The Islands of Fiji – the best places to stay in Fiji

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Fiji is made up of 333 islands. Which one is the best place for your next Fiji holiday?

The Fiji Islands are unique. Here you will discover yourself and the peace and tranquillity which, after a holiday among her people, will remain with you for a lifetime. 

With over 330 islands scattered across 32,000 square kilometres (20,000 square miles ) of land, the Fiji Islands lie on the 180 Meridian where the dawning of each new day occurs.

Fiji offers a vast choice of holiday accommodation ranging from luxury five star hotels to small, intimate, remote island hideaways which are equal to the best in the world. Whatever your preference – we know them all and can offer you a range of options that will match your specific requirements and budget.  Convenient, regular air routes from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United States connect Fiji to the world every day.

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.  Fiji weather and climate »

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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 close 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 hot spot, it features world renowned resorts  and the largest single collection of quality shopping and dining in Fiji. Denarau Port is also the launching point for travel to the outer islands for snorkelling and diving. It is also home to the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club which features an 18 hole championship International golf course.

FIJI GOLF AND RACQUET CLUB:   Surrounded by aqua blue seas and the postcard scenery of Fiji’s tropical mountains, the luxurious Denarau Golf & Racquet Club is widely known as the finest golf and sporting venue in the South Pacific. The Club is set against a backdrop of a range of five-star resorts and lush greenery and features and 18-hole championship resort golf course, state of the art practice facilities, synthetic all-weather and natural grass tennis courts, an open air bure-style restaurant and bar and well stocked golf and tennis shop. Fiji resorts with a golf course »

PORT DENARAU: Port Denarau Marina offers the best in fine dining and shopping in a stunning waterfront environment. Port Denarau Marina is the gateway to exploring the islands of Fiji’s west coast.   The precinct offers a wide range of shopping options including boutiques, jewellers, duty free shopping, supermarket, freshly baked goods, beach and resort wear, chemist and electrical equipment.   It is walking distance to several international hotels, or guests can catch the Bula Bus which runs daily from 7.30am – 11.30pm. Port Denarau is ideally positioned and provides a stopover for rest, recreation and provisioning during during any Fiji holiday. Denarau offers an unhurried experience in a relaxed and unique location.

Nadi resorts

Denarau resorts

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Nanuku Resort and Spa – Coral Coast Fiji

Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is one of Fiji ‘s most popular holiday destinations – and for good reason. Located on the south west coast of Viti Levu (Fiji’s main island), 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 Coral Coast 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. From a fisherman selling his day’s catch on the roadside, to bargaining with a local at the Sigatoka Market, true island life is here. Fiji markets – shopping the traditional way »

The Coral Coast is the perfect place to relax and rewind, and offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Coral Coast Resorts

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Royal Davui Resort – Pearl Harbour Region Fiji

Pacific Harbour

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. Fiji adventure holidays »

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 service the coastal Queens Road if you want to travel like the locals do.

BEQA LAGOON:   Fiji boasts some of the world’s best dive spots and Bequ Lagoon is one of it’s most exceptional. Warm water, great visibility and a myriad of beautiful coral and colourful fish – it doesn’t get much better for the dive enthusiast! The large natural lagoon has nearly 100 different dive sites full of colourful reefs and alive with tropical fish, multi-hued soft coral and other marine life. The water is generally calm, clear and warm. Diving in Fiji »

Pacific Harbour Resorts

Vatulele

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 the exclusive Vatulele Island Resort which offers split-level villas, each with their own stretch of sandy beach and turquoise lagoon (contact us for booking particulars and pricing). Activities on the island include fishing, diving, snorkeling, cave visits, bush walks and kayaking. The resort charters a seaplane from Nadi for guests.

Kadavu Islands

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.

Suva

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.

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Vomo Island Resort – Mamanuca Islands Fiji

Mamanuca Islands

There is only one way to describe the Mamanuca Islands – postcard perfection! In the Mamanuca’s you’ll find crystal clear waters, palm fringed beaches and swaying hammocks amongst coconut trees.  It’s a true paradise and so relaxing you will never want to leave.

This Mamanuca Island group 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 luxury 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 also very popular for cruises. Fiji cruise holidays »

Mamanuca Island attractions  »

Mamanuca Resorts

Mamanuca Cruises

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Paradise Cove Resort – The Yasawas Fiji

The Yawawa Islands & Northern Fiji

The Yasawas are a chain of 20 sun-drenched islands stretching northeasterly from the top of the Mamanuca Island Group.

Stunning white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons and varied terrains make the Yasawas one of the most attractive destinations in Fiji. Due to their remoteness, extensive commercial development has never taken hold in the region lending to it’s charm and attraction.

The islands are steeped in mystery and legend. The Yasawan people live as they have done for centuries, keeping the spirit of the islands alive with their traditional and simple lifestyle. The southern Yasawas are ruggedly magnificent, while the northern islands frame the famous Blue Lagoon where, as the name suggests, the water is the most inviting shades of blue you will ever see! This area has plenty of activities on offer and is also a great spot for blissful relaxation.

Cruising The Yaswawas is another popular option for discovering the amazing diversity and hidden wonders of this beautiful region.

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.

Yasawa Resorts

Yasawa Cruises

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