A tropical paradise for kids and adults alike, Fiji is the perfect destination for a well-deserved family break. If you’re travelling this holiday period, you may be wondering what’s the best way to spend new year’s eve with the kids.
With more than 330 islands, unspoiled white-sand beaches, coral gardens, romantic sunset cruises and delicious cuisine, Fiji is filled with endless adventure possibilities. Think snorkeling, scuba diving, cultural activities, exploring and so much more.
Here are 4 amazing ideas for a new year’s in Fiji the family will remember forever.
1. Dinner cruise through Fijian waters
What better way to enjoy the crystal blue waters of Fiji than with a cruise? Take family bonding and sightseeing to the next level with a sunset dinner cruise through the Fijian waters.
Hop on board the Fiji One, Fiji’s most prestigious charter vessel and one of the largest sailing catamarans in the Southern Hemisphere. Indulge in a mouth-watering feast; a tropical barbecue dinner cooked fresh from local ingredients and prepared by local chefs. A complimentary welcome drink is also included, which you’ll be able to enjoy while taking in the breathtaking, paradisiac views.
2. Resort day
Since your Fiji trip is likely about relaxing, why should New Year’s Eve be any different? A resort day could be the perfect way to farewell the year, with Fiji’s resorts well and truly catering for the whole family.
You can start your day at the pool, which is a great way to use up some of that boundless energy that kids seem to have. Kids’ pools are particularly suitable for this as they are shallow and some offer water slides, providing hours of fun while you concentrate on your tan or your next cocktail order. Surfing, fishing, snorkelling, cycling, a visit to the spa and a buffet dinner are just some of the other ways to fill your day within the comfort of the resort.
Plus, there’s plenty more on offer depending on where you’re staying.
At the Musket Cove Island Resort, free activities include daily coral reef and sand bank snorkelling trips; kayaking; windsurfing; a Solevu Shell village tour; guided medicine walks and island treks; Fijian cooking classes, and visits to cultural displays. Non-complementary activities are also definitely worth your coin – consider renting a push bike to cycle your way through the several kilometres of sandy paths and bikeways.
The Radisson Blu Resort Denarau also has premium amenities and complementary activities. These include a kids club; day spa; adults-only pool; lagoon-style swimming pools; a children’s pool with waterslides; kayaking, as well as stand-up paddle boarding. If you’d like to make the most of your experience within the resort, consider paying extra for tennis, snorkelling, PADI scuba diving, fishing trips, golf or mini golf, windsurfing, canoeing, water skiing and jet skiing.
3. Island hopping
Booking an island-hopping cruise is the perfect way to make the most out of a day in Fiji while relaxing in paradise. There are many types of cruises you can choose from, featuring different destinations (picture Modriki Island, where Tom Hanks’ Castaway was filmed!). There are 4, 7 and 9-night family cruise packages available.
The 4-night option, a cruise to Yasawa in a family cabin, is a short and introductory adventure that’ll feature unspoilt sandy beaches and include meals, child minding services as well as transfers.
The 7-night cruise is the perfect mix of island-hopping and resort style relaxation. It features a tour of the remote Northern Yasawa Islands as well as a 2 night stay at the Radisson Blu Denarau Resort.
Book the 9-night tour for the ultimate island-hopping experience. With this cruise, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the true Fijian culture and you’ll stop in remote, breathtakingly beautiful pristine islands.
4. A cultural activity
Being respectful about the country you’re visiting and learning about its culture and traditions can be a beautiful, rewarding and interesting experience. This is especially true for Fiji, as its traditional ceremonies are very much alive and performed regularly. Fijians are warm, welcoming and inviting when it comes their cultural heritage. Try to visit local villages and experience their traditional culture if you can. Alternatively, some ceremonies you try to witness are:
- The Yaqona Ceremony: Take a seat on the floor in a communal circle and watch how they make kava, Fiji’s traditional ceremonial drink. The beverage is made from the roots of a local pepper plant and mixed with water. It’s delicious for the adults to try – but a bit tongue-numbing!
- The Meke: This traditional song and dance performance tells the legends of the islands in dances, from soft and gentle to loud and warrior-like.
- Fire Walking Ceremony: For this ancient Fijian ritual, witness how men, the ‘firewalkers’, walk single-file across a pit, several metres in length filled with red-hot stones and emerge with their feet unscathed.
Your next adventure awaits
Fiji is a stunning set of islands with a deep culture and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. Leave your stresses back at home and unwind with these easy but fulfilling ideas to do with the family on New Year’s Eve. A sunset dinner cruise, island-hopping, a day at the resort and a cultural activity are all simple things that’ll make sure you start the new year with a bang. Take a look at our range of Captain Cook Fiji packages and prepare yourself for paradise.