*Accommodation and locations mentioned in this post are in no way affiliated with me*
I know I’ve mentioned it now in a few of my posts… and for the few people who actually read (if any at this point), the big day has finally come and gone! Whilst the event itself was honestly an amazing experience, the lead up and organisation was, how do I put this… chaotic!
Let me just say, our wedding was overseas in Fiji… which made it more difficult than expected to organise. However also much cheaper once all the details were actually hashed out properly. We had our wedding at Fiji Hideaway Resort and Spa, which was a beautiful location. After an insanely grueling 5 or so hour flight with K (his first plane trip ever by the way), we got to our accommodation, eventually checked in and then pretty much slept the rest of the day, waking only for meals *laughs to self about parental exhaustion* . The first week of our trip was basically spent finalising wedding details. To save money we tried to do as much as possible ourselves, we got fresh flowers sourced locally for my bridesmaids, I did mine and the bridesmaids hair, eBay was also a great source prior to the trip for dresses, gifts and jewellery. One of my biggest concerns was my ‘diet’ in regards to the wedding. I wasn’t sure how being vegan would go over there, but it turned out to be absolutely fine, half the meals were vegetarian/ vegan friendly and the cake was completely vegan, so I was able to eat my own wedding cake! *happy dance*
Once the party was over, we went back to the room to put K to bed then went to have a shower before going to bed. We had a super early start, having to drive 2 hours back to Nadi to catch a boat (which we missed by the way) to get to the honeymoon. Due to missing the boat we managed to get a seaplane out instead which was great.
We got to Mantaray Island by around lunchtime, were checked in and had to literally hike to get to the lunch. Mantaray is somewhat of a luxury hostel. Meals are paid for on arrival and you just turn up at meal times and order from the menu board. Our first couple of days were spent just settling in on the beach and sussing out the dive shop. I decided that I was going to get Open Water certified while I was there. It did mean I missed out on breakfast for a few days… but the experience was so worth it! I even got to see a shark and some turtles in my last 2 dives. While there, D and I got to snorkel with some mantarays… well they don’t call it Mantaray Island for nothing!
The whole experience was phenomenal and incredibly awe-worthy. I will upload some of the snaps into an album here, and try to add some footage from the manta swim on the Mum of 0ne Instagram page.
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Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post.. here’s the album!