beautiful hidden waterfall.

Visit the Coral Coast

Enjoy looking at the scenic coastline, which gets its name from the coral offshore, while you enjoy other regional activities.  Make sure you go for a dive in Beqa Lagoon, take in the views at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, explore Namosi Highlands, or wander around Tavuni Hill Fort.  Also available in this region is Kula Eco Park...here you can see wildlife, learn about the flora and fauna, go ziplining, and enjoy a water slide.

Visit Kadavu Island

Here you can admire the Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world by taking part in reef diving or snorkeling.  Sailing, fishing, kayaking, and hiking are also popular on this island.  Away from the coasts, you will find tropical rainforests in the middle of Kadavu.

Take day trip(s) to the Lau Islands

Swim, snorkel, or dive in the water; and hike the interiors to see tropical foliage.

Visit Viti Levu

Head to Natadola Beach to find a white sand beach that meets crystal blue waters.  You can sunbathe, kayak, surf, snorkel, or swim (regardless of the tide).  While on Viti Levu, also make sure to hike through Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park for amazing views of forest and meadows before reaching the dunes.  Sleeping Giant Zipline, which has 10 separate ziplines, or Orchid Falls and Jungle Safari, with four waterfalls and wild birds among tropical foliage, are additional activities available on Viti Levu.

Visit Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool

On the way to Sabeto Hot Springs you will enjoy a scenic drive past several local villages.  Upon arrival you can also enjoy a massage before or after soaking in the Hot Springs.

Visit Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

This is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere; it is composed of three sections dedicated to Murugan, Ganesh, Meenakshi, and Shiva.  Admire the wooden statues of the deities, brought over from India, and the ceiling frescoes, created by artisans in India.  Please dress conservatively and remove your shoes before entering the temple

Visit the Church of Saint Francis Xavier.

This church features European architecture, an unusual find here.  The frescoed interior also makes for a stunning attraction.  Take note of the fact that congregants sit or kneel on woven grass mats, as is the custom in Fiji.

Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

Stroll through orchids, past lily ponds, and bamboo before enjoying a complimentary afternoon tea.

Visit Shark Reef Marine Reserve

Get up close and personal with sharks; or go on wreck dives or reef dives.

Sail to the islands of Mololo Lailai, Tavarua, Nomoto, and the outer reef

Along the way enjoy snorkeling in Musket Cove sand quay, swim, stroll along beaches, and enjoy a barbeque lunch.

Enjoy some time shopping

Handmade items can be found at La Galerie Fiji or at Nadi Handcraft Market.  (If you plan to take wooden objects back home, the wood must have been treated before boarding your return flight.)

Depart from Denarau Port on a cruise

Cruise through the Blue Lagoons and the Mamanuca Islands.  Upon reaching Schooner Island, a private and uninhabited island, you can snorkel, go scuba diving, or enjoy a massage before lunch.  After lunch you will sail back to Denarau Port.

As you can see there are so many fun things to do on the islands of Fiji.  Let me know what all you end up doing if you travel to Fiji.  I, for one, am excited to do all the activities above, plus canoeing and white-water rafting.

Marianne

Fall Foliage in Vermont

Vermont is a foliage mecca.  Yellow, orange, red, and a whole host of other colors provide beautiful vistas all over the state from the middle of September to the middle of October--with upstate peaking earlier.  So where should you go to see amazing foliage views?  Read on to see.

Brattleboro

Wantastiquet Mountain Trail is amazing to walk and see vibrant colors.

Grafton

Not only can you see the leaves change colors here, you can wander around amidst historical building.  You can also tap some syrup at Plummer's Sugar House.

Jeffersonville

ArborTrek Canopy Adventures offer zip-lining through the leaves and admire foliage from a new perspective.  If you are scared of heights, you can see the leaves from on the water with Vermont Canoe and Kayak.  This area also offers pretty drives.

(Courtesy of Pleasant Valley Group Realtors)

Montgomery

Montgomery is home to seven covered bridges, more than any other place in Vermont.  This is a great area to enjoy the leaves on a bike ride.  Or if you want a way to see them that is less physically rigorous, enjoy Jay Peak Resort's aerial tram.

Montpelier

Enjoy walking around this smaller town and seeing the colorful leaves.

Stowe

Wander the streets and mountain paths to see the fall foliage in all its glory.  And Stowe has other attractions to enjoy as well.  Make sure you stop by the Ben & Jerry's factory for ice cream; and stay in The Trapp Family Lodge while brushing up on your Sound of Music history.

Windsor

The "Birthplace of Vermont" offers Harpoon Brewery to enjoy after driving around to see the leaves changing.  Also head over the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge to New Hampshire to see the home of August Saint-Gaudens, the creator of the Lincoln sculpture in the Lincoln Memorial.

Vergennes

View the leaves on the shores of Lake Champlain or at Shelburne Orchards (where you can also enjoy fresh apples).  I recommend staying in Basin Harbor Club's cottages.

Woodstock

Taftsville Covered Bridge is a great place to see vibrant leaves.  There are also easy paths, that cut through meadows or let travelers walk along carriage roads, as well as more rigorous paths along the Appalachian Trail.  There are several B&B's here; and don't forget to visit Billings Farm and Museum for their ice cream.

Mad River Valley

Explore the leaves on slopes while wandering Vermont's Long Trail, which runs along peaks.  Sugarbush Soaring offers gliders to enjoy views of the foliage from the air.  West Hill House B&B is a charming place to stay.

Manchester

The leaves can be seen by biking, hiking, and riding trails that go through the woods of the nearby Green Mountains.  Don't miss touring Hildene Estate, built by Robert Todd Lincoln.

Middlebury

Enjoy the view of the leaves while staying at the B&B: Inn on the Green.  Here you can overlook Middlebury's green.

It is best to book far in advance where this is Vermont's busiest season...with the amazing views of the fall foliage it is easy to see why!

Let me know if you travel to any of these locations.

Marianne