Fiji is blessed with 333 magnificent islands some inhabited, most not. We are a land where there is still room to move. Set in the tropical South Pacific, the Fiji islands are a vision of a tropical island paradise that’s real. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways are waiting to be explored, with things to see and do that appeal to all kinds of travellers. Revel in our 5-star resorts, stroll on our glimmering white beaches hand-in-hand at sunset, snorkel, dive, surf or kayak our pristine oceans, white-water raft our clear and clean waterways, cruise the ocean around our mainland and outer Fiji Islands, trek our rainforests, backpack the outer islands, visit our welcoming villages and experience sustainable living, or immerse yourself in our unique culture and history. If you want a taste of the city in your holiday, check out Nadi, our jet town. Nadi is full of action, with jam-packed streets, enticing shops and exquisite dining. And then there's our most precious asset, the smiling, generous, relaxed Fijians who greet you with our famous welcome - 'Bula!'
Bula! Welcome to Fiji
Nearly everyone who visits Fiji comes to Nadi. This bustling multi-cultural town is the main hub for international travellers, and offers great places to eat, drink and shop.Main Street is the centre of action with plenty of shopping, and the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing from every storefront. With its wide range of quality accommodation and close proximity to Denarau Island and the Mamanucas, Nadi is the ideal place to base yourself during your trip.
Denarau Island, on the main Island of Viti Levu, is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific. If you want to splash out and be pampered, this is where you want to be. Less than 10 kilometres from Nadi, it boasts eight large resorts, stunning beaches and an 18-hole championship golf course.You’ll find an excellent range of accommodation, with the resorts offering designer suites, stunning swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants. Whether you want to shop, have some adventure or experience some of the best dining Fiji has to offer, you’ll find it all at Denarau Island.
The Mamanucas are a chain of 20 islands near Nadi and Denarau. One of the most established resort areas in Fiji, the Mamanukas provide a stunning array of activities for all types of travelers.In surroundings beautiful enough to star in 'Cast Away' and 'Survivor: Fiji' these islands offer parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as the Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water. Young or old, party animal or looking for a family holiday, there's an island for everyone.
The Yasawa Group of islands are more grand in stature than the nearby Mamanucas but are less commercialised, making them popular with backpackers.You won’t find any shops, banks or medical services here, but with so much natural beauty you’ll enjoy the break from civilisation. With gorgeous beaches, abundant sunshine and a range of backpacker resorts, this is the place to come for an affordable retreat in paradise.
Coral Coast is an 80km (50 mile) stretch of beaches and bays along the Ocean Road between Nadi and Suva.As a well-established tourist destination, the Coast offers both the full resort experience and a chance to visit the real Fiji in the many villages along the way. Golf, beach life and diving are there for the taking, but for travellers who seek a more authentic experience, many villages operate home stays. From a fisherman selling his day’s catch on the roadside, to bargaining with a local at the Sigatoka Market, true island life is here.
Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second largest island. Less tourist-oriented than Viti Levu, there's still lots to see and do for the more adventurous traveller.Savusavu town is set in beautiful surroundings, with a protected bay that is a popular mooring for yachts. Wasali Nature Reserve is an untouched rainforest with hiking trails leading to spectacular views. Whether touring the Snake Temple near Labasa, diving to see the soft corals or just exploring along the Hibiscus highway, Vanua Levu has lots to offer.
Taveuni is known as the Garden Island and is an eco-tourist's dream with nature reserves harbouring an abundance of native plants and wildlife.Also known for dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall, an amazing drop-off covered in white soft coral, a Marine Park was established at Waitabu in 1990 which teems with fish and coral. Hikers and nature fans are equally well served with the Bouma National Heritage Park offering hiking trails and world-class birdwatching, with Kula Lorikeets, Silktails and Orange Doves and 100 other species of bird calling Tavenui home.
Less than an hour’s drive from Suva is Fiji’s adventure capital, the Pacific Harbour.The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. There’s a good range of accommodation types, from budget offerings to some of Fiji’s finest hotels, and plenty of dining options.
Suva is Fiji's capital, its largest city and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Oceania.A bustling and highly multicultural regional centre, Suva has everything you’d expect from a large city – trendy shopping malls and farmers markets, restaurants, entertainment, and a huge range of cultural activities. A modern city which still has many buildings dating back to the colonial era, Suva offers parks, gardens, museums, outdoor activities and a vibrant nightlife. A lively and dynamic city, you’ll be dazzled by Suva’s incredible mix of cultures and range of things to do.
The Lomaiviti Group is the perfect place to experience laid-back island life and also visit the Unesco World Heritage Site at Levuka.The islands are at the heart of Fiji's colonial past and are home to the country’s first capital, Levuka. Some of the inner islands are well-developed tourist destinations with plenty of facilities and attractions including diving, fishing, snorkeling and whale watching. Other islands are more like the Fiji of old and have few facilities, but still offer an enchanting island experience.
Kadavu is one of the best places to experience true Fijian culture. With just one town and very few roads, you can escape modern life and experience Fiji’s incredible natural beauty.Completely unspoiled, the islands are renowned for diving and are home to the world-famous Great Astrolabe Reef. There’s plenty to see inside the islands too, including rainforests and birdwatching. Accommodation is plentiful, and while getting around is an adventure, it’s worth it to experience such tranquil, untouched islands.
Images Courtesy of Matava Adventure Eco Resort
Starting from Vuda Point just outside Nadi, the Sun Coast stretches around the northern shore of Viti Levu.A stunningly beautiful stretch of country combining cane fields, cassava patches, villages, majestic volcanic outcrops and small towns, you’ll find this part of Fiji fascinating and diverse. The Sun Coast contains historic sites of early settlement such as Vuda Point and Navatu Rock as well as Fiji in its working clothes - the sugar town of Lautoka. Hiking and birdwatching are popular, and for boaties there’s the Vuda Point Marina.
The Lau Group, made up of a few small islands in Fiji’s Far East, offer a glimpse of Fiji often not seen by tourists.Mostly undeveloped, life here is simple and somewhat wild – there are no restaurants or hotels, and only two islands have guesthouses. If you’re prepared to venture off the beaten track you’ll get to experience Lau’s unique culture. If you want to see a place that’s utterly unspoiled, while still offering the traditional Fijian hospitality, then visiting the Lau Group is your chance.