Introduction to Fiji
"Bula!" the locals will shout with a smile as you wander into Nadi's tiny airport. Welcome to Fiji. An archipelago in the South Pacific. A little slice of sunshine. A place you won't want to leave.
With Tonga to the east and Vanuatu to the west. Fiji is smack bang in the middle of tropical island heaven. All up the island nation comprises 332 islands, of which only 110 are permanently inhabited. Within this region are all the hallmarks of a dream summer holiday; white sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, thriving coral gardens, lush tropical rainforests, coconut plantations and the list goes on. Resorts are also easily found, scattered mainly around the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands and idyllically hidden by palm trees, lining private beaches and sitting just above the water's edge. All together it's a holiday that will rarely witness a bad photo, a cloudy day or a stressful moment.
For all its natural beauty, it's the locals that will make your Fijian holiday. Famously known as the friendliest people in the world, Fijians will welcome you with a warm smile, help whenever they can and if you're lucky, invite you to experience island culture in their villages. "Bula!" they shout with a smile. Welcome to the little slice of sunshine that you won’t want to leave.
A holiday in Fiji means a holiday in the water. From swimming to snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and more, much of the island's action surrounds the turquoise waters. Needless to say, you're going to need a bathing suit or three. Most of the private island resorts such as Castaway Island, Treasure Island and Plantation Island offer a range of activities on site to keep you content. Take your pick from indulging massages or fishing charters, water skiing, canoeing, golf and the list goes on. Cultural activities are also offered onsite with Kava ceremonies, traditional cooking lessons and basket weaving classes providing great insight into Fijian culture.
For something more authentic, join a tour to visit a village and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch amongst new found friends. Adventurers will also be able to get their exploring fix with tours venturing to the Naihehe Caves and stunning limestone Sawai-lau Cave. River safaris and waterfall tours will also whet your appetite for Fiji's inland beauty. But at the end of the day it's all about the surrounding ocean and more specifically what lies beneath. Vibrantly coloured fish, octopi, turtles, eels, lionfish and more soft coral than you've probably seen before - this is after all the 'Soft Coral Capital of the World'.
For more must-dos in Fiji, check out our things to do page and start planning your Fiji holiday.