Quick Guide for your imagination –
It’s not just the tropical climate and seas of Fiji that are warm, but the welcoming smiles of the locals. Uncrowded and unhurried, Fiji is the ideal holiday destination for weary warriors who want to thaw out and unwind. An easy flight from Australia’s East Coast, with over 300 palm lined islands and their fine white sand beaches to explore, it’s the supreme getaway. Perfect for stretching out on a sun lounge to be kissed by the Pacific breeze.
Fiji is also the destination of choice for lovers of nature and adventure. Scuba dive or snorkel in the crystalline waters of renowned soft coral reefs and discover a dazzling plethora of undersea life. Hike nature reserves to gorgeous lagoons and refreshing waterfalls, and spy exotic bird life. Go off road on a 4WD jungle safari. The truly adventurous can climb one of Fiji’s many rugged mountain peaks to take in spectacular ocean views.
Resorts on Fiji range from low budget choices with simple accommodation and limited facilities to deluxe five star properties with private lagoons, beaches, day spas and in-house dive operators. Options for water sports and island exploration are endless. Most are welcoming to families, but there are a few cater mostly to couples on romantic sojourns.
Choose whether to base yourself in one place or to trip between two or more island destinations. The Mamanuca Islands are the most popular, with a range of resorts to choose from and the best surfing options. For a peaceful remote island experience with breathtaking scenery, the Yasawa group offers a range of rustic bure and luxury resort accommodation, and the chance to swim with manta rays. The Astrolabe Reef is a majestic drawcard to the Kadavu Islands, making it heaven for divers, as is the relatively unspoilt Fijian village and rural life. Viti Levu is Fiji’s mainland serving up a variety of attractions, from relaxing resorts to nature hikes and adventure tourism.
Some quick Fiji facts
Fiji has two seasons. Wet season is from November to April, and can bring tropical cyclones, but is often heavily booked through December January due to Australian school holidays. Dry season lasts from April through October.
Most nationalities are granted a three month visa on arrival.
International flights land at Nadi, and domestic flights, catamarans and ferries depart from Nadi also. Flights to the islands are via light aircraft. Upmarket resorts may use helicopter transfers. Other islands and island groups are serviced by passenger ferries.
Things to do while you are there
Take a day sail and snorkel among glittering aquarium fish at a remote coral atoll or spot whales on their annual migration in the dry season.
Make the most of the spectacular reefs and learn to scuba dive at a local PADI accredited Dive Centre.
Dive with sharks at Shark Reef Marine Reserve.
Paddle from island to island on a sea-kayaking tour.
Surf the legendary Cloudbreak reef swell in the Mamanuca Islands.
Shake hands with an endangered iguana at the Kula Eco Park and get to know Fiji’s colourful flora and fauna with a guided tour.
Dive into a relaxing natural thermal mud pool.
Try a Zip Line adventure – zipping via cable through the jungle canopy and over rivers is a fun way to take in Fiji’s natural beauty.
Visit a traditional Fijian bure village and learn about local, centuries old customs.