Fiji Travel

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Introduction

Fiji is blessed with 333 magnificent islands, and a range of things to see and do that will appeal to the most discerning traveler. Within Fiji, smiling, generous, relaxed Fijians will greet you and everyone they meet with their famous and welcoming ‘Bula’.

This tropical paradise, renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf, pristine rain forests, abundant coral reefs and its unique relaxed island atmosphere, unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year. The country is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesia, Chinese and European converge to form a unique cultural medley. English is widely spoken, which means communication is a breeze.

Coral Coast

Viti Levu is the largest island in Fiji and home to the famous Coral Coast, the major tourist destination of Fiji. The capital is Suva, the international airport is in Nadi. The inland is beautiful, with mountains, rivers, waterfalls and small traditional villages full of friendly people. Along the Coral Coast you will find luxury resorts and beautiful reefs that offer good diving.

Kadavu Island

The remote island of Kadavu lies almost 100 kilometers from Viti Levu. It has high volcanic peaks covered in rainforest. You can visit a waterfall and hike through the forest. The best way to get around the island is by small boat, since the roads aren’t well maintained. Here you will find traditional fishing villages that are practically isolated from the rest of the world.

Mamanuca Islands

This island groups consists of 32 islands. The group is clearly visible from Viti Levu and a ‘must do’ on every itinerary. There are flat atolls and hilly islands. There are many luxury resorts, often found on private islands. Some of them have only half a dozen bures, so you could be in for a nice and quiet island escape. What makes these islands extra attractive is the weather. The island group has the best year-round weather of Fiji. Here you will find some of the best top-end accommodation in Fiji.

Pacific Harbour & Beqa

Pacific Harbour is a two hour scenic drive from Fiji’s International Airport near Nadi. Here you will find Fiji’s longest sand beach and it’s the gateway to the Beqa Lagoon. Pacific Harbour is also the gateway to some of the most remote areas of Viti Levu, hosting some of the off the coast from Viti Levu and offers some of the best shark dives in the world, swimming among Bull and Tiger Sharks without the cage!

Denarau

Several of the top end luxury resorts are located here as well as a good variety of restaurants available including The Hard Rock Cafe. It’s just a twenty minute drive from Nadi Airport and a ten minute drive from Nadi town. The west beach faces Malolo Island and has good waves, the east beach faces Nadi Bay and has a beautiful view on the Sleepy Giant, a mountain separating Nadi from Lautoka. Denarau is also the gateway to the idilic sun drenched tropical Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. 

Taveuni Island

Fiji is known as the diving capital of the world for soft corals, and you’ll see why if you go for a dive here! The Rainbow Reef is world famous for diving. Taveuni is also known as the garden of Fiji, with many beautiful walks and waterfalls. From Taveuni there are some amazing snorkeling options. There are several off shore islands just off the coast of Taveuni which are most definitely worth a visit as well. Qamea and Matangi Island are among the must-do’s.

Yasawa Islands

The Yasawa Islands is an island group of 30 islands to the north west of Viti Levu. It’s easy accessible by boat and island hopping is a favorite pastime here. The luxury resorts are all beautifully located at stunning white sandy beaches you just wont find anywhere else. It also has spectacular coral reefs on the islands doorstep, perfect for diving and snorkeling. There are also some great hiking trails. Some of the islands have a mountainous terrain while others are more flat. However, all of them are blessed with the most beautiful beaches!

Rakiraki

Rakiraki is located on the island of Viti Levu and is a nice place to just soak up the sun. Once you’ve had enough of that you can go in search of some adventure and go diving, snorkeling or go on a village tour. The perfect place for a relaxing holiday.

 

 

Savusavu

Savusavu is the tourist centre of Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji. Vanua Levu has the same warm and dry climate as Viti Levu. The town of Savusavu is perfect for a short stay. There are nice walks in the surrounding Savusavu Hills and there’s some good diving and snorkeling.

 

Islands

Nadi
Nadi (pronounced Nandi) is on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu with a rough population of around 43,000. If you like action, busy jam-packed streets, hot, hot climate and heaps of people, then Nadi is the place for you. This is where most visitors hear their first BULA. The colorful marketplace, located only a few minutes drive from the airport, features yaqona stalls, homemade souvenirs and local culture. Nadi is also the gateway to the Mamanuca Group where leisurely options include laid back surfer camps and exclusive hideaways.

Denarau Island
Denarau Island is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific. It offers a wide range of accommodations from economical lodgings to five star resort hotels. Many top brands are found here including Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson, Sofitel, and Westin.

Mamanuca Islands
Set among deep blue waters with fringing coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanuca Islands offer tourists some of Fiji’s most outstanding island beauty. It’s a fabulous group of 20 volcanic islands with around 7 of them under water at high tide. These islands will offer you more sun than you can probably cope with, one of the reasons why they were selected to host the reality shows, ”The Resort” and “Treasure Island” plus enough activities that will have you looking for a holiday to get over the holiday. The Mamanucas is also home to world renowned dive sites such as The Big W frequented by a resident bronze whale shark and 70 meter drop-offs. Gotham City so named for its batfish and abundance of soft corals and schools of fish in the thousands. West of Mana Island is the Supermarket where shark feeding is the order of the day and the Circus for its prevalence of clown fish and Eagle Mana Reef where eagle rays make intermittent appearances.

Yasawa Islands
The Yasawas are a chain of islands linked together geographically, historically and culturally. Comprised of about 20 volcanic islands in a chain just off the northwest coast of Viti Levu, these islands are known for their ideal tropical white sand beaches and picturesque island views. The larger islands of the group are Waya Island, the highest in the group, Tavewa Island, renowned for its natural beauty, Turtle Island, an exotic and exclusive solitary for the rich and famous, Sawa-i-Lau Island with its limestone cave, Nanuya Levu, home of yet another exclusive honeymoon resort, Naviti Island the largest of the Yasawas and Viwa, the most remote of the sister islands.

Discover the Yasawa islands:

Kuata IslandThe first island you will come across in the Yasawa’ Group. The Island has unusual rock formations and several nice beaches. Scenically spectacular you can climb to the top of its highest summit (171m) for a spectacular view of the entire region. A small resort is on the island with great snorkeling named Kuata Island Eco Resort.

Wayasewa Island – Hiking and scuba diving are the main attractions. You can hike to the peak of Vatuvula Peak which takes about 1 ½ hours. The island is home to another small resort (Wayalailia Eco Resort) built on two levels as well as three small villages.

Waya Island – If you’re an avid hiker Waya is the place for you as it is the highest in the chain. Visible from Nadi stretching out from the ocean’s horizon on a clear day, Waya is a large volcanic island with several rugged peaks over 500 meters high, a rocky coastline with steep hills and gorgeous secluded bays. It has nice beaches and one of the best walks in the South Pacific is a two-hour jaunt on a trail from Yalobi to Nalauwaki village.

Naviti Island – The largest of the Yasawas and is the residence of one of the group’s highest chiefs. About 30-minutes north of Waya Island Naviti is boasting endless secluded beaches, with five villages and the regions only boarding school.

Tavewa Island – The most beautiful of the group with great swimming and snorkeling inside a protected reef. Snorkeling is good off the north and south point of Tavewa and there are tea houses, massage huts and a water sport activity centre with scuba diving courses along the beach front.

Nacula Island – Is the 3rd largest of the group and is home to the Tui Drola, the chief of the central Yasawas. The island boasts numerous lodges, resorts and basic backpackers to great flashpackers. Some of Fiji’s best snorkeling is available here.

Nanuya Lailai Island – The island is best known for Blue Lagoon Beach and is often frequented by cruise-ship passengers with yachts mooring offshore. The island is the location for many resorts from those catering to the rich and famous to those with simpler tastes and similar budgets. This island is divided into two halves: the southern half is owned by Blue Lagoon Cruises and being territorial of their beautiful sandy beach (one of the most picturesque in the region) they exclude any outside guests from walking on the sand. They even try to discourage tourists from swimming in the blue lagoon offshore but have no powers to enforce it. The snorkeling here is excellent and the fish, which are fed by visitors from the Blue Lagoon Cruise are extremely friendly!

Sawa-i-Lau Island – Off the southern tip of Yasawa Island is Sawa-i-Lau Island which is popular for its large limestone cave illuminated by a crevice at the top. They are famous for being one location for the Blue Lagoon Movie with Brooke Shields (1980). You can swim in a deep pool with an underwater opening leading back into a smaller cave. In the movie Blue Lagoon, Brooke Shields runs away to this cave.

Yasawa Island– The highest chief of the group resides on this island. The island is home to one of the world’s most exclusive resorts (Yasawa Island Resort and spa) and is known to be completely discreet as to its guests and their comings and goings.

Coral Coast
The Coral Coast is heavily dotted with hotels, resorts and backpacker retreats like no other region in Fiji and is a haven for the adventurous or for those who simply want a bit of sun, sand and fun. Located on the south-western side of the main island of Viti Levu, it is easily accessed from the coastal Queen’s Highway that runs between Nadi and Suva. The name is suitable as the coast is wrapped by one of the largest fringing reef systems in the world and while its beaches are not quite the standard of the outer islands, it has the benefit of being conveniently located halfway between Nadi and Suva.

Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island is a blending of the best attributes that Fiji possesses. The main towns are Labasa on the north coast and Savu Savu in the south. Savu Savu is a charming town surrounded by copra plantations and is famous worldwide for its diving. Although Labasa is the larger of the two, Savu Savu is more popular with travelers as it is a popular transit point for ferries and flights to other islands. Fewer tourists reach Vanua Levu due in part to its proximity to the mainland where the main tourism belts of the Coral Coast, Mananucas and Yasawas are located. But the tourists who frequent this part of Fiji are a very different breed. They are naturalists, divers, adventurers and alternative lifestyle types who shy away from the more busy and hectic areas.

Taveuni
An island that is aptly named “The Garden Island of Fiji.” Taveuni is the fourth largest island in Fiji. The island is smothered in prolific tropical rainforest and girthed by beautiful and bountiful tropical reefs harboring some of the world’s best dive sites. The reefs of the Somosomo Straits, off the coast of Taveuni, attract divers as they come to experience the spectacular South Pacific soft corals of the world-famous Rainbow Reef that stretches between Vanu Levu and Taveuni. Available also are hikes to spectacular waterfalls, natural water slides, unspoiled beaches and the friendliest people in the world – a real Fiji Experience. Kayaking, horse trekking and snorkeling are all locally available.

Pacific Coast
About 40 minutes drive from Fiji’s capital Suva, it is located opposite Beqa and Yanuca Islands, marine protected areas that have become renowned for coral, shark watching and feeding sites. Although shark feeding is the number one adventure sea activity, wreck dives, coral dives, and pelagic fish dives also attract interest from both tourists and locals. For surfing fanatics, there are waves relatively close to the area that will restore your body’s required levels of adrenalin. Surfing at “Frigate’s Passage”, situated close to Yanuca Island, will certainly have the heart pumping. This is the domain of experienced surfers who no doubt will be able to handle the big barrels and long rides.

Suva
Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. It is located on the southeast coast of the island of Viti Levu. The capital was developed in the late 1800’s and retains much of the character of the colonial period. Its many attractions include shopping, restaurants, nightclubs, markets, a museum and sightseeing tours.

Lomaiviti Group
Laidback and tranquil, the Lomaiviti Group of islands sits just off the eastern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji. Rustic and idyllic, this island group is made up of 9 main islands as well as a number of smaller isles. The Lomaiviti Group is a combination of ‘Living History’ with Levuka, the first capital of Fiji located on the main island Ovalau and numerous resorts and backpackers on several other islands, some luxurious enough to attract Hollywood stars and others more inclined toward the average traveler.

Kadavu
Kadavu is the fourth-largest island in the Fiji Group and fantastically unspoiled in terms of exposure to the mainstream of tourism. Kadavu is an island of soaring, majestic volcanic mountains blanketed by dense rainforest and girthed by great white sand beaches and craggy, rocky coastline. It is blessed with mangrove swamps that grow exceptionally around the coastal areas of the island that are a habitat for birdlife and the breeding grounds of marine life. Kadavu is renowned for its deep-sea fishing, diving, bird watching, sea kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and trekking.

Sun Coast
Starting from Vuda Point just outside Nadi, the Sun Coast stretches for three quarters around the main island of Viti Levu. Sun Coast, from the name itself, is a place of abundant sunshine, scuba diving, and beautiful views. The place hosts numerous accommodation options, attractions, tours, transport, and visitor information. Visit Koroyanitu National Heritage Park. It is ideal for nature lovers and trekking with its beautiful nature walks, native rain forests, waterfalls, archaeological sites, and swimming.

Climate

Fiji in a word is tropical, with the best months being March through to November. Maximum temperatures rarely move out of the 87F (31°C) to 78F (26°C) range all year round. As you can see, winter is a term, not a season. A cooling trade wind blows from the east south-east for most of the year. It usually drops to a whisper in the evening and picks up again by mid-morning. The favored time of year for travel is around April to October, those being the cooler months. There is always a cool tropical breeze and the water temperatures are always perfect. The wet season occurs from December to March and can bring heavy rain. Tropical cyclones have also been common in recent years around this time.

Please note: Some islands in the Mamanuca group may experience seaweed deposits on their beaches from time to time. The seaweed volume deposited on the beaches varies and is completely dependent on the weather conditions at the time (winds, currents and tides). The resorts make every effort to have any debris cleared as soon as possible.

Average Temperature
Summer: 84F maximum (29°C), 66F minimum (19°C)
Winter: 87F maximum (31°C), 71F minimum (22°C)

Average Water Temperature
Summer: 83F maximum (28°C), 79F minimum (26°C)
Winter: 79F maximum (26°C), 74F minimum (23°C)

Cool/Dry Season
May – November

Wet/Humid Season
December – April

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