10 Things to Do in Fiji
Featured destinations: Fiji, Yasawa Islands, Coral Coast
Published 14 June 2016
Picture pristine beaches, lush tropical foliage and a culture rich in tradition; this is Fiji, home to endless stretches of golden sands, palm-lined landscapes and shimmering blue lagoons. Tom Hanks’s character was stranded here during the Hollywood hit Castaway, while Jim Carrey was a man obsessed with the destination during his role in The Truman Show. And it is easy to see why; often described as paradise on earth, the white sands, swaying coconut palms and winding waterways of Fiji’s 333 islands make for an unforgettable visit. But this enticing destination promises so much more than sparkling sands. Here’s our pick of the best things to do:
In the remote highlands of Viti Levu lies one of the rarest waterways in the world. Winding through the island’s tropical interior, the Upper Navua River is shrouded in dense rainforest and fed by countless waterfalls. Jump aboard a raft here and you are guaranteed an exhilarating ride. Paddle alongside numerous canyons while herons and parrots soar overhead, before cruising down narrow passages and marvelling at cascading waterfalls.
Known as ‘the Soft Coral Capital of the World’, a network of dazzling reefs surround Fiji’s islands and atolls. Boasting more than 1,000 species of fish and 4,000 square miles of coral reef, the underwater world here is truly something else. Come face to face with grey reef sharks, silvertips and hammerheads, or swim with the giant manta rays and hawksbill turtles. Among the kaleidoscopic creatures beneath the ocean’s surface are parrotfish, lionfish and blue ribbon eels, and make sure you keep an eye out for tiger sharks, which can occasionally be spotted in the Pacific Ocean.
Bouma National Heritage Park
Located on the eastern side of Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest island, this serene park was designed to protect the rainforest region. Stroll past the Tavoro Waterfalls, each featuring a natural volcanic pool, and take a guided tour up to the magnificent Lake Tagimaucia, home of the national flower of Fiji. Embark on a rainforest walk or explore the mix of remote beaches and traditional gardens, before stopping off for a picnic at Unaca point and visiting the local handicraft markets.
Delve into the destination’s rich history at this Suva museum, which holds a remarkable collection of archaeological artefacts dating back 3,700 years. Peruse cultural objects representing both Fiji’s native inhabitants and the communities which have settled on the island over the past 200 years. The museum also holds open days on the last Saturday of the month, when it comes to life with live music, traditional dance, firewalkers, poetry, and food and craft stalls.
Often described as Fiji’s best-kept secret, Savusavu surpasses all expectations. Situated on Vanua Levu and famous for its hot springs, here you can admire the boats docked at Copra Shed Marina, explore the beautifully unspoilt scenery dotted along the Hibiscus Highway, which stretches 70 miles up the coast from Savusavu, or dive amongst the soft corals. What’s more, you will be warmly greeted by the locals of this picturesque and charming town – renowned for their incredibly friendly and welcoming nature.
Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands
Powder-soft sands, clear skies and glittering lagoons welcome visitors to the Yasawa Group of islands; whilst nearby, the string of island pearls known as the Mamanucas are Fiji’s most famous adornment. Admire the unspoilt beauty of these remote and paradisiacal destinations during a hike into the towering hills, and enjoy breathtaking views of the 20 sparsely populated islands and volcanic rocky peaks. The sun-drenched beaches here are straight out of your dreams.
Covering the 80 kilometre stretch of sand between Nadi and Suva, the Coral Coast is a picturesque chain of palm-filled beaches and bays, dotted with traditional villages. Watch fisherman bringing home their catch and feast on freshly-caught seafood in Korolevu, or head inland to the Sigatoka Valley. Explore the area known as Fiji’s Salad Bowl, where the fertile land is punctuated with small farms and gardens growing fresh produce.
Situated on the north coast of Viti Levu and standing at 4,341 feet, Mount Tomanivu is Fiji’s tallest mountain. It is possible to climb this extinct volcano in a day; beginning at the Coral Coast village of Navai, en route you will pass native trees, plants and wildlife. At the summit, enjoy spectacular views across to the Yasawa Islands, over towering peaks, pristine forest and glittering rivers.
Sleeping Giant Zip Line
Soar over dense rainforest, flowing streams and raging waterfalls on an exhilarating adventure. The Sleeping Giant Zip Line is a must for thrillseekers and adrenaline junkies, and zips along 160 metres at speeds of up to 60mph. When you’re back on solid ground, calm the nerves with a gentle stroll past the four beautiful waterfalls, and be sure to take a dip in Orchid Falls, which is believed to have magical powers which can bring you luck.
Imagine floating in the middle of the azure sea on a two-level platform, complete with an internationally stocked bar and views which are unlike anything you have seen before. A trip to Fiji isn’t complete without a visit to Cloud 9, atop the beautiful Ro Ro Reef. Relax on a reclining day bed on the sundeck and listen to the soft DJ beats, while attentive bartenders bring you wood-fired pizzas and rum-infused cocktails. One thing’s for sure – it will be difficult to leave this slice of paradise.
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