The South Pacific’s picturesque sweep of Fijian islands is commonly portrayed as the quintessential honeymoon spot – and rightly so, with its infinite stretches of pristine shorelines. However, the archipelago is also a family-friendly destination, jam packed with recreational adventures, educational activities and cultural sights for the youngsters (and young at heart) to enjoy. Here’s a quick guide to start you on your journey.
Touch down in Viti Levu and experience the urban side of Fiji beyond the picture-perfect postcards. Considered as Fiji’s commerce and industry hub, and typically referred to as ‘the mainland’, Viti Levu is a good place to discover the local culture. Fiji’s bustling, multicultural capital city, Suva, is situated here. It’s the largest South Pacific metropolis outside of New Zealand. Head inland to experience Fiji’s lush flora and fauna, and vibrant villages. Nature lovers can also head to wildlife sanctuary Kula Eco Park. Rub shoulders with hawksbill sea turtles and the Fijian flying fox. You can also take the kids on a scenic ride along the coast on the Coral Coast Railway. It’s an old sugarcane diesel locomotive that will take you to Natadola Beach, or on a day-long shopping excursion.
The Arts Village
Experience some indigenous Fijian culture at the Arts Village in Pacific Harbour, where the family can learn about local arts, customs and cuisine. The Arts Village is filled with entertainment and glimpses of tradition, such as fire walking shows, crafts-making workshops, and re-enactments of ancient Fijian legends. The sprawling complex is similar to a theme park, and is home to the tallest traditional temple in Fiji, as well as Fiji’s largest swimming pool bar. It also boasts a thrilling 18-metre waterslide. The kids can take an island boat tour around the lagoon while parents get to relax at one of the Arts Village’s two spas. This cultural amusement park is sure to grant a fun-filled day for the whole family.
Sigatoka River Safari
Families with older children will enjoy a cruise down the Sigatoka River. Starting at the coastal town of Sigatoka, the award winning Sigatoka River Safari embarks the whole family on a voyage into the heart of the real Fiji. The adventure begins with a thrilling jet boat ride through a breathtaking landscape, and deep into the Sigatoka Valley, otherwise known as ‘the salad bowl of Fiji’. As you travel along the river, you’ll learn about the history and traditions of local villages. You’ll be warmly greeted by the locals, and get firsthand experience of a day in the life of a traditional Fijian. Savour foods made from locally sourced produce, participate in festivities and ceremonies, and bask in the warmth and generosity of the Fijian people.
Under The Sea
A trip to Fiji would be incomplete without a frolic in its famed azure waters. You’ll probably indulge in some beachside lounging or take a sumptuous day sail on the classic schooner Seaspray. But if you dive a little deeper, the family can enjoy the kaleidoscopic underwater wonders of the Fiji Islands. Pick up a snorkel or zip up the scuba suit and immerse yourself in some of the most famous dive sites in the world. Glide weightlessly with manta rays at the Great Astrolabe Reef off Kadavu, and observe soft corals at Frigate Passage off Beqa Island. Soak up the marvels of Namena Marine Protected Reserve, or dive with sharks at Great White Wall and Rainbow Reef. We can recommend dive tours and dive certification packages for the whole family.