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JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU FIJI ISLAND RESORT

This resort is temporarily closed – will update as more news comes to hand.

Owned and operated by the son of the little more famous Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel is also an environmentalist and oceanographer. The resort is on the northern island of Vanua Levu and has Fijian style thatched-roof bures with ocean or garden views. Each bure has a private deck, a king-size bed and a day bed.

This resort offers a variety of complimentary recreational, cultural and ecological programs and activities. In addition to yoga, Calypso Cat sailing, glass-bottom boat excursions, kayaking, volleyball, tennis and swimming, there are introductions to island customs and Fijian herbal medicine and, of course, excellent scuba diving. There’s a Bula Camp for children (aged 3 to 8), a Teen Program (9 to 16) and all meals are included in the price.

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JELLYFISH

Unlike Tropical North Queensland, there are no “stingers” or box jellyfish that are nasty. If you come across any, just enjoy the graceful movement coming from something so primitive and, well, basic. I believe it only has one orifice for all bodily functions, they reproduce asexually and there’s not much room for a brain.

JETLAG

Just like hangovers, there’s no miracle cure for jetlag, but there are ways to reduce its effect. Luckily most visitors to Fiji have a flight of just a few hours with only an hour or two time zone adjusting. For those travelling from the United States or Europe however, it can be a bit more of a problem. When flying, go easy on the alcohol, even when it is free. Alcohol (and tea and coffee) dehydrates the body so, when on board, it’s best to drink lots of water and juices. One tactic in fighting jetlag is to start adjusting your body clock before you leave, by moving your eating and sleeping times towards those of your destination. Sunlight’s good for adjusting body clocks so, on the day of departure, avoid light in the morning and soak it up in the afternoon if you’re heading west – or, if you’re flying east, get more sunlight in the morning. My main tip though is, when you arrive, unless it’s night, don’t rush to your hotel room for a sleep. Fight the haziness, eat when the locals eat, take in the sunshine and enjoy the sights until dark.

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