The lovely island country of Fiji is the perfect confluence of fun and natural beauty. These little islands have so much to offer that your vacation will be filled with memorable moments. Located in the continent of Oceania, many tend to believe that due to its exotic location, it must be costly. Yet, that is far from the truth. This wonderful country can be easily fitted into your budget.
It consists of 332 islands that offer the perfect spots for you to unwind and stray away from all your worries. It is a paradise, and you would not want to leave these laid back picture-perfect island:
Towns To Visit
The commercialized city of Lautoka is also known as the Sugar City of Fiji. The origin of this name comes from the fact that it has the largest number of sugar mills in the southern hemisphere. This metropolitan city is filled with a hustle bustle that will keep you on your toes.
If you want a little peace then escape to the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, situated in the heart of this busy city. You can spend some nice quiet time in this park, sitting under stress beside the gushing waterfall with a book in your hand.
If you want to experience the true nature of Fiji, then Levuka; which once used to be the capital of Fiji; is the perfect place to be at. Levuka is far from the maddening crowds and lies isolated in the interiors of Fiji. Away from the tourists, you can spend some great relaxing time here. Take a lazy walk around the town, and explore the history of this place.
If you have come to Fiji, then you just cannot leave without experiencing the little islands called Mamanucas. This little island is the best place to spend a lazy afternoon. You can just take a day trip and laze by the beach, or make little sandcastles. If you are in a fun-filled mood, then you can take part in snorkeling or diving. The underwater is filled with beautiful wildlife and vibrant corals that will fill your heart with joy.
The capital city of Fiji is the epitome of colonial architecture in Fiji. Loaded with buildings of the colonial part, you will feel as if you are entering into the medieval ages.
Suva is the perfect city to experience the true culture of Fiji. You will find the laid back attitude of the locals refreshing- everything moves slowly here. There are lovely temples and beautiful mosques all co-existing in peace.
Suva is also popular for its enchanting restaurants and bustling nightlife.
If you want to pick up some souvenirs then head over to the Saturday market. The market is also filled with locals and amazing energy. This place will teach you more about the traditions, life, and culture of the Fijian life, than any textbook.
You can also visit the Fiji Museum, which is one of the most popular tourist’s spots. The museum will take you through a proper tour of the history of Fiji and how it came up to be. You will find several artefacts that epic the Fijian lifestyle.
If you are on a budget, then Yasawa Islands in Fiji is the place to head to. Apart from affordable accommodation and cheap transports, these islands are just picture perfect. It has an amazing nightlife, and if you are a party person then you are in for a treat.
If you want a relaxing and calm vacation, then head over to some of the other cheaper islands in the chain.
Adventures To Undertake
1. Taveuni Island: A lovely serene park located in Taveuni Island, encompasses everything that Fiji is made of. The park is an exceptionally tranquil and peaceful place, which is sculpted most elegantly. The landscaping is done with utmost care.
There are deep pools, cascading waterfalls and refreshing hiking routes which you can embark upon. This park is the perfect culmination of fun, adventure and calms all amid nature.
You can spend an idle afternoon here, or take part in an adventurous hiking journey- the possibilities are limitless.
The entrance to this park will cost you 12 FJD
2. Colo-i-Suva Forest Park: If you want to get lost on the owners of nature, then a hike to the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is what you are looking for. This chilling rainforest is brimming with life.
From exotic birds to unique plants, there is so much to look for in this park. You will be blessed with some lovely trees that create the perfect canopy to shield you from the sun.
If you are an adrenaline junkie, then look no further. Fiji has a host of activities for you to take part in and satisfy your love for adventures. One of the most sought after activity is the- whitewater rafting. This thrilling allows you to show off all your rafting and kayaking skills, as you try and manoeuver the Upper Navua River winds through the highlands of Viti Levu. The currents are severe here, and at times you will feel yourself just swaying off rapidly in the opposite direction.
What makes it even more amazing is the picture-perfect view that keeps you motivated throughout your ordeal. The River is flanked with lovely green mangroves, giving the scene a unique look.
Hit The Waves
Fiji is known for offering some of the best spots for surfing. The crystal clear blue water produces some of the best white foamy waves which let you surf with ease and thrill. Just rent a surfboard and challenge the waves, as you ride on top of them with your hair flying with fervour.
There is something so liberating about riding the crashing waves and balancing yourself with the tide. You can also try your hand at windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Snorkelling And Diving
Fiji is the best place to take a deep dive into, since the water here is so clear, that even with the names eyes you will be able to see a bustling underwater life.
If you want to explore this beautiful underwater life, they take a deep dive into the ocean and watch as the underwater biome unfolds in front of you.
The best places to dive are Astrolabe Reef, Beqa Lagoon, and Rainbow Reef. These spots are brimming with life under the sea, and the corals are just vibrant and radiant here.
Chug That Kava
The quintessential drink of the island, Kava is something that will make you feel like a local. This drink is insanely popular among the locals. The drink is an explosion on your taste buds, as it creates a numbing sensation and helps you loosen yourself. If you are in Fiji, then it will be a sin to leave without trying Kava.
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
Fiji is populated with Hindus, which is their main religion. Throughout the different cities, you will encounter several small shrines dedicated to the Hindu Gods.
One of the most popular Hindu temples, however, is located at Main Street. The temple made more alluring by the intimidating background flanked by clouds and mountains. The beauty of this temple lies in the intricate and detailed wood carvings that have been imported from India. The temple is truly an ode to the culture of Fiji.
Side Note: You can opt for Boat Passes or Combo Passes when you are in Fiji. These passes at times include accommodations and meals as well. This will cut your expenses severely.
How To Reach
If you are travelling to the Outer Islands, then you can opt for a seaplane or boats from the Airport.