Is Fiji as beautiful as the pictures make out? Yes. But it's so much more than just beautiful. It's cultural, it's secluded, it's adventurous, it's luxurious and it's friendly. Take a look at Fiji beyond the picture-perfect postcard image. Here are 10 fabulous reasons why Fiji should be on your radar for an exotic island escape this year.
There’s no denying the allure of Fiji’s never-ending string of sandy beaches. We’ll let you in on a little secret though – the best ones are away from the main island. Find yourself stretched out on a towel along blindingly white shores sandwiched between crystal clear waters and swaying palm trees. Thankfully most of the islands have beautiful lagoons sheltered from any wave action, guaranteeing peace and tranquillity whether you’re in the water or in a hammock.
Fiji is one of our closest island neighbours, just a four-hour flight from Sydney. Australia and Fiji are also incredibly well connected, as Fiji is one of the main hubs for flights through the region thanks to its location in the centre of the Pacific. With four main airlines servicing the popular route, flights are regular and the prices competitive.
Don’t be fooled into thinking Fiji is all about the beaches. This is the tropics! Venture into the islands’ lush tropical hearts to feel the temperature drop a few degrees and immerse yourself in a world of green. Hike through the jungle and colourful flora, kayak along the freshwater rivers snaking their way through the foliage, and be sure to take a refreshing dip by the tumbling waterfalls.
With 333 islands to choose from, you can bet there are a few secluded gems in the mix. Book a few nights at one of the smaller Lau Group or Kadavu Group islands or book your own yacht for the day to discover a pristine patch of sandy privacy all to yourself. Even the not-so-secluded islands play home to many secluded and exclusive resorts.
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Fiji is the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ and that means the world-class views aren’t just up top. Delve below the water’s surface to discover a myriad of spectacular corals, swim with Manta Rays and come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and colourful fish species. If you’ve never tried snorkelling or diving before, there’s never been a better place to start!
Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or you just like to get out and explore, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had. Join a quad bike tour or jet ski safari, toboggan down the soaring Sigatoka Sand Dunes, or hike to the top of Mt Batilamu. From ziplining through the treetops to exploring ancient limestone caves, thrills and spills galore are right at your fingertips.
The beautiful Indo-Fijian culture plays out across the islands, from the bustling colourful markets to the beautiful temples and quaint churches. Drop into a local village, take part in a traditional kava ceremony and browse a few of the local museums for fascinating local insight and charming encounters.
Fijians are some of the happiest people on the planet! How do we know that? A recent global happiness survey ranked them in the number one spot. They’re never short of a warm smile and with their beautiful laidback nature they’re incredibly welcoming to all those who visit their sunny shores. They have a soft spot for children too, so if you’ve got any little ones in tow don’t be surprised if they get more attention than you do.
Fiji is practically synonymous with luxury. A long-time favourite honeymoon hotspot, opulent resorts and romantic overwater bungalows abound. Enjoy a massage in a private thatched beach hut, take a sunset champagne cruise or tempt yourself with a spot of fine dining. The choice is always yours in Fiji.
With maximum temperatures hovering between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius year-round, bikinis and sandals are always going to be essential packing items. While the wet season from November to April can bring brief heavy showers, even then, it doesn't put too much of a dampener on the tropical island pleasures that go hand in hand with a holiday to Fiji.
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