Best Things To Do in Fiji
Fiji lures visitors with its aquamarine waters and soft, warm sands that you'll find right outside the doors of your resort. In this setting, you can snorkel with manta rays in the Yasawas, scuba dive near Taveuni, or party in the Mamanuca Islands. But if you prefer something a bit tamer, you can visit a history museum or stop to smell the orchids at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. With so much to do, don't forget to lay back and relax – it's not every day that you're in Fiji.
Updated May 3, 2019
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If you're looking for a beautiful, central place to stay and enjoy the beach, the Coral Coast is a good bet. You'll find it on the southwest side of Viti Levu. Along its pearly white sands, you'll spot resorts and hotels galore. But even if you're not staying at one of these, you can access the shoreline from Queens Road, which runs between Nadi and Suva. Be sure to bring water, snacks and sunscreen with you, especially if you're not staying in one of the adjacent properties.
Energetic travelers will love the Coral Coast for its athletic offerings, such as Ecotrax, which offers rail-mounted push carriages that take visitors through lush Fijian landscapes. Visitors can also immerse themselves in Fijian culture for a day with the Fiji Heritage and Culture tour which takes visitors to places such as a pottery village and Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. For more information, visit the website.
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This chain of 20 islands garners attention for its lush landscapes, striking volcanic peaks, sparkling blue lagoons and ever-present sunshine. The Yasawa Islands are also known as the great granddaddy of the Mamanucas in both breadth and magnitude.
Here, the number of things to do is infinite. You can work up a sweat hiking along Waya island, or, for something less exhausting, try laying out on Oarsman's Bay beach on Nacula, or meet a manta ray on Nanuya Balavu or Drawaqa. To get around, you can hire a seaplane from Nadi or a ferry from Denarau Port. Trips to the Yasawas take about 30 minutes via seaplane and several hours via boat (depending on the island you visit). Many of the companies offer transit services from Port Denarau directly to resorts, which makes it easy to stay in the Yasawas for a few days. Prices vary depending on transit company. Prices vary depending on transit company, but you should expect to spend around FJ$400 (around $186) per person one-way for a seaplane. If you choose to take a ferry, be prepared to spend several hours on the water to get to the Yasawas when coming from Port Denarau and to spend around FJ$200 (or about $93) for a one-way ticket. If you can't decide which island to visit, purchase a Bula Pass from Awesome Adventures Fiji to island hop. For more information, visit the tourism website.
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Catch a ferry from Port Denarau and zip over to the Mamanuca Islands. This set of roughly 20 islands offers travelers everything from a secluded resort on Navini Island to bumping bars on Mana or Beachcomber islands.
The Mamanuca Islands are also known for their breathtaking beauty. In fact, they've served as the setting for the Tom Hanks film "Cast Away" and several seasons of the TV show "Survivor." Along with the spectacular scenery, travelers also appreciated all the water sports activities available in the waters surrounding the Mamanuca Islands; you can do everything from snorkel to dive to surf. Ferries are available from a few different companies; trip lengths and prices vary depending on which specific Mamanuca Island you visit. However, you can expect to spend at most two hours to get to a Mamanuca Island and pay at least $FJ169 (approximately $78) for a day cruise which will depart and return to Port Denarau on the same day. You can learn more about the Mamanuca Islands here.
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When you think of Taveuni – Fiji's third-largest island – you should picture snorkeling and scuba diving. The coral reefs are unbelievably gorgeous and diverse. The world-famous Rainbow Reef sits off this island, which plays host to a colorful array of corals and the stunning Great White Wall. But you can be shocked and awed on dry land, too.
Several hikes like the Lavena Coastal Walk (which terminates at a waterfall pool) and the Vidawa Rainforest Trail will afford you beautiful vistas. Both of these hikes are in or near Bouma National Heritage Park. You'll pay a small fee to access the park, but visitors say it is worth the price of admission. You can hitch a ride to Taveuni by plane or boat from Viti Levu or Vanua Levu (to learn more, check out our guide to Getting Around Fiji). If you choose to fly, be sure to book a few extra days on either end of your stay, as planes are sometimes cancelled or delayed for weather. Getting to Taveuni from Vanua Levu by boat will take about two hours. For more information, visit the tourism website.
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Vilavilairevo, Fijian for "jumping into the oven," is the practice of firewalking. And it's not just the stroll across fire that's amazing; rather, it's the walking on fire without getting burned that's astonishing. It's said that the practice originated with a man named Tunaiviqalita of Beqa Island, who convinced a spirit god to allow him to forever have the ability to walk on scalding stones. It is said the ability to walk on the stones has passed through Tunaiviqalita's bloodline. Today, you can watch firewalking ceremonies at resorts throughout Fiji, but you can bet that the men doing it grew up in Beqa. Many resorts, like Outrigger on the Lagoon, offer regular firewalking shows to guests as part of its Signature Experience.
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The Fiji Museum tells the history of the archipelago with artifacts that span 3,700 years. From cannibal forks to shell jewelry to Indian artwork, the items here showcase a long and diverse history.
Recent visitors said the museum is well done and gives a great overview of Fijian culture and history. Several lauded the on-site gift store. As an added bonus, the museum is easily accessible on foot.
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Port Denarau is located on Fiji's Denarau Island, which is connected to Viti Levu by bridge and is just a 20-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. Of course, you can hop on a boat and sail to other islands – like the Mamanucas –from this port. But you can also stay on dry land and enjoy the hotels, restaurants and shopping at the approximately 32,800-square-foot Retail and Commercial Centre. There's also an 18-hole golf course and opportunities for water sports like jet-boating.
Recent visitors enjoyed visiting the marina, saying that it has a variety of delicious food options. Several travelers also noted that there is a convenience store, which is a good place to avoid expensive hotel prices on travel essentials. You can peruse Port Denarau for free at any time, though individual shops and restaurants operate on individual schedules. For more information, visit Port Denarau's website.
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The Garden of the Sleeping Giant is located in the foothills of the Nausori Highlands. The highlight here is the garden's collection of vibrant orchids. Once part of a private collection owned by the Canadian TV actor Raymond Burr, the orchids have thrived in Fiji's tropical climate. Another must-do is the "jungle walk," which wanders past a lily pond and through a native rainforest.
Travelers said that the garden is a gorgeous and peaceful place to visit. They also loved the complimentary drink at the end of their walk. Others appreciated the garden's beauty, but were not sure if it was worth the admission price.
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