I hit the jackpot here in Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Kelli (click it to read my latest interview on the Island Queen’s blog) and I are treated to a stunning view of Savusavu Bay, as the spot where we’re staying sits atop a jungle cliff some 50 meters above the water.
But it gets even better.
There’s an even more stunningly beautiful view and beach spot on the island.
More on that later.
We’re beach bums. Or, we’re folks who like living in warm, tropical climates by the beach. We don’t hit the beach daily but we do like having the option.
Hey, we’re living the internet lifestyle.
May as well take advantage of it, right?
Before we move on I had to let you in on a little secret.
The Blogging from Paradise eBook series just grew by 1 ebook. Yep, what was once one is now two.
I’m excited to introduce Blogging from Paradise: How to Build an Online Empire through Blog Commenting
I’m really excited about it and know you’ll dig the topic, because it’s right up your alley….I think, at least, for most of my readers.
The in-depth blog post is coming soon so for now, here’s the in-depth page….and of course, pick it up so you can say you were one of the first folks to download it. Thanks for your support!
Blogging from Paradise: Why Blog?
If you’re struggling to move your blog to the next level you’re probably forgetting something: people blog to live a dream. Maybe they don’t know what dream they’re chasing, or maybe they have a low energy, weak motivator, like wanting to make an extra few dollars – literally – each month.
Your job as a blogger is to remind folks of the dream they’re forgetting about, or to emotionally appeal to folks who dream big.
That’s why you see posts like these, detailing some of the most breath taking spots on earth that I’ve visited.
I’ve yet to have someone look at one of my Fiji photos and say, “I hate that photo”, or, “That place is so ugly.”
Even some folks who “don’t want to travel”, want to travel. Because the second they say, “that’s so beautiful”, more than a few are saying, “I want to experience that.”
Now, if they want to experience it, on some level, it’s a dream. So yes, even you folks nice and comfortable in your home towns, on a DEEPER, subconscious level, if I handed you plane tickets to Nadi, then Savusavu, Fiji, and told you that you could take your family along and that the plane ride would be smooth, and that you’d sleep during the ride, well, most of you would probably stop by.
A handful of people would have a genuine objection, as they truly hate the tropics, but if you like something, or find it beautiful, the Universe gave you that preference to experience in person.
It’s just the attachments, and comfort zone thingees, that keep us from traveling.
Anyhow, we all are blogging to live a dream. It’s why you return here to Blogging from Paradise a few times weekly. It’s why you *don’t* dream of my practical tips.
My content is kinda inspiring but I won’t fool myself; the underscoring driver in all we do is the invisible why in the visible what.
If we’re really getting pure on our intent, we’re blogging to feel great about helping folks, to help them become free.
My blog is all about helping you live a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Paradise may be your hometown, or it may be Savusavu, Fiji. I may just chip away at your attachments, or spur you to leave your comfort zone, or to do something so totally, unbelievably freeing, thing, like traveling to Bali (check out my buddy Ken Kai’s blog, he actually LIVES in Bali), or Fiji.
The vital blogging lesson is this: sell a dream. Build your blog around freeing people. Inspire through your blog. Help people to make their dreams come true by selling an inspiring, overwhelming, joy-inducing dream, and you’ll have found one of the core secret to blogging success.
On to the images. I need to get this done before my town center journey in Savusavu, Fiji….Sunday today, as I’m writing, so since it’s God Day I’ll be seeing more mongooses and street dogs than people on my jaunt into town.
Nagigi, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Nagigi Beach in Fiji is the most beautiful, stunning, pristine beach I’ve ever visited in the world. It’s also, without a doubt one of the top 5 or 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.
Remember folks, I’ve seen more than a few awesome, gorgeous spots. Nagigi stands at #1 due to its serene, remote location, the contrast between the crystal clear, placid tidal pool waters, and the savage waters beyond the barrier reef, the enchanting aqua blue waters, the dark blue waters of the deep blue sea, and the coconut tree-fringed beach.
Nagigi is a Fijian village. We were invited to the village by our friend Olivia, the banana lady.
Tourists ain’t going here on their own, folks. Remote spot here.
We received fresh coconut juice on the beach, courtesy of a Fijian couple who probably has the best back yard view on earth; i.e., the beach.
The picture doesn’t do the beach justice. If you can believe that.
I’ve not seen anything like it during my travels.
Hidden Beach, Bali
Hidden Beach is a spot just south of Jimbaran, Bali. It’s no swimming beach. Not unless you have a suicide wish. But it’s about the most stunning place we’ve visited, beach-wise.
Imagine towering, sweeping cliffs providing you with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean, overlooking the water and southern coast of Bali.
Kelli and I visited this beach a few times. The first visit coincided with a massive storm way out in the ocean. We were treated to a bombastic display of savagery as the cliffs took an absolute pounding from terrifying, monstrous, 15 to 20 foot waves barreling in from the Indian Ocean.
I could feel the ground shake. It was insane. Primal.
As you can see we snapped an awesome shot up top.
If you do Bali, make sure to visit Hidden Beach. It’s a 10 minute motorbike ride south of Jimabaran, down the street from the bay and all of its famous seafood restaurants.
Nai Harn Beach, Phuket, Thailand
Nai Harn Beach is my favorite beach on earth. Before you think, “Phuket”, and see images of crowded Patong, full of Selacious B Crumb type touts, and bloated, beer-guzzling tourists, there is a Phuket south of this spot, ya know?
Head south of Chalong. Things are a bit different here.
Kelli and I always stay in Rawaii. Nai Harn is a 10 minute motorbike ride from our spot.
The beach is picturesque; imagine a horseshoe shaped bay shoe horned between 2 lush, green hills, dotted with coconut trees.
During high season the water is a pond. I would swim a quarter mile out. Visibility was a clear 20 to 30 feet, easy. So clear, so calm, so peaceful, so serene.
Nai Harn is not as quiet as the above mentioned beaches – not by a long shot – but the raw beauty of the beach puts it near the top of my list.
Klong Jark Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Koh Lanta beaches are so pretty it deserves 2 mentions. We’ll start with Klong Jark Beach.
Koh Lanta is so pristine, and clean, because it’s off the radar compared to its rowdy cousins Phuket (save the south tip of the island where we stay) and Koh Phi Phi. No heavy drinking, or partying, going on here. People visit Koh Lanta for peace and relaxation.
No airport either. You get on and off the island via a car ferry if you’ve flown in through Krabi, or you simply take a passenger ferry if you’re arriving from Phuket or Koh Phi Phi.
As you might imagine this keeps tourist numbers down.
Klong Jark is a few minutes from the national park. Quiet, peaceful and oh so clean, the beach was basically a private spot for us. The water was perfectly clear and the stunning views of the lush, tropical, jungle, sprawling up through the hills, was flat out breathtaking.
Add Koh Lanta and Klong Jark Beach to your list.
Unnamed Private Beach , Koh Lanta, Thailand
We walked through deep jungle and hundreds of mosquitoes to reach this beach. You definitely need to earn this one. This beach must have a name but I can’t nail it down on Google.
Any of my travel buddies, feel free to help me out here, as I know it’s not any of the beach names I found online.
The water is stunning, the views inspiring, and it was hands down one of the more remote, peaceful spots we hit up in Southeast Asia.
Just get on the motorbike, head south in Koh Lanta, and do a beach each day. You’ll find it, eventually, after a few day’s worth of beach hopping.
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio is home to a world renowned national park. The beach ain’t half bad, either.
Gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, combined with huge rock formations and a lush jungle background make this one of the more beautiful beaches in the world.
On the beach we saw:
- Jesus Christ lizards
- Squirrel/Titi monkeys
- Capuchin monkeys
- Pink Ibis
The bio diversity was unlike any place we’ve visited on earth. Animals everywhere, casually strolling/climbing/slithering through spots with a few folks around.
The water wasn’t as crystal clear as some of the other spots but the dramatic views make it a keeper, and one of the top spots on my list of most beautiful beaches I’ve visited in the world.
My Challenge to You
Travel. Travel bloggers (Paul Johnson runs a visually stimulating luxury travel blog, click the link to check it out), I know you’re already traveling, but as for the other blogging crowd I’m publishing these posts and writing these eBooks to take you with me.
I am free to travel whenever I want to travel. Come along for the ride.
Traveling will expose you to cultures, people and a new way of doing things which will expand your consciousness. You’ll grow like a weed on the road.
I’ve only been able to inspire so many folks because I was placed into so many freeing, inspiring yet uncomfortable situations.
You’ll be so incredibly happy that you saw the world because as St. Augustine said…..
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ St. Augustine
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