Hello! My wife and I recently had our May 2014 trip to the Caribbean cancelled due a resort closing for renovation, and we are considering a 7-night stay somewhere in the Pacific Islands instead. We were curious about Fiji. We've only ever traveled to the Caribbean, and we have only stayed at all-inclusives. For this trip, we are comfortable staying someplace smaller, quieter, and more romantic. That being said, we do like a little bit of activity (water sports/snorkeling) and sight-seeing (waterfalls, local landmarks, hiking).
I don't even know where to start with evaluating a trip to Fiji. Does anyone have any good resources? What do most people do about meals and transportation? We're certainly fine going off resort property for meals and what-not, but just am not sure what the usual ways are people go about things. Is May a good time to travel? And is a budget of ~$6k for 7 nights (flying from Los Angeles) reasonable?
Not to sound naive, but like I said, we've only ever experienced all-inclusive in the Caribbean, and a pretty self-contained trip to Oahu. Thanks for any input!