If you’re looking for an amazing luxurious trip, we know the perfect place for you: the Fiji islands. South Pacific cruises are a good way to get to know the islands, but you can also simply plan a whole vacation only in Fiji–it is well worth the time, since Fiji is an extremely rewarding destination for lovers of natural scenery.
If you like to mix natural with human scenery, don’t miss Navala Village. The village is situated about an hour up in the highlands from the main resort cities around the island. There you will see, nestled among the tropical hills, a group of traditional Fijian houses and native inhabitants welcoming you with a traditional ceremony. The houses are traditionally made out of bamboo and leaves, and the bathrooms are situated in another building outside the house. It is a not-to-miss spot in the island, and as it is very popular, you might want to go early in the day. But it’s definitely worth the drive, and you will see many other scenic spots on the way. There you will learn many things about traditional Fijian life.
If beaches are your thing, then don’t despair: Fiji has among the most beautiful beaches in the world. An especially prized spot by beach lovers and connoisseurs are the Yasawa Islands, about an hour away from Nadi on a regular ferry boat. It is an island chain that has been set up to attract backpackers and other budget travelers who enjoy the more adventurous side of traveling. You can rend a boat or a catamaran to travel between the islands, and you can sleep at one of the many resorts set for adventurers throughout the islands. You might even want to try some beach camping!
For those who like sailing on inland rivers instead of the open seas, Fiji also has something for you despite its small size. The Navua river provides beautiful riverside scenery as you sail, either in a modern motorized boat or a more traditional bamboo raft, into the heart of the Fijian jungle. At the end, you will find nice Fijian villages and the natural world literally at your doorstep. From there you can observe wildlife as well as enjoy the pristine waters of the tropical riverside.
If you like your nature a little more tame, then the Bouma National Park is for you. Located at the north of Taveuni, this 15 000-hectare park features the best of the Fijian tropical rainforest, picturesque waterfalls and mystical trails. If you’re too timid to brave the park on your own, there are regular guided tours. Otherwise, just ramble on through the trails in the park, and enjoy this place outside of time and space to meditate and reflect on the beauty of nature.
These are only a few things to do in Fiji; the islands are full of activities for everyone. And if you ever get bored with it (and we can promise you you won’t!), you can hop on one of the many Pacific cruises stopping by the islands on their way to other tropical Pacific destinations.