Fiji What To Know

What to know before you go

Fiji is made up of 333 tropical islands with a perfect blend of white sand beaches, and lush rainforests filled with waterfalls. We like to think of it as Hawaii before large resorts moved in. It is the ideal destination for a relaxing vacation to recharge the batteries or to celebrate a special occasion. Many islands have one resort on them, and with so many choices, there is an island to meet almost everyone’s dream of the ideal island paradise.

Getting Here
Reaching the remote island paradise of Fiji involves an overnight flight on a 747 (12 hours) nonstop from Los Angeles. Only 5 hours from Australia and 4 hours from New Zealand. The international carrier is Air Pacific, although you can also fly into Fiji on Qantas (from Australia), Air New Zealand (from New Zealand), V Australia and Pacific Blue.

Getting Around
Getting from island to island mostly means flying on small prop planes (12-20 passengers). Flight times vary greatly depending on the destination, the most common routes being Savu Savu and Taveuni several times daily. A catamaran services the nearby Mamanuca islands from Denarau Marina near Nadi airport. Occasionally the world-famous luxury cruise line, Paul Gauguin cruises from Tahiti through Fiji. Travelers unpack just once, living aboard in opulent accommodations as they sail from one paradise isle to the next. On the islands themselves, shared and private touring options are available including visits to local villages. Private water taxis, helicopters and seaplanes are also available.

Popular Activities
In general, Fiji is a destination for relaxation and unexpected adventures.

  • Romance:
    Over water bungalows, private picnics, and dining on the beach. Fiji is one of the few places left where you have the chance to feel like you have your own island for the day, and then return to a luxurious resort for a gourmet dinner.
  • Diving and snorkeling:
    World famous for its excellent visibility and reefs like the Somo Somo Straight, you will be amazed by the marine life in Fiji.
  • Adventure:
    Rafting, hikes to waterfalls, zip-lining through rainforests, shark feeding and horse riding along beaches. A combination of Costa

An array of free-standing beach bungalows called Bures are common in Fiji. Luxurious over water bungalow resorts and Bures with private plunge pools at adult only resorts are also popular. Spacious apartments are ideal for family vacations, and exclusive villa rentals are available complete with your own beach, chef, and masseuse.

Most of the resorts are completely self-contained and serve Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner. The food is exceptionally fresh and sourced locally. Seafood and fruit feature prominently on the menus, and if you are lucky enough to land a great catch fishing, it will likely feature in the evening’s menu. Weekly themed buffets called ‘Mekes’ are popular where food is cooked underground. On the main island and Savu Savu you may venture abroad to try a local restaurant featuring Indian influenced cuisine.

What To Wear
Island casual is suitable for most resorts, many even invite you to park your shoes in your room until the day you leave. You can leave your tie or jacket at home, except for Laucala Private Island Resort. Sarongs and swimwear is fine for breakfast and lunch anywhere. Linen or cotton pants are ideal for a nice dinner.


When To Go
Starting at $2,499

Matangi Private Island Resort: Luxury Fiji Vacation

We planned this Matangi Private Island Resort: Luxury Fiji Vacation for a honeymoon couple from Portland. They wanted to enjoy the beauty of Fiji for a week, but also wanted access to plenty of activities, so they could relax and be active on the same trip. Matangi Private Island Resort is the ideal destination for a Read More…

Starting at $2,749

New Zealand Fiji Package: New Zealand and Fijian Ancient Cultures

For this New Zealand Fiji Package, we had a very intellectual couple from Washington DC that wanted to get to know the history and culture of 2 of the South Pacific’s most storied peoples, the Fijians and the Kiwis/Maori. We started their New Zealand Fiji Package with some time on Castaway Island Resort, where they were hosted Read More…

Trip Type: Heritage and Culture

Starting at $3,069

Luxury Fiji Vacation: Indulgence Spa Package

This Luxury Fiji Vacation: Indulgence Spa Package was planned for a couple that wanted to relax and enjoy the beach for a week. Enjoy a truly romantic beach vacation at Tokoriki Island Resort, with warm Fijian hospitality, caring attention to detail,  and a heavenly spa. This is one of our favorite luxury Fiji vacation packages. Feel Read More…

Trip Type: Spa & Relaxation

Starting at $3,599

Fiji Cruise Vacation: Fiji Highlights Cruise and Resort Package

This Fiji Cruise Vacation: Fiji Highlights Cruise and Resort Package was planned for a honeymoon couple from Seattle. They wanted a romantic vacation in Fiji, but they wanted to explore multiple islands and have some truly memorable experiences. This Fiji Cruise Vacation allowed them to see the beauty of the Yasawa Islands and finish at Read More…

Trip Type: Islands, Beaches & Reefs, Outdoor Adventure, Highlights

Starting at $4,399

Fiji Travel Package: Best Fiji Beach Resorts and Diving

Designed for water lovers, this Fiji travel package showcases Fiji beaches and tropical waters.  It was designed for a lovely gay couple from San Francisco, who are huge divers.  Fiji is a diver’s paradise with superb underwater scenery, excellent visibility, warm water temperatures, colorful marine life and pristine coral reefs. It is considered the soft Read More…

Trip Type: Islands, Beaches & Reefs

Starting at $5,099

Luxury Fiji Vacations: Raiwasa Family Package

We designed this Luxury Fiji Vacations: Raiwasa Family Package for a family of 4 from the suburbs of Chicago. They wanted a special spring break in Fiji, not just a vacation but a true getaway. We sent them to a new luxury property on the island of Taveuni, Raiwasa Grand Villa. Raiwasa is not only one Read More…

Trip Type: Islands, Beaches & Reefs, Family Travel

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Starting at $9,699

South Australia and Fiji Luxury Travel Package: Food, Wine, and Beaches

Indulge in a feast of the senses in Australia, visiting some of the most scenic and delicious regions of the country. End your getaway at a unique luxury resort in Fiji. This itinerary features spectacular boutique accommodations where gourmet meals, beverages, and selected activities are all included.

Trip Type: Food and Wine, Romantic Getaways, Islands, Beaches & Reefs