Denarau is a haven of recreation when compared to pulsing Nadi. Even though the two are only ten minutes apart, Denarau swaps the teeming markets of Nadi for the sound of lapping waves, and the whir of a taxi as it navigates the city is replaced by a motor while wakeboarding. Though there are dozens […]
When walking the downtown streets of Nadi, it’s just as likely to hear a dialect of Hindi being spoken in addition to Fijian, and a number of residents still converse in Gujarati, Punjab, and Tamil. At certain moments when walking around Nadi, you can almost forget that your’e still in Fiji and not on the streets of Delhi.
For most travelers to Fiji, recreation ideas usually revolve around the sun, the sad, and the surf. After all, the scuba diving in Fiji is some of the best in the South Pacific, and the surfing in Fiji is regarded as some of the best in the world. Or, for those who would rather bask in the sun, the white sand beaches of the Mamanucas and Yasawas are a tempting draw for most of Fiji’s visitors.
On the main island of Viti Levu, however, the lush and forested interior of the island offers land-based adventures which are just as exciting. One of the best way to explore the rural mountain villages is from the two wheels of a bike, and the mountain biking in Fiji is much better than you would expect for a South Pacific island.
Yes, there are beaches in Fiji, as well dozens of water-based pursuits such as scuba diving, surfing, and sailing between islands. This is the Fiji that most people know. More than just beaches and shorelines, however, Fiji is a remarkably mountainous nation, and over 80% of the island of Viti Levu is occupied by mountainous terrain. Though you can make the climb to the summit of 4,341 ft. Mount Tomanivi (which is the highest mountain in Fiji), most of the interior is completely inaccessible and far too steep for exploring. For those who want to experience the mountains, however, the best way to view the interior of Fiji is by visiting the Nausori Highlands.
Suva might be the capital of Fiji, as well as the largest city, but one thing lacking from this Fijian urban zone is the presence of white sand beaches. When visiting Suva, most visitors enjoy land-based pursuits such as perusing the markets, the Fiji Museum, or exploring the lush interior. One of the most popular excursions for visitors to Suva is a trip to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park where you can swim beneath waterfalls and trek through the jungle.
There is much confusion amongst travelers to Fiji about visiting Castaway Island. Given the popularity of the movie with Tom Hanks, many travelers believe Castaway Island is the island where the movie was filmed. As it turns out, the movie was filmed on Monuriki Island, an uninhabited sprig of land located in the Mamanuca archipelago. When visiting the Mamancuas, however, it’s a separate island known as Qalito Island which is also referred to as Castaway. Located only 12 miles from the Nadi airport and easily accessible by boat, Castaway Island is a tropical retreat which offers many of the best activities in Fiji.
Known as the “Garden Isle of Fiji”, Taveuni is a wet, green, and tropical island which caters to travelers looking for adventure and escape. Located to the northeast of Suva and Nadi, Taveuni is a favorite of travelers who are island hopping in Fiji and want an experience which is different from the Mamanucas or Yasawas.
Even though Viti Levu is the main island in Fiji, it isn’t always known for its beaches. That honor goes to the islands of the Mamanucas, and those who are planning to visit the Mamanucas are usually seeking out sunshine and sand. With that being said, enormous Viti Levu still has a handful of hideaways with beaches that define South Pacific beauty.
Visiting Fiji with kids can be a rewarding experience for the entire family which isn’t too difficult thanks to the nation’s modern amenities. English is spoken in much of Fiji so children don’t have to navigate a language barrier, and many of the nation’s best resorts have children’s programs full of activities.