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Fiji or Hawaii? Help us decide!

Fiji or Hawaii? Help us decide!

While researching the flights that were supposed to kick-off our around-the-world adventure, we made an alarming discovery.

One-way tickets can be more expensive than return fares!

After sharing this with our Facebook community, we soon found that we weren’t the only ones who thought that it was crazy! Unfortunately though, the thoughts of a few travelers via social media don’t count for much in the eyes of these billion-dollar airlines. We posed this question to VAustralia:

Question to VAustralia on Twitter

At the time of posting, we still haven’t received a response.

The Original Plan

While far from being confirmed, our tentative plan was to fly one-way from Melbourne to Los Angeles in late July with VAustralia for under $1000 each. We flew with Richard Branson’s airline on our last visit to the United States and were thoroughly impressed with the modern planes, the friendly staff and the wonderful on-board entertainment they provided. Add affordable flight prices to this and you’ve got two very loyal and satisfied customers.

But a search of their website made us realize that their affordable flights don’t extend to one-way tickets. The current cost of the cheapest one-way ticket in July? $1,383/person (total: $2,766). Considering our budget for the initial flights, this was a big blow to our plans. But was it really?

Our New Options

Unhappy with the price of these one-way flights, we started searching various airline carriers and flight aggregators to see if we could find a better deal. The result surprised us, revealing two options that weren’t really considered previously.

  • Option 1: Fly Melbourne – Honolulu and then Honolulu – LAX for approximately $894/person (total: $1,788, savings: $978).
  • Option 2: Fly Melbourne – Nadi, Fiji and then Nadi – LAX for approximately $1,044/person (total: $2,088, savings: $678).

Should we take two shorter flights with a Pacific Island stopover for at least 25% cheaper than a direct flight? Does this question even require a moment of consideration? Hell yeah we should! But now we’re faced with a difficult decision, but probably the best dilemma we’ve ever had!

Fijian Beach Huts

Fijian Beach Huts?

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Or Waikiki Beach, Hawaii?

Fiji or Hawaii? Which one do we choose?

Both destinations will have near perfect weather in late July, both have beautiful beaches and both are home to some of the friendliest people in the world. Although the flight costs are slightly higher to travel via Fiji, the lower cost of living offsets this to the point where staying in either destination for 1 week will cost roughly the same amount.

We’re giving Don’t Ever Look Back readers the opportunity to help shape our round-the-world itinerary! Would you choose Fiji or Hawaii and why? Leave your opinions in the comments below.

Flickr Photos: jbself20, Itinerant Traveller, bethers

57 Comments

  1. Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Hi! What a problem to have! If you can wait three weeks, I can put together full reports on each for you 🙂

    I can tell you that through our planning process I found that you’re going to most likely want to get out of Nadi and off of the main land of Fiji to see the best beaches, but may not necessarily need to get off of Honolulu.

    Good luck, you totally can’t go wrong with either option!

    -Melissa

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      We won’t be buying flights for a while yet so feel free to start a thorough investigation and put together detailed reports for us. 🙂

      That’s a good point you raise though, we didn’t consider the extra costs of island hopping.

  2. Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I personally LOVE Hawaii. And I am not even a beach or sun person, so that is saying a lot! If you like LOST, then Hawaii is a must, just stepping off the plane, I felt like I was stepping on to the set, and this is from someone who lives in Los Angeles, where you are tripping over film and tv sets! Fiji kind of gets a bad rap in New Zealand (where I lived for over a year) so I personally have no interest in ever going.

    The otherside of that, especially when you are embarking on a huge trip, Fiji is way cheaper then Hawaii. I always expect Hawaii to be wicked expensive and it’s never as bad as I think it is (for most things) but I am sure Fiji is still way cheaper.

    Give a holla when you are in LA!
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Hawaii definitely has big appeal for many reasons. That’s interesting – why did Fiji get a bad rap in NZ? The only bad things we’ve heard are about the military government but friends have recently visited and said they had a great time there.

      It’s likely we’ll only be spending a week in either destination to ease into our RTW so the costs shouldn’t be too different (due to the higher flight costs to go via Fiji).

      We’ll definitely give you a yell when we get to LA – pencil it in for late July/early August. Where abouts are you located?

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:32 am | Permalink

      Re: Fiji, yeah, all the military stuff and where the locals live is just very poor. It seems very much like the Caribbean, where most people go to resorts and never seen anything else on the island…so that maybe interesting! But for me I don’t know, places like that, where there is a huge difference in how the locals live and where the tourists go don’t hold that much interest for me.

      A week in each, sounds like an awesome plan! Plus breaking up that flight, it’ll hardly seem like anything!

      I live in an awesome area of LA called “The Valley” (heheh). Sweet as, I am sure I’ll be around!
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    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Good points you raise, though I’d hope that Fiji would be a little safer to venture around than some parts of the Carribean. I guess you could look at a lot of third-world countries that way, the locals are always going to live quite differently to the tourists.

      The fact we can break up the flight is a massive bonus, 14 hours is way too long on a plane! No idea how some people can fly 24 hours, crazy!

      Ooh very nice, right near the heart of all the action! If you have any friends in that area who want to sublet for a few weeks in early August, let us know! 🙂

  3. Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Fiji is great, but only if you get away from the main island and go to places like Yasawa Islands. Main island doesn’t have too much to offer and Nadi is just ugly. If you decide to go to Fiji check out ‘Awesome Fiji’ (just google it). They have great backpackers packages to explore Yasawa Islands. I went there with them few years ago and it was awesome.
    In terms of prices, they are pretty much the same as in OZ.
    I know nothing about Hawaii, but Iam sure it’s a magical place 🙂
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for this great tip Magda!

      Just checked out Awesome Adventures Fiji and they offer some fantastic packages – and amazingly, their prices are going down as of April 2011! If we do decide on Fiji, I think we may just go with one of their itineraries. 🙂

  4. Garreth Lodge
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow. What a great decision for you two to have. A friend of mine just finished a semester abroad in Hawaii and will not stop talking about it!! She says it’s just such an amazing place with some of the truly nicest people she’s ever met. She says you just have to steer clear of the rich tourists though! If you’re from Oz it would probably be easier for you to see Fiji further down the line! Wherever you pick I can’t wait to read your stories of it!

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      It certainly is a great decision to have – there isn’t really a wrong answer!

      We’ve heard great things about both places which is what makes this choice so hard. I guess avoiding the rich tourists is the same as any destination! You’re right that it would be easier to see Fiji on a separate visit at a later stage, but it would also be easy for us to get away to Hawaii when the North American winter starts.

      Decisions, decisions.

  5. Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been to Fiji, but personally I would go for Hawaii. It’s easy to get around the whole of Oahu by local bus, and I actually really liked Waikiki as a beach – I thought it was going to be a bit more disappointing. You can snorkel at Hanauma (go by bus) and escape the crowds of Honolulu and Waikiki at the beautiful Northern Beaches (again by bus). Plus you can do some hiking if you want at Diamond Head. I was there in July and it’s a nice time to visit.

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Claire, it’s good to know that it’s easy to get around Hawaii by public transport! Hiking at Diamond Head would be awesome.

  6. Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Being an American, anything NOT American is, by default, more interesting to me. I know many, many people who have been to Hawaii (have a friend there now, in fact), but have only met one person whose been to Fiji. (Also, it’s been on my list for a long time now. 😉

    Not sure about cost of living in Fiji, but in Hawaii I hear things are pretty dear. Is this a factor in your plans?

    Have fun and look forward to hearing your decision!
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      Haha it’s probably the opposite for us here in Australia. We know plenty of people who have been to Fiji but not many that have been to Hawaii. It would be nice to get another stamp on the passport though, especially as we’ll be spending plenty of time on the US mainland. 🙂

      Cost is obviously an important thing but as we mentioned in an earlier comment, we’ll likely only be in either place for 4-7 days and the overall cost will work out similar.

      Can’t really make a wrong decision either way! Stay tuned, hopefully we’ll know in the next few weeks what we decide.

  7. Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow tough decision I want to go to both places… sooo umm how about doing two stop overs? and then get to visit both??
    If not, I’d go with the cheaper option and then spend the saving on doing something fun in Hawaii 🙂
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      Haha believe me Kirsty, we’ve considered doing both. Unfortunately the cost to fly from Fiji – Honolulu blows this idea out of the water. 🙁

      That’s a good idea, but the savings we make on the flights will be wiped out by the cost of the accommodation/meals in Hawaii which are essentially double what they would cost in Fiji.

  8. Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Such a tough decision! I personally would do Fiji since I haven’t been, but I absolutely love Hawaii. Oahu has amazing nightlife, beaches, seafood–it really can’t be beat! If you haven’t been to Hawaii yet, I would definitely go there 🙂

    Also, HATE the one-way ticket thing! It’s so ridiculous!

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      We haven’t been to either place which makes the decision a little harder. Thanks for the input, that definitely sounds like a place we would really enjoy. 🙂

      How long is the flight from Honolulu to LAX? I think starting the RTW with a long-haul flight rather than a short one might be a deciding factor in this as well! It’s disgusting that the airlines can get away with it, will be interesting to see if we ever get a response from VAustralia.

  9. Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Knowing the type of person I am at the end of the day I would just end up picking whatever is cheapest. If you think about it in the long run you will going to some where you havent been and saving money on flight so why not.

    My personal choice is Hawaii. I spent 8 days there and loved it. I want to actually go back and maybe work there and live there for a year or two at some point in my life. If you do go to Hawaii let me know so I can tell yall which beach yall must go to.
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

      Haha if there was a big difference in price we probably would be thinking the same way. That’s exactly what we’re thinking though – it’s a door that’s opened up for us so either way we’ll make the most of it.

      Would 7 days be long enough in Hawaii? Will definitely hit you up for some secrets if we make the choice to go there! 🙂

  10. Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I have not done either but If I had to pick then I think it would Fiji. Fiji seems more exotic to me. You could rely on the old fashion method of flipping a coin though!
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  11. Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I would say Hawaii. Saying that, I’ve only been to Maui and the main island of Fiji – both for about the same amount of time (10-12 days). Hawaii may be a bit more expensive depending where you go and I think you’ll prefer the beaches there coming from Australia. We didn’t find Fiji to be as cheap as we thought it would be.
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Andrea – either one would be a great way to ease into our RTW, but nicer beaches are an important point! One thing we would love to do is learn to surf (properly) in Hawaii, makes it all the more attractive as a starting destination.

  12. Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    What a great dilemma to find yourselves in! I haven’t been to either Fiji or Hawaii — yet. But in 3 weeks, I’ll be in Honolulu! So give me a couple of weeks, and I can report back on whether Hawaii is worth it on a backpacker budget!
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Amanda, that would be a massive help if you could let us know how you go in terms of budget! How much are you budgeting per day? Where are you staying? Haha that’s just two of many questions we’ll probably bug you with over the next few weeks. 😀

  13. Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Depends what your priorities are. Hawaii is beautiful but only a few days worth of stuff to do and expensive, even by American standards. Guess it depends on how long you’re staying. And while island hopping in Fiji may be expensive, anything particularly fun in Hawaii will be too. I have been 8 times and just got back from a trip to Oahu last month. Here are some prices you could expect to pay:

    $7-9 sunscreen
    $5-7 beers; $7-15 mixed drinks (higher end hotels most expensive)
    Almost $4/gallon of gas. Transport is crucial in Hawaii. Taxis are not a cheap option and buses everywhere but innercity Oahu are non-existent (although hitch-hiking is more popular than anywhere I’ve seen in the U.S.) You’ll want to rent a car if there more than two days.
    $15-20 minimum for one hour surfboard rental; $35-75 one hour lesson including rental.
    $180-200+ Helicopter tour (one hour)
    $2-4/day for chocolate macadamia nuts (honestly you’ll want to buy boxes and mail them home!!)

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

      Brilliant comment Chris and extremely helpful, thanks for taking the time to put that together.

      We’re planning on being in the chosen destination somewhere between 4-7 days but that could change. I guess we’re going to spend a little bit either way – we should be able to bring our own sunscreen as it’s our first stop, buy beer by the case and hopefully identify a few other ways to save money. 🙂

      Thanks for the transport tips and we must try these chocolate macadamias! Where do we get them from?!

  14. Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Hey guys! I’ve been to both Hawaii and as of last week, Fiji! Fijians are SO friendly and they seem very happy to have travellers in their midst. I think with Fiji it really depends on if you can make it out to some of the far flung islands. If you’re just hanging in Nadi or Suva, maybe go to Hawaii instead – Kauai is my particular favorite. If you can make it to one of the secluded islands, Fiji is a good bet. Good luck!

  15. Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Quick question to you guys. Did you look at 2 one way flights to get the savings? Or did you book through a certain site that gave you a heads up?

    As for your question: I was under the impression that both places can be quite pricey. Honestly, I think it is a win/win scenario regardless.
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    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Erica, we looked at 2 one way flights for each route.

      The Fiji route uses Jetstar/Virgin Blue to Nadi and then Air Pacific to LAX.
      The Hawaii route uses Jetstar to Honolulu and Alaska Airlines to LAX via Seattle or Portland.

      We did use Skyscanner and Kayak to give us the heads up as to who flew that route and who the cheapest carrier was. Otherwise it would have been difficult to identify! Hope this helps…

      Hostels seem to be cheaper in Fiji (searched on HostelBookers) but maybe the savings aren’t quite as big as we might have first thought. Either way, it should be great. 🙂

  16. Posted January 14, 2011 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I’d choose Fiji. It just sounds more exotic plus you’ll get a new stamp in your passport!
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    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Hehe a new stamp in the passport and a country to cross off the list is always an important factor! 🙂

  17. Posted January 14, 2011 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    I personally would choose Fiji, but that’s just because I’m originally from Hawaii and have already experienced so much of it. I hear that Fiji is beautiful and there’s a lot that you can discover if you step off the beaten path. Oahu is amazing though, and I can definitely recommend a ton of things that you guys would love if you choose to visit my homeland. 🙂

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting – if we’d been to one and not the other, it probably would be a much easier decision! We’ll drop you an email – would love to get a few tips on the must-do things in Hawaii. 🙂

  18. Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    Ugh, flight prices perplex me, too! Doesn’t make sense at all why some round-trip flights are the same price as one-way. I’ve encountered this many times. As an American, I would say Fiji since it’s far away and seems to exotic, but since you’re already coming all the way to the States, might be nice to go to Hawaii. I am obsessed with the TV show LOST, so I want to go to Hawaii so I can see where everything was filmed!
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    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      It doesn’t make sense at all, but unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about it. 🙁

      We’ve found that a lot of people from the US have been saying Fiji because it’s further away, but it’s the opposite for us here hehe. A long flight followed by a shorter flight probably would be nicer and it would be very cool to check out a few of the LOST locations if it fits within our budget.

  19. Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Lucky!!!

    Personally, I would choose Hawaii only because it’s been 10 years since I’ve been there as opposed to 2 for Fiji. However, if you go to Fiji and you want to get off the mainland (which I’m sure you do) you have a better chance of getting a more local experience if you don’t choose the main touristed islands. I had a friend that traveled to the islands north of the mainland and actually lived in a village for a few months!

    Hawaii will be harder to get way from the city. Then again, you won’t have to pay for they ferry boats to get you away from the city!

    Good luck with you decision! 🙂
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    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks Annie, we do feel very lucky to have such a great decision to make. A work colleague went to Fiji for his honeymoon and had a private island – while that sounds amazing, it also sounds very expensive!

      We’d be more likely to take an organized tour in Fiji so we have the chance to see more in the same space of time, despite this being the opposite to one of our RTW objectives to travel slowly! Haha.

  20. Posted January 14, 2011 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Fiji! Coz we’ve never been there 🙂
    But if you end up in Hawaii, can I suggest Big Island? Our favorite of all the 4 islands we’ve been to.
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    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Hehe we haven’t been to either so it’s very hard to choose!

      Is there anything in particular on the Big Island that we must see or do?

  21. Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I’m going the Los Angeles – Honolulu – Sydney route and spending 2.5 weeks in Hawaii! $623 total airfare! Cheap! Can’t wait! and $13.16 hostels on Waikiki Beach! http://www.waikikibeachsidehostel.com

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Wow! That is cheap. Who are you flying with on the two legs?!

      Thanks for the heads up on the beachside hostel – it’s $25.45/night in July but that’s still pretty good! Might splurge on a semi-private room for $65.81!

  22. Posted January 14, 2011 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    No choice, Fiji!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding? Bula!
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  23. Posted January 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m probably the wrong person to give advice, since I’ve never been to either place, but everyone in Oregon vacations in Hawaii and LOVES it. The photos are always beautiful. Personally, I’d choose Fiji, though I guess I can’t explain why. I read somewhere that the Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated islands in the world. I thought, can that be? But then I looked at the map that thought, heck yeah, that can definitely be true! So, yeah… that ‘isolated island’ thing sort of piques my interest in Hawaii. Either way, you guys can’t loose.
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  24. greg urbano
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 5:07 am | Permalink

    count my vote as one for fiji! nothing seems more exotic to me than being on a tropical island, i know hawaii is an island too but fiji just evokes thoughts of ultra blue waters and pure white sands… dreaming…

  25. Posted January 17, 2011 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    What a dilemma! 😉

    I haven’t been to either place but I’d choose Hawaii. For us Aussies, Fiji is so close (and you can always get cheap fly and stay deals throughout the year) so I’d save this for another trip.

    Who are you flying with? Is this price still with VAustralia?
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    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      It’s definitely a great dilemma!

      Interesting to get an Aussie’s perspective on it – so many people in the discussion have based their decision on geography but we’re more concerned about the two flight times and whether we want the longer flight first or second! 😀

      The flights will either be Jetstar/Virgin Blue and then Air Pacific if we go via Fiji, or Jetstar and Alaska Airlines if we go via Hawaii.

  26. Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    We were just in Fiji and absolutely loved it. The people are incredible. You will hear Bula! Everywhere that you go. We could even give you some contacts of a couple of places that were fantastic. Maybe they could give you a deal. The Pearl Fijii and Sonaisali Resorts were fantasticc. We stayed on the main island and had amazing authentic experiences. Hiking to caves, kava ceremonies… I also heard that some airline offers stops in Fiji if you are flying on to LA or Vancouver but I can’t remember which one. Sorry, it was on an airport bus after a long flight.
    We haven’t been to Hawaii so we can’t give any advice on that. But I have heard incredible things about there as well. Except it will probably be more expensive. good luck with the decision.

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Dave and Deb – have dropped you an email, look forward to hearing back! 🙂

      For those who are interested, Air Pacific are the company that allow a stopover in Fiji if you’re flying from Australia to LAX.

  27. Posted January 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been to Hawaii and it’s delightful — not very expensive, either, if you’re into couchsurfing and hostels. But I still vote for Fiji because I’ve been wanting to go there myself ever since reading “Kite Strings of the Southern Cross,” which is my favourite travel narrative of all time.
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    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Odysseus – do you have any hostels that you can recommend in Hawaii? We’ll probably save couchsurfing for a later part of our trip, think we’d prefer to relax a little bit initially after the long flight there.

      We haven’t heard of that book but will look into it, that might help make our decision. 🙂

  28. Elizabeth
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Go to Fiji! It’s a no-brainer! I have been to both Hawaii and Fiji, and Fiji has been my pick every year for the past seven years. There are wonderful things to see and do on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Out of Port Denarau, next to Nadi, you can sail off for a day on a huge schooner and be dropped off at an uninhabited island to do whatever you want (of course the crew entertains, cooks and arranges waterplay for you). There are the most beatufiul resorts of all kinds all along the Coral Coast — some 5 star luxury resorts and some more backpacker-style, but the beaches are whitesand beautiful. The people of Fiji are the most wonderful and hospitable in the world and they will welcome you into their villages as part of their family and give you a taste of what real Fijian life is like. Fiji has yet to be overrun by tourists and commercialized as Hawaii has been. I would just as soon hang out on a beach in Los Angeles as Waikiki — they seem to be one in the same to me. Go to Fiji, I guarantee you will not regret it.

  29. Kez & Ads
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I posted on your blog a few weeks ago – hubby & I are doing a very similar trip to you guys around the same time. Funnily enough, our first stop is Fiji – as we’ve got a friend’s wedding there but that aside, I’ve been to both Fiji & Hawaii 6 times and I would have to say, both deserve awesome cred for different reasons. Obviously, with such a short stay – you probably won’t venture too far from Waikiki if you go to Hawaii – which is great fun but Fiji is dead-set stunning and relaxed and the Fijiian people (whilst Hawaiians are super lovely) are CRAZY beautiful… especially the little kidlets, you’ll have to hold back from wanting to pop one in your backpack when you leave… and I generally don’t like children!!! Check out The Beachouse on the Coral Coast, if you’re diappointed; there’s something wrong with you :P. Then, stopover at Hawaii on your way home! Oh, and if you can – go to one of the local schools; they’ll sing for you, show you their school work and are so excited to see you; it makes my heart skip a beat just thinking about it.

    • Posted May 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for visiting again Kez – I’m pretty sure I replied to it but might need to go in and double check, apologies if I forgot!
      I’m not sure if you’ve read our other posts but we’ve chosen Hawaii and have 16 nights there which should be lots of time to fit in 2-3 islands! 🙂

      Thanks for the recommendation though, we’ll definitely get to Fiji one day and will be sure to check The Beachhouse out.

  30. Tina
    Posted October 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I have just stumbled upon this blog and I loved all the different opinions on Hawaii and Fiji!!
    So I noticed you chose Hawaii in the end and, not sure if its on another blog post or whatever, but I really wanted to know how it went!!
    Is Hawaii really as pricy as everyone says it is?
    We are booking a holiday (probably to Hawaii) for 2 weeks at the end of December to January – I know it’s peak season and it’s more expensive because of that.
    So yah, we’re a family of 5, two want Hawaii, one wants Fiji, and the other two have not much choice (the dad and the little brother haha).
    Would you say that there is plenty to do without being bored? We have already looked at our plan itinerary and the booked activities look great!
    Haha I realise that I’m a bit out of the loop with this blog, but if you had any regrets, recommendations etc, I would be so grateful. (I’m also from Australia, so the flights are bound to be a pain).
    Thanks!!

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