There’s no better choice than the picturesque islands of Fiji for a paradise vacation. Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, the Republic of Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 gorgeous tropical islands with a distinct cultural history and endless opportunities for tropical enjoyment. Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island, has much to offer travelers who are looking for scenic relaxation or those looking for adventure, while Viti Levu, the country’s main island, offers great beaches and tourist attractions. While you’re planning your Fiji itinerary, consider these 10 top things to do!
1. Savusavu Town
Savusavu is found on the beautiful south coast of Vanua Levu and has a full range of activities to offer. Known as the hidden paradise of Fiji, Savusavu is full of an assortment of shops and restaurants, along with a vibrant Farmer’s Market filled with indigenous local produce. The Savusavu area has something for everyone, from tours and shopping to enjoying local cuisine, golfing or simply soaking up the sun. It’s a great opportunity to meet and interact with the friendly locals, and support the local economy.
2. Horseback Riding
No Fiji vacation would be complete without a romantic horseback ride. Opt for taking in the ocean views while riding along the beach, or discover the rainforest bursting with flora and fauna on a trail ride through the bluffs. Early morning is a great time for beach rides, as the sun rising up over the sea makes for a picturesque backdrop, and you’ll escape the mid-day heat in favor of a nice cool breeze. All rides are guided by experts, so all experience levels are welcome to enjoy this memorable activity.
3. Scenic Nature
Vanua Levu is less tourist-oriented than the larger island of Viti Levu, leaving more of the beautiful Fijian paradise to discover. At Waisali Rainforest Reserve you will find 120 hectares of a gorgeous untouched rainforest that is also home to diverse species of birds and animals. Short hiking trails will lead you through exquisite exotic trees, flowers and plants to a beautiful and popular waterfall. The Flora Tropica Gardens is a stunning collection of native Fijian vegetation including many different types of palm and fruit trees, tropical flowers and rare plants. On a guided tour, visitors can also enjoy unique birds and butterflies that live among these stunning, protected gardens.
4. Dolphin Watching
Natewa Bay, located on the east coast of Vanua Levu, is frequently visited by several pods of playful South Pacific spinner and bottlenose dolphins. Witness them for yourself on a wild dolphin excursion, where you’ll have the incredible opportunity to watch the dolphins up close in their natural habitat.
5. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Vanua Levu is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs filled with a wide variety of exotic fish and gorgeous colors that are just waiting to be explored. Whether you prefer to snorkel or scuba dive, you will find the best of Fiji’s underwater world in these reefs. Among the reefs available for exploration are the popular Great Sea Reef and Rainbow Reef. All that the Koro Sea has to offer will surely impress snorkelers and scuba divers of all levels of experience.
6. Vanua Levu Waterfalls
Vanua Levu is home to several spectacular waterfalls; among them are the Tavoro Waterfalls and the more popular Nakawaga Waterfall. After a short trek through the scenic rainforest, you’ll find yourself cooling off in the crystal clear waters found at the foot of a spectacular display of nature.
7. Pearl Farm Tour
For a unique and interesting experience, plan a trip to J. Hunter Pearl Farm where you can discover the journey of beautiful Fiji-hued pearls, as they go from small minerals in the flesh of black-lipped oysters to elegant fine jewelry. During a pearl farm tour, you’ll hear a brief overview of the pearl-culturing process before taking a guided tour aboard a glass-bottomed boat of Savusavu Bay where you can see first-hand the day to day operations of a Fijian pearl farm. You also have the opportunity to snorkel in the calm waters and witness the massive mollusks growing on anchored rope below the ocean surface – truly a unique sight!
8. Hot Springs
Savusavu is home to some of Fiji’s best known hot springs, with the majority found along the town’s shore and the larger pool located farther inland. You can experience the unique geothermal activity of the hot springs by taking a relaxing dip after a fun day in the sun. Plus, enjoy the ocean breeze and view as you simmer right on the beach.
9. Fire Walking Ceremony
If you get a chance to stay on the main island, you may be able to experience a traditional fire walking ceremony. According to legend, the men of Beqa Island were given the ability to walk on fire over 500 years ago. Their descendants carry on this tradition to this day and observe all the same strict rules as they perform this unique ceremony. At a fire walking ceremony, you have the opportunity to observe these men prepare for the empowering ceremony with chants of traditional Fijian mantras. At the end of the ceremony, you can join them for a Fijian Kava Ceremony, which includes drinking Kava, the nation’s traditional drink that is believed to be a link to their ancestral past.
10. Zip Lining
For an exhilarating opportunity to explore the beauty of the main island’s tropical rainforests, take a zip line tour. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the lush tropical landscape while experiencing the thrill of zipping through the treetops. Ziplining is for everyone – no need to have experience or special skills. Just bring your sense of adventure and move outside your comfort zone a little!
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