For those visiting Fiji, the number of activities available is truly endless. However, most travelers do not have an unlimited budget or an unlimited amount of time to spend exploring the islands. When taking a trip to these beautiful islands, carefully plan what you are going to see and do include the list in your itinerary.
First, a trip to Fiji must include a day cruise among the Mamanuca Islands. This island chain has over thirty tiny islands that are located just off Nadi’s coast. Some of the islands are uninhabited, but all provide a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the main islands. Many cruise companies offer day trips that hop around several of these islands. You will come face to face with dolphins, have the opportunity to enjoy fishing and snorkeling, and enjoy a barbeque on the beach with your cruise mates. This is a great way to experience the culture and beauty of the islands.
To feel the true beauty that is the Fiji islands, you must visit Bouma National Park, which is on Taveuni. This is a protected tropical rain forest that houses volcanoes, mountains, cliffs, waterfalls, and all types of tropical flora and fauna. You can enjoy hiking through the bush under the careful watch of a local guide, or visit the Tavoro Falls, which is a group of three waterfalls deep in the jungle. Be sure to bring your camera, because you will want to capture the emerald beauty of the rain forest.
To get a bird’s eye view of the island chain, charter a helicopter or seaplane from Island Hoppers Helicopters, Pacific Seaplanes, or Turtle Airways. You will soar above the beautiful Mamanuca islands and enjoy the breathtaking contrast of snow-white sands set against the turquoise blue Pacific. May and December are the best months for these tours, because the waterfalls are particularly full and can be seen clearly from the air.
Fiji is home to the world’s most beautiful soft coral reefs, and you must experience the beauty of this underwater world. Plan on taking scuba diving or snorkeling lessons to get you up close and personal with the sea’s most colorful characters. There are thousands of dive sites throughout the island chain, and the outer reef provides excellent opportunities for snorkeling for the less adventurous traveler. Do not miss the opportunity to experience the beauty and majesty of Fiji’s coral reef world.
Finally, a trip to Fiji must include a visit to Navala Village. This village features homes that are made from the traditional materials that the native peoples used before European contact. The houses are called bures, and they are made from bamboo and thatch. You will sample the customs of the native people of Fiji when you step back in time in this historic village.
A vacation on Fiji is a chance to rest and unwind from the chaos that is today’s modern life. Give yourself the chance to bask in the warmth of local customs and the beauty of the tropical rainforest by planning your next getaway to this welcoming island chain.