Quick Guide to Fiji
With beautiful volcanic countryside and warm tropical waters, the 332 islands that make up Fiji are among the finest beach holiday destinations on Earth. But scratch under the surface and you'll find that there's much more to Fiji than golden beaches and turquoise seas.
Set your watch to 'Fiji time', and start practising how to say 'bula' (hello). Formerly a nation of tribal warriors, in the last couple of hundred years, the country has changed remarkably, becoming one of the most-loved holiday destinations in the Pacific. The country's waters boast some of the world's greatest opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving, while its sandy beaches offer those who prefer to remain on solid ground plenty of opportunities for relaxation amidst palm trees and resort pools.
Visitors love Fiji for its friendly locals and myriad opportunities for R&R. From massages by your resort's pool to afternoon drinks, the country has seemingly been designed purely for relaxation. Its year-round tropical weather only makes it easier to catch the de-stressing bug!
Not only is Fiji primed for unwinding, but it is also hands-down one of the more naturally beautiful places you'll ever visit. Gushing waterfalls, lush forests and highlands inland, and calm turquoise ocean, palm tree-lined beaches, vivid coral reefs and seriously stunning lagoons all combine to create an escape from the demands of the outside world.
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Our Tips for Fiji Holidays
There are no direct UK flights to Fiji, and the indirect services that run to Nadi and Suva (both on Viti Levu island) can all get pretty pricey. The best way to avoid paying too much is to book as early as you possibly can, because the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be. If you want an authentic taste of Fiji, don't eat in your hotel or the touristy restaurants every night, but go into towns like Suva and Labasa and eat where the locals do, you won't regret it.
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant in Nadi is one of the most amazing gardens you will see anywhere in the world: 20 hectares full of native flowers, plants and streams that you can explore to your heart's content. Located in Suva, Fiji's capital, Fiji Museum gives a fascinating insight into the nation's history and culture, while Pacific Harbour boats a hair-raising zip wire, breathtaking views of the countryside and dramatic waterfalls. If it's beaches you're after Turtle Island features 14 fine-white stretches of sand, Mamanuca Island offers small and secluded spots while Natadola Beach, on Fiji's largest island Viti Levu, is spectacular and perfect for swimming and snorkelling. All you need to do is pick a place, then book a hotel in Fiji.
Fiji for Couples
Consistently popular as a honeymoon destination for decades, Fiji dishes up all visitors need to keep love's flames burning. Intimate waterfront restaurants? Tick. Secluded beaches for couples' time? Tick. Fiery sunsets setting alight the sky over azure water? You bet! While the country is family friendly, there are plenty of adults only resorts if you enjoy peace, quiet and a few drinks away from children.
Loved-up couples flock to Fiji for their weddings, enticed by waterfront chapels, verdant tropical settings and gorgeous weather. What could be more perfect a celebration of love than your friends and family gathered at a luxury resort, sharing your special day with you? Especially when so many honeymoon destinations are an easy flight or boat ride away?!
For the ultimate romantic experience, head to the Yasawa Islands, where the classic '80s film Blue Lagoon was filmed. An archipelago of around 20 islands, Fiji previously placed restrictions on tourists visiting the area, so it remains largely unspoilt. With few facilities, and only a handful of resorts and hotels, it's an escape from civilisation for couples who only have eyes for each other, a little bit of snorkelling and a sprinkling of fresh seafood.
Top Things to See and Do in Fiji
You might think that Fiji is all about the water: snorkelling, beaches and boat trips. And you'd be half right. But to ignore its inland treasures is to only experience the very surface of the country.
Snorkelling and scuba diving - while its azure waters might look calm, the world underneath the gently ripping ocean of Fiji is buzzing with life. Explore the colourful soft-coral gardens that are teeming with bright fish, underwater passages and even a variety of sharks! What are some of the country's diving hotspots? Get started at Bligh Passage, Somosomo Strait or Great Astrolabe Reef.
Fiji Museum - the cheery smiles and tropical beauty of Fiji belie its long and storied history. Discover how the nation has evolved from an assortment of tribes, some of whom practised cannibalism, into a vibrant country with its own distinctive culture and traditions.
Firewalking - locals of the Fijian island of Beqa have been walking across white-hot stones for several centuries. Witness the painful-looking ritual for yourself on the island, or at a number of the country's resorts. Most firewalks are accompanied by dancing, music and fire-twirling, giving the experience a festive vibe!
Take a (mud) bath - take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of covering yourself in mud at one of Fiji's mud pools. Said to have anti-ageing properties and to release stress, it's really just a great excuse to cover yourself in mud! The most popular mud bath complex is Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool near Nadi.
Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant - formerly the private garden of actor Raymond Burr, this lush garden is a colourful explosion of more than 2,000 species of orchids and other flower species. Take a leisurely walk through this floral wonderland into a dense waterfall, stopping by lily-strewn ponds and water features along the way.