Load up your bags and get prepared for ‘Fiji time’: taking pleasure in the archipelago’s superb beaches along with the undersea wonders, lush interior spaces and also the fascinating culture should not be rushed. There are countless things to do in Fiji that will make your live through the best one.
Fijian life moves around the church, the village, the rugby field and also the gardening. While this may sound private, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more open and welcoming population.
Although the way of life of local is less sunny than the country’s skies – many areas are poor and also lack standard services – Fijians are known for their welcome and warmth, which makes it easy to make friends or plunge yourself in Fijian culture on a village home stay.
Dazzling sands, gorgeous palm trees and waters so blue they shine – Fiji’s beaches look like they are painted by hand. While stunning stretches are plentiful, it’s on the islands of the Mamanucas and Yasawas that you’ll find divine heavyweights. These beaches are parts of this paradise, enticing thousands of travelers keen to observe their own South Sea idyll. The appeal of the islands stretches beyond holiday snaps; the reefs, bays and elegant sands have provided cinematic artistic percept to films including Cast Away with Tom J. Hanks and 1980 teen-dream old classic The Blue Lagoon.
Here is a list of Top 10 Things to do in Fiji that will help you to explore the place the fullest.
While it’s very easy to enjoy your holiday in, on or under the water, those who take the time to towel off will be treated by treasures on dry land. Fiji provides countless possibilities for hikers, amblers, birdwatchers and also forest-fanciers, specifically on the islands of Taveuni – also referred to as the Garden Island for its marvelously rich interiors – and Kadavu, a less-visited place of prehistorical paradise with nearly no roads to speak about. If urban wildlife is your thing, Suva boasts a amazing nightlife world, while towns such as Savusavu lure with rollicking taverns and meet-the-locals haunts. the list of things to do in Fiji goes on countless.
1. Visit Mamanucas & Yasawas
The 50-odd islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Groups are Fiji’s come-hither call to paradise-hunters from around the world. Ringed by reef and surrounded by impossibly blue seas, the chains each have their claims to fame. The Mamanu-cas ; Tavarua, a fast hop from Viti Levu, offer water sports galore, resorts for all budgets and unforgettable day trips taking in celebrity islands (Cast Away was shot at tiny Modriki) and further-flung islets considered sacred by the locals. Up north, the Yasawas beckon with gorgeous lagoons, beautiful volcanic landscapes, remote villages and heavenly beaches. Editor’s Choice in Top Things to do in Fiji.
2. Diving & Snorkelling
Along with crystal clear warm waters, beautiful fishes and marvelous reefs, underwater Fiji lures divers and snorkellers of all skill levels. Billed as the ‘soft-coral capital of the world’, the archipelago is home to such attractions as Rainbow Reef – home to the famous White and Purple Walls – and the huge Great Astro-labe Reef . The Nasonisoni Passage drift dive is a thrillseeker’s delight. Snorkelers can discover bliss around the Mamanucas, Yasawas and the southern end of Taveuni; for something different, snorkel the oyster lines at pearl farms on Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Editor’s Choice in Things to do in Fiji.
3. Hiking Taveuni
Green, lush and humid, Fiji’s ‘Garden Island’ of Taveuni is heaven for the hikers, where even the shortest trails lead to rare endemic birdlife, gargantuan trees and bizarre rock formations. About 80% of the island is protected by the Bouma National Park, home to the Lavena Coastal Walk , which takes trekkers on a 5km journey past beautiful beaches and jungle villages and over a bridge to hidden waterfalls. Serious sloggers can head up the steep Des Voeux Peak or to the muddy mountain crater of Lake Tagimaucia.
4. Explore Navala Village
Nestled in a valley high in the Nausori Highlands, Navala is the best place in Fiji to witness authentic, age-old indigenous life up close. It’s the country’s last bastion of traditional architecture: from the chief’s home to the outhouses, all of its 200 buildings are constructed using ancient techniques that make use of woven bamboo walls, thatched roofs and ropes made of fibre from the surrounding bush. Visitors are welcomed with a kava ceremony and stuffed full of locally caught, picked and harvested food cooked over an open fire.
5. Living the Local Life
‘Bula’, Fiji’s ubiquitous greeting is more than a simple hi; it translates as ‘Life’, an apt salutation from a spirited people who seem to live theirs to the fullest. Fijians are genuinely friendly, and visitors will receive a warm welcome – often with open arms and song. The best place to experience this is at one of the villages that dot the country-side : visits usually involve a kava ceremony, and possibly a meke(ceremonial dance) or lovo (feast from an underground oven), while homestays offer a chance to delve deep into local life.
6. Surfing & Windsurfing
Fiji is one of the best places in the world to hang out, drawing surfers from all over. Its most famous breaks are the colossal Cloudbreak and Restaurants , two mighty lefts that are most definitely not for the inexperi-enced. Surf resorts dot the archipelago, from the Mamanucas and Yanuca by Viti Levu, to the further-flung Qamea in the north and Kadavu to the south. Windsurfers also find plenty to whoop about: Nananu-i-Ra is exposed to consistent trade winds.
7. Visiting Sawa-i-Lau Cave
A lone limestone island among the volcanic Yasawas, Sawa-i-Lau hides a mystery within its hollow caverns: carvings, paintings and inscriptions of unknown age and meaning. They’re ac-cessible with a torch and a guide (and a shot of courage) by swimming through a short underwater passage from the cave’s main chamber. If your breath has already been taken awayby the gorgeousness of the grotto, there’s more placid paddling to be had in a clear pool beneath the cave’s domed ceiling.
You don’t have to venture far to see beautiful birds: riotously coloured parrots parade through hotel gardens, and Suva’s accessible Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is full of fluttering natives, such as the collared lory. On other is-lands, Taveuni tops the list, with 100-plus spe-cies, including the rare or-ange dove, bright-red kula parrots and birds of prey; while the island’s looming Des Voeux Peak is heaven for birdwatchers. Vanua Levu houses a silktail sanctuary, while to the south, Kadavu impresses with alot of indigenous rainforest species.
9. Waitavala Water Slide
Bruises, bumps and declarations of ‘Most fun ever!’ are the order of the day at this natural cascade of rock slides on the island of Taveuni. Start by watching the local kids to get an idea of what you’re in for. They make it look easy, tackling the slides standing surfer-style, each turn more outrageously brave/crazy than the last; you, on the other hand, should go down on your bum. Your (doubtless awkward) attempt will be rewarded by a cool plunge into the pools below.
10. Far-Flung Fiji
Though many come to Fiji to sit on beaches, the country also offers adventures. Adventurous as well as rough, sea voyages to the remote islands in the Lau and Moala Groups are just a small part: once there, hardy travelers can blaze their own trail and discover pristine reefs, secluded swimming and snorkelling spots and lush interiors ripe for once-in-a-lifetime hikes. Those seeking ultimate isolation can make their way to Rotuma, 460km off Viti Levu, a tiny outpost with perfect beaches and laid-back locals.
Here are few Bonus Points that truly make your trip to Fiji mesmerizing and memorable.
i) Explore the Indo-Fijian Culture
Indentured labourers from India were first brought to Fiji in 1879 to toil in British sugar cane and copra plantations. Their descendants, and the traditions they brought with them, remain. For a taste of Indo-Fijian culture, head to any of the ubiquitous curry houses or visit one of the brightly-painted Hindu temples on Viti Levu or Vanua Levu, such as Sri Siva Subramani-ya Swami Temple in Nadi. Time your visit with Diwali, Holi or Suva’s gasp-inducing South Indian Fire-Walking Festival if you can.
ii) Enjoy the beauty of Suva
Suva offers a multicultural mix of colonial as well as contemporary Fiji. Stunning old buildings along with the monuments line a lively waterfront and harbour. Downtown Suva boasts slick, air-conditioned shopping malls and crowded handi-craft stalls, both of which are ripe for exploring. Immerse yourself in the colourful chaos of the mu-nicipal market, learn about Fiji’s wild history at the national museum, watch a game of rugby and sip cocktails at the beautiful old Grand Pacific Hotel before exploring Suva’s diverse restaurant scene.
iii) Appreciate the Beauty of Namosi Highlands
Geology looms large in the spec-tacular Namosi Highlands. The canyon walls crowd the Wainikoroiluva River and falls, and also the wildly spreaded bed of rock form the backdrop to Fiji’s most scenic river-rafting trip, taken aboard a bilibili (bamboo raft). The longer, wider reaches of the palm-fringed waterway are usually covered in speedier style in canoes with out-board motors – alongside villagers making their way to or from market on localboats laden with pigs, coconuts, taro and leafy green vegetables.
iv) Explore the Amazing Levuka Colonial Architecture
The Wild West meets the South Seas at Levuka, the country’s sleepy one-time colonial capital and Fiji’s only World Heritage Site. The sailors energetically bursting out from the frayed as well as colorful timber shopfronts. Women from the villages sell dalo and produce on the side of the road, a church rises, faded and cracked-white against the sky and the only sounds come from the occasional car chugging through town.
v) Adventurous visit at Manta Rays & Sharks
Fiji’s large populations of manta rays and sharks provide the ulti-mate thrill for undersea explorers. During May and October, manta rays swims across the channel between Nanuya Balavu and Drawaqa islands in the Yasawas; resorts in the area drop guests in the passage, which has a no-touch, no-scuba policy designed to protect the graceful rays.The Sharks patrol most of Fiji’s waters; you can see them on a snorkel trip in the lower Yasawas or on daring dive with bull and tiger sharks at the Beqa Lagoon.
Things to know before visiting Fiji
Fiji’s calm seas belie the riot of life going on within. Along with the endless stretches of intensely coloured reefs and more than 1500 species of fish and colossal creatures Fiji’s underwater world is worth the plunge. Seasoned divers and snorkellers will find plenty to thrill them, while first-timers will be bubbling excited exclamations into their mouthpieces. Everywhere a fin flashes or coral waves, you will definitely find a diving or snorkel day trip, and there are excellent live-aboard journeys for those after a truly amazing experience.
Useful Websites for Traveling in Fiji
- Fiji Times (http://www.fijitimes.com.fj) Fiji’s daily newspaper.
- Fiji Village (http://www.fijivillage.com) Daily news and links to local events.
- Fiji Visitors Bureau (www.fiji.travel) Fiji’s official tourist site.
- South Pacific Tourism Organisation (www.spto.org) Useful directory with info on South Pacific countries.
Don’t Leave Home Without–
- ̈a handy Insect repellent.
- Plenty of books to read: bookshops are only found in cities.
- Reef shoes to protect yourself and the reefs that surround most of Fiji’s islands.
- A torch along with some extra batteries; many regions don’t have power overnight.
- Your own snorkel and mask.
- A waterproof camera (or phone case).
- Sunscreen and a raincoat to combat tropical climate conditions.
- Seasickness tablets if you don’t have sea legs.
Getting Around in Fiji
- Cities and larger towns have paved roads, while island interiors are often crisscrossed by rough trails. There are no passenger trains in Fiji. Car ,There are rental car agencies in heavily populated or tourist areas. The 4WD is a brilliant idea if you are exploring out of town. Lo-cal carriers can also be chartered.
- Taxis Cabs, commonplace in cities and towns, can be an inexpensive option for day trips, as well as for shorter commutes. Bus, Long-distance buses are making the transportation in Fiji’s larger islands very convenient. Economical, mostly windowless local buses offer a friendly Fijian experience (as the timetables are erratic, but you’ll have a good time riding them!).
- Boat, Cargo ships along with the Ferries well serve between Viti Levu and other islands. Make sure to keep a check how frequently they return, especially to more remote destinations; some only run once a week. There are regular ferries be-tween Nadi and the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups.
- Plane, Airways like Fiji Airways (operating domestically as Fiji Link) and Northern Air operate from Viti Levu to many of the outer islands. Private seaplanes and helicopters are an option for island resorts
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