hi everyone, planning my rtw world trip at the min (is it just me who finds the whole thing ridiculously confusing?)!!
one of the probs i've encountered is choosing between hawaii and fiji (or whether to do both). does anyone have any suggestions on this? such as, are they very similar? is hawaii much more expensive? which is easier to meet people(as i'll be all alone)?
thanks, stevie x
I haven't been to Fiji so can't commment for there, but have been to two of the islands in Hawaii. I can say that it was very easy to meet people on Hawaii both on Oahu and the Big Island, although it was harder on the Big Island than on Oahu. The Big Island is more for exploring the natural side of Hawaii other than the surfing, whereas Oahu is more for the surfing with a little bit of nature. It wasn't cheap at all with accommodation averaging around $25US for the hostel rooms and internet at $1.00US for 10 minutes. Buses were reasonably priced on Oahu and on the Big Island the buses which existed were free or $1.00 if you were taking a big bag. They are not regular at all on the Big Island, but they are very regular and efficient on Oahu.
Being alone is often the best way to travel, because you don't get stuck with someone who doesn't want to do the same things as you when you do, wants to go shopping when you hate shopping etc. Count it as a blessing that you are travelling by yourself and not with anyone else.
I've been to Fiji and two of the Hawaiian Islands (Oahu and Big Island).
I had an amazing time on both trips and each place is unique in its own way. It really depends what you want to do!
Hawaii - I greatly enjoyed the Big Island. I spent a few day in volcanoes national park...even hiked out to where you could see the lava flowing! There are gorgeous beaches and plenty of opportunity for snorkeling, diving, surfing, etc.
Oahu - a bit pricey. Food is more on the expensive side here.
Fiji - had a wonderful time in Fiji. I spent 10 days at Octopus resort in the Yasawa group of islands. The resort is very isolated, there is only the resort and a tiny village on the island. no roads, no cars, no bikes...nothing! just nature to enjoy! We stayed in traditional burres (grass huts on the beach) and they had a small bar where you could get beers. Snorkeling, diving, some hiking, lots of laying on the beach Keep in mind, this was only one island, i'm not sure how it is on other islands.
Really depends on your preference. But, either is a fantastic choice! enjoy!
Fiji beats the shit out of Hawaii 40 times over any day.
Fiji is amazing, there are island to suit everyone, ones to party, or just relax. I travelled on my own to fiji and met loads of people. Great memories! The fijian people are amazing too.