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Four ways to discover Fiji this year


Four ways to discover Fiji this year

Our journalist was the guest of Tourism Fiji, Fiji Airways, and Flavours of Fiji. She visited all of the mentioned hotels and stayed in some of them.


With its long white sandy beaches lined with majestic fruit trees, lagoons with crystal-clear waters, stunning seabed and lush hills of dense jungle, Fiji is strongly associated with idyllic landscapes. 

With more than 333 islands to discover travelling solo, with a partner or your family, it offers incredible choice and variety. 

Welcome to Paradise!

Fiji underwater

With your mask and snorkel in hand, you can venture off to explore miles of glowing soft coral inhabited by multicoloured fish species, small sharks and rays. Go scuba diving to discover wrecks full of stories.

Favourites:

  • Island of Taveuni: nicknamed the island of green gardens, it is the place par excellence to dive throughout the archipelago. Do not miss the Rainbow Reef, including the beautiful White Wall that I was privileged to experience. The Paradise Taveuni Resort is highly recommended for their great diving expertise.
  • Savusavu: located on the northern island of Vanua Levu, you can dive with groups of various species of dolphins.
  • Kadavu Island: The Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest barrier reef in the world, offers passages through natural canyons, arches and crevices.
  • Rakiraki: accessible by road from the north of Viti Levu Island, this is one of the most popular diving destinations. VoliVoli Beach Resort offers an interesting accommodation option.
  • Island of Beqa: this small island, located south of the main island, is a favoured location for divers in search of adventure.

Good to know: The visibility of the water is optimal from June to August.

Fiji as a family

Located on the island of Vanua Levu in Savusavu, the luxury Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is ideal for both leisure and relaxation stays. Its award-winning children’s club offers children the opportunity to participate in mangrove plantation projects and even learn how to cook. For a more affordable family vacation, opt for the Octopus Resort located in the Yasawa Islands. While parents enjoy the adult-only pool, kids can experiment with activities like tree-lined ziplines. There are also interesting accommodation options in the Mamanuca and Malolo Islands Group.

If you’re an amateur surfing, rafting or sailing enthusiast, head for Pacific Harbor, on the island of Viti Levu, considered a paradise for adrenaline junkies.

Highly recommended: The sanctuaries and nurseries of turtles are very entertaining, in addition to being essential to the protection of the marine fauna.

Good to know: South Sea Cruises ferries offer a varied schedule and affordable rates for travel from Viti Levu to Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.

Romantic Fiji

Popular destinations for weddings and honeymoons, or just a romantic getaway, are abundant in Fiji. One can, for example, picnic on a private beach off Taveuni or stay in luxury on a private island such as Kokomo. Fiji also has some of the best spas in the world, including the jungle at Koro Sun Resort. In nature or near the sea, why not treat yourself to a banana leaf wrap or a coconut scrub?

Favourites

  • Namale Resort & Spa, a resort popular with honeymooners, offers secluded villas, each equipped with a private pool.
  • The luxurious tree bungalows of Mantangi Private Island Resort offer the unique experience of hanging over a lush forest.


Good to know: There are several adult resorts, notably in the Yasawa Island group – including Navutu Stars Resort.

Gourmet Fiji

Visiting Fiji is also about discovering flavours. Start the day with a guided tour of Nadi Market on Viti Levu Island, followed by a cooking class at the Flavours of Fiji Institute where you will learn traditional cooking techniques from Fijian- and Indo-Fijian-inspired dishes.

Favourites:

  • The lovo, a traditional dish, wrapped in palm leaves and cooked under the ground.
  • The vegan and vegetarian menu of the Jean-Michel Cousteau luxury resort is both surprising and varied.

Good to know: You’re likely to be welcomed at your hotel by a kava ceremony – based on a relaxing drink made from a root and presented as a gift. However, you should try to get invited to spend time with a family; the experience will be much more authentic.

More to do in Fiji

  • Learn some traditional meke dance steps.
  • Visit a pearl farm where you will learn how these precious goods become beautiful jewels. The project connected to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is among the most eco-friendly.
  • The Savasi Private Island Hotel offers guests the opportunity to spend the night on the famous Serenity sailboat, which had been stranded and is now permanently installed in their small marina.

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