Home to an enthralling blend of rugged landscapes, palm-fringed beaches and vibrant coral reefs, nowhere else in the world quite compares to Fiji. If you’re looking for a place to truly unwind and connect with nature, this charming archipelago – which is rich in culture, history and adventure – is the place to go.
Whether you want to spend your days exploring the depths of Fiji’s underwater vistas, which are teeming with marine life and soft coral reefs, or uncover the magic of some of its 333 islands, many of which remain unspoilt, you have all the makings of a holiday of a lifetime. Here are just some of the remarkable places that are waiting to be explored...
Comprised of a long, narrow stretch of 15 volcanic masses, these large islands are dramatic in appearance and possess some of the most exquisite beaches in Fiji – if not the world. The best way to see them is by hopping on and off the fast Yasawa Flyer catamaran. To experience them in real luxury, you may want to consider an overnight, or even a week-long, cruise. Not only will this allow you to visit fabulous coral reefs for snorkelling, but you’ll also get to stop by some of the many stunning secluded beaches.
The Barefoot Manta Island resort remains a highlight among the Yasawa Islands and, as its name suggests, it’s home to one of the country’s most iconic inhabitants, the manta ray. If you book a stay between May and October, you’re likely to catch sight of these incredible creatures in the water, while daily excursions led by a friendly team of in-house marine biologists will allow you to watch them as they gather to feed, mate and clean in the nearby channel.
Despite lying just off the coast of the popular tourist hub of Nadi, the 30 or so small islands of the Mamanucas are rich in tranquillity. If you really want to get off the grid, this archipelago is the perfect place to do it, with small boutique resorts scattered among its islands, some on tiny uninhabited islands and many in secluded bays. As well as boasting azure waters plentiful with marine life, the islands’ dive sites are world renowned, especially the Bit W, which is famed for its resident bronze whale shark and drop-offs of up to 230 feet. Other notable dive sites include the Circus, where you'll find plenty of clown fish. If you'd like to do your bit for this stunning landscape, why not try some of the Mamanuca Environment Society’s activities too? With conservation projects including coral restoration and beach clean-ups, its sure to be a rewarding experience.
Meanwhile, if you want to get up close and personal with Fiji’s wildlife, the Kula Wild Adventure Park is an environmental showcase of the South Pacific. Situated near Sigatoka, on the island of Viti Levu, the park is home to endangered Fijian iguanas, baby snakes and hawksbill sea turtles amongst other native wildlife species.
Known as the hidden gem of Fiji, Savusavu is where the eco-conscious will thrive. Situated on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, the town has a wealth of eco-tourism destinations for you to enjoy, including the celebrated Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. Named after ocean explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau (the eldest son of famed explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau), the five-star luxury resort is dedicated to the preservation of a pristine environment where physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation naturally occur.
The resort is also full of amazing attractions, including a distinguished dive centre and beautiful organic gardens where you can learn all about medicinal and edible plants. You’ll also find the Giant Clam Project here, a programme that’s dedicated to restocking and repopulating the coral reefs.