Say hello to Fiji; a first timer's guide to choosing the right Fiji for you
With 333 islands to choose from, travelling to Fiji for the first time can overwhelm some travellers with choice. Here’s a quick trip around the archipelago for anyone planning their first trip..
Viti Levu is one of the two main islands of Fiji and home to the main airport and Nadi- a great base for your Fijian island hopping adventure and just 10 kms from Denarau Island, a beautiful hub of resorts to kick off your stay.
Head out of Nadi and into the hills for a rugged hiking trip and a glimpse of Fiji’s highest peak Mount Tomanivi. Or, head east to Pacific Harbour, the adventure capital of Fiji - feel the buzz as you dive with sharks at nearby Beqa, smash the white water rapids, go off-road in the jungle in a 4WD or let loose on a jet ski safari.
Fancy doing nothing and just kicking back with an all-inclusive resort package deal? The super family friendly Coral Coast is just a short 1-hour drive from Nadi Airport. 80 km of brilliant white beaches and a large coral reef are waiting for you.
If the palm trees and coconuts on the island are not enough and you are in need of a city fix - Fiji’s colonial capital Suva is a hub for transport, shopping and nightlife.
Experience rustic scenery, mountains and a spectacular shoreline in sugar cane country. The Suncoast is 20 mins from Nadi and an ideal base for island hopping and the best place on the island to watch a tropical sunset.
Just off the Viti Levu coastline is the sparkling palm-fringed Mamanuca Islands. Home to picture postcard white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and one of the best surf breaks on earth - Cloudbreak.
North of the Mamanucas are the endless beaches and volcanic peaks of the glorious Yasawa Islands where you can unplug at beach resorts and affordable accommodation. Fast becoming a must visit eco-tourism hot spot - these islands make the top ten list every time!
The Lomaiviti Group is a quick boat trip from the east coast of Viti Levu Island. Less commercial with pockets still untouched by tourists (imagine that!) - here you can enjoy the best of traditional and modern Fijian hospitality amongst the mango trees.
South of Viti Levu Island is the remote and untouched Kadavu Island home to nature watching eco-travel at its pristine best. Rainforest treks, waterfalls and sea kayaking adventures. Surrounding the island and on every scuba diver’s bucket list is The Great Astrolabe Reef where you can swim with manta rays, snorkel the coral gardens and dive the shipwrecks.
Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second biggest island. On the South sits Savusavu while the East is home to Taveuni, “Garden Island”. Mostly national park this is best place to get lost in a rainforest sounds, tropical jungle or visit the spectacular soft coral Rainbow Reef.
Written by: Fotini E Douglas