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We are planning on backpacking and island hopping for the summer. Any information will be helpful. We do not want the over populated resort style trip we want to explore and live simply. Thank you.

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    Go up the yasawas... More remote but far about 4 hrs by boat .. Plenty of islands to hop around over 6 years ago

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    Do you still need some advise? over 6 years ago

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    Yes please! Anything will help. We are still trying to plan it out for the summer. I'm interested in learning anything and everything possible so that we are prepared. Local (non resort) places to stay that are cheap and will give us a feel for the local culture. Places to explore and see. Easiest way to travel. How expensive the areas are. Etc. Anything will help. Thank you! over 6 years ago

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    We are trying to be as self sustaining/live of the land backpacking style as possible. Fishing and eating what we catch etc. Although not necessarily camping because we won't have room to carry all the required supplies for that but definitely NOT resort living. Thanks. over 6 years ago

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    Hmmmm, I think perhaps you have just finished watching the Blue Lagoon.

    Fiji isn't really a place where you would really think about camping, and fishing for your food. I"m sure you can do it, but it would certainly be frowned upon by the locals.

    If you are not into resort living (and lets face it, thats Fiji) - then consider renting a private Bure or Villa. They start fairly basic and go to the extreme luxury.

    To be honest, I found Fiji rather expensive for what it was. over 6 years ago

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    Sorry I might have gone a little over board. I don't mean fish and eat that daily. But some sort of self sustaining non luxury living is what we are going for. over 6 years ago

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    I went to Fiji with a back pack and I still recall it as my best holiday ever. My advise, stay away from the resorts and don't pre-plan your trip too much. We only booked the first two nights in Nandi at a backpacker place and asked around where the best spots are. We then decided to buy a one week boat pass for the Yasawas and hopped of the boat at the first island. Asking other backpackers on the boat or on the islands where they liked it and where not is a great way of finding the good spots. I loved Manta Ray and the very north part of the islands.
    The second week back on Vita Levu we then hired a 4WD and drove from Nandi to Suva through the middle of the island, without sat nav. Spectacular and such a great way of meeting locals, asking them for the way, they don't see tourists very often. Must see in Suva is the Museum! Another must do is the Beqa Diving experience with Bull Sharks at the Coal Coast! They research the sharks since 20 years and dive with them regularly. You will face bull shakes without being in a cage, thrilling as it can get!

    Hope that helps! over 6 years ago

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    This is great Thank You. How much money did it cost/do you suggest taking? over 6 years ago

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    The first resource you should look into is Moon Guides: Fiji. It's the most comprehensive travel guide I've seen, and author David Stanley (southpacific.org) is an incredible resource. Find him on g+ and get some direct answers, too! over 6 years ago

    Answered by Jessica V via Site_iconTripping

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