Fiji conjures images of pristine white beaches surrounded by swaying palms, granite rock formations and lush mountainous interiors on one side, and endless shimmering turquoise waters on the other. And, of course, the nation’s eponymous, natural artesian bottled water that is derived from the island of Viti Levu.
However, Fiji is more than just sun-drenched skies, picturesque views and pristine waters. It’s the rich biosphere of unique flora and fauna, it’s the vibrant and eclectic culture that that can be seen throughout, and it’s the infectious smile and kindheartedness of the people. The truly alluring islands offer visitors extremely enriching and rewarding holidays in paradise.
The Fijian archipelago is made up of a collection of 333 islands that span over 20 miles in the South Pacific Ocean. With only 100 of its islands inhabited, the secluded resorts and hidden coves and lagoons, will make it feel like you have the place all to yourself. Whether relaxing in the lap of luxury or exploring the isles’ rich treasures, there is a little something for everyone.
Known for its soft coral dive spots and mystifying environment, from the dense mountainous interior of the main island to the lowest depths of the ocean floor, there is so much to see and explore. Often referred to as the “soft coral capital of the world,” Fiji’s surrounding waters boast some of the most spectacular and accessible dive sites in the world. With every turn, there are hidden coves, small channels, reefs of different shapes, sizes and colours. In particular, the waters of Mamanucas are home to an incredible array of marine life and some of the best snorkeling and diving conditions. This popular chain of 20 islands is also one of the most photographed, in part due to its beauty and the fact it’s featured in the film “Castaway” and television show “Survivor.” The diverse and large number of sea creatures is just as awe-inspiring. More than 1,200 species of fish live in Fiji’s waters, including sharks. On land, visitors can explore the lush rainforest of Viti Levu's, the main island, and play in the waterfalls and hidden coves of Taveuni's Bouma National Heritage Park.
With sun-filled days, warm weather, soft, white sand, azure waters and dramatic scenery, Fiji’s beaches are a paradise. Despite there being hundreds of islands, many of them are surrounded by coral reef, which makes it difficult to find traditional holidaying beaches with vast stretches of sand. However, there are still plenty of beaches to explore and space to sprawl out. The best beaches can be found up north along the Mamanucas, some of which include the Castaway, Malalo and Mana islands. Elsewhere, the Yasawa group of Islands is home to incredible beaches with great watersports and unspoilt, grand landscapes ready to be explored.
Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with a rejoicing “Bula!” The warm and endearing term, which means health, is indicative of Fijians’ friendly and hospitable personalities. The majority of Fijians live in the larger, more urban cities of Suva (capital of Fiji) and Lautoka on the mainland of Viti Levu. The rich mix of history of the island and diverse ethnic backgrounds are evident all throughout, especially in the sumptuous cuisine, bustling markets and music and arts. There’s so much to learn from the Fijians, about traditional customs and how to cultivate a positive outlook.
Nestled in the South Pacific Ocean, the spectacular island nation of Fiji is a beach lover’s utopia. The powdery white beaches, clear, warm waters and verdant mountains that make up the 333 islands that have an extremely calming and rewarding effect on its visitors. Visitors here are greeted by warm and welcoming locals, and treated to the ultimate experience in luxury. From five-star resorts to budget-friendly stays, the warm nature of the people and the island is unrivalled.
Each island has its own enticing landscape, flora and fauna, and adventures. However, it’s the beaches – with their majestic beauty and picturesque views – that line all of them that are the main draw to Fiji. Incredibly rich coral reef, diverse marine life and mysterious coves, underwater caves and tunnels, the coastal shores of the nation do not disappoint. Whether it’s a relaxing holiday in a luxury resort, an action-packed adventure or romantic retreat, Fiji has it all.
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Fiji is a tropical climate, which makes packing light a little easier. Before departure, check airline regulations regarding weight limit, as some inter-island flights have smaller limits than international and commercial flights.
Fiji is a tropical beach destination, so dress here is casual. Lightweight clothing is highly advised, as the hot temperatures and high humidity can make anything too heavy unwearable. A warm sweater or light jacket is suggested for cooler nights and water excursions. Be sure to bring swim gear, sandals, comfortable walking shoes and any other clothing geared toward physical activities. Water sandals are beneficial for walking around the coral. The sarong, also known as a sulu is a wardrobe essential on the island. Instead of packing one, plan to buy an authentic sulu upon arrival.
Sun protection is a must. Even when it’s cloudy or raining, the strong, tropical sun can still cause sunburn. To prevent sun damage, bring plenty of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and lip balm.
While many things can be purchased in Fiji, some items to keep in mind are snorkelling equipment, beach towels and plastic or waterproof bags. A camera is a must-have, to capture the scenic beauty of the island.
In addition to prescription medications, it’s a good idea to pack a first aid kit, medication, pain relief medication, antibacterial cream, water-purification tablets and rehydrating solutions.
With copious sun, topaz waters and warm temperatures, Fiji is the ideal destination for those looking to escape the cold and experience a piece of paradise. Fiji’s envy-inducing, sunny and tropical climate stays pleasant year-round, with temperatures between 31°C and 26°C. While there aren’t any true “seasons,” there are periods throughout the year when the temperatures vary ever so slightly. In the cooler, warm season, temperatures hover between 19°C to 29°C. During the hotter season, December and April, the temperatures range from22°C to 33°C. The most ideal weather is between March and November.
The wet season is from November to April, with heavy rains and high humidity primarily lasting from December to mid April. The dry season extends from May to October, during which there is little rainfall, cooler temperatures and a lower risk of cyclones.
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