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  • Writer's pictureJane Turner

333 Islands of South Pacific paradise!

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

If you like island getaways, you'll love Fiji!

Fiji offers a very intimate and authentic experience. While other popular beach destinations are becoming more crowded, Fiji is a quieter and more tranquil destination, where you can truly connect with the natural beauty and the warm and friendly Fijian people. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Fiji has something for everyone. In May 2023, I spent 8 days island hopping and loved every minute! With over 333 islands to explore I only touched the surface but found a different vibe on each island and always, the genuine warmth and welcoming by the Fijian people. So how do you know which island is for you?

As a Fiji Specialist, that's where we come in. We make these trips so we can help you choose the right island & resort, combine with logisitics (since the options and timetables to get to these islands require some know how) and recommend activities. Note: not all resorts have long white sandy beaches, some are on lagoons. Here are some reasons Fiji is a great choice, as a stopover on the way to New Zealand and/or Australia or a single destination visit.

Royal Davui

Perfectly balanced vacation for couples

Couples can find adult only resorts if preferred, along with a wide range of activities available that cater to different levels of physical activity and energy levels. For those looking for active pursuits there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, diving, surfing, paddleboarding, rafting, kayaking, and snorkeling. For those seeking a more laid-back experience indulge in spa treatments, leisurely walks along the beach, cultural experiences or taking in the beautiful scenery. Ultimately, Fiji offers a perfect balance of both high-energy and low-key activities, giving visitors the freedom to choose the type of experience that perfectly suits their travel style.


Pop the question, say 'I Do' or renew vows in one of the most romantic places on earth

Would you prefer a barefoot bash or a formal button-up affair? Would you rather exchange vows on a white sandy beach, a five star resort, under a waterfall or on your own private island? The choices are endless.

Fiji is a perfect destination wedding for several reasons:

  • Internationally accepted wedding apostilles

  • A year-round mild climate, with temperatures between 78F to 87F

  • Plenty of options when it comes to choosing what type of wedding you want 

  • Beautiful natural scenery as a backdrop for the special day

  • Professional wedding planners at the resorts who have all the right contacts to hair & make-up specialists, florists, photographers and videographers, musical entertainers and are there for all the tiny details that need to be special

Ideal for families

Fiji is a popular destination for families due to its warm and welcoming culture, stunning natural beauty, and abundance of family-friendly activities. The country is renowned for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, making it the perfect setting for snorkeling, diving, and beachcombing. Families can also enjoy hiking through lush rainforests, exploring waterfalls and hot springs, ziplining, take an organic farm tour or visit historical landmarks and museums.


Additionally, many resorts offer dedicated kids clubs and activities, allowing parents to relax and unwind while their children are entertained and supervised. Activities include activities such as reef walks, fish feeding, gardening, sand castle building, coconut bowling and crab collecting. From cultural experiences to outdoor adventures, Fiji offers something for everyone in the family.


Cultural Experiences

Fiji is known for its rich cultural heritage and traditions. Visitors can participate in a range of cultural activities such as meke dancing, kava ceremonies, and traditional Fijian feasting. Many travelers also enjoy visiting local villages to learn about the customs and way of life of the Fijian people. There are also opportunities to witness traditional art and craft demonstrations such as woodcarving, weaving, and pottery making. Overall, Fiji offers a unique and immersive cultural experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveler.


3 Etiquette Tips Dress Modestly It’s respectful to cover your bare shoulders and legs when visiting a Fijian village.   Women often wear long skirts or dresses while men opt for T-shirts and knee-length shorts. Alternatively, wrap ‘sulu’ (sarong) around your waist when in the village, so that it can be easily removed when you leave. Remove Your Hat & Sunglasses  As a sign of respect for the chief, please remove your hat, sunglasses and carry your bags in your hands (rather than shoulders) when walking around the village.      Ask Permission First Before taking photos or wandering into someone’s home or a communal area, it’s customary to seek permission.  Fijians are known for their warmth and a simple request first, goes a long way in showing respect.  Don’t forget to also remove your shoes by the door before entering any village building.  


World Class Surfing I had the opportunity to visit world famous surf breaks of Cloudbreak, Wilkes Passage and Tavarua (for experienced surfers) along with my own surf session at Natadola Beach on the mainland. While there are dedicated surf resorts (often heavily booked in advance) as an alternative you might stay at a non-surf resort and get daily transporation out to the breaks.


Water temperratures don't fluctuate much staying in the late 70's-80's throughout the year.

There are only two season's in Fiji, summer and winter. Summer (November - April)

'Summer' in Fiji is known as the wet season, and includes the months from November to April. These months are characterized by long, warm days, short afternoon downpours that seem to come out of (and then disappear into) nowhere, fiery sunsets and higher humidity, so a water bottle to keep hydrated throughout the day is a must. Daily temperatures can soar to 87, with the average temp sitting at 77/78. January/February are the warmest months.  ‘Winter' (May - October) Winter’ the dry season, offers shorter but sunnier days, with coastal areas getting a bit cool evening so take a light jacket to keep warm while sipping cocktails at the beach bar. The temperature is only slightly lower than the wet season, with an average temperature of 73-75 and most days ranging from 66-82. July and August are the coolest months, and the average rainfall drops between 50-75% compared to the wetter months.


Swimming with Manta Rays

In a recent travel article where Fiji was voted #2 best island destinations travelers were quoted as saying:

"The world would be a much better place if everyone was as kind and gracious as the Fijians"
"Beautiful islands with lots of diversity, friendly people and great value"

Fiji Airways Fiji Airways fly the modern, ultra quiet Airbus A350 from North America to Fiji and offer two classes of service, Economy and Business Class. Economy has some extra space options. Click here to tour their cabins and seats. The service is, as you would expect, excellent. The friendly crew do a great job.


Flying times from Nadi, Fiji to:

Auckland

3hrs

Wellington

3hrs 50 mins

Christchurch

4hrs

Sydney

4hrs 50mins

Melbourne

5hrs 20 mins

Brisbane

4hrs 05mins

Flying times from USA:

San Francisco

10hrs 35mins

Los Angeles

11hrs

Adult only resort with over-water bungalows

So put Fiji on your bucket list, it's a place with a strong sense of culture, great water activities and climate, the freshest produce and I believe great value for money compared to places such as Hawaii. No matter where you go you will be greeted with a 'Bula' and warm smile. The Fijian people are some of the friendliest, most genuine people you will ever meet!




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