Fiji, blessed with 333 magnificent islands, some inhabited, most not. We are a land where there is still room to move. Set in the tropical South Pacific, Fiji is surely the essence of a tropical island paradise. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways and a range of things to do and see that will appeal to the most discerning traveler.
But we are so much more than that.
Revel in our 5-star resorts, stroll on our glimmering white beaches hand-in-hand at sunset, snorkel, dive, surf or kayak our pristine oceans, whitewater raft our clear and clean waterways, cruise the ocean around our mainland and outer islands, trek our rainforests, backpack the outer islands, visit our welcoming villages and experience sustainable living or immerse yourself in our unique culture and history.
And then there’s our most precious asset - smiling, generous, relaxed Fijians who greet you and everyone they meet with our famous and welcoming ‘Bula’.
Fiji is a Mecca for all dreamers, adventurers, fun seekers, lovers, divers, backpackers, families, naturalists and anyone else who is looking for their very own tropical experience of a lifetime. In Fiji we have something for everyone.
A two and a half hour scenic drive from Nadi International Airport around the Coral Coast is Pacific Coast. The Pacific Coast was Fiji’s first integrated resort development based around a Robert Trent-Jones Jnr. designed 18 hole championship golf course and inland waterways. There is a range of accommodation from backpackers to exclusive boutique resorts, bars, cafes on the Pacific Coast.
Pacific Coast is home to The Pearl South Pacific, Uprising Beach Resort and off the coast (Beqa) – Royal Davui, Beqa Lagoon Resort, Lalati Resort.
Known as the Adventure Capital Fiji, Pacific Coast features an extensive range of tours.
Navua Village & Waterfall Adventure: Operated by Hinterland Adventure Tours a fully owned indigenous business operation, this day will give you a memorable authentic Fijian experience where you will ride in the river long boats, visit and interact with Fijian villagers in the village of Nakavu, enjoy the spectacular of a natural waterfall and then experience a ride on the traditional Fijian bamboo raft known as the “bilibili”.
Zip Fiji: Fiji has a diverse variety of plants and animals that live atop its lush tropical rainforest canopy. But let’s face it; there really isn’t any other way you are going have a firsthand look at this interesting spectrum of life than by taking an adventure ride with Zip Fiji Canopy Adventures. Adrenalin seekers can soar through a 200 metre long line at speeds of up to 60 km per hour from platforms as high as 45 meters. Feel the rush as you soar high through Fiji’s lush tropical rainforest on the most thrilling and only canopy zip line in the South Pacific. A wild and fun adventure you will never forget.
Rivers Fiji: An adventure trip down the Navua River should definitely be on the list of priorities for thrill seekers. This is touted as one of the most unique river trips on earth. The tour provided by adventure company “Rivers Fiji’’ takes you deep into the highlands of Namosi before you follow the law of gravity via the Navua River, which is primarily a secret pathway to pristine un-spoilt tropical jungle.
Shark Feeding with Aqua Trek: If you’re looking for a taste of adventure and a definite adrenalin rush, why not join Aqua-Trek in Pacific Harbour for the dive experience of a lifetime – a Beqa Lagoon shark feed dive. Aqua-Trek, a PADI Resort Dive Center. And pioneered the world-famous Beqa Lagoon shark diving, and continues to excite and amaze divers with shark encounters with numerous bull sharks, gray, white and black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks and even the occasional tiger and oceanic white tip shark.
Savusavu & Labasa
Vanua Levu – the country’s second largest island is located north of Viti Levu. It was at one time the centre of the sandalwood trade, but now its primary economy is tourism and sugar, with copra closes to second. Its primary port is Savusavu but its principle urban centre is Labasa, which is also a small port.
Founded before the signing of the Deed of Cession, Savusavu township on the shores of a large picturesque, deepwater harbor was originally established as a centre for the sailing ships plying the coastline for cargoes of sandalwood and beche-de-mer and later it became the centre of the cotton bloom. Savusavu’s economy now relies on copra and tourism (Koro Sun Resort, Namale Resort & Spa, Jean Michel Cousteau’s and the Tui Tai Adventure Cruises are tourism stakeholders in Savusavu).
Savusavu Bay ranks amongst the world’s finest natural harbours and cruise ships visits regularly. The Hibiscus Highway stretches about 70miles up the coast from Savusavu offering some of the finest and most unspoiled scenery.
J. Hunter Pearls: J. Hunter Pearls Fiji is situated in Savusavu Town on the island of Vanua Levu in the north of Fiji, an area that’s still largely untouched. This unspoiled location provides a truly unique location for aquaculture. J. Hunter’s pearls are cultured in a natural environment that’s largely free of impurities and pollution.
A Day in the Life of Savusavu: Savusavu is a lovely little town opposite Nawi Island on Savusavu Bay. The view from town is superb with the bay tranquil and protected making it an ideal haven for the numerous yachts that moor here. Some come for a few days and others come and stay for years.
Surf 'n Turf: Probably the most up-market restaurant in Savusavu outside the resorts. Location - beats anything else in Vanua Levu as it is right on the waterfront at the Copra Shed marina. Excellent local seafood and the curries are amazing. You may have to wait a while for your meal so tune into 'Fiji time" here.
Labasa: Labasa is a busy Indian Town which services Vanua Levu’s major cane growing area. The trans-insular road across to the main town of Labasa offers break-taking views and indigenous rainforests. Labasa is approximately a 2.5hour drive to Savusavu. Labasa is home to Nukubati Great Sea Reef Resort.
Accessibility: Savusavu and Labasa is accessible from Nadi Airport or Suva via scheduled flights with Pacific Sun. Flight time one way is approximately 1 hour to either destination.
Known as the Garden Island Fiji, Taveuni is the country’s 3rd largest island and boasts lush vegetation, spectacular waterfalls, miles of quite, sand beaches and the country’s national flower, the legendary Tagimoucia. Its primary economy is copra, but tourism also plays a dominant role.
The International Dateline (180th Meridian) crosses the island within walking distance of the Garden Island Resort. However for convenience sake, the Date Line has been moved so that all of the Fiji islands are under one time zone.
In the high mountains of Taveuni there is a beautiful lake of considerable size. Pouring through an outlet on the west, a stream which furnishes the township of Somosomo with a good supply of fresh water. A smaller outlet to the east discharges enough water to form a small cascade. The Tagimoucia (weeping flower) is found only on the shores of this lake.
Taveuni is home to Taveuni Palms, Taveuni Island Resort, Paradise Taveuni, Garden Island Resort, Matangi Island Resort & Qamea Resort & Spa.
Diving: If variety is the spice of life, then Taveuni is diving’s red hot chilli pepper…exciting, charismatic, unique and most of all vibrantly colourful. Taveuni offers world class diving at famous dive sites such as Fish Factory, Bommie, Great White Wall, Vuna Reef and Somosomo Strait. Whether it be shore dives or off-shore scuba diving, Taveuni is a diver’s underwater playground offering sharks, manta rays, whales, dolphins, thousands of species of fish and soft coral.
Walking the walks: Bouma and Lavena - Taveuni is all about nature, natural wonders both above and below the water, peace and serenity. These two attractions sit pretty much side by side in the rugged eastern side of Taveuni which makes them a realistic proposition to be tackled over a couple of days. Just up the road you will find the Waitabu Marine Park. This has been declared a “no fishing” fish and snorkelers.
The Tagimoucia: Nestling in a dormant volcano, the rare and lovely tagimoucia blooms on the fringe of Taveuni's remote lakes, four thousand feet above sea level. One of the rarest flowers in the world, the tagimoucia or medinilla waterhousei, grows only on the island of Taveuni, home to lush rainforest, exotic ferns, orchids, rare palms and native trees.
Accessibility: Taveuni is accessible from Nadi Airport or Suva via scheduled flights with Pacific Sun or Island Hoppers Air. From Matei airport, you will board your resort vehicle to be transferred to your final hotel destination. Flight time one way is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The Coral Coast is promoted as one of Fiji’s most sophisticated tourism precincts. Located along the southern shoreline of Viti Levu, extending from Natadola Beach (considered one of Fiji’s finest beach) in the west to Pacific Habour in the east. The Coral Coast is easily accessible from Nadi by way of a scenic drive on the Queens Road or to certain hotels on the Coral Coast – via helicopter.
Coral Coast is home to numerous hotels ranging from budget to 5 star including Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Shangri La Fijian Resort & Spa, Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji Resort, Rydges Hideaway Resort, Naviti Resort & Spa and The Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa.
Depending on final hotel destination, trip time from Nadi Airport to hotel can range from one (1) to two (2) hours.
The Centre of the Coral Coast is considered to be Sigatoka, located on the banks of Sigatoka River, Fiji’s longest river.
The Sigatoka Valley: From Sigatoka you can go inland along the west bank of the meandering river, flanked on both sides by a patchwork of flat green fields of vegetables that give the Sigatoka Valley its nickname: "Fiji's Salad Bowl." The pavement ends about 1km (1/2 mile) from the town; after that, the road surface is poorly graded and covered with loose stones.
Natadola Beach: Still fairly isolated, Natadola Beach is considered by many as Fiji‘s finest beach. Its remoteness and serene atmosphere make for an ideal day escape . Here you will have the opportunity to soak up the sun and swim in a splendid lagoon of clear and shallow water, providing a safe environment for swimming at all tides. Natadola is a curved, pristine white sandy beach bounded by palm trees which stretches on 1.6km and slides into crystal-clear azure waters.
Kula Eco Park: Just off the Queen's Road opposite the Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, Kula Eco Park is Fiji's only wildlife park. Kula Eco Park is an environmental showplace dedicated to the conservation of Fiji's indigenous Fauna and to the environmental education of Fiji's children.
In the 1870s Kadavu was considered as a site for the new capital with Levuka fast running out of space. Luckily for those environmentalists and naturalists today, the island was passed over for Suva, leaving it in its present untouched state.
In contrast to Kadavu’s current image of environmental conservation and sustainable tourism, the islands were known in the old days for their whaling stations. Kadavu was a port of call for steamers bound for New Zealand and Australia with ships mooring at the then whaling station at Galoa Harbour. In addition to the bech-de-mer trade whaling ships also moored at Tavuki Bay.
Diving is first class on this island and all the resorts have dive operations. Trekking to some degree is also possible. Kadavu is one of the least developed islands in Fiji and has a spectacular array of bird life including an indigenous parrot.
Kadavu is home to Dive Kadavu/Matana, Papageno Resort, Matava Resort.
Diving: The Great Astrolabe Reef is still the jewel in the Kadavu diving crown and is a reef now well known among divers throughout the world. The reef is about 100 km long, making it the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. It stretches from the south side of the island near Vunisea, and runs along the south coast before looping around Ono Island and ending off the east coast of the main island. The reef boasts a variety of stunning hard coral outer reef slopes in wonderous colours, and steep soft coral drop-offs. The dive sites here exhibit a tremendous variety with several passages, submerged pinnacles and manta ray cleaning stations adding to the reasons why Kadavu is a great spot for several days diving.
Accessibility: Kadavu is accessible from Nadi Airport or Suva via scheduled flights with Pacific Sun. From Kadavu airport, you will board tender boats to be transferred to your final hotel destination. Flight time one way is approximately 20-25minutes.
Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. It is in the west of the island of Viti Levu, 24 kilometers north of Nadi, and is the second port of entry in Fiji, after Suva. Lying in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane growing region, it is known as the Sugar City.
The city is only a 20minute ride from Nadi. There are a handful of restaurants and hotels It is also the departure point for many tours and cruises to the off-shore islands.
Lautoka is home to First Landing Resort & Villas, Anchorage Hotel, The Fiji Orchid and The Waterfront Hotel.
Rakiraki is a quaint old Colonial Town. Located North of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. Rakiraki is situated along miles of beautiful coastline and spectacular terrain. The area is also enhanced by some of the best weather in the Fiji Island all year round.
Rakiraki is also the getaway to the northern outer island resorts such as Nananu-ira. The Rakiraki Hotel is a well known land mark and is a popular stopover for travelers this side of Viti Levu. Rakiraki is approximately a 2 and a half hour drive from Nadi Airport.
Rakiraki is home to Volivoli Beach Resort, Wananavu Beach Resort, Dolphin Island Resort, Betham’s Cottage, Nananu-i-ra Resort, Bula Rangi Villas and Dream Villas.
The Yasawa Group, made up of some 20 islands of volcanic origin, lies in the chain north-west of Viti Levu. The islands commence about 40km north-west of Lautoka and stretch for 80km. Some of the large islands are Yasawa, Waya. Nacula, Naviti, Yaqeta and Matacawalevu.
Nanuya Levu better known as Turtle Island is the base for one of Fiji’s most exclusive resorts and is also the site of filming of the movie Blue Lagoon, starring Brooke Shields IN 1979. The islands have white sandy beaches and crystalline waters.
The Yasawas, the westernmost islands in Fiji, are magnificent in their mountain scenery, isolated beaches and limestone formations, the most famous being the limestone caves at Sawa-i-lau with its ancient wall writings.
Yasawa is home to a range of backpacker resorts and the more exclusive Boutique resorts such as Viwa Island Resort, Yasawa Island Resort and Navutu Stars.
Romance in the Yasawas: ‘Romance’ is such a relative word and there are as many varieties as there are fingerprints or snowflakes. Fiji has always been considered one of the romance capitals of the world and this can be easily confirmed by the amount of daily enquiries received in regard to honeymoons or weddings to this very website.
Flashpacking and Backpacking through the Yasawa Islands: The Yasawa Islands are certainly some of the most picturesque and scenic islands that Fiji has to offer. Located north of the more famous Mamanuca chain, the Yasawa’s present a far different experience than its more developed sisters. While the luxury resort offerings that Fiji is famous for there are surely available, the Yasawa’s has thus far staked it claim on an experience enticing backpacking and flashbacking visitors the world over.
Accessibility: Most Yasawa Island Resorts are readily accessible by daily scheduled launch transfers, helicopters (chartered basis), seaplanes (chartered basis), and 24 hour water taxis (chartered basis)
The Mamanucas is a chain of islands west of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu. They provide white sand beaches, waving palms, blue waters and at night cooling influences of the trade winds. The Mamanucas are volcanic outcrops pushed up from the ocean floor thousands of years ago. Some of them have a special significance in Fijian folklore; all of them have a special significance for the visitor.
The groups are in fact two clusters of islands known as Mamanuca-i-ra (Leeward Mamanuca) and Mamanuca-i-cake (Windward Mamanuca). The leeward islands are uninhabited whilst the windward islands have villages but most are used only for the cultivation of crops and the occasional fishing excursion.
The Mamanucas provides a range of resorts to suit everyone’s pocket – whether it is upscale resorts such as Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Vomo Island Resort, Wadigi Private Island, and Tokoriki Island Resort to the family resorts – Castaway Island Resort, Plantation Island Resort or Malolo Island Resort or for back packers – Beachcomber Island Resort or Bounty Island Resort.
Set among deep blue waters with fringing coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanuca Islands offers tourists some of Fiji’s most outstanding island beauty and the friendliest staff in the world...some of whom reside in nearby villages.Revel in a snorkeling experience right out the beach! For dive enthusiasts
The gateway to the Fiji Islands, Nadi could be dismissed as simply the entry and exit point for visitors on their way to Nadi International Airport. Fiji’s largest town, Nadi grew almost by accident. During World War II, a small airstrip has been extended for use by military aircraft and in the late 1940’s was further developed to Civil Aviation Standards. It became the first international airport in Fiji and as tourist numbers grew, so did this small town set amidst canefields and with a spectacular aspect across Nadi Bay.
Highlights of Nadi
In the colonial period, Nadi was seen as the town with the “Wild West” atmosphere. Nowadays the streets of Nadi Town are bustling with tourists drawn to the duty free stores, restaurants, bars and handicraft outlets. The markets especially on a Saturday provide some special shopping opportunities.
Shopping: Nadi offers a great shopping experience with most of the main shops located along the one very busy and congested main street. Shopping for that trendy outfit in Nadi Town is affordable with items of good quality with several large labels manufactured in the country. T-shirts, jeans, joggers and surf shorts abound here.
Many of the stores have a service orientated feel about them and staff have impeccable manners, but try not to let anyone talk into buying something you don’t really want. There are fine jeweler outlets, handicraft shops, tailors and local cafés and restaurants.
Woven items and wooden artifacts are some of the most popular souvenir items and these are readily available at many establishments, large and small.
Architecture: Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple - There are very few travelers who venture to these shores who do not return home with a photo or two of Nadi's major landmark. This impressive temple is the second for Nadi the original having more rustic origins as a thatched hut on the banks of the Nadi River.
Accessibility: Accessible from Nadi are the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands groups.
One of the leading integrated tourism destinations in the South Pacific, Denarau Island is located a convenient 25 minutes form Nadi International Airport and 7 minutes from Nadi Town and is home to Sheratons Resort & Westin Fiji Resort & Spa, Radisson Fiji Resort, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Fiji Beach Resort Managed by Hilton, The Terraces, Whyndam Resorts and the world class Denarau Golf and Racquet Club.
Highlights of Denarau
Port Denarau: Apart from offering sophisticated hotel and recreational experiences, Port Denarau with its shops, restaurants/bars and growing marina has become a major transit hub for Fiji Tourism including being the main transfer point (by boat) for the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands; principal departure point for soft adventure cruises on traditional tall ships, island day cruises, dinner cruises, jet boat rides and luxury yachts.
Sport: Sport is big on Denarau with Denarau Golf and Racquet Club offering a spectacular 18 hole par 72 championship golf course. The 7135 –yard course has been designed around the islands extensive waterways. An impressive clubhouse comprising a restaurant, bar and pro-shop overlooks the 9th, 10th and 18th holes. A 300-yard plus driving range and an adjacent complex with 10 courts compliments the club facilities.
Shopping Outlets: You won’t run out of anything! Port Denarau shop outlets include clothes, handicraft, pharmacy, post shop, deli, bank, bookstore, jewellery, fishing equipment, bottle shop, and a spa facility.
Restaurants & Bars: A wide variety of restaurants and bars is available at Port Denarau – Hard Rock Café, Chef’s Restaurant, Indigo (Indian food), Cardo’s Steakhouse, Amalfi (Italian), Bone Fish, Lulu’s Café, Mama’s Pizzas, Rhum-ba offers convenient off-site dining for guests holidaying on Denarau or guests using the port as a transit point to/from the islands.
The Capital of Fiji since 1882; Suva is the political and administrative capital of Fiji and the South Pacific. Suva is the melting pot of Fiji’s diverse multi-cultural community boasting a mix of modern and traditional colonial architecture.
Approximately a 3 hour drive from Nadi ; Suva offers a range of duty free stores, malls to the local shops and special boutique shops, for serious shoppers to enjoy. Suva has also become renowned for its many bars, nightclubs, strong café culture and restaurants.
Suva has its own international airport (Nausori).
Suva is home to The Grand Pacific Hotel, Holiday Inn, Tanoa Plaza, Novotel Suva and a range of self contained apartments or Air BnB Accommodation Options.
Once in Suva, getting around on foot is easy enough and is a great way to see local attractions.
- Government House (home of Fiji’s President)
- Government House Guards
- Thurston Gardens
- Sacred Heart Cathedral
- Suva Market
- Old parliament house
- Government buildings
- Pure Fiji factory