If You Like
There are lots of things to like about Fiji and plenty of things to do while you're here.
Everywhere you look, you'll be blown away by the beauty this island nation possesses. Viti Levu alone has landscapes that are unmatched anywhere else. There are the 300-foot-high black volcanic rock walls of Navua Gorge; the 1,106 acre Sigatoka Sand Dunes that were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 and are home to Fiji's earliest recorded prehistoric sites; and the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, a lush square mile rain forest that has numerous walking trails and several natural pools.
Yasawa and Mamanuca's beaches are undisputedly the country's finest. Mana Island has a particularly beautiful stretch, and, of course, there are the Yasawa's magnificent Blue Lagoon and it's fascinating coves.
Diving & Snorkeling
With 333 islands in the archipelago, you'll find great spots to dive and snorkel around every bend in Fiji, as well as PADI-certified dive instructors and operators. There will also be plenty to look at since Fiji is the soft coral capital of the world and home to more than 1,000 species of fish.
Rainbow and Vuna, two of the South Pacific's top reefs, are found off the coast of Taveuni and are rich in colorful coral and fish. Rainbow Reef is also home to the Great White Wall, so named because of its all white soft coral composition. The Astrolabe reef, found near Kadavu, is the world's fourth-largest barrier reef at 120 km (75 mi) long; the reef is named after a ship that collided with the reef in 1827. There are also great sites on the fringing reef, mostly off the southern coast of the island, including shallow spots ideal for snorkeling just off-shore.
Looking for more snorkeling options? The lack of weather around Yasawa and Mamanuca make the visibility over the area's coral exceptionally clear and the sites are usually just a short swim from the beach.
You don't have to dive or snorkel to have fun in the sun while visiting Fiji. There are a whole slew of outdoor activities, including surfing, bird-watching, fishing, and kayaking, to occupy your hours.
Even though Fiji has world-class breaks, the country has yet to develop a surf culture, which means little or no wait to ride the huge waves at Viti Levu's Frigates and Wilkes Passages; it also means long, uninterrupted rides, but only for intermediate and expert surfers.
Taveuni is bird-watcher heaven with the famed Orange Dove, stunning Silktail, and Red Shining Parrot flitting about the island's lush rain forest. If you're looking to hook "the big one," head to Kadavu, where you can also kayak. The island's rugged terrain, lack of roads, and fantastic water-based views make it easy to head to the water to explore.
Fiji's lodging options range from small pensions and village stays to hotels and resorts. But, if you really want to pamper yourself, consider booking one of the resorts on Taveuni's northern end. You can expect to have a staff that knows your name within the hour, as well as personalized activities and private beachfront dining at your fingertips. If you find yourself on Vanua Levu and are looking for a great experience for the family, check out Namale and Jean-Michel Cousteau. These two small resorts house the South Pacific's most lavish spas as well as upscale yet family-appropriate surroundings.
Maybe you're looking for an all-inclusive that won't break the bank. The Yasawas, and increasingly the Mamanucas, are famous for their inexpensive options. The true beach bum can relax in an unspoiled setting, rest his or her head comfortably, and dine on three meals for less than $100 per day. "Paradise" is available at any price range in Fiji.
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