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The heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to happiness. For the perfect holiday, choose from affordable accommodation all the way through to exclusive 5 star resorts, bunk down in a hostel or book an island to yourself.Famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment Fiji is a leader in eco-tourism. For business travel there is no better place halfway between North America and Asia. Weddings and honeymoons in Fiji are a dream of a lifetime, and families and children have a special place here.

A friendly Fijian welcome and broad smiles await you in this tropical paradise of beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and swaying palm trees. Renowned for stunning sunsets, breathtaking waterfalls, awesome surf, and pristine rain forests, Fiji unsurprisingly draws thousands of visitors to its shores each year.

Comprising more than 300 islands, the country is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, where East Indian, Polynesian, Melanesia, Chinese and European converge to form a unique cultural medley. English is widely spoken, which means communication is a breeze.

Brimming with colourful attractions, awe-inspiring scenery, friendly people and cultural and sporting activities aplenty, Fiji offers something for everyone. From the wanderlust-suffused traveller to the hedonistic sports junkie, this archipelago at the crossroads of the South Pacific is tourist heaven. And, best of all, there’s an array of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes and budgets.

Fiji’s must see places

Arts Village

Pacific Harbour’s Arts Village is a mixture of historical fantasy and contemporary local flavour. Cultural performances include boat tours around the adjacent lagoon, temple and market tours and traditional displays of Fijian fire walking, all guaranteed to induce ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.

Arts Village

Amazing Hot Springs and Mud Baths

Fiji’s hidden hot springs gem is believed by locals to have healing properties. Irrespective of its claims, the three pools, warm mud baths and lush natural backdrop combine to make a seriously relaxing experience.

Astonishing Hot Springs and Mud Baths

Boat trip through mangrove forests

Many parts of the coast along Viti Levu are covered in mangrove forests. These areas are extremely rich in wildlife and are favourite spots for local fishing. A boat journey through the meandering corridors of the mangrove forests up the Rewa River Delta daily from Nausori makes for an adventurous journey.

Church of Saint Francis Xavier

Perched high on a hill overlooking the dusty Kings Road on the northwestern side of Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, The Church of Saint Francis Xavier is a must-visit for its unique marrying of European and Fijian. Straw mats instead of pews meet beautiful frescos, originally commissioned by the former chaplain to the famous Von Trapp family of The Sound of Music fame.

Fijian dancing

The traditional dance of the indigenous people of Fiji Islands, experiencing a meke is almost unavoidable, particularly if you’re staying at an island resort. Well-known meke types are fan dances performed by women, and spear or club dances performed by men. The locals dress entirely in the national costume of flower leis, grass skirts and tapa cloth. The men perform warrior dances while the women sing.

Fijian dancing

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

For peace and tranquility, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant on the road between Nadi and Lautoka, at the foot of the Sabeto mountains is the place to go. Formally a private orchid garden now open to the public, beautiful orchids and flowering plants abound here.

Garden of the Sleeping Giant

Naihehe Sacred Caves

Situated deep in the Sigatoka Valley, the caves are popular with tourists and locals alike. Once a fortress of Fiji’s last pagan tribes, the caves contain a priest chamber, sacred pond and great Cathedral Chamber. The caves are still considered sacred today and locals still frequent to pay tribute to their ancestors.

Scaling Mount Batilamu

Fiji boasts spectacular vistas aplenty, however, for unparalleled views, take a day trip from Nadi or Lautoka to scale the ‘sleeping giant’, Mount Batilamu. The ascent takes hikers through the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park past tempting waterholes, through small villages, and up to green-swathed, panoramic summits.

Scuba-diving

Fiji has been called ‘the soft coral capital of the world’ and few seasoned divers will deny that Fiji has some of the finest scuba diving in the South Pacific. Diving is possible year-round, with the best sites including Beqa Lagoon, Rainbow Reef or the Somosomo Straits with the famous Great White Wall.

Scuba-diving2

Sigatoka sand dunes

One of Fiji’s natural highlights, the dunes near the shoreline of the Sigatoka River have been forming for millions of years. Windblown and rugged, these dunes are a far cry from those of the Sahara – the sand is grey-brown in colour and covered with vines and shrubs. The dunes are also one of the largest burial sites in the Pacific.

Sigatoka sand dunes

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

A must-see for culture vultures, Nadi’s Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Illustrating the architectural diversity for which Fiji is well known, the three-part temple is dedicated to the deity Murugan whose statue, specially carved in India, is housed in the main temple.

Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple

Surfing in Viti Levu

A growing number of surfing camps are off southern and western Viti Levu. There’s surf throughout the year with the best swells out of the south from March to October. Fiji’s waves typically break on coral reefs. Most of the well-known spots are off Viti Levu and can often only be reached by boat.

Surfing in Viti Levu

The Fiji Museum

Located in the heart of Suva’s botanical gardens, the Fiji Museum houses an extensive archaeological collection dating back 3,700 years, including cultural objects representing both Fiji’s indigenous inhabitants and other communities that have settled in the island group over the past 100 years. Of particular note is the rudder of the HMS Bounty of mutiny fame.

Trekking in Taveuni

Taveuni has a number of popular trekking trails found all over the island. The Lavena Coastal Walk and Tavoro Falls offer some wonderful hiking opportunities with well signposted tracks to follow. For those who are serious, the Vidawa Forest Walk, the trek up to Lake Tagimaucia and the Des Voeux ascent are particularly challenging climbs.

Watersports

With all of the crystal clear waters that surround these islands, there is no shortage of watersports to be found. Diving, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, fishing, water boarding, kayaking, and much more can be found on almost all the Fiji Islands. You can also swim in numerous waterfalls found in the forest, coastal parks and reserves.

Wildlife watching

Watch for fruit bats, parrots and marine turtles. You should also check out the acres of orchids and flowering plants in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant at the foot of the Sabeto Mountains, and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes off the main Queens Highway on Viti Levu.

Windsurfing in the Mamanuca

Ideal water conditions, big waves and a year round breeze makes windsurfing in Fiji amazing. Most resorts offer the sport – with instruction too – but if you’re a pro and are looking for something special, the best windsurfing can be found in the Mamanuca group of islands.

Windsurfing in the Mamanuca

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