You can feel the difference as soon as you set one sandal-clad foot on the tarmac. The warm tropical air touches your skin, and all your troubles melt away. That’s the effect of Fiji.
How do you picture paradise? Sipping on a piña colada while you gaze into impossibly blue, crystal-clear water? Listening to reggae while you laze in the tropical sunshine? How about snorkelling over a colourful coral reef while a wood-fired pizza is being cooked just for you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to the above, then paradise is here on earth – anchored just off Ro Ro coral reef in the Mamanuca Islands, floating calmly in its own protected lagoon, is the aptly named Cloud 9.
This utopian day club is worth every minute of the two-hour boat trip from Port Denarau. As you approach, it appears like a mirage, floating above the azure emptiness of the ocean.
Its seclusion adds to its exclusivity. Choose to spend your time snorkelling, kayaking or even stand-up paddle boarding, or recline in a hammocks/deck chair while enjoying a cocktail and some delicious lunch. The panoramic views are likely to surpass anything else you’ve ever seen.
Optimised for total comfort, Cloud 9 offers sundecks with day beds, hanging chairs, bar stools, benches and chairs to lounge on between dips in the turquoise-blue water.
Two staff, who are fully trained in first aid as well as being Class V captains, are on board at all times.
Order and enjoy a range of cocktails, chilled beer and wine, wood-fired pizzas, fresh barbecue fare, salads and more. Choose from sun-drenched wooden decks and day beds or cooler areas offered by the shade-bearing canopies.
Founded by Fijian windsurfing champion, Tony Philp, Cloud 9 has a huge range of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and water-skiing to jet-skiing. You can casually drop by if out on a charter, or arrange to be picked up by the establishment itself (boarding charges apply).
Cloud 9 is open to weddings, conferences, parties and any event you can imagine on the ocean! You can also simply attend as a day guest for an experience you’ll treasure forever.
Bookings are essential.