You could re-watch Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific” for a preview of all that Fiji holidays have to offer, or you could just look at beautiful beach photos, then pack your togs and sunnies. Spend your days exploring lush rainforest reserves, tanning on golden beaches and escaping to peaceful temple gardens.
This small archipelago includes more than 300 individual islands and a variety of Fiji hotels, from British bungalows to beachside resorts. Many of the most popular attractions can be found in the larger coastal cities. Stay in Suva, the capital city, for easy access to top cultural sites. Or book accommodation near the Garden of the Sleeping Giant (on the west coast of Viti Levu, the main island) to wake up to park views and the scent of orchids.
Cut to the chase—or more accurately, the lounge—and head to the beach. If you aren’t the sporty type, shake out your towel on Natadola Beach in the southwest corner of Viti Levu. Check out Fiji’s coral-lined shore with a diving trip to Long Beach on Kadavu, or count the colours in the Rainbow Reef as you swim in the Somosomo Strait between the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni. To air-dry, catch a boat to Taveuni and embark on the Lavena Coastal Walk. Walking for three hours while on holiday is a big deal, so make you treat yourself afterwards with a good steep in the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool in Nadi, where you can soak up the best of Fiji’s natural resources while you indulge your inner child. When you’re ready to trade high tides for high culture, browse the prehistoric artefacts at Fiji Museum in Suva before making your way to Pacific Harbour to see what local Fijians are up to in the Arts Village. If art makes you feel peckish, stuff your face with seafood curries and fish so fresh you’ll think it swam right up to the kitchen and sleep off the food coma in your luxurious Fiji accommodation.
Fiji is serviced by two major airports, Nadi International Airport (NAN) on the northwest coast of Viti Levu and Nausori International Airport (SUV), located about 18 km northeast of Suva. Nadi is a busier hub with more international flights arriving and departing daily, but if you’re flying in from nearby choose the airport that best suits your itinerary and the location of your hotels in Fiji. Once on the islands, a combination of car hire and boat service is the most time-efficient way to get around.
When’s the best time to catch flights to Fiji? Any time. The dry season, between July and September, draws the most travellers to its sunshine and warm temperatures, while November through April sees fewer crowds and more rainfall. May through June and October offer a happy medium, with warm, swim-friendly weather and local events, like Fiji Day in October.
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