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Romans 11:19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”

Who is the apostle Paul talking to, who is being ‘grafted-in’, and what are they being grafted into?

In ‘Part 1: Not My People‘, we learned from the Apostle Paul himself that his audience in Rome were the remnant of the Northern Kingdom, the ‘scattered House of Israel’, that were living out among the nations/gentiles. Paul verified this in Romans chapter 9 by quoting the Scriptures that specifically prophesied about them.

All Israel will be saved; all Israel, Both the Northern and Southern Houses will finally be saved and brought together under one King.

So, Paul brings ‘Genesis 48’ full circle here in ‘Romans 11’; the scattered sheep of the House of Israel (Ephraim), scattered among the nations, prophesied to to be the ‘fullness of the nations/gentiles’ are now able to be “Grafted-In” to the Olive Tree of Israel because of the work of the Messiah.

In the next blog/study in ‘Romans’, we’ll back up a few chapters to find out how and why this prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus. This was one of, if not the primary mission of Jesus, and why only God-in-the-flesh could fulfill it.

Let’s proceed with Romans 11 with the understanding that Paul is continuing his discourse from chapters 9 and 10. His original letter did not have verses, or chapter breaks; it was a free-flowing letter. That being said, Chapter 11 of Romans starts with Paul again reminding us that God has not abandoned His chosen and elect people, Israel. Israel is not rejected by God, at least according to the apostle Paul.

Romans 11:1-2 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

Paul quotes the Scriptures to prove his point that God has always made a way for a remnant of ‘His Chosen’ to remain. Just as in the days of Elijah, now then in Paul’s day, in his present time there is a remnant of Israel who are “the chosen or “the elect v.1-7. These remnant seed of Abraham of v. 5 are those “elect” of v. 7; the rest who are not of the remnant are still hardened, or blind and deaf to the truth of Messiah.

Romans 11:5,7 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace… What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened…

Who are these “Chosen” and “Elect” of God? What does the text say?

Genesis 48:17-19

Let’s proceed with Romans 11 with the understanding that Paul is continuing his discourse from chapters 9 and 10. His original letter did not have verses, or chapter breaks; it was a free-flowing letter. That being said, Chapter 11 of Romans starts with Paul again reminding us that God has not abandoned His chosen and elect people, Israel. Israel is not rejected by God, at least according to the apostle Paul.

Romans 11:1-2 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

Paul quotes the Scriptures to prove his point that God has always made a way for a remnant of ‘His Chosen’ to remain. Just as in the days of Elijah, now then in Paul’s day, in his present time there is a remnant of Israel who are “the chosen or “the elect v.1-7. These remnant seed of Abraham of v. 5 are those “elect” of v. 7; the rest who are not of the remnant are still hardened, or blind and deaf to the truth of Messiah.

Romans 11:5,7 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace… What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened…

Who are these “Chosen” and “Elect” of God? What does the text say?

Genesis 48:17-19

Let’s proceed with Romans 11 with the understanding that Paul is continuing his discourse from chapters 9 and 10. His original letter did not have verses, or chapter breaks; it was a free-flowing letter. That being said, Chapter 11 of Romans starts with Paul again reminding us that God has not abandoned His chosen and elect people, Israel. Israel is not rejected by God, at least according to the apostle Paul.

Romans 11:1-2 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

Paul quotes the Scriptures to prove his point that God has always made a way for a remnant of ‘His Chosen’ to remain. Just as in the days of Elijah, now then in Paul’s day, in his present time there is a remnant of Israel who are “the chosen or “the elect v.1-7. These remnant seed of Abraham of v. 5 are those “elect” of v. 7; the rest who are not of the remnant are still hardened, or blind and deaf to the truth of Messiah.

Romans 11:5,7 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace… What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened…

Who are these “Chosen” and “Elect” of God? What does the text say?

For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” | Genesis 18:19
“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. | Deuteronomy 7:6
Yet the LORD set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. | Deuteronomy 10:15
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. | Deuteronomy 14:2
O offspring of Abraham, his servant, children of Jacob, his chosen ones! He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant | Psalm 105:6-10
For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as His own possession. | Psalm 135:4
“But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! | Isaiah 44:1
Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the LORD, then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done, declares the LORD.”? | Jeremiah 31:35-37

  How do the gentile/nations enter into the mix? What does the apostle Paul say?

Romans 11:11 “So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the G1484Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.”

So, here we come to it; “Gentiles”. I ask this ahead of time, to please think logically and not emotionally. In almost every single translation we have here (as well as, scores of other verses) the English word ‘Gentiles’. This is Strong’s G1484, ἔθνος/ethnos. Strong’s Definition is: a race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe ; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually by implication pagan): – Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines Gentile as: GEN’TILE, noun [Latin gentilis; from Latin gens, nation, race; applied to pagans.] In the scriptures, a pagan; a worshipper of false gods; any person not a Jew or a christian; a heathen. The Hebrews included in the term H1471goim or nations, all the tribes of men who had not received the true faith and were not circumcised. The christians translated goim by the Latin gentes and imitated the Jews in giving the name gentiles to all nations who were not Jews nor christians. In civil affairs, the denomination was given to all nations who were not Romans. Strong’s G1482, ἐθνικός/ethnikos, is the adjective cognate which Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states defined as:  in the N. T. savoring of the nature of pagans, alien to the worship of the true God, heathenish; substantively,  ἐθνικόςthe pagan, the Gentile.

We have been lied to, or at the very least, misled. There is no such thing as a ‘single person’ that is a “gentile“. The word “ethnos” (G1484) literally means ‘nation’ or a homogenous race of people. It cannot be applied to an individual. A person cannot be addressed as a nation or race.  This notion that a single person can be called a “gentile” stems from an incorrect translation of the original word “gentilis”. The ‘word’ gentile/s should be stricken from the bible and changed to the words pagans, heathens, aliens, or nations, which is what the words ethnos and ethnikos mean.

Another fact that is never discussed in today’s mainstream theology is that Paul never spoke or wrote the word ‘gentile’, he wrote the Greek word “ethnos”. Again, logic not emotion. The word ‘gentile’ is an English transliteration of the Latin word ‘gentilis’ which means “a race, a nation, a tribe; the same as the Greek word ‘ethnos’. When Paul wrote, he either referred to the Jews/Israelites or he referred to the nations/gentiles, “ethnos”. The word ‘ethnos’ means a race of people, a nation, tribe of people; and pagan at that! Regardless of what mainstream theology may now think or preach, ‘the gentiles/ethnos’ or ‘the nations’ are not a separate set of “believers”. The Gentiles/Nations are pagans, heathens and non-believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is what the word means. Period.  Those to whom Paul was sent, out among the ‘nations/gentiles’, were the “lost sheep of the house of Israel”. These sheep however did not look like the sheep of God. They had been inter-mixed and sifted into the world of the “H1471goim“, the nations/gentiles. They were considered to be “of the nations”, “of the gentile” because they were scattered among the the nations/gentiles. Paul preached to everyone; Jews, Greeks, Romans, heathens, pagans… everyone. He had to, because the “House of Israel”, the “Northern Kingdom” had become so scattered, they were everywhere (and still are). Once these people groups heard Paul’s good news, they would either decide to believe and be grafted into God’s Chosen People or they could choose to stay in the nations/gentiles and remain pagan/heathen. They could either remain part of the nations/gentiles or they could become ‘citizens of the common wealth of Israel’. What does the apostle Paul say?

Romans 2:28-29 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

What did Paul just say; “a Jew”? Paul just stated that if you are circumcised in heart that you are a “Jew”. Paul considered a true follower of God and His Messiah to be a “Jew”.

Don’t panic; logic not emotion.

When Paul wrote this letter, the only remnant of God’s Chosen Elect were those that lived in Judea, from the tribe of Judah; ‘Jews’, like our Messiah. Judea, was mainly inhabited by the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, like Paul. The lost 10 tribes of Israel had assimilated among the “nations/gentiles” for the past 800 years. They looked like, acted like and most certainly were considered to be ‘pagan gentiles’ to Paul and his brothers in Judea. God is pretty smart; can we agree on that? He had a plan to bless all the nations and redeem the lost 10 tribes. The Northern Kingdom was scattered everywhere, and God used this fact to take the “good news” of the Redeemer to the ‘four corners of the earth’. So that whoever would hear, believe, repent and follow the Messiah of Israel could be saved from their sins. Whosoever chooses to, can be grafted into the “cultivated Olive Tree”.

Romans 11:17,24 and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree… you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree

Who is the Cultivated Olive Tree that Paul is telling these ‘gentiles’ they have been ‘grafted-into’? What does the text say?

The LORD once called you a green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit.’ But with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed. The LORD of hosts, who planted you, has decreed disaster against you, because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by making offerings to Baal.” | Jeremiah 11:16
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. | Psalm 52:8
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. | Psalm 128:1-3

Israel is the Olive Tree. Israel is what we grafted into. As Jeremiah above states, both Houses did evil and provoked the LORD. The House of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) was exiled and dispersed among the gentiles/nations, as I said, for almost 800 years. The House of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) was exiled to Babylon for 70 years for their sins, but they came back to the land. What is to become of the House of Israel?

Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the H1471nations, in the midst of many peoples, | Micah 5:7-8

Jeremiah tells us of their restoration in chapter 16.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when it shall no longer be said, As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers. | Jeremiah 16:14-15

Isaiah tells us that even those outside the camp of Israel, those among the nations who wish to aligned themselves with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel can choose to do so ~

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them I will give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathers the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. | Isaiah 56:3-8

Those that choose to abandon their life of sin, repent and turn to the ways of God, choosing to put their trust and belief in the Messiah, can become a Citizen of the Commonwealth of Israel. Those that choose to covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can be grafted into the Olive Tree, which is Israel, the “Chosen and Elect” of God.

Do you see, those outside the camp of the LORD, those outside of Israel that wanted to join with, ‘take hold of the covenant’ of the LORD could choose to do so. It’s the same now, as Paul has been telling those in Rome. Those “gentiles” in Rome, as we learned from ‘Romans’ chapter 9, Paul is telling us that their being grafted in to the Olive Tree of Israel is a fulfilling of Prophecy that goes all the way back to Genesis. That’s why he tells us in verses 25 and 26 of chapter 11 that by their grafting-in, “all Israel will be saved ~

Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, | Romans 11:25-26

  This was foretold by Jacob in Genesis 48 ~

When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations. | Genesis 48:17-19

Ephraim was prophesied to become a multitude of nations. Ephraim in Hebrew means “doubly fruitful”, and Jacob prophesies that his offspring will become a multitude of nations. This is what the apostle Paul is referring to: “the fullness of the gentiles”. Remember, ‘gentiles’ just means ‘nations’. The Hebrew translation of “a multitude of nations” is Strong’s

H4393 and Strong’s H1471. H4393 is mə·lō / מְלֹֽא which means: fullness, that which fills. H1471 is hag·gō·w·yim / הַגּוֹיִֽם which is plural and means: nations, peoples.

Therefore, Jacob (otherwise known as Israel), prophesied that his adopted son Ephraim would become “the fullness of the nations”. His offspring would become the ‘Northern Kingdom’, the ‘House of Israel’, the scattered 10 tribes.

O LORD, save your people, the remnant of Israel.’ Behold, I will bring them from the north country and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the pregnant woman and she who is in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from hands too strong for him. | Jeremiah 3:7-11
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.’ | Ezekiel 37:15-16
then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. | Ezekiel 37:21-22

All Israel will be saved; all Israel, Both the Northern and Southern Houses will finally be saved and brought together under one King.

So, Paul brings ‘Genesis 48’ full circle here in ‘Romans 11’; the scattered sheep of the House of Israel (Ephraim), scattered among the nations, prophesied to to be the ‘fullness of the nations/gentiles’ are now able to be “Grafted-In” to the Olive Tree of Israel because of the work of the Messiah.

In the next blog/study in ‘Romans’, we’ll back up a few chapters to find out how and why this prophesy was fulfilled by Jesus. This was one of, if not the primary mission of Jesus, and why only God-in-the-flesh could fulfill it.

Final Thought: In Part 1, I asked “how does this apply to me then, I can’t know if I’m from the ‘lost 10 tribes of Israel’?”

I also said “don’t worry, God is pretty smart and He knew that His plan of salvation would work out like it has. In order for all of the ‘Lost Sheep of the House of Israel’ to get the good news, it has to be preached to all the nations, everywhere. Paul’s missionary journeys were just the beginning. ‘All who hunger and thirst for righteousness’ can “choose” to covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) to serve Him; even the stranger. So, “choose this day whom you will serve” ~

Isaiah 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

Isaiah 56:6-86Also the sons of the stranger that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;7Even them will I bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

Joshua 24:15 choose this day whom you will serve

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    After landing at Nadi International Airport, and being welcomed by a traditional Fijian performance and a loud BULA (“Hello” in Fijian), we found a kiosk operated by Awesome Adventures Fiji. Since we had heard a lot about this company before arriving at Fiji, we approached them without any hesitation. This company had various packages to offer for a week or fortnight, with a variety of stay and activity options.

    As we had the liberty of time, we opted for their BULA COMBO PASS, which was valid for a fortnight. The best part about the Bula Pass was that we could choose to hop to as many islands as one likes using the Yasawa Island Ferry, however, stay options were limited to six resort vouchers depending on your choice.

    Note: Indifferent to the rest of the world, Fijians have their own local resort grading systems. There are no star rating, instead they categorize accommodations as 1 coconut and 2 coconuts. Irrespective of what coconut your choose, all resorts offer a choice of backpackers, lodges and bures (pronounced ‘boo-rays’, means a small thatched hut offering more privacy).

    Typically, 1 coconut properties are very basic, you will be expected to carry your own towels, soaps and other amenities. So if your are fussy with hot water, air conditioned rooms and amenities, these are not for you. The water supply is tepid and the air is naturally conditioned. These properties are owned and run by local Fijian Islanders who love hosting and sharing their lives with the guests. The meals provided here are not gourmet, but made from local produce, fresh catch and are very filling.

    The 2 coconut properties are more modern, offering higher standards of accommodation and amenities, but still with a strong Fijian flavour. Ownership and management of these properties is a mix of Fijian and European, with Fijian staff. There’s aircon or fans during generator operating hours. Meals are generally more varied with more courses and of a higher standard than one coconut properties.

    So for the first night we were put up in a hotel in Nadi and our Island Tour would begin the next morning. All of this was included in our Bula Combo Pass.

    Tip: It is always advisable to stock up water and basic nibbles in your bags as the islands have very limited resources. Also, the resort meal timings are very specific, like breakfast is served from 9 am to 10 am only and nothing to eat if you get hungry before lunch is served at 1 pm. There are no banks and cash machines at the islands. A daily cash expenditure of $30-$40 can be expected depending on the activities you choose. The last cash machines and supermarket is at Port Denarau, from where the island ferry departs. We got a bit overboard and also carried a couple of crates of beer with us, which later turned out to be a blessing as alcohol is fairly expensive at the islands.

    1st Island: Nacula Island Blue Lagoon (2 nights)

    After we finished breakfast at our hotel, we were picked up by a coach at around 07:00 am for our travel to Port Denarau where we checked in for our island ferry. Be mindful as there is a weight limitation for each piece of luggage checked into the ferry.

    The ferry’s routing was such that it would travel northbound till the northernmost island of Nacula where sits the stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon resort, our first island stay. On its way, the ferry would hop at all the island resorts in the Yasawa Islands, allowing us a view if the island from a distance, and decide on our potential stays for the next 15 days. The ferry cruised through some stunningly beautiful lagoons and islands where everyone was up for a lot of visual treat of the coolest blue waters, colorful corals and marine life. We also spotted a Hammerhead shark in the wild on the very first day.++++++++++++

    After a 5 hour cruise, we reached Blue Lagoon Resort, our first island stay.

    Blue Lagoon Resort: Here, our stay was booked at a beach facing Bure, the view out of which was something like this +++++ . This resort is a 2 coconut property, internationally operated with Fijian staff. Well maintained with all comfortable amenities, lots of water activities at offer.

    Activities of this island: A great place to get scuba diving lessons and go scuba diving as neighboring island resorts offer scuba diving at blue lagoon island with additional transfer charges. Another must do here is their cave snorkeling and during the day, the whole island is at your disposal to snorkel and kayak. At the end of the buffet, the hotel staff would entertain guests with Fijian art forms.

    However, we had a bit of an unprofessional experience with them as the next morning we were asked to move to a different Bure to accommodate their frequent guest in their favorite Bure. During our 2 days stay, food was consistently served cold at buffets. Anyways, the local guides who took us out for cave snorkeling compensated for the stay.+++++++++++++++

    2nd Island: Naviti Island White Sandy Beach (2 nights.):

    After experiencing some luxury at the blue lagoon resort we start our journey south bound to our next island stop the White Sandy Beach at Naviti Island. Unlike the Blue Lagoon Resort White Sandy Beach Resort is a 1 coconut property, however, arrival into this island was very warm as the local villagers welcomed us with a traditional island song followed by a loud BULA!!!!! The rooms were not as luxurious however were more rooted. The food was quite traditional & always served hot. There is a provisional store where you can find pack of noodles, biscuits, & some snack to suffice your mid meal hunger. The beach is open to snorkeling & kayaking.

    Activities from this island: Manta Ray snorkeling. As mid- meals the resort staff would climb up the coconut trees to bring down some fresh coconuts for the guest & also perform acrobatics skills on the trees.

    White Sandy beach resort sits on the western perimeter of the Naviti island & has access to over a mile of WHITE SAND BEACH. Our 2 days were spent snorkeling around the island, manta ray snorkeling, lying around the hammock, gazing at the sunsets.

    3rd Island: Matacawa Levu Island Long Beach Resort (3 nights).

    As the name suggest this was actually a Long Beach. Long Beach is located at a channel between two islands, & experiences dramatic high & low tides. During low tide the whole channel would would actually dry out & you could walk between the 2 islands. During the high tides the water would be waist high.

    Activities of this island: Free walking village tour & mantra ray snorkeling which we did not do as is was the same place as white sandy beach. The evening before & after dinner were always entertained by 2 boys at the hotel. In reality these boys were multi talented. From showing acrobatics to serving food for lunch & dinner, being tour guides & performing traditional dance forms which were engaging with the guests.

    Something remarkable & nostalgic we remember from this resort is that they would summon upon the guest by beating up a hollow wood bark to indicate that the food was ready to be served. The chef here was so kind, that when he learnt I preferred vegetarian food, he cooked up a variety of vegan meals & dessert.

    4th Island Waya Lai Lai: Waya Lai Lai Island Resort. (3 nights).

    This Island resort did not have a very significant beach, however it sat on a cliff offering & elevated view of the sea. This resort was locally operated & out of all the other islands they had a fairly higher occupancy & also their food buffet spread was the best. The arrangement was on a huge patio overlooking the sea, where they would also organize engaging games & activities for guest before dinner.

    Activities from this island: Reef shark snorkeling & harpoon fishing.

    5th Island: South Sea Island (1 night).

    This is a very tiny island. As you could walk around the circumference in 15 minutes. The south sea island resort is a typical hostel with multiple bunks & common toilets. This resort does not have any bures. This is very typically for the back packing cloud. The resort did not have much to offer with regards to activities, however it is used as a transit for people who have booked for the Castaway Island days trips. The resort offered a free 10 minute glass bottom boat tour that took us around the island to experience the marine life.

    Castaway Island: This is a super luxury island resort, & offers day trips to traveller’s allowing them to access their facilities. The tour included gears for all water activities like snorkeling goggles, kayaks, wind surf boards life jackets etc. buffet Lunch was included as a part of the tour. This day trip was a great way to explore the expensive south Mamanuca Islands & this ends our island tour as we got dropped at Port Denarau.

    On the last day of the boat trip, we still had 3 days before our holidays end, hence we planned a 3 days road trip to the capital city Suva. On the boat we got to talking with a Fijian, who knew a local car rental. The car was ready when we arrived at the port.

    Distance between Nadi To Suva: 193km/ 120miles. 3hours 18 mins.

    The Drive was through the scenic windy coastal roads. It is recommended to do this journey during the day time as it is difficult to handle windy roads in the dark. Having said that drive through the night was however safe.

    Suva:

    Arriving in suva we checked in a budget hotel. Next Day we went around the city center. This city is like any other capital city with lot of population & commercialization. Suva also houses one of the major ports of the country. Life in Suva was an absolute contrast to Fiji’s island life.

    The next day we drove back to Nadi during the day time & the drive was very scenic. We stopped as numours scenic spot for pictures. We spotted a beautiful sea side restaurants where we stopped for lunch. The pizza was surprisingly delicious.

    Cost for the trip: I will give you the total I spend for 15 days for 2 people which included all of the above activities, stay & car rental, in 2013, was USD 3500, Prices are very likely to have hiked now, but, still way reasonable compared to Maldives for example.

    This marked the end of our unwinding trip to Fiji. The island life thought us to be content with the bare minimums & be resourceful. We would choose Fiji over any other commercialized island destination, as it is still untouched, rooted, has colourful marine life & beautiful people.

    Hope you have enjoyed reading. Please feel free to share your experience with us. We would like to be a part of your trip through pictures. Subscribe & Follow us on instagram or on our facebook page littleofeverythingtravel for more updates on our upcoming posts & don’t forget to share on #taletrips.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.

 

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by ANKITA MAGDANI1 MIN AGO
We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.
by ANKITA MAGDANI1 MIN AGO
We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.
by ANKITA MAGDANI1 MIN AGO
We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.
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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.
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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

by ANKITA MAGDANI1 MIN AGO

We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.Fiji Island Tour.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.

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We travelled to Fiji in September 2013. We were planning to travel to a quiet, mesmerizing and less explored destination, when Fiji crossed our mind, and this island country surprisingly went beyond all our expectations. FIJI ISLAND TOUR, is the perfect romantic honeymoon destination, backpacking destination, for the extravagant and the budget traveller, for marine lovers and the beach bums. In a nutshell, Fiji is a package that fits all.

FIJI ISLAND TOUR:

The Fiji islands is one of the most exotic island destinations in the world. This tiny island country comprises of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited and more than 500 islets, all of which offers the prefect holiday destination for all globe trotters. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is part os the Polynesian islands and is very well connected with Brisbane and Sydney in Australia and Auckland,New Zealand by air. Since we are Indian nationals, it was easier for us to transit through Hong Kong and fly straight to Nadi, avoid hassles of transit visas and avail of the generous 4 months valid visa on arrival into Fiji. The FIJI ISLAND TOUR, we will focus on, will be the YASAWA ISLANDS.

What is The Yasawa Island:

The Yasawa stretch of islands lies on the North-West Corridor of the main island Viti Levu which is the largest island in the Republic of Fiji, and houses the national capital city of Suva and the second largest city of Nadi.

Why The Yasawa Island:

Yasawa islands are away from civilization, commercialization and mobile phone receptions, all of which make it the untouched islands, and undoubtedly, these islands are the most picturesque offerings from Fiji. These islands also offer a range of accommodations and various water activities and local entertainment.

How to get to Yasawa Island:

There are two ways to access the Yasawa Islands. By sea planes and the Yasawa Flyer Island ferry. We chose to stick to the Yasawa Flyer so that we could stay close to the wilderness. However, if you want to experience the aerial view of the stunning lagoons, you will have to shell out some extra cash and ride the sea planes. Let’s start our FIJI ISLAND TOUR!!!

First day at Nadi

Awesome Adventures

After landing at Nadi International Airport, and being welcomed by a traditional Fijian performance and a loud BULA (“Hello” in Fijian), we found a kiosk operated by Awesome Adventures Fiji. Since we had heard a lot about this company before arriving at Fiji, we approached them without any hesitation. This company had various packages to offer for a week or fortnight, with a variety of stay and activity options.

As we had the liberty of time, we opted for their BULA COMBO PASS, which was valid for a fortnight. The best part about the Bula Pass was that we could choose to hop to as many islands as one likes using the Yasawa Island Ferry, however, stay options were limited to six resort vouchers depending on your choice.

Note: Indifferent to the rest of the world, Fijians have their own local resort grading systems. There are no star rating, instead they categorize accommodations as 1 coconut and 2 coconuts. Irrespective of what coconut your choose, all resorts offer a choice of backpackers, lodges and bures (pronounced ‘boo-rays’, means a small thatched hut offering more privacy).

Typically, 1 coconut properties are very basic, you will be expected to carry your own towels, soaps and other amenities. So if your are fussy with hot water, air conditioned rooms and amenities, these are not for you. The water supply is tepid and the air is naturally conditioned. These properties are owned and run by local Fijian Islanders who love hosting and sharing their lives with the guests. The meals provided here are not gourmet, but made from local produce, fresh catch and are very filling.

The 2 coconut properties are more modern, offering higher standards of accommodation and amenities, but still with a strong Fijian flavour. Ownership and management of these properties is a mix of Fijian and European, with Fijian staff. There’s aircon or fans during generator operating hours. Meals are generally more varied with more courses and of a higher standard than one coconut properties.

So for the first night we were put up in a hotel in Nadi and our Island Tour would begin the next morning. All of this was included in our Bula Combo Pass.

Tip: It is always advisable to stock up water and basic nibbles in your bags as the islands have very limited resources. Also, the resort meal timings are very specific, like breakfast is served from 9 am to 10 am only and nothing to eat if you get hungry before lunch is served at 1 pm. There are no banks and cash machines at the islands. A daily cash expenditure of $30-$40 can be expected depending on the activities you choose. The last cash machines and supermarket is at Port Denarau, from where the island ferry departs. We got a bit overboard and also carried a couple of crates of beer with us, which later turned out to be a blessing as alcohol is fairly expensive at the islands.

1st Island: Nacula Island Blue Lagoon (2 nights)

After we finished breakfast at our hotel, we were picked up by a coach at around 07:00 am for our travel to Port Denarau where we checked in for our island ferry. Be mindful as there is a weight limitation for each piece of luggage checked into the ferry.

The ferry’s routing was such that it would travel northbound till the northernmost island of Nacula where sits the stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon resort, our first island stay. On its way, the ferry would hop at all the island resorts in the Yasawa Islands, allowing us a view if the island from a distance, and decide on our potential stays for the next 15 days. The ferry cruised through some stunningly beautiful lagoons and islands where everyone was up for a lot of visual treat of the coolest blue waters, colorful corals and marine life. We also spotted a Hammerhead shark in the wild on the very first day.++++++++++++

After a 5 hour cruise, we reached Blue Lagoon Resort, our first island stay.

Blue Lagoon Resort: Here, our stay was booked at a beach facing Bure, the view out of which was something like this +++++ . This resort is a 2 coconut property, internationally operated with Fijian staff. Well maintained with all comfortable amenities, lots of water activities at offer.

Activities of this island: A great place to get scuba diving lessons and go scuba diving as neighboring island resorts offer scuba diving at blue lagoon island with additional transfer charges. Another must do here is their cave snorkeling and during the day, the whole island is at your disposal to snorkel and kayak. At the end of the buffet, the hotel staff would entertain guests with Fijian art forms.

However, we had a bit of an unprofessional experience with them as the next morning we were asked to move to a different Bure to accommodate their frequent guest in their favorite Bure. During our 2 days stay, food was consistently served cold at buffets. Anyways, the local guides who took us out for cave snorkeling compensated for the stay.+++++++++++++++

2nd Island: Naviti Island White Sandy Beach (2 nights.):

After experiencing some luxury at the blue lagoon resort we start our journey south bound to our next island stop the White Sandy Beach at Naviti Island. Unlike the Blue Lagoon Resort White Sandy Beach Resort is a 1 coconut property, however, arrival into this island was very warm as the local villagers welcomed us with a traditional island song followed by a loud BULA!!!!! The rooms were not as luxurious however were more rooted. The food was quite traditional & always served hot. There is a provisional store where you can find pack of noodles, biscuits, & some snack to suffice your mid meal hunger. The beach is open to snorkeling & kayaking.

Activities from this island: Manta Ray snorkeling. As mid- meals the resort staff would climb up the coconut trees to bring down some fresh coconuts for the guest & also perform acrobatics skills on the trees.

White Sandy beach resort sits on the western perimeter of the Naviti island & has access to over a mile of WHITE SAND BEACH. Our 2 days were spent snorkeling around the island, manta ray snorkeling, lying around the hammock, gazing at the sunsets.

3rd Island: Matacawa Levu Island Long Beach Resort (3 nights).

As the name suggest this was actually a Long Beach. Long Beach is located at a channel between two islands, & experiences dramatic high & low tides. During low tide the whole channel would would actually dry out & you could walk between the 2 islands. During the high tides the water would be waist high.

Activities of this island: Free walking village tour & mantra ray snorkeling which we did not do as is was the same place as white sandy beach. The evening before & after dinner were always entertained by 2 boys at the hotel. In reality these boys were multi talented. From showing acrobatics to serving food for lunch & dinner, being tour guides & performing traditional dance forms which were engaging with the guests.

Something remarkable & nostalgic we remember from this resort is that they would summon upon the guest by beating up a hollow wood bark to indicate that the food was ready to be served. The chef here was so kind, that when he learnt I preferred vegetarian food, he cooked up a variety of vegan meals & dessert.

4th Island Waya Lai Lai: Waya Lai Lai Island Resort. (3 nights).

This Island resort did not have a very significant beach, however it sat on a cliff offering & elevated view of the sea. This resort was locally operated & out of all the other islands they had a fairly higher occupancy & also their food buffet spread was the best. The arrangement was on a huge patio overlooking the sea, where they would also organize engaging games & activities for guest before dinner.

Activities from this island: Reef shark snorkeling & harpoon fishing.

5th Island: South Sea Island (1 night).

This is a very tiny island. As you could walk around the circumference in 15 minutes. The south sea island resort is a typical hostel with multiple bunks & common toilets. This resort does not have any bures. This is very typically for the back packing cloud. The resort did not have much to offer with regards to activities, however it is used as a transit for people who have booked for the Castaway Island days trips. The resort offered a free 10 minute glass bottom boat tour that took us around the island to experience the marine life.

Castaway Island: This is a super luxury island resort, & offers day trips to traveller’s allowing them to access their facilities. The tour included gears for all water activities like snorkeling goggles, kayaks, wind surf boards life jackets etc. buffet Lunch was included as a part of the tour. This day trip was a great way to explore the expensive south Mamanuca Islands & this ends our island tour as we got dropped at Port Denarau.

On the last day of the boat trip, we still had 3 days before our holidays end, hence we planned a 3 days road trip to the capital city Suva. On the boat we got to talking with a Fijian, who knew a local car rental. The car was ready when we arrived at the port.

Distance between Nadi To Suva: 193km/ 120miles. 3hours 18 mins.

The Drive was through the scenic windy coastal roads. It is recommended to do this journey during the day time as it is difficult to handle windy roads in the dark. Having said that drive through the night was however safe.

Suva:

Arriving in suva we checked in a budget hotel. Next Day we went around the city center. This city is like any other capital city with lot of population & commercialization. Suva also houses one of the major ports of the country. Life in Suva was an absolute contrast to Fiji’s island life.

The next day we drove back to Nadi during the day time & the drive was very scenic. We stopped as numours scenic spot for pictures. We spotted a beautiful sea side restaurants where we stopped for lunch. The pizza was surprisingly delicious.

Cost for the trip: I will give you the total I spend for 15 days for 2 people which included all of the above activities, stay & car rental, in 2013, was USD 3500, Prices are very likely to have hiked now, but, still way reasonable compared to Maldives for example.

This marked the end of our unwinding trip to Fiji. The island life thought us to be content with the bare minimums & be resourceful. We would choose Fiji over any other commercialized island destination, as it is still untouched, rooted, has colourful marine life & beautiful people.

Hope you have enjoyed reading. Please feel free to share your experience with us. We would like to be a part of your trip through pictures. Subscribe & Follow us on instagram or on our facebook page littleofeverythingtravel for more updates on our upcoming posts & don’t forget to share on #taletrips.

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