Fiji is a spectacular archipelago in the middle of the South Pacific. An idyllic setting, known for sun, sand, surf, and scuba, Fiji is a great stopover on any trans-Pacific journey. While the main island of Viti Levu offers plenty to do as far as adventure tourism and hiking options, the smaller outlying islands are where to go to get away from it all. Friendly natives, sparkling seas, golden sand, and incredible food- there’s nothing like living life on ‘Fiji Time’...
Most international flights arrive in Nadi, though some can be found into Suva. Transport out to the islands off the west coast is provided via ferry service out of Port Denarau, which can easily be reached by bus from Nadi.
Things to do in Fiji
- RELAX- Regardless of how your own internal clock is wired, when in Fiji, you’re on ‘Fiji Time’, so relax and go with the flow. Find a good book and a hammock, and embrace the island lifestyle.
- DIVE- Fiji is well known for its world-class diving- crystal clear waters, spectacular coral reef systems, and a handful of interesting wreck sites. An added bonus- the water is so warm, you probably won’t even need to squeeze into a wetsuit...
- EAT- Fiji is renowned for its traditional food- a delicious mix of local island seafood with traditional Indian, Chinese, and European influences. A traditional bbq in Fiji is not onlt a delicious FEAST, but usually evolves into a raucous party as well. Good times!
- DRINK- Kava- the local drink of choice- is made from the root of the kava plant, and is known for its numbing effects on the mouth and tongue. The locals claim it helps one relax... While some say it tastes like dirt, if you drink enough of it, you can’t taste anything anyway- maybe that’s the point...
- PLAY- Fijians are sporting people, with rugby union being the national pass time. While it may be inadvisable to actually get in on a local game, a chance to see the national team in action- whether live or on TV- is an opportunity not to be missed. A great time at the pub with a bunch or vocal locals- always a good time...
- SURF- Fiji is famous among surf nomads, with several world-class breaks around the islands. If you’re a beginner, it’s probably wise to stay away from where the pros surf, but there are plenty of other beaches where you can hire a board and have a go.
- HIKE- There are gorgeous hiking trails ALL OVER Fiji, from the main island of Viti Levu to the smallest outlying islands. If you want to hike through some stunning South Pacific scenery, Fiji is jus the place to do it. Ask at your local accommodation about hiking options, and hit the trail
- There are COUNTLESS resorts and hotels in the outlying islands, catering to any and all budgets. Check around online, do a bit of research, and see what fits. Some people hop from island to island, while others find a place they like and set up shop for a week or more. It just depends on what you are looking for.
- KEEP YOUR BELONGINGS WITH YOU. When taking the ferry service to/from the outer islands, you’ll have the option of checking your bag, similar to on an airline. While it is okay to check your larger bag/backpack, make sure that anything of value is kept with you in your smaller daypack. Reports of theft have been documented, and the Fijian ‘Police’ are typically far less than helpful or concerned.