The Fiji Islands are situated in the South Pacific Ocean, midway between Melanesia (Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) and Polynesia (Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands). There are over 300 islands in this archipelago, each fringed with coral reefs and surrounded by warm azure waters. Natural beauty abounds in Fiji from the friendly natured people to the range of underwater corals, extinct volcano craters and giant waterfalls. Throughout the islands there is a vast selection of accommodation and attractions to cater to every visitor’s whim.
Denarau Island is located a short drive from Nadi airport. It is the home to several premier resorts, world class golfing facilities, tennis complex and Port Denarau Marina. The recently developed Marina complex houses the largest shopping centre and restaurant complex in the area. The Port is the major departure point for day cruises around the Fiji islands. Serious golfers should consider a stay at the Golf Terraces Denarau Island. There are forty self-contained apartments offering stunning views across a relaxing waterway to the third green and the majestic mountain ranges beyond.
The Coral Coast is the name given to the area along the Southern shores of the main island of Viti Levu. The coastline is a combination of bays, beaches, rocky outcrops and mangrove forests. The variety of accommodation from thatched beach cottages or bures through to world class international resorts draw a range of tourists to the area. The pristing waters and reefs create and underwater paradise for snorkelling and diving. Crusoe’s Retreat Coral Coast is an intimate resort nestled among ten acres of lush tropical gardens. Many staff live at the adjacent local Fijian village, where you can interact with the locals for a true Fijian experience. Laze by the pool in the sunshine, snooze in a shaded hammock and view spectacular sunsets from the restaurant deck.
The thirteen islands of the Mamanuca Island group lie just a short distance from the mainland of Viti Levu. These islands offer pristine white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, aquamarine waters and cooling trade winds at night time. Watersports, fishing trips and boat excursions abound. The intimate boutique resort of Matamanoa Island offers both hotel style rooms and bure accommodation. This volcanic island juts out from the aqua waters and features dense bush with palm trees which contrast against the curved white sandy stretch of beach and the pristine coral reef beyond the shores.
The climate in Fiji is mild and can be enjoyed year round, although the best time to visit is during the dry season from May to October. This ‘Fijian Winter’ is cooler and less humid, with a much lower risk of tropical cyclones which generally occur between November and April.
Fiji is not a major shopping destination, although you can find handicrafts, woodcarvings, cloth and pottery at the local markets. There are a range of sightseeing tours available from the mainland. If you are feeling adventurous, take the Navua River Rafting Tour through Grade 1 rapids and water cascades of the Navua River. Enjoy a BBQ picnic lunch and swim in the magic waterfalls.