A Fiji vacation has everything one could expect from a tropical paradise.
Not only is it an all year-round destination due to its geographical location and tropical climate but there are numerous other attractive reasons to travel to Fiji.
Fiji is a located in the heart of the South Pacific, an 11-hour flight from Los Angeles/San Francisco and just 4 hours from Sydney Australia, or 3.5 hours from Brisbane, Australia.
Imagine pristine sandy beaches, remote islands, crystal clear waters, and soft coral reefs, with lush green vegetation, coconut plantations, volcanic mountains, and a unique culture all awaiting exploration further inland on a Fiji Vacation.
Fiji is actually made up of 330 individual islands of which 106 are inhabited.
The major attractions are naturally the Fiji resorts, and many of our Fiji vacations include a stay at one or more of these beautiful properties.
Fiji has its own unique style of beachfront accommodation called Bures. These detached Fijian rooms usually include traditional elements such as a thatched roof and Fijian décor, plus the modern conveniences of a resort room including air conditioning, en suite bathroom, and king bedding. Most are beachfront, but Likuliku Island Resort, also offers over-water bures.
On Viti Levu, close to Nadi (the gateway to the country) is Denarau Island.
Though not strictly an island in the geographic sense, this is where several large resort hotels are located. Just 20 minutes from Nadi airport, Denarau is a great choice for travelers having a stopover in Fiji on their way to Australia or New Zealand, or for those who are short on time.
One place to visit is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, with its beautiful orchids, lily ponds and many other exotic plants.
Spend a day enjoying the beautiful scenery, as well as visiting Viseisei Village, the legendary landing site of the first Fijians, where you will be shown through the village, with the chance to browse handicraft displays.
Stretching between Nadi and the capital, Suva, is the Coral Coast with 50 miles of barrier-reef beaches and with a selection of good resorts.
The Coral Coast is the adventure capital of Fiji, centered on Sigatoka, where travelers will find the greatest variety of activities including zip lining, rafting, jetboating on the Sigatoka River, cave tours, and nature/wildlife excursions.
That’s in addition to activities offshore, which include snorkeling, SCUBA diving, paddle boarding and more, depending on the resort.
There are also some great cultural experiences to be had on a Fiji vacation.
Take a cruise up the Sigatoka River to the Fijian interior. On one tour, guests can not only travel by jet boat, but also meet the local people and find out about typical village lifestyles.
Vanua Levu is reached by air from Viti Levu. The island is rugged, untouched by heavy development, and the coast is surrounded by an extensive system of coral reefs. It is quite serene, even by Fijian standards.
The most striking aspect of its largest town, Savusavu, is the incredible beauty of Savusavu Bay, surrounded by sloping green hills dotted with hibiscus flowers. Hot springs are another defining feature of the area and are scattered liberally around the city limits.
The Mamanuca group of islands is the most popular island area of Fiji.
This volcanic archipelago consists of 20 islands, most of which are surrounded by crystal clear waters, sandy beaches, and live corals. Coral reefs and thousands of colorful tropical fish inhabit the clear waters of the island – perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.
There are mostly 4-star and 5-star resorts to choose from, some of which are private islands. Some resorts are family oriented, while others cater exclusively to adults looking for a secluded or romantic getaway. These resorts are the perfect place for a honeymoon, destination wedding, or anniversary trip.
Finally, Fiji wouldn’t be Fiji without the Fijian people.
Most native Fijians still lead a life centered around their village. Community is very important to their culture and most wealth and resources are divided among the residents of a village. Even most resort staff go home to their villages in the evening after work.
The Fijians are a big part of what makes these islands so enchanting.
Establish eye contact for a second, and you will find yourself downing Kava, the local liquor, with the local chief and shouting “Bula!” meaning welcome.