GO Guide | Fiji

GO Guide | Fiji

Bula is the phrase that greets you warmly as you land, and soon relinquishes you to the slow pace and ease of being on Fijian time. If it’s the balance between rejuvenation, relaxation, and adventure you’ve been longing for, then Fiji hits all the right notes.

While we have been living isolated for the best part of 2 years, it is safe to say we’ve all been inspired by the imagery on our screens of Fijian sunsets, picturesque resorts and incredible views across the South Pacific. Our desire to travel was ignited months ago, and Fiji is second to none when it comes to a long-overdue, well-deserved holiday in a tropical oasis.

With adventure, diving, snorkelling and cultural experiences, or vistas, sunsets, sandy beaches and a sense of seclusion and privacy, these islands have it all. Fiji is home to some of the best snorkelling and diving spots, the bluest waters and some of the most secluded beaches in the world.

 

Where to stay:

From Fiji’s West Provinces which offer some of the best hotels and resorts in the world (think luxury stays offering Oceanside Bures and Overwater Bungalows, that you can jump right into the incredible blue waters from); The Yasawas, an archipelago of quintessential paradise, with mountainous islands and incredibly pure white sand beaches; to Denarau Island, which combines Fiji’s natural beauty and world-class luxury resorts and hotels, is there any reason why Fiji’s collection of accommodation choices are featured on “best of” lists the world over?!

Beachcomber Island Resort

From Beach Front Bures, to lodging that is suitable for the whole family, Beachcomber Island Resort has everything you need to ensure your time in Fiji is effortless, comfortable and enjoyable. With a commitment to conserving and protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the island, this resort is big on activities that are eco-friendly, and promote the well-being of their local people and the marine life alike.

Situated within the archipelago of the Mamanuca Islands, Beachcomber Island Resort is a perfect combination of long days in the sunshine, exploring the marine life, adventure and dining.

Plantation Island Resort

Plantation Island Resort is situated on the postcard paradise of Malolo Island. Golden sand beaches, laying underneath a palm tree, and sipping from a coconut, is how time is passed slowly and effortlessly here. You can admire the crystal clear waters that glisten in front of you for miles right from your Beachfront Bure, or choose from a range of other accommodations to suit couples and families alike.

Warwick Fiji

The 5-star Warwick Fiji is ideally situated on the Coral Coast, the stretch of coastline between Sigatoka and Suva, with some of the best beaches and Fijian cultural experiences on offer. This luxury hotel is home to some of the highest-rated restaurants in Fiji, that cater to couples, honeymooners, and families.

From ocean view rooms to suites, there are accommodation options to suit everyone with 248 luxury appointed hotel rooms. This all-inclusive family resort also has adults-only activities, so you can be sure to get that all-important ‘you’ time in. With an in-house Spa, 2 pools and pool bars, water sports and a kids’ club, Warwick Fiji has everything to ensure your holiday is truly a memorable experience.

 

What to do:

Whether you are a water sports enthusiast flocking to Fiji to encounter the thriving reefs, rolling waves and tranquil lagoons; an adventure seeker ready to see this archipelago from a bird’s eye view (scenic helicopter tours and skydiving are must-dos); or you prefer to soak up the sun poolside (or on a party pontoon!) with a cocktail in hand, there is so much to see and do in Fiji.

Cloud 9

Cloud 9 has to be experienced to be believed. Located on Roro Reef just off Malolo Island, this two-level floating platform is an entertainment paradise (or what seems to be more of a mirage). Surrounded by turquoise waters and incredible views, this venue features DJ hosts, sun decks and day beds, to keep the party going beyond sunset. Jump overboard to snorkel the reef, or simply laze around and enjoy being served drinks whilst embracing the incredible seascape.

Day Trip to the Yasawa Islands

You’re sure to find relaxation under the shade of a palm tree or two on one of the 20 cascading islands of The Yasawas. Day trips here by boat are a beautiful way to explore this tropical haven. Perfect for those seeking experiences that are up close and personal with the natural habitat while soaking in the sun and feeling like you truly are on a holiday. Get your diving gear as you encounter manta rays, and discover the coral gardens that lie below the surface of these crystal clear waters.

Discover Denarau Island

A short 20-minute drive from Nadi airport, and over a causeway lies Fiji’s most exclusive resorts, activities and experiences. Denarau Island offers family-friendly activities, an 18-hole championship golf course, and the Port Denarau Marina which is the gateway to the archipelagos of nearby The Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca Islands from Denarau for day trip adventures. Also a dining and entertainment mecca, Denarau features over 40 restaurants of all different cuisines, and free entertainment from fire twirlers, Polynesian dancers and Fijian cultural experiences.

Shark Dive at Beqa Island

Ubiquitously named Fiji’s adventure capital for its world-class diving, Beqa Island is surrounded by one of the largest barrier reefs in the world. If you’re a road-less-travelled traveller, then Beqa is calling your name, and if you’re an adrenaline seeker, then the Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive will have your heart racing. Face-to-face encounters will many species of sharks including bull sharks, whitetip, blacktip reef sharks, and tiger sharks within their natural habitat is an experience not for the faint of heart!

 

Where to eat:

With world-class restaurants located within some of the most beautiful hotels in the world, and local eateries serving up the freshest of seafood, Fiji offers an array of cuisines and dishes to captivate and entice the foodies among us.

Lomani Wai

Located within the Radisson Blu Resort on Denarau Island, Lomani Wai is a unique water dining experience. Take a seat at your table right in the resort’s lagoon pool and immerse yourself in a traditional Kava ceremony and a three-course dinner. With a side of entertainment including a spectacular fire show and Fijian cultural dancing, this is a memorable experience for the whole family.

Wicked Walu

You will be forgiven for thinking you have arrived in Fantasy Island. Located in Warwick hotel Fiji, on a small island reached by a causeway, the path leading up to Wicked Walu is illuminated by flaming tiki torches and adds to the feeling of being very secluded. This restaurant is named the top Seafood Restaurant in Fiji and specialises in incredible fresh seafood platters (think the best lobster, mahi-mahi and oysters), steaks and of course, tantalising desserts. Dining by candlelight with sand at your feet and the stars above you is truly a unique experience.

Indigo

Making up about half the population, Indo-Fijian inspired restaurant Indigo offers up some of the freshest and most beautiful Indian cuisines to spice up your dining experiences! Of course, chilli and spices have a starring role on the menu, with Vegetarians and Carnivores alike having an array of amazing dishes to tickle their fancy. From piping-hot dal makhani, and Pindi chana masala to the very popular masala crab dish, as well as signatures like the hot and spicy vindaloo.

06/10/2021

Written by Rebecca Dickson