The beautiful islands of Fiji are a favourite with Australians and New Zealanders looking for a relaxing getaway. But what to do in Fiji for a week or so? Surely lazing on the beach gets a little dull after a while? The answer is: SO MUCH.
There are snorkelling and diving sites, shopping venues, lush tropical gardens and sailing trips available in every pocket of the country. Couple this with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, singing and saying Bula everywhere you go, and the perpetual relaxation that comes with island life, Fiji is truly the perfect place to recharge and rejuvenate.
Pacific Harbour on Viti Levu Island
When you’re choosing which islands to visit in Fiji, make sure to plan some time on the main island of Viti Levu in Pacific Harbour. It is considered the “Adventure Capital of Fiji” and offers a full range of options for adrenaline junkies and culture lovers alike.
Spend your days exploring the beautiful scenery of the area and the nearby islands with opportunities like kayaking or white-watering raft the Navua River. You’ll head down the incredibly scenic Upper Navua Gorge past a number of dramatic waterfalls for a truly memorable experience. Or, head to Beqa Lagoon to snorkel or scuba dive amongst the colorful marine life of Beqa Island.
If you’d rather stay dry, fly over the Wainadoi River Valley on a spectacular zip-lining course, check out the fabulous golf courses, or try your hand at deep-sea fishing.
Pacific Harbour is also home of the Arts Village, a great place to get your fix of Fijian culture and souvenir shopping. Here you’ll be able to explore a recreated Fijian village, watch firewalkers in action, and of course witness the classic meke dance. There’s never a dull moment in Pacific Harbour!
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Most trips to the Pacific Islands involve beaches, snorkelling and relaxing with cocktails. Towards the end of our last trip to Fiji, we really wanted to use our last few hours before our flight home to see somewhere meaningful to people from the country. So, we asked a local where they would take a family member who came to visit the island. One of their suggestions was Vuda Point.
In Fijian tradition, Vuda Point was where the canoes first landed when people arrived in Fiji. Local people believe this is where their Melanesian ancestors first set foot on Fiji around 3,500 years ago.
Vuda Point is situated on the west coast of Viti Levu, between Nadi and Lautoka, about half an hour’s drive from Nadi. To get to the traditional landing point, you need to go through the First Landing Resort. Behind the resort is a stretch of beach, below a grassy bank studded with a ring of huge palm trees. It’s in this beautiful, quiet spot that the first canoes arrived.
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Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Fiji is the city of Nadi. It is a busy city full of unique cultural experiences that you cannot find so easily elsewhere in Fiji.
Luckily, if you’re visiting Fiji, chances are you will actually fly into Nadi. Nadi is home to Fiji’s largest international airport so you should take advantage of this and instead of just leaving to an island, spend a few days exploring all of the amazing things to do in Nadi.
In Nadi, some of the most popular activities include visiting local markets and shopping. In and around the city you can visit tons of different shops and markets and buy everything from local fruit to clothing to handmade souvenirs.
Besides shopping, around Nadi are a few popular tourist attractions including the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. This huge garden has thousands of orchids and you can explore it all by wandering the paths and taking in views.
Just down the street from the Garden is a mud pool – where you can have a traditional mud bath! Be sure to also visit Wailoaloa Beach for sunset drinks one evening as well as check out the colorful Hindu Temple called Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple.
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South Sea Island
Gorgeous South Sea Island is a must-do day trip from Denarau when visiting Fiji. It’s a tiny little sandy island in the Mamanuca Islands and located a quick 30-minute catamaran trip from the Port. Once you arrive at the island there is plenty to do – you can take a snorkel in the lovely clear water straight off the beach and look for colourful fish, or simply chill out having a massage or relaxing on the many sun loungers dotted around the island.
If you feel more active there’s a volleyball net on the beach, or you can experience some authentic Fijian culture by viewing a traditional Meke ceremony and the on-site arts and craft market.
There’s a great pool on the island which is great if you have younger kids with you. Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are also available if you want to view the island from further out. If you don’t fancy getting wet, a semi-submersible submarine does circuits of the island so you can see all the underwater life while keeping dry!
If you want to stay for longer, accommodation options are available on the island including beachfront bures and beds in a dorm.
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Want to experience the beauty of Fiji while learning some history? Head to the Momi Guns.
These guns were placed here in 1941 by the New Zealand 30th Battalion to help defend Fiji against the Japanese during World War II.
It was chosen because of its great views out to the Mamanuca Group, Malolo Barrier Reef, and Navula Passage which is the only entry into western Fiji for large ships.
Today, you don’t have to worry about the Japanese but this is a great spot to go for the views. At the site, in addition to the guns and a bunker, is also a small museum where you can learn about Fiji’s role in World War II.
Located by Momi Bay, this site is easy to reach on Viti Levu, the main island in Fiji. It’s off the main highway on the way to the Coral Coast from Nadi so it’s an easy stop to make when travelling round the island.
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Fiji has many amazing spots to snorkel and dive, however one of the most beautiful has to be at Navini Island, where you can stay in one of only 10 bures on this small picturesque island. This spectacular island retreat usually only has around 20 guests and does not allow day trippers, so privacy and relaxation is absolutely at the fullest here.
There is a reef sanctuary around the island, so snorkelling to enjoy the area’s unique and beautiful marine life is absolutely the thing to do here. All the water sports and activities are included in your stay and the staff are wonderfully friendly.
There are also plenty of crabs at Navini – hermit crabs live in many of the garden beds and sand crabs have been known to frequent the white sandy shores. In the waters around the reef groupers, turtles, clams and rays are all present and often visible on a snorkelling adventure.
Where to stay in Fiji?
There are plenty of options for accommodation for a week in Fiji. For mainland accommodation and resorts, I loved staying at The Westin on Denarau where there are plenty of pools, swim up bars and restaurants.
For a more secluded and romantic island retreat, consider the adults-only luxury of the Tokoriki Island Resort.
For families, the Vomo Island Resort or the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast are great choices to keep the kids entertained.
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