Fiji is home to over 300 amazing and islands and an endless amount of activities. Whether you’re looking for family fun, a relaxing couples’ getaway, or an awe-inspiring cultural experience, there’s something for everyone. Not to mention it’s only a short flight from Australia’s East Coast. Not convinced? Here’s six reasons why you need to put Fiji on your bucket list.
1. Water activities
Fiji is known as the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’, with the Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding its 333 islands and atolls, so an underwater adventure should be high on your to-do list when visiting Fiji. If you’re a keen diver, you can experience hundreds of different species of fish and coral. Or if you’re looking for something a little more family friendly, there’s plenty of snorkelling opportunities, too. Jump on a 4 Cultures Cruise and snorkel the world’s third-longest barrier reef – the Great Sea Reef.
For genuine thrill seekers, Fiji is also an amazing place to go white-water rafting. There’s a heap of different white-water rafting trips for all levels of experience. One of the best spots is on the Upper Navua River, where you can experience Class II-III rapids through breathtaking scenery.
2. The food
What’s a holiday without a little indulgence? Fiji boasts two delicious cuisines – indigenous Fijian which is packed full of seafood and is light on spice so great for the little ones, and Fijian Indian, which features plenty of rice, spice and chilli dishes, for those with adventurous taste buds. When you’re in Fiji you have to try Kokoda, a Fijian take on ceviche, with local fish marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk. Yum!
Fresh fruit like pineapple, mangoes and papaya are also heavenly in this tropical paradise. And if you’re looking for a really traditional experience, you have to get to a Kava ceremony. Kava is a root-based plant crushed into a drink and known to make you feel very relaxed. Of course, if you are heading to a ceremony, make sure to be respectful of local customs at all times.
3. Natural beauty
You’ll certainly be struck by the natural beauty of the Fijian islands. From stunning waterfalls and pristine waters, to vibrant sea life and long stretches of sandy beaches, there’s so much to take in. In particular, Taveuni is unlike anything else you’ll see with 80% of the island covered in magical tropical rainforests. A trek across the island will take you past hidden waterfalls like the spectacular Tavoro Falls, and the Signtaga Sand Dunes near the Kulukulu village – it’s like something out of Arabian nights! Not keen for the trekking part? A Captain Cook Cruises 7 night Colonial Discovery Cruise is a great way to explore the stunning vistas without any extra effort.
And what 80’s child could forget Brooke Shields rising out of crystal water after being shipwrecked in ‘Blue Lagoon’? Well, did you know many of the scenes from the movie were filmed on Turtle Island in the Yasawa?. If you’re a movie buff or just after some fun in the sun, the Yasawas are known for having some of the best beaches in Fiji. It’s really easy to get between islands by boat too. A Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands cruise will take you to the best parts of the islands, plus Monuriki Island, the film set for Castaway!
4. The culture
One of the best things about visiting Fiji is the people. Fijians are considered to be the happiest people on earth so make sure you say bula to some locals while you’re there – they might even show you around or get you involved in some local customs. From the Meke performances, to fire-walking and Kava ceremonies, there’s so much to be get involved in.
If you’re after a cultural tour of Fiji, check out the 4 Cultures Discovery Cruise. You’ll visit a Hindu snake temple and spice market in Fiji’s remote North, and be greeted by a traditional song a dance from the Polynesian people of Kioa Island.
5. Tropical golf courses
Teeing off on a beautifully-landscaped course is always a holiday dream, but doing so with a picturesque view is ever better. If you’re going to play any course, it has to be the Natadola. Home of the Fiji Open, the course was designed by famous Fijian golfer Vijay Singh. Other highlights include the Pacific Harbour’s tough Pearl Champion course and Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.
6. World class surfing
Tavarua is known for having some of the best waves in the world and that’s why it’s played host to the Fiji Pro surfing event for many years. The wave, Cloudbreak, off the coast is a surfer’s dream. But it’s not the only great surfing spot the country has to offer. Little Bega Island, off the south coast of the main island, has some challenging left-handed reef breaks such as Frigates, and Sigatoka Beach on the Coral Coast is another great spot to check out.
Say bula to Fiji
Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure holiday for the kids, a mesmerising cultural experience, or a relaxing couples vacations by the water, Fiji is your ultimate holiday destination. Let Captain Cook Cruises Fiji take you there with a range of different cruise options available to suit your needs.