Saturday, December 22, 2018

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu

Fiji and Vanuatu Island tour adventure
December 04 to 08, 2018

My 68th solo backpacking trip86th and 87th country visited so far, 5th continent on my list and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. I did not research that much for this country due also on limited time and laziness.

Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Fijians have retained their land and often much of the noncommercial, sharing attitude of people who live in vast extended families with direct access to natural resources. Fiji straddles the 180 degree longitude line (which crosses land on a remote tip of Vanua Levu and again near the centre of Taveuni). The international date line is configured to pass east of all of Fiji, placing it all in one time zone and "ahead" of most of the rest of the world.

Vanuatu (previously known as the New Hebrides Islands) is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand.

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (souvenirs)

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Wailoaloa Beach)

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Wailoaloa Beach)

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Denarau Ferry port terminal)

timezone - UTC +1300H    capital - Suva   language - English   currency - Dollar (FJD)
visa - Filipino citizens traveling as tourist for up to 90 days do not require visa, provided that he/she will not seek any employment.

1, Fiji consists of 333 islands, about 110 of which are inhabited.
2. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 883,000.
3. Fiji is home to over 4,000 square miles of coral reef, including the Great Astrolabe Reef.


timezone - UTC +1100H    capital - Port Vila    language - English    currency - Vatu (VUV)


1. When it comes to natural disasters, Vanuatu is the world’s most dangerous country.
2. Vanuatu is one of the world’s least visited countries but is hugely reliant on tourism
3. Vanuatu’s name is derived from the word vanua (“land” or “home”), which occurs in several Austronesian languages, and the word tu (“stand”). 

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Iririki Island)

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Port Vila)


​Dec03 Qantas Manila to Sydney 407 AED
Dec04 Virgin Aus Sydney to Nadi 410 AED
Dec06 Fiji Airways Nadi to Port Vila 848 AED
Dec08 Virgin Aus Port Vila to Brisbane 352 AED
Dec08 Etihad Brisbane to Abu Dhabi
Bamboo Backpackers Nadi 104 AED
City Lodge Port Vila 132 AED
TOTAL: 2,253 AED

​Day 00: December 03, 2018 Monday

1700H ETA Manila NAIA Terminal 3; PhP1,620 tax
1930H ETD Manila UTC +0800H; flight QF20

Day 01: December 04, 2018 Tuesday

0700H ETA Sydney UTC +1100H; 1.5hr transit
0830H ETD Sydney; flight VA181
1445H ETA Nadi UTC +1300H; free airport pick-up
1600H Bamboo Backpackers Hostel; deposit 10
money exchange 200 AUD = 296 FJD; fridge magnet 6
Fiji local food + local beer = 25; Wailoaloa beach stroll; night snacks + beer 27
Total: 58 FJD

Day 02: December 05, 2018 Wednesday

1100H Late wake-up
1130H bus to Nadi bus station 5
1150H bus to Denarau Port Terminal
1210H ETA Denarau Port Terminal; Chicken express 11; fridge magnets 16
1230H bus to Nadi bus station
1330H bus to Lautoka
1500H bus to Nadi, drop-off to Wailoaloa Road 4; walk to Hostel; 1st time in my travel itinerary that I have zero tourist spot visited; night at the bar 54
Total: 90 FJD

Day 03: December 06, 2018 Thursday

0845H bus to Nadi and Denarau Port; breakfast 7
0930H ETA Denarau Port; Chicken Express meal 14; Souvenir shirt 20
1145H ETD Denarau Port; bus to Nadi and airport
1315H ETA Nadi Airport; refreshments 9
1500H ETD Nadi UTC +1300H; flight FJ263
1530H ETA Port Vila UTC +1100H; money exchange 90 FJD = 4,665 VUV; public van to Hostel 150
City Lodge Hotel Check-in; exchange 100 AUD = 8,000 VUV
scout for day tour for tomorrow; Iririki Island tour; Seaside view resto meal 510
Souvenir shirts and fridge magnets 2,000; night snacks 550
Total: 50 FJD + 3,210 VUV

Day 04: December 07, 2018 Friday

breakfast 550; exchange 40 AUD = 3,200 VUV
Moso Island full day tour 7,000
Souvenir shirts and fridge magnets 700
0900H ETD Port Vila; bound to Moso island
Moso Island full day tour (lunch included)
1430H ETD Moso Island
1600H ETA Port Vila
Dinner 1,000; exchange 2,495 VUV = 30 AUD
Total: 9,250 VUV

Day 05: December 08, 2018 Saturday

0800H Wake-up time; short city tour; brunch 570
1215H ETD Hostel; bus to airport 150
1230H ETA Port Vila Airport; check-in
1450H ETD Port Vila UTC +1100H flight VA58
1650H ETA Brisbane UTC +1000H; 5hr transit; Short visit to Southbank park 32 AUD
2225H ETD Brisbane; flight EY485
Total: 720 VUV + 32 AUD

GRAND TOTAL: 58 + 90 + 48 = 196 FJD; 3,210 + 9,250 + 720 = 13,180 VUV

$92 (196 FJD) + $117 (13,180 VUV) + $23 (32 AUD) + $613 (2,253 AED) = $845

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Moso Island)

5 Days Solo Trip in Rainy Fiji and Vanuatu (Moso Island)


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