Picture this: everywhere you turn you see warm, turquoise waters inviting you to jump in for a swim. You’re on a floating platform bar and pizzeria in Roro Reef, Fiji. This might sound like heaven, and its title comes close: this is Cloud 9. Located off Malolo Island, Cloud 9 is Fiji's only two-level floating platform and it provides a bar stocked with ice-cold international spirits and beers alongside Fijian favourites like Fiji Rum Co and Fiji Bitter. This means endless fresh Margaritas or bright Blue Lagoons to match the idyllic locale. There's a chef on deck slinging fresh woodfired pizzas and DJs spinning vinyl all day. If you're looking to do more than schmooze up to the bar, there's also the reef at your disposal. Go parasailing, jet skiing, snorkelling, paddle boarding, or leap off for a good old-fashioned swim.
Fiji's islands come complete with white sand beaches, gargantuan palm trees and sparkling turquoise waters – not to mention Fijian locals are known for their beautiful smiles and hospitable nature.
There's plenty to do here, whether it be engaging in water sports like kayaking or paddle boarding, or bar hopping along the beach. And if you enjoy drinking and socialising then you can visit floating bars in the middle of the ocean or get dressed to the nines and head for the nearest nightclub at a resort.
Rum is the spirit of choice in Fiji, with several local distilleries drawing upon the abundance of locally grown sugar cane. Drink it in tiki cocktails like a Mai Tai, Zombie or Hurricane, or enjoy locally brewed Fiji Gold beer.