Earlier this week I posted about being on the North Island of New Zealand and one of my favorite moments was a quick 15 minute stop to Hot Water Beach. Even though it was a little rushed walking from the cars stripping off socks and shoes to put our feet in the weird hot water spring under the sand, taking a group picture with burning feet and then heading back to the cars.
Even though Fiji wasn’t *technically* part of the New Zealand Great Photo Escape it’s one of my all time favorite moments from the whole trip.
Sunday morning we all left our house and our Lake Wakatipu view and headed different directions. A handful of people on to Australia, a handful of people heading directly home, and a handful of people flying back to Los Angeles with an 8 hour layover in Nadi, Fiji. For the group heading home via Fiji our travel day was going to look something like 1-hour flight from Queenstown to Auckland. 3 hour flight from Auckland to Nadi. 8 hour layover. 11 hour flight from Nadi to Los Angeles. That is a LOT of hours. So before we even left Queenstown our group decided we were going to leave the airport in Nadi and find the beach.
After a quick trip through customs, a stamp in our passports, and collecting our luggage. For $5 Fijian dollars we hopped on the shuttle going to Smugglers Cove Beach Resort.
I just finished reading a book called Tell Me Three Things [Yay YA books! haha] My Three Things about Fiji are as follows:
1. This view. Wow. I only shot 2 rolls of film but these are some of my favorite photos maybe ever. It’s. So. Beautiful.
2. I will never forget walking into the lobby of this little Fijian hotel. We basically just stopped in the middle of the lobby threw our suitcases open and dug around for bathing suits as quickly as possible and then ran for the ocean. Life highlight.
3. I cannot tell you how hard I was fangirling being in Fiji because SURVIVOR HAS FILMED IN FIJI! I LOVE SURVIVOR! At the time only Survivor: Fiji had been filmed there which is kind of meh because that’s not one of my favorite seasons. But a couple months after I got home Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X filmed there and Survivor: Game Changers that starts airing in March was filmed in Fiji last summer. And some of my favorite people are on those seasons! I literally can not. The fangirl is so strong in me. The next time I randomly end up in a Survivor filming location I hope it’s Palau. Just saying.