Comprising more than 330 islands, Fiji offers a huge selection of beautiful potential holiday destinations. With so many great options on offer, the decision on where to go can be tricky – so here is our rundown of the highlights of Fiji, to make your tough choice a little easier. Although you’ll probably just end up wanting to visit them all!
Viti Levu is the largest island in Fiji and is home to Suva, the country’s largest city, and also the capital. Throughout the year, the city plays host to a variety of festivals, including the vibrant colour and dance of the Hibiscus Festival each August – the largest carnival in the South Pacific Islands. Learn more about the history of Fiji and the entire South Pacific region in general, with a visit to the Fiji Museum. The international airport at Nadi is also on Viti Levu, with many accessible transfers to neighbouring island. Viti Levu is certainly the centre of the action in Fiji, home to more than three quarters of the population. Although not really a tourist hub, the famous Coral Coast is situated on the island, and offers all-inclusive luxury resort experiences, such as the family-friendly Naviti Resort .
Denarau Island is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific. There is a huge choice of world-class accommodation options, including traditional villas, and luxury spas for a bit of pampering. Denarau is a great option for budding golfers, with the island being home to an 18hole golf course that’s up there with the best in the world – and which also offers stunning oceans views to boot. Denarau is also a great base if you’re wanting to get out and explore many different islands and villages – it’s within a day trip of the Mamanuca Islands, South Sea Island, as well as the Sigatoka Valley River Safari and Caves Tour, and the full day Fiji Eco Tour.
The Lomaiviti Islands are perfect for those seeking a secluded, exclusive island experience. Although still accessible from Suva, these ten volcanic islands are amongst the more remote in Fiji. One of the islands, Toberua, is privately owned, with just one resort offering the chance to effectively enjoy having your own island – and if you feel so inclined, you can book out the entire resort and island for yourself. The resort offers extensive luxury spa facilities, or for those feeling more energetic, there are a huge range of activities provided, including kayaking, fishing, kiteboarding, golf, basket weaving, coconut demonstrations and a unique ‘path-putting’ mini golf game, which follows the footpaths of the island.
The beautiful Mamanuca Islands, numbering about 20 in total and each surrounded by waters an impossible shade of royal blue, are among the most popular destination for holidaymakers in Fiji. There’s Beachcomber Island, where you can try a wide range of watersports, such as water-skiiing, wake boarding and windsurfing. Or simply relax over a cocktail at the unique Barefoot Bar – an absolute beachfront location, with bar stools on the sand. Elsewhere on the Mamanucas, the Musket Cove Island Resort features one of the largest pools in Fiji, or for couples, try the romantic privacy of Torokiri Island Resort, accessible only by helicopter or seaplane. There’s family-friendly options in the Mamanucas, such as the kids club of Plantation Island. At the opposite end, the five star Tadrai Island resort is adults-only, complete with private plunge pool and deck.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter, but no less spectacular, head to Vanua Levu – Fiji’s best-kept secret. Savusavu is an unspoilt, lush green paradise, surrounded by mountains and plantations, with the nearby town still offering plenty in the way of accommodation and activities. Elsewhere on the island, the diving is first-class, with some of the best sites in the entire world. Highlights include the Namena Marine Reserve, with so many different varieties of fish, as well as hammerhead sharks and manta rays. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has been named the world’s best hotel for scuba diving – enjoy a combined dive/rejuvenation package, with accommodation, 3 days of diving, massages, gourmet meals each day, and much, much more.
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