From its glittering coral reefs and white sand beaches, to mythical mountains and rainforests, Fji offers some of the best photography opportunities in the South Pacific. For amateur photographers, there’s no better way to experience Fiji than through the lense of a camera, and whether you’re taking photos of Fiji’s glorious surrounds from your Captain Cook cruise or land, you’re bound to get some truly amazing shots.
With the help of six of our favourite Instagram photographers, we’ve put together a list of some of the best shooting tips and locations around Fiji. Read on to discover the natural beauty of the Fijian Islands, and find out how you can say ‘Bula’ to the photography adventure of a lifetime.
1. Bruised Passports
A great first stop for discovering just how beautiful Fiji is as a photography destination is the Bruised Passports blog. Cruising the Mamanuca Islands on Captain Cook’s four day cruise, they captured some truly stunning shots of their time at sea. From making the most of the gorgeous Fijian sunsets, to windswept beach portraits and panoramas spanning mountain and sea, they captured it all. Take a read to get an up close and personal look at an amazing itinerary for discovering Fiji.
2. Jack Henry
Popular year round, wedding photo shoots in Fiji combine beautiful locations with all the romance and serenity of a holiday wedding. This image from Australian photographer Jack Henry perfectly captures the endless beauty of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands, set within the 80 kilometre stretch of beaches and bays between Nadi and Suva, otherwise known as the Coral Coast.
Well established as a holiday area, the islands offers photographers a chance to capture the everyday lives of Fijians at the numerous villages in the area. From fishermen and market stalls to endless summer beaches and sparkling coral reefs, these islands pack in everything you’ve come to expect from Fiji and more.
Jack had a few tips for us for taking beautiful photos of Fiji’s scenery. “When I’ve been shooting destination weddings in Fiji, I sometimes find that the sun is too harsh during the day, so I’ll ask the bride and groom to pose for their photos at sunset, when the light is softer. Sunrise also makes for amazing beach photos. Just remember to always bring a waterproof bag with you for your equipment, as the weather can be unexpected, and don’t forget to really take in your surroundings… remember to look up from the camera lense once in awhile and soak it all in!”
3. Kama Catch Me
“Don’t follow the crowd. Get off the beaten path and go on an adventure!” That’s the advice professional photographers Kama Catch Me have for budding travel photographers looking to discover their passion in Fiji.
Always on the search for unique adventures and locations, their Instagram boasts beautiful shots that reinvigorate the soul, creating a deeper connection to the Fijian landscape and giving a real and unexplainable sense of belonging, while showing the joy and contentment of their subjects.
Exploring hidden nooks and secret locales of the Fijian Islands, Kama Catch Me’s Instagram is an inspiration to travel and wedding photographers everywhere, such as this shot of the amazing horseshoe-shaped Totoya Island. If you’re all about exploring the unknown, the Lau and Kadavu cruise with Captain Cook is also an amazing opportunity for discovering areas rarely visited by the main tourist crowd. We all know that capturing a location well can reignite amazing experiences every time you look at the photo. Where mythology meets nature, a photographer can find true purpose, and yours might be waiting out there, just beyond the horizon.
4. Nickk Photography
Located in a quiet corner of the Fijian Isles, combines luxury with simplicity in this pristine yet fragile ecosystem. Grab your camera and discover the opportunities that come with sustainable tourism.
From the sparkling marine park home to almost 400 species of coral and 1200 varieties of fish, turtles and dugongs, to the ancient history of the Malolo people and the Legend of the Magic Box, Likuliku Lagoon has much to discover for the budding photographer, as shown in this gorgeous shot by Nickk Photography.
The Captain Cook Cruises M.V Reef Endeavour passes this beautiful resort every Saturday, offering complimentary pickups for guests to come aboard and exploring the neighbouring island. Capture the pristine lagoon waters, the teetering, greenscaped mountains and the myriad of birds and lizards that call this region home. Perhaps the greatest opportunity in Likuliku is the people themselves. Dedicated to improving the livelihood of island communities while preserving what makes the region uniquely special, you’ll meet people rich with character and conversation as you uncover this special part of the world.
5. Rob Rickman
Cruising the blue waters of the Fijian coast is more than just an opportunity to relax and recline. For travel photographers, it offers a chance to discover the myriad of undersea beauty lying just beneath the waves. Inspirational photographer and graphic designer Rob Rickman has seen it all, with over two decades photographing the region.
From white sand beaches to crystal clear waters, sparkling coral reefs and Fiji’s diverse sea life, there’s so much to discover through the lense aboard a Fijian cruise ship. Being onboard also offers you the opportunity to take amazing photographs encompassing the beautiful colours of Fiji’s waters, as well as islands in the distance, such as Captain Cook Cruises’ privately owned island, Tivua.Talk to your Captain Cook team about hiring an underwater camera and scuba gear and discover what lies beneath the waves on your Fijian adventure.
6. Bula Bride
Fiji is more than pristine waterways and beautiful beaches. The culture, mythology and people inspire a sense of wonder. With traditions that span thousands of years, it’s a way of life that balances perfectly with the harmony of a warm sea breeze and the gentle rocking of a boat on the water.
Photographers who are used to a world that rushes by in a flash can discover a different way of shooting. This shot by Nadi Bay Photography (commissioned by Bula Bride) captures natural, calm beauty that inspires hope in a better way of living. When shooting Fiji’s beaches, such as those on the Northern Islands from Naviti to Yasawa, be sure to pay attention to the colours of the sky like Bula Bride have. Experiment with shooting at different times of day to capture magnificent pastel pinks, blues and purples, as the Northern islands are often blessed with amazing sunsets. Spend a few days shooting in Fiji and you’ll be amazed at just how many people have a smile on their face. Don’t be surprised if you’re one of them!
7. Cheer Wedding Photography
Even for the amateur photographer, it’s not hard to take a great shot of the Fijian coast. But for truly unique and creative shots, the local experts Cheer Wedding Photography recommend finding a point of interest that will draw eye.
“It can be a shadow or a palm tree, waves crashing over rocks, a pair of sunglasses on sand… basically anything that entices the viewer.” Cheer Wedding Photography also recommends shooting early in the day to avoid crowds, or at sunset for that ‘golden hour’ glow.
And while sunset might be the best hour of the day, there’s really no better time to book your Fijian travel adventure. Talk to the team at Captain Cook today and rediscover your passion for photography with a Fijian cruise today!