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Our Fiji

Have you ever found a place somewhere in another country and felt like they built it just for you.

For us, that place is Maui Palms on Fiji’s Coral Coast.

Here’s the story of our third visit to our special place. Our Fiji.

We walked through the front door and the atmosphere was electric. Not only were we over the moon excited to be back, but everyone at Maui Palms was excited to have us back. Everyone had heard about the “Re-returners”. The first couple to visit for a second time. The only couple to visit for the third time.

We spent 5 minutes catching up with Christine before heading into our villa.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Palms Private Villas

The message on the bed almost made me cry.

Fiji Travel Photography: Welcome Home

I sat on the edge of the bed, looking around the room, drinking from a fresh coconut, when I said “It really does feel like coming home doesn’t it?”

He smiled, closed his eyes for a moment and breathed. “I’ve been waiting to come back here, so I could ask you to marry me”

My eyes flooded with tears in an instant and I managed to choke out a Yes.

I wanted to leap forward and throw my arms around him, but I was holding a half full coconut. I became surprisingly fixated on the fact you just can’t put a coconut down without spilling it everywhere.

After soaking it all in for a few minutes and some text messages to our parents and siblings we walked out to tell everyone the exciting news.

Fiji Travel Photography: Engagement Cocktails

We spent the next 2 days lazily walking up and down the beach, kayaking at sunset and snorkeling the reef at the doorstep.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay JettyFiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay JettyFiji Travel Photography: Coral CoastFiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay

After Deanna & Matthew’s wedding, we returned to Maui Palms for another 3 nights.

Fiji Travel Photography: Maui Bay

The Boy went spearfishing just after dark with Sam & Tay and on our last night, the boys showed us around the nearby village, and cooked up the catch in a coconut shell bonfire in the traditional Fijian way.

Fiji Travel Photography: Local villageFiji Travel Photography: FishFiji Travel Photography: The Boy with Sam & TayFiji Travel Photography: Coconut firewoodFiji Travel Photography: Beach bonfireFiji Travel Photography: Fish in banana leavesFiji Travel Photography: Beach bonfire

So that’s Our Fiji. My words don’t do it justice at all, but I can only hope that someone reading this decides they want to visit Maui Palms too one day.

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  1. Simon July 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Such fantastic photos! This is as good an ad for Fiji as any. Gonna have to clear some dates and get over there myself!

  2. Karen Wilson July 8, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Congrats Kellee!! That is awesome news, so happy for you. Pictures are amazing too, looks like a beautiful place.

  3. Kim July 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    These photos are so beautiful! I do know that feeling you mentioned, and am extra jealous that you’ve gotten to live through it three whole times. So awesome. Congrats!

  4. James Schokman July 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    I love those dark detail shots, eg. the hands. It really makes me feel like I was there.

  5. Leo July 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

    Beautiful work, Kellee, and I can see why you keep coming back :)

  6. John Bello July 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    This place is gorgeous, so pristine! Amazing images.

  7. Heather July 13, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Oh wow I am SO SO jealous!!

  8. Brian Kraft July 13, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Ahhh, so peaceful. Thank you for taking me away for a bit today.

  9. Kat Braman July 13, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    this post just made me smile and grin and feel all gooey inside. Thanks for sharing your happiness!

  10. Nick July 13, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Mmm, I need a holiday. Lovely photos!

  11. Naomi G July 13, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    oh, i welled up reading about it! congratulations! cue the return of the re-returners, i reckon!

  12. TJ Romero July 13, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Wow! Fantastic work! Especially love the “under the pier” image!