Vacation in Fiji
A vacation in Fiji is an escape to a tropical paradise with incredible sandy beaches, glorious weather, and swaying coconut trees. Home to a wealth of natural beauty on land and underwater, Fiji is an ideal vacation destination to relax and unwind or to have the adventure of a lifetime.
Fiji is often referred to as the crossroads of the South Pacific, but it is closer than you think. Air Pacific, Fiji’s national carrier, flies non-stop from Los Angeles to Nadi in around 10 hours. This over-night flight works with your internal body clock, leaving the west coast later in the evening and arriving to greet the dawn in Fiji, so there’s no lost day on your Fiji vacation. There is also direct, 6-hour service, from Honolulu to Nadi, which is located on the western side of the principal island, Viti Levu. And getting around the islands is relatively easy with plane, helicopter, and jet-catamaran services.
Along with a highly favourable exchange rate for North Americans, and no tipping, your vacation in Fiji will be a surprisingly good value. All 5-star and better 4-star properties offer all-inclusive Fiji vacations (accommodations, meals and perks), while better mid-range resorts offer affordable meal plans add-ons. One unique aspect of Fiji is that the islands aren’t chock-a-block with hotels. Fiji resorts are mainly singular, boutique properties miles apart although there are larger, international branded properties.
What makes Fiji truly special is the genuine warmth and friendliness of Fijian people. Fijian hospitality and their infectious ‘Bula!’ greeting are famous around the world. “The friendliest people on earth” live their culture and invite you to share in it. Woven into the fabric of every Fiji vacation experience is the interaction with the Fijians and their culture.The Fijian archipelago contains 333 islands, about a hundred of which are inhabited. Occasionally you will feel like you have a whole island to yourself which makes Fiji an ideal vacation getaway. You can keep yourself busy on your Fiji vacation with a host of activities such as river rafting and kayaking, open-water shark feeds, swimming with large manta rays, sport fishing, zip-lining, mountain biking and rainforest trekking or some less challenging activities.
The islands are known as “the Soft Coral Capital of the World” – a premier scuba diving destination with countless sites to satisfy any level enthusiast. The moderate water temperature makes for year-round diving and the visibility is a photographers dream. With over 4,000 sq. miles of coral reefs, Fiji offers divers unparalleled marine biodiversity. You can do wreck, shore or night diving from a resort or on a live aboard vessel. And if you surf, you’ve heard of Fiji and some of the legendary breaks such as “Swimming Pools”, “Restaurants” and of course, “Cloud Break”.As tourism has grown, so has the level and number of golf courses on the main island. The original Robert Trent Jones jr. course at Pacific Harbour has been supplanted by the 18-hole course on Denarau Island near Nadi and more recently by the challenging Natadola (pronounced “Natandola”) Beach course designed by Fiji native Vijay Singh.
But if the most strenuous activity you intend to do on your Fiji vacation is lifting a novel and a cocktail glass, there’s a hammock awaiting with your name on it. Miles of pristine beaches or tranquil rainforests will soothe your spirit, as will unique spa and wellness treatments. Be at one with your inner spirit with yoga or meditation workshops. Relax with a traditional “bobo” (pronounced ” bombo”) massage or the indulge in latest spa practices from Europe. Imagine yourself being massaged beneath swaying palms on a beach, under a rainforest canopy or in a luxurious, modern facility.
Countless magazines and bloggers have extolled the romantic virtues of Fiji. For example, a Travel + Leisure magazine readership poll voted Fiji “One of the Top 5 Romantic Destinations in the World”. Fiji islands are ideal for destination weddings, honeymoons, babymoons or just a romantic escape for you and your partner. Fiji weddings are legally recognized in North America and resorts offer hassle-free, wedding planner services. Fiji is a great place to test the waters both real and metaphorically.
Cruising is a great way to see more of Fiji and here again, there are many choices. If you’re sailing across the Pacific or up from Australia, most larger ships will stop by Port Denarau (Nadi) or dock in Suva. But Fiji is known for their “Small Ship Cruising”. Principally two companies – Blue Lagoon and Captain Cook Cruises take passengers on 4 and 7-day itineraries through the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. These stylish ships only carry between 64 and 115 passengers, so it never feels like a floating city. Your cruise can be a standalone Fiji vacation or a perfect add-on to a land based stay in Fiji. For the more adventurous, there is the highly popular Tui Tai Cruise aboard a 3-masted schooner as well as a sailing safari run by Captain Cook Cruises.
If you want to add a bit of panache to your Fiji vacation, you can cruise the islands aboard one of the super yachts or charter a vessel with crew. If your time doesn’t allow for a longer sailing vacation, there are also a number of single day, catamaran or sunset cruises. While we’ve been extolling the romance and adventure aspects of a Fiji vacation, don’t forget the family. Fijians value their families and that extends to the care of your children. Many of the resorts have “Kids Camps”, infant care or young teen programs. With this in mind, Fiji makes an ideal destination for a multi-generational family vacation. In Fiji, there is something for everyone. Live your Fijian experience – don’t just imagine it.