With swaying palm trees, soft white beaches and exquisite corals, you might think you know what to expect from Fiji, but these 330 airbrushed-looking islands offer lots more.
Famous for their hospitality, warmth and living life on ‘Fiji time’, the locals will welcome you with open arms to discover the incredible diving, hiking, culture and local nightlife. You’ll also find out rugby is akin to religion here. If you time a trip for when Fiji win the rugby sevens, the celebrations are spectacular.
Where to Go in Fiji
The main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are home to plenty of hotels, but for a true taste of Fiji head to the smaller islands. Featuring in Tom Hanks’ film Cast Away, the Mamanuca Islands are considered the most picture-perfect in all of Fiji. Under the sea you’ll find kaleidoscopic corals teeming with life, and above the surface, some of the best surfing in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you’re good on a board you’ll want to go to Namotu Island for the famed Cloudbreak, ranked among the ten most challenging waves in the world.
The island of Taveuni is prime for walking and bird-watching. Don’t miss the natural water slide at Waitavala, a 20-minute walk from Waiyevo.
When to Go to Fiji
Fiji is an all-year round destination with pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine, which means it doesn't really have an off season when it's cheaper to go. The peak season is July to September; wet season is November to April, which is still a good time to go although it'll be much more humid.
What to See in Fiji
Unsurprisingly you’ll spend most of your time underneath or on the water, but there are plenty of ways to see it in a different light. Skydive from up to 14,000ft over the coral reefs for unforgettable views of the islands.
Take a jet-ski safari tour from Pacific Harbour or dive up close with sharks.
Where to Stay in Fiji
Vomo Island Resort
If you’re craving a time-out, Vomo Island is the perfect escape. A favourite for couples, this all-inclusive resort has two private islands to explore, an award-winning spa, hip bars and world-class cuisine.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Built in the style of an ancient village with lots of vibrant modern touches, this adults-only resort is the only one in Fiji to have authentic overwater villas - and they are spectacular. There’s a bathtub right on your deck with lagoon views.
Kokomo Private Island
Do as much or as little as you like on this secluded island. Encircled by the world’s fourth largest reef, Kokomo offers world-class diving and snorkelling. The chefs will happily set you up a private dinner on the island or on the Helipad with panoramic views across the lagoon.
Six Sense Fiji
You’ll arrive to a ‘bula’ drum welcome that lets you know you’re in Fiji. Each day there’s a selection of complimentary activities, like stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and spear-making. If you’re eco-conscious, Six Senses is the hotel for you, with solar power and all waste water recycled.
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
One of the finest 5-star resorts in the South Pacific, the secluded shores, calm waters and stunning sunsets make the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort the height of romance. If you’re adventurous, activities abound; for foodies, a fresh menu of Fijian delicacies are served daily; and for anyone just wanting to relax, there’s the obligatory luxury spa.
How to Get to Fiji
Flights to Nadi airport in Fiji take roughly 24 hours from the UK as there are no direct flights; you'll need to stop in LA, Singapore, Sydney or Incheon in Korea. Finding cheap flights is close to impossible due to the fact there is no off season.
Once you've arrived in Fiji, you'll need to get to your hotel. Most hotels will provide transfers, but taxis are buses are easy, cheap and reliable too.
No visa is required for Fiji. Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date and a yellow fever vaccine certificate is required.