As far as tropical holiday destinations go, it’s hard to beat Fiji. The Fijian islands are renowned for their beauty. But there’s so much more to Fiji than the beautiful beaches, waterfalls and rainforests. Fiji is bursting with culture and perfect for a romantic getaway or family adventures. Here’s our top picks for what to do in Fiji.
1. Explore the Sawa-I-Lau Caves
Did you know there are 15 words in the Fijian language that mean heaven? Well one of those words is ‘Yasawa’. The Yasawa islands make up Fiji’s Western border and are known for natural beauty as far as the eye can see, including the Sawa-I-Lau Caves. The spectacular limestone has been gently eroded by the sea to form caves for you to swim around and explore. If you have a GoPro or underwater camera, this is the place to take it!
2. Check out Blue Lagoon
Another Yasawa islands gem, Turtle Island was made famous by the 1980’s hit film, ‘Blue Lagoon’. With crystal water, white sandy beaches and an abundance of coral reefs, it’s the perfect snorkeling spot. The best way to get around the Yasawa Islands is with a cruise. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji offers 4 and 7 night cruises to the Yasawa Islands to suit your travel needs.
3. Take a cruise
Speaking of cruises… With over 300 islands to explore around Fiji, a cruise is the best way to get around and take in as much as possible. With everything planned for you, you can sit back, relax and be assured you’re seeing all the country has to offer with at least twice daily shore and water activities. Plus, if you’re travelling with kids, there’s plenty of entertainment onboard to keep the little ones occupied within budget as Captain Cook Cruises child fares apply to 5-17yrs (they don’t accept children under 5). Fiji has great weather just about all year round, so you can take a cruise at any time, but a top tip would be to go in the off-season and beat the crowds!
4. Go Diving
So much of Fiji’s beauty is underwater. Tropical fish, turtles, and networks of coral … there’s so much to see. So why not go scuba diving. Diving is an experience that can be catered to all ages and abilities, so whether you’re a complete newbie to diving, or have year’s of experience, there’s a diving option for you. Make sure you choose a PADI Qualified Instructor who is qualified for both Open Water and Advanced dive courses such as those offered by DivePlanit.
There’s diving spots all over the country, too. One of the highlights is the The Supermarket, one of Fiji’s most exciting dives with an abundance of reef and grey sharks. If you are keen to discover a hidden gem, diving the Raiyawa is an awesome experience for anyone who is already exploring Tivua Island. If diving isn’t really your thing and you’d like to stay close to the surface, you can always try snorkelling, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. Both dives are on the 7 night Mamanuca and Yasawa cruise itinerary.
5. Try white water rafting
Another activity to get the heart pumping is white water rafting. One of the best spots for rafting is on the Upper Nayua River. There’s so much to see while you’re crashing through the waters, including rare and indigenous iguanas and bats, as well as stunning waterfalls and canyons. Another perfect rafting river is the Wainikoro Aluva. Weave your way through ClassI II rapids and afterwards, visit the quaint Nakavika village where you can say hello to locals and even take part in a kava ceremony.
6. Take a hike
With so many great water adventures, you might be looking to do something on land. Fiji is home to some of the most amazing rainforests in the world so strap on your walking shoes and stay on the lookout for local flora and fauna. Mount Tomanivi is Fiji’s highest mountain, standing 1,232 metres tall and is an average six-hour climb to the summit. On a clear day, you can see the Yasawas from the top. Or if you’re looking a hike that satisfies more than one ‘bucket list’ experience, you won’t want to miss the vistas of Blue Lagoon from the top of Mount Tamasua available on the 4 night Northern Yasawa cruise
7. Have a hit of golf
If you’re a keen golfer, you won’t want to miss out on teeing off on a beautifully-landscaped Fijian course. Fiji has plenty of great courses but you can’t go past the Natadola. The Natadola hosts the Fiji Open and was designed by famous Fijian golfer Vijay Singh. Other courses to check out include the Pacific Harbour’s tough Pearl Champion course and Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.
When you think of Fiji, holiday images of relaxing on sandy beaches and swimming in crystal clear waters come to mind. But there’s so much more to this wondrous place. With so many activities, you won’t run out of things to do. Check out Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for a range of cruise options to get you around this incredible part of the world.