Fiji, a group of islands lying in the South Pacific Ocean, is a popular destination for holidaymakers, offering a variety of activities and serious relaxation. Whether you’re a honeymooner, backpacker, adventure tourist or just looking for a laid back holiday, you’ll find that Fiji has something for everyone.
Fiji has over 333 islands scattered over about a million square miles. Exploring on your own is doable, but tricky, so a better option is to go on a planned tour—and there are hundreds of them. You might decide to take an aerial sightseeing trip departing out of the main city of Nadi to soar over the stunning Mamanuca Islands, the islands of the isolated Yasawa group and the Nauson Highlands. Another day trip could take you island-hopping from Nadi via the Denarau Marina to the smaller islands in the archipelago, where you can enjoy parasailing, coral viewing in glass-bottomed boats, and banana boat rides. Or, you can journey to the Taveuni Hill Fort an old archaeological site or to the Biasevu waterfall and caves, set in lush tropical forest. For a look at local Fijian life and customs, there are tours to Navala Village. Or finally, for those who are inclined to be less active, you could take a romantic schooner trip from Denarau to the distant and uninhabited islands in the Mamanucas and dream your day away in the most awesome surroundings to be seen anywhere.
Wild beauty in Fiji’s National Parks
Koroyanitu National Park lies near Lautoka, which is Fiji’s second largest city after Nadi. Here, you can hike through stunning terrain consisting of rainforest, small villages and beautiful waterfalls. A trip to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant would give you a chance to walk through a forest filled with botanical wonders, including gorgeous ornamental orchids. On Taveuni, the third largest city where 80 percent of the total area is protected as the Bourma National Heritage Park, you will enjoy 15,000 hectares of forest, and the beautiful Lake Tagimaucia and Des Voeux Peak. There are some wonderful walking tours here with three beautiful Tavoro Waterfalls, which descend into natural swimming pools.
Fiji’s Coastline and beaches deliver the best in water wonderland
The Coral Coast, stretching along the coastline of Fiji’s main island, has one of the biggest coral reefs in the world. You can relax on the white, sandy beaches or take a ride along the Queens Highway which runs through local villages, sugar cane fields and some spectacular scenery.
The area known as the “Sun Coast” has a mix of verdant countryside, tropical forest, some amazing mountain ranges, rivers and waterfalls. That’s not all, you can swim and dive to view coral gardens and laze around on some gorgeous beaches. There are the islands of Macuata, Tovu, Nanuyakoto, Malake, Dolphin, Nananu-i-ra and Nananu-I-Cake nearby, where you can experience Fijian traditional dancing and participate in their storytelling sessions.
If diving is what you enjoy, a visit to Nananu-i-ra Island would offer you every variety of water sports there is. A 350-hectare island with hills, beaches and mangrove forests, Nananu-i-ra is a relatively isolated place and has a unique ambience of natural splendor. It is close to the mainland and just 10 minutes away by boat.
See it from a Zip Line
One of the most exhilarating ways to see Fiji is through the zip line, which lets you explore the lush rainforests without ever touching the ground. Connected to a zip line, you swing your way from platform to platform, 30 meters above the forest floor and catch literally a bird’s eye view of the trees, wild orchids and colourful birds. A truly enthralling experience and one not to be missed.
Bula is something you would hear very often here in Fiji and it has many meanings. It is welcome, hello, cheers and good health all rolled into one word. It symbolizes the essence of Fiji and its smiling, happy people. The essence of this happy word is what makes you want to return to this tropical paradise.