If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical vacation that offers blissful relaxation and exciting adventures, look no further than a Fiji getaway. After all, there’s no better choice than the picturesque islands of the South Pacific because there are endless things to do in Fiji during your trip. From immersing yourself in the local culture and exploring the island scenery to watching the wildlife and enjoying world-class spa treatments, there are so many fun things to do in Fiji that you’ll want to add any number of them to your itinerary.
Situated just five hours from Australia and 11 hours from the United States, 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, and Savusavu is well-known as a hidden tropical enclave for those looking for an escape far from the usual tourist crowds. Whether your idea of a vacation involves scuba diving with exotic fish or dining on five-star meals, Namale Resort and Spa is the gateway to your dream vacation.
While you’re planning your itinerary, consider these 10 top things to do in Fiji!
1. Savusavu Town
If you’re wondering what to do in Fiji first, we recommend venturing to the beloved 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. It’s a great opportunity to meet and interact with the friendly locals, and support the local economy—you can even practice your Fijian phrases while you’re here! Also, during your time in town, be sure to admire Savusavu Bay, a picturesque scene of gorgeous blue water, a marina, and local beaches.
2. SALT RIVER DRIFT
When it comes to the best Fiji things to do, set your sights on the Salt River Drift adventure. Both locals and visitors agree that no Fiji vacation would be complete without a unique Salt River Drift excursion. And the best part? You don’t need to be a strong swimmer to enjoy it! In fact, you can simply sit back and relax as the river’s light current floats you along past lush mangroves and rolling green hills.
After a quick van ride, you’ll arrive at the river, where you’ll get suited up in a lifejacket and water shoes. Then, you’re all set for your relaxing adventure! Hop in the buoyant saltwater and get ready to gently float along.
3. Enjoy Scenic Nature
One of the top things to do in Fiji is simply soaking in the stunning natural scenery. From the towering palm trees to the sparkling ocean water, there’s something beautiful around every corner. Begin your island tour at Vanua Levu, which is less tourist-oriented than the larger island of Viti Levu, leaving more of the beautiful, untouched Fijian paradise to discover. The inland areas of the island feature lush, rainforest-covered mountains and rolling hills with incredible 360-degree island views. Get a glimpse of these stunning areas on a remote waterfall trek, where you’ll explore a variety of gushing hidden waterfalls like Vuadomo after driving through winding mountain roads and local villages. In contrast, the island’s coastal areas offer stunning volcanic cliffs, palm tree-lined shores, and shallows reefs that make for a perfect tidepool exploring at low tide. Discover the abundant exotic flora and fauna, from hibiscus, orchids, and birds of paradise to tropical crotons, towering coconut palms, and wild banana trees.
4. Dolphin Watching
Is there anything more magical than seeing dolphins play in the sea? We think not! 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. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the playful dolphins jumping in the boat’s wake!
5. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Some of the best experiences in Fiji involve you going below the water’s surface. So don your snorkel or scuba gear and get ready to explore! 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 many reefs available for exploration is the popular Namena Marine Reserve. 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 is the hidden Vuadomo waterfall, where you’re likely to be the only one there! 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. This nature excursion is easily one of our favorite things to do in Fiji!
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
Of all the things to do in Fiji, venturing to the local hot springs is one experience you’ll treasure forever. 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. Take Part in a Kava Drinking Ceremony
Kava is a traditional drink that plays a huge role in Fijian life. Made from the crushed root of the kava plant, a relative of the pepper plant, it’s mixed with water in a traditional wooden tanoa bowl. It’s unique because it’s a mild sedative that relaxes the drinker and causes a slight mouth-numbing effect. During a kava ceremony, the leader will serve this ceremonial drink to guests to mark celebrations, create bonds, and celebrate community. Because it’s quite an honor to attend one of these gatherings, participating in a traditional kava drinking ceremony will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget!
10. STAY AT NAMALE RESORT AND SPA
After you’ve created your ideal itinerary, complete with all the best things to do in Fiji, reserve your stay at Namale Resort and Spa to keep the good times rolling. Our idyllic resort sits on a slice of paradise, where you can soak in the surrounding scenery, catch the most epic sunsets, and rest up for the next day’s adventure. Our resort features a world-renowned spa, farm-to-table cuisine, inviting swimming pools, cultural events, and game room to ensure your Fiji vacation is everything you expected—and more. Our friendly staff can even help you book your tours around the island so you can cross everything off your list while you’re here.
When you book your stay at Namale Resort and Spa, we’ll help you experience everything our island offers. Contact us for a quote today and check out our special offers to make your vacation in paradise the most magical trip of a lifetime.