Fiji is made up of 330 islands. Which one is the best place for your next Fiji holiday?
Fiji is unique, you will discover yourself, and the peace and tranquility which, after a holiday amongst her people, will remain with you for many moons to come.
330 islands scattered across 20,000 square miles or 32,000 square kilometers of land, the Fiji Islands lie on the 180 Meridian where the dawning of each new day occurs.
Fiji is Conveniently situated on regular air routes from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United States, – she offers a vast choice of holiday destinations ranging from international 5 star hotels to small intimate and remote island hideaways which are equal at least to the best in the world – we know them all.
Fiji enjoys a mild tropical climate averaging 31’C (88’F) during the summer months of November to April and 20’C (84’F) during the winter months of May to October.
Nadi and Denarau
Nadi’s main street is the centre of action with plenty of shopping, and the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing from every storefront.
With its wide range of quality accommodation and clost proximity to Denarau Island and the Mamanucas, Nadi is the ideal place to base yourself during your trip.
Denarau Island is 11kms south and 20 mins from Nadi Airport. A tourist hotspot, it features world renowned resorts. Most Famous attraction is Denarau Golf Club international standard 18 hole championship golf course and Port Denarau Marina, which offers the best in fine dining and shopping as well as superb yachting facilities.
The Coral Coast is one of Fiji ‘s most popular holiday destinations for good reason. Located on the south west coast of Viti Levu, the Coral Coast stretches 130km and is accessible by road from either Nadi or Suva. Protected from onshore swells by a fringing reed, the coast is a mix of white sand and coral beaches.
Most beaches offer calm swimming conditions for families with young children while others are strictly for keen surfers when South Pacific conditions are right.
Filled with unspoilt beaches, lush forests and authentic Fijian villages, the Coral Coast offers a variety of cultural and outdoor activities. The Coral Coast is the perfect place to relax and rewind, and offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Pacific Harbour Fiji is sort on a mini metropolis located on the south coast of Viti Levu about 50km west of Suva. A long stretch of uninterrupted beach overlooks Beqa Passage with Beqa Island and Lagoon in the distance. Resorts on this coastline are not as prolific as the Coral Coast further west and that’s part of the attraction. Pacific Harbour is known as the adventure capital of Fiji, where you can experience mild excitements to full blown adrenaline rushes through activities suitable for all ages.
Pacific Harbour is a good base from which to explore the mountainous hinterland of Viti Levu with the Capital Suva a leisurely day trip away. It’s easy enough to hire a car and drive yourself or you could arrange a car with your own driver from one of the resorts. Public buses also ply coastal Queens Road if you want to travel like the locals do.
Located south of Viti levu and west of Beqa lagoon, Vatulele is a 25 minute light aircraft flight from Nadi international airport. This idyllic low-lying island is 13km long, and covered with palm and rainforest. A barrier reef forms a lagoon on the eastern and northern ends, and there is good fishing and diving. There are four villages that subsist largely on farming and fishing, and the island is a major producer of traditional masi, or tapa cloth. Vatulele is famous for its archaeological sites, which include ancient rock paintings of faces and stenciled hands, and its limestone caves and pools, which are home to the bright red prawns held sacred by the islanders. Vatulele’s sole accommodation is an exclusive resort – one of Fiji’s best – Vatulele Island Resort, which offers split-level villas, each with their own stretch of sandy beach and turquoise lagoon. Activities on
the island include fishing, diving, snorkeling, cave visits, bush walks and kayaking. The resort charters a seaplane from Nadi for guests.
Located roughly 100km/62miles south of Viti Levu, Kadavu is Fiji’s fourth largest island. However, this irregularly shaped island has few roads. You arrive at Vunisea airfield and from there virtually all transportation is by boat. The island is great for nature lovers and those wishing to pursue more adventure (diving, surfing and kayaking) and a look at traditional Fijian lifestyle and culture. The Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the largest continuous reefs in the world, wraps from the northeast to southern side of the island. Having maintained its strong cultural values the general population leads fairly subsistent lifestyles in sleepy coastal villages dwarfed by mountainous jungles and waterfalls plummeting from the hilltops. The islands deeply indented bays, fringed by coral reefs and mangrove forest provide habitat to a host of birds including the endemic Kadavu musk parrot. Forest openings reveal lizards basking on rocks, and butterflies spiraling skyward in a lazy dance.
Fiji’s administrative capital often undeservedly left off the tourism radar as travellers flock to dreamy out islands or coastal resort within moments of touching down at Nadi International Airport. However those looking to do more than topping up their suntan or exploring Fiji’s natural treasures above and below the water would do well to explore Suva.
After Fiji was annexed from the United Kingdom in 1874 the capital was relocated from Fiji’s first modern town of Levuka on Ovalau Island to where Suva stands today. Back then Suva was little more than a waterfront village perched at the base of a mountain. Located on a peninsual that formed a natural harbour, access to the sea and ports beyond Suva’s link to the resort of the South Pacific. Eventually much of the mangrove-lined coast was reclaimed as the village morphed into a city. The port of Suba plays a significant role in Suva’s position as the third largest urban centre in the South Pacific behind New Zealand and Australia.
This group of islands is located just off the western shore of Viti Levu in a lagoon formed between the Great Sea Reef and the mainland. Set among deep blue waters with fringing coral reefs of turquoise and pastel green, the Mamanucas and the islands of Nadi Bay offer tourists some of Fiji’s most outstanding retreats. Home to more than a dozen resorts, their close proximity to Nadi allows easy access by boat, planes and helicopter. These “vacation islands” are the ones that are most popular for day trips or longer stays. Each of the resorts has an abundance of beach and water related activities. The area is known for cruising and home to luxurious resorts. There is only one way to describe the Mamanuca Islands, postcard perfection, Here you will find crystal clear waters, palm fringed beaches and swaying hammocks amongst coconut trees. A true paradise setting and so relaxing you will never want to leave.
The Yasawas are a chain of 20 sun-drenched islands stretching northeasterly from the top of the Mamanucas 90km/54miles out into Bligh Water. Their remote locale, white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons and varied terrains make the Yasawas one of the most attractive destinations in Fiji. But it is because of their remoteness that commercial development has never taken hold. There are three ways to enjoy the islands – one at the budget level or at the other extreme of two luxury properties. The other is to cruise the islands. The Yasawas have been used as filming locales for the “Blue Lagoon” movies and have served as the backdrop for an Australian TV series and major US produced motion picture. The Yasawas consist of 20 islands, and not to be missed. If you after a remote tropical island getaway, visit the Yasawas.
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