Hotels in Fiji
Most of Fiji’s islands are either volcanic or coral islands. Volcanic islands are distinguished by rocky mountainous terrain with a largely uninhabitable interior. Viti Levu, Fiji’s biggest and most populous island – accommodating about 70 per cent of the population and the country’s two cities, including the capital, Suva – is an example.
Coral islands are distinguished by white sand beaches, lush green cover over a flat interior and a plentiful supply of coconut trees. The popular Beachcomber Island, known as Fiji’s party capital, is a coral island.
Such is the beauty of Fiji’s islands that it is the location of many world-famous films, including Castaway and the 1980s hit The Blue Lagoon.
Fiji is known as the ‘soft coral capital of the world’. The best diving in the Pacific happens off the Fijian coast. It is also known as a surfing haven and has excellent rafting and sailing.
Fiji is a developing economy that depends largely on subsistence farming. It is, however, one of the most developed economies in the Pacific Realm. Its abundance of natural resources, sugar exports and tourism account for most of its income. It also grows coconuts and ginger.
When to go:
The best time to visit Fiji is in from May to October. Fiji’s wet season is from November to April.
- Charter a yacht to take you sailing through the famous Mamanucas. These islands have a reputation for having the best beaches in Fiji and there is ample opportunity for surfing, diving and snorkelling. Both Castaway and The Blue Lagoon were shot here.
- Take the kids to the Kula Eco Park, where they’ll love spotting the colourful parrots, fruit bats and fluffy orange doves.
- Go scuba diving in the Great Astrolabe Reef, the world’s fourth largest barrier reef. Get up close and personal with manta rays and turtles just off the coast of Kadavu.
- Take a leisurely boat trip up the Navua River. A typical day trip will wind you past magical waterfalls and into traditional villages where you might even get to see a local ceremony. A seafood lunch and a swim are obligatory.
- Go white water rafting through Fiji’s forests or try sea kayaking in the beautiful lagoons.
- Cycle through the cane fields and foothills of the Sabeto Mountains.
- Buy some South Sea pearls. There are plenty of fancy shops selling them but it’s most fun to visit the daily craft markets in Nadi or Suva.
- Watch a game of rugby. It is the favourite sport in Fiji and almost every village has a team whose locals support it passionately.
- Try kokoda, the Fijian version of ceviche. It’s a delightful dish of fresh caught fish marinated in lemon juice and coconut milk.