Island Hopping in the South Pacific 2


As the jet descended into Nadi International Airport in Fiji, the windows steamed up just as if you were breathing on your sunglasses. You could just tell the humidity was going to make everything wet as soon as you exited the air conditioned plane. Through the steamy windows, I caught a bird’s eye view of the islands and atolls that I would be photographing for the next five days. The crystal clear turquoise waters looked incredible.

The small airport reminded me of the many Caribbean airports that I have been to. The people were very warm and friendly and went out of their way to make you feel welcome. There was even a traditional Fijian band playing in the arrivals section as I walked to customs.

In Fijian, “Bula” is their way of saying Hello or Welcome. I arrived with no previous reservations for accommodations, I only had an itinerary that a friend help me put together. A local travel agent at the airport helped arrange all of my accommodations and transport. As she sent me off on my way, she placed a shell necklace over my head and smiled. I can already tell I am going to like this place.

Because I arrived late in the afternoon, there were no more boats going up the very exotic north islands. I would have to stay close to Nadi and catch the ferry first thing in the morning. As I arrived at my hotel, I was pleasantly surprised! It was a beautiful sprawling resort and my room was spacious, clean and air conditioned. I enjoyed a nice dinner beside the beach, got some gorgeous sunset shots and called it a night so I could write to all of you. Unfortunately I was told that there would be absolutely no internet access in the extremely remote islands that I will be visiting.

Luxury... But only for a Day!

Luxury... But only for a Day!

Gorgeous Fiji

Gorgeous Fiji

Majestic Sunset

Majestic Sunset


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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