Fiji Islands are one of the best tourist destinations in the world that you have to visit at least once. These islands have everything to make your trip memorable. You can enjoy jungle waterfalls, white-sand beaches naturally decorated with coconut palms, and many other natural beauties.
One thing that’s famous about Fiji is that it’s arguably the friendliest place on earth. The people there are just like your friends at home. You’ll never feel homesick while in Fiji. If you’re planning to visit the islands, here’s a list of places that you can visit during your trip.
- Viti Levu
Viti Levu is the largest isle of Fiji having the official capital of Suva. Its tourism capital is Nadi.
- If you want to enjoy the region, do not book an interisland flight, hire a taxi from Nadi International Airport and through the forest foothills of Sabeto Range, visit Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
- It’s a botanical sanctuary of Zen-like lily ponds and vanilla-scented orchids created by late actor Raymond Burr.
- Next, you should go to the Fiji Orchid Resort. It has six elegant Fijian-style bungalows, each with a tent-like roof and glass walls. You should take the time to stay there.
- You will get the feel that you are very far away, but you are just 15-minutes from downtown Nadi.
Nadi has an open-air memento market. From there, you can buy traditional items of Fijian craft like wooden kava bowls, scepter-like cannibal forks, and hand-painted saris.
- You can also explore the country’s Indian Heritage by visiting richly painted Hindu temple, Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple.
- Out of the total population of Fiji, half have Southeast Asian ancestry. They are the descendants of Indians (mostly Bengalis) who came to work here in the late 1800s and stayed here.
- Lastly, you can taste the famous fish curry with spiced roti at Curry House, a favorite diner of visitors and local people.
If you want to explore the Fiji’s topography, travel by helicopter from NIA to Mamanuca Islands.
- These are a chain of islets which go miles towards the northwest of Viti Levu.
- In them, one of the highlights is Monuriki island. It is the same island which became famous after Tom Hanks’ movie Castaway.
- To explore them more closely, experience them from a multi-day cruise or take a day trip to islands.
Beqa is located on the southern coast of Viti Levu and is surrounded by the Beqa Lagoon which is a home to over 100 dive sites. It is just 5-20 minutes of boat ride from the shore.
- There, you will find the reason why Fiji is considered as the world’s soft coral capital.
- You will see ghost pipefish, blue ribbon eels, pelagics, seahorses, and much more within the depth of 50 feet.
- Beqa Island is not completely about underwater sightseeing; it is also the home of Sawau tribe who developed the traditional art of walking on fire.
- You can be a part of the fire-walking ceremony at Lalati Resort and Spa.
- Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu is the second largest island of Fiji and can be accessed through a short flight from Nadi.
- The atmosphere is more rural and it has stellar beaches with many resorts.
- On the southern coast lies the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort which offers epic diving experience.
- If you want to see the traditional life of the village, this place is great.
- In Vanua Levu, you can also visit the village Nukubaluvu where you can take place in the gift giving ceremony which can be followed by drinking kava (if you’re in Fiji, it is a must-do) and a traditional wild dance with warriors wearing grass-skirts.
In the last decade, Justin Hunter cultivated some of the world’s most unique pearls in the pure water of Savusavu Bay.
- You can find Hunter’s unique products at various stores and resorts, but they are best found there at the source.
- The flagship shop named J. Hunter Pearls’ is situated on the main street of Savusavu, just a few steps away from the harvesting area of pearls.
Taveuni Island is located on the east coast of Vanua Levu and is also known as Fiji’s Garden of Eden.
- More than 80% of the region falls within Bouma National Heritage Park, and you can witness prehistoric tree ferns, rare orchids, natural water slides, and tumbling waterfalls.
- Do not forget to view the 60-feet horsetail of white water, Tavoro waterfalls which fall into an emerald green pool.
These are just seven of the best places to visit when you’re in Fiji for a holiday. These are not just the islands to visit as a holiday spot but a paradise where you will get a lifetime of memories. So whenever you get the chance to go to Fiji, be sure to visit these places. They will surely be worth it.