The islands of Fiji are filled with opportunities for adventure and relaxation as you make your way through this heavenly oasis. From the curious explorer to the thrill-seeking traveler, this guide has everything you need to know to make the most of your tropical getaway.
1. Coral Coast Adventures
Located on the southwest side of Viti Levu and nestled next to Pacific Harbor - otherwise known as The Adventure Capital of Fiji - this breathtaking beachfront destination is blanketed in pearly white sands under the warm Fiji sun (just look at this view). Beading with life below the water, get up close and personal with scuba diving lessons in Beqa Lagoon or snorkeling in the Yasawas.
If you’d rather enjoy the view from above, take a guided river cruise in the Namosi Highlands, followed by a visit to the budding floral aromas of the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. No matter what you prefer, the Coral Coast is sure to have an adventure suited for you.
2. Explore the Mamanuca Islands
Take a quick ferry ride from Port Denarau and cast yourself away into the Mamanucas - the actual setting for the Tom Hanks film "Cast Away." Known for more than its stardom and star-worthy scenery, this set of approximately 20 islands has activities galore. Adrenaline seekers can choose to surf the waves or dive under the sea. Socialites can make their way from Mana to Beachcomber Island, following the bar hoppers trail to taste their way around the islands.
If you are interested in The Mamanuca Islands, we recommend checking out the beautiful Matamanoa Island Resort through Fiji Vacations who has provided great deals on all-inclusive packages in the past.
3. Lau Group Escape
For travelers interested in a more authentic experience, discover the untouched lands of the remote Lau Group Islands located in the southern Pacific. Ringing true to their origins, these lands are virtually untouched by modern-day technologies and offer a genuine island experience. With no roads, restaurants, or resorts in sight, this area is perfect for honeymooners looking to escape into their own world.
Bookings must be done in advance, as there are only two guesthouse suites to choose from, both nestled on the ocean’s edge with beachfront views. Meet with the local villagers, hike to breathtaking lookouts, or travel by boat to the either the Island of Vanua Balavu or the Bay of Islands to snorkel with the sea-life. This one of a kind experience will whisk you away from the modern world and transcend you into the serene adventure of island living.
4. The Authentic Nadi Experience
Get to know the colorful culture of Fiji on Nadi’s native islands. Explore the open-air souvenir markets with unique, handcrafted trinkets sold by the local islanders, offering items such as engraved kava bowls and custom painted saris. Learn about the rich history of the country’s Indian legacy at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple, celebrating the Hindu roots of the community and explaining the heritage of their traditions.
Treat your tastebuds to an Indo-Fijian banquet featuring freshly caught fish, native herbs, and one-of-a-kind spices at the Curry House, a decided Nadi favorite where locals and visitors get together and enjoy the island’s best cuisine. Whether you’re looking to shop for genuine cultural items, take a walk down the path of history, or enjoy a delicious dining experience, Nadi’s Islands are sure to peak your interests with their authenticity and tethered historical roots.
5. The Views of Lavena Coast
Travel to Taveuni Island to experience the Lavena Coastal Walk - an infamous trail guiding visitors along a breathtaking journey through the island. Start off with a beautiful walk alongside the coastal edge, then submerge into the lush canopy of the tropical rainforest to find your way towards the hidden waterfall. The full trail spans about 10 kilometers in total, but you can cut your hiking time in half by taking a one-way motorboat along 5 kilometers of the path.
If you’d like a more curated experience, you can be accompanied by a local guide who can walk you through the history of the trail, and point out some interesting facts about the vegetation you’ll see along the way. Once you reach the end of your journey, you can take a refreshing dip in the gorge and swim up to the base of the waterfalls end. For any swimmers who decide to take the plunge, you’ll be rewarded with a surprise second waterfall, a sliver of paradise that can only be viewed from within the water.
6. The Sabeto Hot Springs
For an experience unlike any other, travel to the foothills of the Sabeto Mountains and immerse yourself into the all-natural Hot Springs and Mud Pools. Surrounded by the beauty and wonder of the tropical forest, these springs are proclaimed to be one of Mother Nature’s finest inventions. Natives claim these waters hold therapeutic properties that will restore your mind, body, and soul. Begin by applying a mud mask to your body to soothe and cool, then slide into the naturally heated hot springs to feel the mud melt away and you relax into rejuvenation.
7. Turtle Island Couples Retreat
Escape with your special someone to this couples-only private island resort and get lost in a world of pure paradise. Designed to cater to the language of love, Turtle Island features a shoreline of beachside bungalows, each with their own dedicated “bure mama” to take care of your every need. From foot massages to breakfast in bed, you and yours can enjoy complete relaxation. Surrounded by over 500,000 trees and driven by a commitment to sustainability, you can enjoy fresh farm-to-table produce grown organically in the on-site gardens.