New Year's Eve in Fiji

Flights to Fiji over the holidays are quite expensive and in an attempt to minimize cost, I booked the 6:30 am flight to Nadi, Fiji on New Year's Eve.  Following our 3:45 wake up call, Justin and I traveled to the airport and boarded our 3 hour flight from Auckland to Nadi, Fiji.  Upon arrival, we took a taxi from the airport to Port Denarau where we waited for our ferry in the air conditioned Hard Rock Cafe.  

We arrived at Plantation Island Resort on Malolo Island around 3 pm after an hour long ferry ride from the mainland.  We arrived right as a storm rolled in and as a result our check in was rather chaotic.  We finally got settled in our bure and made plans to attend the New Year's Eve dinner celebration at the resort.  

The celebration was quite the let down.  It started out with us waiting about 45 minutes past our reservation time and finally having to get angry to be seated at our own table (instead of sharing with another family of 4).  The buffet was okay but it was the first and last time we dined there on our trip.  Plus it seems like the resort imported children just for the occasion.  Seriously, we did not see even half the amount of kids that were at the dinner for the next 6 days combined!  Not to mention, the resort gave out kazoos to each child so our dinner was set to the background music of loud, continuous honking.  We counted our losses and called it an early night. 

Port Denarau, Fiji
Our bure at Plantation Island Resort
View from New Year's Eve dinner (other direction....mass chaos)