On Cloud 9 + #H54 Link Ups

Welcome to my final post about Fiji. I feel a little sad again like I did when we left the first time. I do have to say we went out with a bang. On our last day we ventured out to the only thing we had planned ahead of time the whole trip, Cloud 9.  Cloud 9 is a floating bar in the middle of the ocean about 40-45 minute boat ride off Port Denarau at Nadi. Our host had been there a couple of times and raved about it but wanted to try a new mode of transportation to get there. They booked a package through a boat company called The Excitor, who I won't link to because this part of the story does not end well. We boarded at the Port on Friday morning ready for  day of sun and an exciting boat ride. See what I did there? ;) 

We boarded the boat and my friends insisted sitting in the front to take full advantage of the wind in their hair. About 20 minutes into our boat ride our tour guide makes  a statement "a few people have asked when we will pick up speed. This morning our engineers discovered that that radiator was leaking  a lot. We attempted to cancel today's ride but it was too late. So we are going to take it slow at a safe speed and will turn around if necessary." 

"Umm. what!?" I thought. I am in the middle of the ocean on a boat that is leaking "a lot" of coolant. This seems safe. Such is Fiji. It took us 2 hours to get to Cloud 9. Remember when I said it was about 45 minutes away? Thankfully it was a beautiful ride swinging by other smaller islands and the water was pictueresque. A range of dark blues to a turquoise that was almost glowing. When we finally arrived we only had about 2 1/2 hours because our ride was so long. We vowed to make the best of it and had an amazing time. It is a two story bar anchored between some coral reef. You could jump off the top into the ocean, having a few drinks, snorkel around the reef and soak up some sun. We enjoyed all of the above while taking in some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. When you see pictures of Fiji and how blue the water is, that is exactly how it looks. I decided not to touch up these photos because I wanted you to believe me. Enjoy!









Derek jumping off the bar

Sunglasses| Target
Hat| Target


That night we went out to celebrate our last night together in Fiji. We thought it would be fun to get dressed up and have a nice dinner on the water. We took the Bula Bus out to the Port again and went to Bonefish for dinner. It was mostly a seafood place, of which I am not a fan, However, there were a few items on the menu so I made due. It was pretty quiet at Bonefish despite the place next door being pretty hoppin'. Though it was nice to have a quiet dinner on our last night all together. We ate, drank and laughed before returning to our hotel room for the night. 




For dinner I opted for this Banana Republic dress, which I absolutely love although have very few places to wear it. When I originally bought it back in April for Easter I knew I would bring it to Fiji with me I just had to wait for the right moment. I love this dress because it is lightweight and flowy, perfect for a hot night. This color is to die for. That fine balance of both muted but rich. I paired it with my absolutely favorite pair of heels from Chinese Laundry, originally featured in this June post. I have never seen anything like these shoes before and could only find a similar pair on their website. They went beautifully with this dress and added a little fun to a solid color dress. Topped it off with this bar necklace from Elisabeth Ashlie and the best clutch ever from local boutique Primrose Park and I was ready for a night on the town.   

Dress| Banana Republic (similar/similar)
Belt| Banana Republic (similar)
Necklace| Elisabeth Ashlie
Purse| Primrose Park (similar)
Shoes| Chinese Laundry (similar)

That's pretty much it. Saturday we had a whole day as our flight was late at night so we sunned ourselves for the last time by the pool before boarding the plane. We had an amazing time. Truly a trip of a lifetime. I never thought in a million years I would get to visit some a beautiful paradise and be exposed to their culture. A huge thank you goes out to our fantastic hosts for taking us all over the place, answering our incessant questions and introducing us to a series of wonderful new things. Hope I get to go back some day.

What do you think of my trip? I would love to read any thoughts you had below about my outfit or other questions about my trip. Leave a a comment below!


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