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The Ultimate Fiji Travel Guide

Fiji beach with hammock

The heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is scattered with 333 tropical islands and unparalleled beauty.

Sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees – Fiji supplies all the classic images of paradise.

With a reliable tropical climate, a good tourist infrastructure, English as its main language and no jabs or pills to worry about, travelling in Fiji is as easy as it gets. As the hub of South Pacific tourism, the country attracts over half a million visitors a year, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, its largest “neighbours” lying over 2000km southeast.

While it can be tempting to spend your whole time in Fiji sunbathing and sipping cocktails from coconuts, there is so much more to discover about this incredible island paradise. We’ve put together all of our favourite Fiji experiences into one ultimate travel guide.

DESTINATIONS

mapped out Fiji Island destinations

Fiji Island destinations

Nadi

One of Fiji’s most popular destinations, Nadi is a bustling multi-cultural town and the main hub for international travellers. It’s also our top recommendation for the starting point or base for your trip.

Mamanuca Islands

Think white sand beaches, pristine water and resorts to match –  this chain of exotic islands is only a short boat trip from Nadi International Airport. In surrounds beautiful enough to star in ‘Cast Away’ and ‘Survivor: Fiji’, these islands offer some of Fiji’s top water activites.

Yasawa Islands

The remote Yasawa Island Group make up Fiji’s western border and are mostly high, grass-covered islands with brilliant porcelain beaches. You won’t find any shops or banks here, but surrounded by natural beauty you’ll embrace the break from civilisation.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Hindu Temple in Nadi, Fiji

Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Hindu Temple in Nadi, Fiji. Image: Shutterstock

Denarau Island

If you want to splash out and be pampered, this is where you want to be. You’ll find an excellent range of accommodation, with the resorts offering designer suites, stunning swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants.

Pacific Harbour / Beqa

The Pacific Harbour is no doubt Fiji’s adventure capital. The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course.

Discover more of Fiji’s magical destinations here.

Aerial views, Monoriki island, Mamanuca islands. Fiji Islands.

Aerial views, Monoriki island, Mamanuca islands. Fiji Islands. Credit Chris McLennan, courtesy of Fiji Tourism

WHERE TO STAY

LUXURY

Raiwasa Grand Villa
One of the most luxurious villas in the whole of Fiji and home to one of the world’s most exclusive and private hideaways, this villa is  perched high above the South Pacific, with an 180-degree view overlooking the Somosomo Straight.

The Warwick Fiji
The Warwick Fiji is uniquely located on a stretch of brilliant gold sand beach with crystal clear lagoons on Fiji’s famed Coral Coast. It is nestled among acres of lush tropical gardens and has long been regarded as one of Fiji’s premier holiday destination.

Club InterContinental
Welcome to a world of personal luxury at Club InterContinental. Poised high on a plateau overlooking one of Fiji’s best beaches, Club InterContinental is Fiji’s first ‘Club’ experience offering discerning travellers the exclusivity of a resort within a resort.

Raiwasa Grand Villa

Raiwasa Grand Villa:. Image: Fijiluxuryvacation.com

MIDRANGE

Kulu Bay Resort
Tucked away on Fiji’s secluded Beqa Island, the breathtaking Kulu Bay Resort is a lush tropical sanctuary where you can leave the world and its worries behind. Stay in one of just seven luxuriously appointed beachfront bures just steps from calm, warm waters of the bay.

Volivoli Beach Resort
Step into the heart of Fiji for an energising mix of watersport activities at this family owned and operated resort. You’ll also have the chance to sample Fijian culture at at traditional dancing performances and discover shipwrecks and marine life with one of the great diving packages the resort has to offer.

Discover more accommodation here.

EXPERIENCES

Fiji boasts such a wide range of experiences, you might find it hard to know where to begin – that’s where we come in. From adrenaline-junkie adventure seeker to the more subdued traveller, from the annual family trip to corporate conference, or even those just looking for a romantic escape, there is something for everyone in Fiji.

Here are some of our recommendations.

Diving in Fiji

Diving in Fiji. Image Tourism Fiji

ADVENTURE

Off-Road Cave Safari
Take the road less travelled with Fiji’s original Off-Road Cave Safari. Journey through the Sigatoka Valley and cross the mighty Sigatoka River in a modern day bilibili where you’ll be transported to Fiji’s largest cave system. Tours start from $77 for kids, and $162 for adults.

Flyboarding in Fiji
Feel an adrenaline rush like no other with Hydro Sports Fiji. Offered in 15 minute, 30 minute and 1 hour sessions, you can soar to new heights with this unique experience available at the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa. Sessions start at FJ $150 per person.

Cloud 9
Also known as Fiji’s floating paradise, Cloud 9 is surrounded by nothing but the turquoise blue waters of Vanua Malolo on Ro Ro reef. This two level floating lounge bar and restaurant has day beds, sun decks and massage therapists on board.

Fiji is also home to incredible diving locations, so it’s no wonder it’s been dunned the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World, so dive in and explore some of the unique diving experiences here.

Fulfil the rest of your adrenaline fix with more options here.

private boat lounge Cloud 9 in fiji over clear blue water

Cloud 9, Fiji. Image: Cloud9.com

CULTURE, HERITAGE & FOOD

Tropical Fiji Tour
Begin you’re day with this diverse half-day tour which offers you an exciting insight into the culture and everyday life of the Fijians. Visit one of the largest orchid collections in the South pacific, one of the first Fijian villages, and take your pick between the local produce market or the Subramaniya Temple will give you a glimpse into the traditional Indian  architecture on the island.

Nadi Cultural 7 Mud Pool Tour
Similar to the Tropical Fiji Tour above, this tour adds on the Sebeto natural mud pool and hot springs for an indulgent natural therapeutic treatment.

MMeke performance, Fiji Islands.

Meke performance, Fiji Islands. Credit: Chris McLennan, courtesy of Tourism Fiji

Great Tastes of Fiji
Be greeted with a ‘Sevusevu’ or traditional kava ceremony on this half-day morning tour. Step back in time on this 4WD safari exploration which starts at the feet of Nadi’s famous Mt Batilamu or ‘Sleeping Giant’ and journeys up through the fertile Sabeto Valley. The final destination is the picturesque village of Navilawa, deep inside Koroyanitu National Park where you will feast on a traditional Fijian spread.

Flavours of Fiji Cooking School
Learn to cook the Fijian way with this fun and interactive half-day cooking class while expanding your knowledge of Fijian culture.

For more cultural, heritage and food tours, explore here.

THE SUPERSTAR SPA TREATMENT
Tokoriki Retreat Spa room

Tokoriki Retreat Spa. Image: Sheratontokorikiisland.com

Sheraton Resort and Spa, Tokoriki Island

Conveniently tucked away in a secluded adults-only area of the island, treatments here are completely distraction-free. With names such as Awaken, Renewal, Detox, Tranquillity, and Purity, you can image what you might feel after one of these treatments. We recommended the unique Fijian Warm Seashell Ritual – a massage using exactly what its name suggests.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
This hotel runs into the pristine Natadola Beach on Viti Levu. The spa offers traditional Fijian massage therapy and features a Wai Zone – an area with a steam room, hydrotherapy Jacuzzi and ice room.

Qamea Resort and Spa
Nestled in a jungle, this award-winning spa on Qamea Island has treatments designed with the traveller in mind, from jet lag therapy and sunburn relief to the more traditional Fijian massages. You can’t go past the Qamea Night of Decadence where a Fijian warrior will escort you from your bure to the spa where you can enjoy a range of treatments, followed by a candlelit dinner on your balcony.

Fiji also has a range of other experiences on offer including the unforgettable Natadola Bay golf course, plus a wide range of surfing, cruise and sailing experiences, and options for conferences and team building.

WHERE TO EAT

Wicked Walu Seafood Restaurant
This award-winning restaurant is located on its own private island. Be surrounded by tranquil waters, and even if you don’t dine outside, you can still experience the sand between your toes as they bring the sandy beach inside. Enjoy fresh crab and lobster is this exclusive adults only restaurant.

Ports O’Call
One of Fiji’s first and best fine dining restaurants, Ports O’ Call can be found at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and offers premium steaks, seafood and speciality dishes. With authentic decor to resemble the luxury of a classic ocean liner, this restaurant offers a charm of its own.

Lomani Wai, Fiji. Image: Radisson Blu

Lomani Wai
Considered by many to be a must do experience when staying at Denarau Island – we have to agree! Lamani Wai is Fijian for ‘in the water’, and that’s exactly what this is. Indulge in a three-course dinner served by Fijian warriors while you listen to traditional Fijian singers, all while keeping your feet cool in the water.

HELPFUL TIPS

Language – The Basics
Fiji language translations

Temperature
Fiji has two seasons: warm and warmer. It’s a sunny, tropical climate that’ll wash the winter chills from your bones, but that doesn’t mean it never rains. You can expect May to November to range from 19° to 29°c. And from December and April, the temperatures average from 22° to 33°c.

Local Customs
While the people of Fiji are accepting of different cultures and practices of foreigners, visitors are urged to take note of the conservative customs. Try to dress modestly when away from hotels and resorts (particularly when visiting a Fijian village), and speaking loudly implies anger in Fijian culture so its best to keep a soft tone of voice. Tipping is also discouraged.

Electricity
The electric current is 240 volts AC 50Hz. Fiji has three-pin power outlets, which are identical to Australia and New Zealand.

Bargaining
If you venture out of the main shopping precincts, you’ll discover fruit and vegetable markets overflowing with produce, vendors, Indian merchandise and speciality gift stores. It’s here you might find yourself in a bargaining session over price. It’s all part of the experience, so go ahead and enter into the spirit of it.

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