Hello everyone! English Marie here, I’d like to share with you a few of the amazing reasons, why Fiji is worth a visit.
Fiji offers two of the most beautiful reefs: the Great Astrolabe Reef, which is the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef, curling around the southern island of Kadavu; and the Great Sea Reef- a coral reef off the northern island of Vanua Levu. Both of the reefs have wonderful snorkeling opportunities, where you’ll have the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife; including eagle and manta rays, green turtles, and spinner dolphins.
2. River & Cave Safaris
Experience safari on a jet boat, while also having a grand cultural adventure. Take a 15-kilometer journey up the lush, green Sigatoka Valley to visit a Fijian village, learn local customs and hear legendary tales on the Sigatoka River.
Fiji has always been a wonderful getaway for families and mei-meis (Fijian nannies) can be an excellent part of that experience. It’s widely known that Fijians are known for their love of children, so it’s no surprise that every hotel caters for them (minus the few exclusive, adult-only resorts of course). The top kid-friendly hotels are Outrigger on the Lagoon- which boasts 30 mei-meis, followed by Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, the Naviti Resort and Plantation Island.
4. Tropical Spas
Tropical spas are always a reason to visit Fiji. One spa in particular holds up to the hype. The award-winning Bebe Spa Sanctuary at Outrigger on the Lagoon is just that place. Located high on a hilltop, overlooking the main island’s Coral Coast, Bebe’s treatments will whisk you away from all of your cares.
Rugby is huge in Fiji and is considered the national sport. Almost every village has a team. The outer island teams compete in the Island Zone Championship in Suva every August, while the Farebrother-Sullivan challenge is where provincial teams get to have a go at each other form September to October. Check out a match and cheer on your favorite Fijian team!
Don’t be fooled by Fiji’s reputation as only a family getaway. Within its 333 islands are hidden seriously glamorous resorts. Mel Gibson owns an entire island in the Lau group and you can often find the rich and famous hanging out at Anthony Robbin’s luxury Namale Island.
7. Island Hopping
A day trip in Fiji involves lying on the deck of a yacht, smelling the salty sea breeze, enjoying an abundance of seafood and of course snorkeling. Join a cruise or charter a private yacht and explore the many islands of Fiji.
8. Hiking the Falls of Taveuni
Just off of Vanua Levu’s east coast is Taveuni Island, also known as Fiji’s Garden of Eden. More than 80 percent of the island is protected within the Bouma National Heritage Park. Drink in the gorgeous scenery of rare orchids, prehistoric tree ferns, untouched waterfalls and natural waterslides.
9. Live Over the Water on Malolo
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is home to Fiji’s only overwater huts. With immaculate lagoon views, enjoy everyday tasks while being overwater. Glass floors and counters let the blue waters of Fiji emanate throughout your entire suite.
10. Let Yourself Get Lost on Matangi Island
Located north of Taveuni is Matangi Private Island Resort. You can just see the thatched-roof burrs peek out from the lush jungle canopy. Here you can wade out and snorkel directly off the beach, head out to Horseshoe Bay, or enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun.
These are just a few of the amazing reasons to visit Fiji. Imagine what other treasures you’ll find on your getaway! For family friendly travel, click here.