Thinking of taking an exotic tropical holiday? Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu is a dream tropical destination for couples, friends, and families. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, seeking adventure, planning on indulging in the local cuisine, craving relaxation and pampering, or eager to check out the nightlife, Fiji has it ALL!
As a Canadian with a serious love for the tropics; hot weather, coastlines, palm trees, lush rainforests, crystal clear water, and sandy beaches are a few of my fav things, Fiji was VERY high up on the travel list.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ And it completely blew away all expectations I had! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
My 10 day trip to Fiji was spent mostly on the Coral Coast; a perfect mix of tourist meets local, complete with amazing beaches and postcard-esque views. Filled with adventure, relaxation, and possibly too much time spent indulging in the local cuisine – with plenty of cocktails, of course, I could not have asked for a better vacation. Who can resist a cocktail with fresh Fijian juices and fruit?? Not this girl.
I stayed at a beachfront bure on the Coral Coast at one of the smaller resorts, Tambua Sands, and I cannot recommend this resort enough for couples. It was incredible, exactly what I imagined Fiji would be like – adorable laid back cottages set directly on a white sand beach with private hammocks, fantastic service with a personal touch, and heaps of options for activities that offer pick-up at the hotel. If you’re looking for a larger resort with more action for a family friendly holiday/friends getaway, I would recommend The Fiji Hideaway Resort also located on the Coral Coast.
The main reason for choosing Fiji was to get Open Water Dive certified. Fiji is well known for it’s amazing diving and I was not left disappointed! Sharks, turtles, and colourful coral, the “Coral Coast” really lived up to its name and reputation for diving. The dive school I completed my certification at was Diveaway Fiji, an excellent choice if you are thinking of diving on the island.
Other activities that were the highlights of my trip:
♥ Rivers Fiji White Water Rafting: day trip to the Upper Navua River spent white water rafting. The rapids were on the small side for rafting, but this day was a thrill nonetheless!
♥ Sea kayaking and snorkelling: most of the waterfront resorts offer sea kayaks/ snorkel gear free of charge, an awesome way to start the day!
♥ Schooner “Whale’s Tale” day trip: Champagne sail cruise through the gorgeous Mamanuca Islands, stopping at an uninhabited island for a snorkel and BBQ. Departs out of Port Denarau.
Traditional Fijian food relies on local ingredients, fresh fish, coconut, with light spices for extra flavour. I ate at many delicious restaurants throughout my ten days on this charming island, but the Eco Café deserves a special mention. To this day, this café is one of my favourite restaurants I have been to. This boho inspired café has the perfect location with a bamboo balcony offering amazing sunset views over the ocean. Everything about this place, the ambience, decor, service, food, location, was special.
Don’t you think one of the best parts of being on holiday is spending time eating and drinking with nothing on the agenda? Escaping from life’s demanding schedule and just being.
+++A MUST if you do visit Fiji, attend a local Kava ceremony, not one ran through a tour. I attended a ceremony in one of the local villages near Tambua Sands and experienced this traditional ceremony as it should be. As I mentioned in my Island Living post, learning about culture is one of the best parts of travelling. The Kava ceremony is a welcoming drink ritual for guests who have come to visit the village, and is an important part of the Fijian culture and history.
Getting around in Fiji:
Depending on where you stay in Fiji, activities and restaurants can be fairly spread out. There is a local bus system that will pick you up if you stand outside your resort on the side of the road, but I would say your best bet is a taxi. Saves you time that is better spent on the beach, drink in hand!
Planning a holiday to this wonderful gem in the South Pacific requires a little bit of extra planning. There are so many different options for Fiji islands/resorts/activities, but most are located far away from each other. If you only have a week or ten days to spend here, I would research which island offers what you’re looking for and plan from there!
If you have been to Fiji, I would love to hear about YOUR experience!
Tambua Sands – smaller resort on the Coral Coast with beachfront bures, private hammocks. This resort is the real deal. Peaceful, with a stunning tropical location, I would go back in a heartbeat.
Hideaway Resort – a larger resort also on the Coral Coast. If you are looking for a resort with a little bit more action, this resort will blow you away.
Diveaway Fiji – PADI dive resort (located at the Hideaway Resort) where I completed my Open Water Scuba Certification. Professional, reliable, and great diving, Diveaway Fiji is doing it right.
Eco-Café – hands down the best restaurant I went to in Fiji!!! Offering traditional Fijian cuisine and Italian, this bohemian inspired, waterfront Café is a real treat. Did I mention BYOB??
Rivers Fiji – calling all adventure junkies. This company offers day tours to the thrill seekers, who says you can’t have a little excitement on a relaxing holiday?? The White Water Rafting tour was one of a few options available, the guides were very animated and knowledgeable.
Schooner “Whale’s Tale” – drinking champagne, sailing through the stunning Mamanuca Islands, this tour makes for a relaxing day. These islands have the whitest of sand with the bluest of waters. Picture perfect Fiji.