“Aruba, Jamaica, Oooooo I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, c’mon pretty mama. Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go. We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow”…sound like a familiar tune from the famous Beach Boys? Not once did they mention the island we are about to mentally take you to, though.
Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches, pristine natural environment and those overwater bungalows that are often seen on reality shows-yes, that’s right, we are talking about no other than Fiji.
Fiji is often associated with people’s bucket lists and we can see why. In the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is home to 320 tropical islands perfect for weddings, honeymoons, families, business incentives, milestone anniversaries, and so much more.
When to Visit Fiji
The best time to visit Fiji is during the winter dry season. This season takes place from April to early October and is the time of year when the humidity is lower, there is less rainfall and comfortable temperatures. November through March can be very hot, and rain can be expected. The time to visit really depends on your reason for traveling. For those interested in diving or surfing, Fiji's winter months are the best time – for the biggest breaks and the best visibility. For land activities such as hiking, biking or rainforest trekking, the cooler, drier winter months also make for a more pleasurable time.
Getting to Fiji
Fiji may seem like it’s far away, but getting there is actually easier than people may think. Fiji’s national airline carrier has regular flights from many international destinations. If you‘re coming from the U.S. and flying to Fiji you can use search engines such as Expedia and Kayak to search. Nadi International Airport is located on the island of Viti Levu and has the airport code NAD. One thing to keep in mind when flying to Fiji is, you do cross the International Date Line. Adjusting your arrival and departure dates may be a consideration when booking your trip.
Airlines that travel to Fiji include Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Air Pacific to name a few. You will want to check these websites to compare airfares as these airlines sometimes have special rates or offer economical package deals that include both airfare and hotel stays.
Where to Stay
Every year, all kinds of travelers visit Fiji, and there’s a place to stay for everyone. From five star resorts that offer world class dining and facilities, to affordable hostels and island resorts that offer eco-tours or just a fun atmosphere. For the luxury traveler, check out Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. If you’re truly looking to escape to a spacious hideaway nestled around crystal clear lagoons, stay in one of these two top resorts. They both offer over-water bungalows or private on-shore villas that stretch along semi-private beaches.
For the casual traveler or a traveler with family, check out the Sheraton Denarau Villas, Fiji Beach Resort & Spa by Hilton, and Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa. These resorts offer something for everyone from Kid’s Clubs to the spa. These resorts are also a little more affordable and offer several dining options. Whether you’re looking to relax in a hammock, watch the sunset over the beach, tee off, sail at dusk, or prepare for a meeting – these resorts will meet your every need.
What to Do
One of the most enjoyable activities to do in Fiji is, well, nothing. When life offers you beautiful white sandy beaches lined with the bluest water and clear sunny skies – embrace it! Would you have a problem with spending your day in a hammock or at the swim-up bar? Always remember, you’re on Fiji time.
The water is pleasant year round in Fiji-and full of beautiful fish and coral. Adrenalin Fiji has plenty of thrills for the whole family, whether you want to surf, dive, cruise, fish or even fly. More options for families traveling to Fiji include being resort side. Fijian resorts are known for their friendliness and brilliant kids’ programs. Most run from sunrise well into the night, giving mom and dad plenty of “us” time.
A true must-do in Fiji is the Falls of Taveuni, otherwise known as Fiji’s Garden of Eden. More than 80 percent of it is protected within the Bouma National Heritage Park, and it beams with rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns, tumbling waterfalls and natural water slides. Don’t miss the Tavoro waterfalls, a 60-foot horsetail of white water that cascades into an emerald pool and is easily accessible via a flat, grassy trail.
Other top activities in Fiji include eco-tour’s, sailing cruises, helicopter flights, firewalking, visiting the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, and Zip Fiji to name a few.
Fiji is a place to step back in time. A place that hands you the time to relax, re-assess and appreciate the things that really matter in life – health, family, a partner, nature and a sense of perspective. Fiji will have you not wanting to say “moce!”In Fijian, this means goodbye. So instead say “bula,” (hello) and take a trip to the South Pacific!