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330 islands scattered across 20,000 square miles or 32000 square kilometres of land, the Fiji Islands lie on the 180 Meridian where the dawning of each new day occurs. Viti Levu is Fiji's biggest island and is often referred to as the mainland. Suva is the capital of Fiji and is a 30 minute drive from Nausori Airport, located on the eastern side of Viti Levu. Nadi, which is located on the western side of Viti Levu, is considered Fiji's tourism hub and is home to Nadi International Airport, Fiji’s main global gateway.
The Mamanuca (pronounced Ma-ma-noo-tha) island group, is a collection of 20 sand-fringed islands set among deep blue waters. Situated inside the Malolo Barrier Reef, this stunning group of islands are easily accessible from the mainland and offer ideal conditions for boating, scuba diving, snorkelling and other water-based activities. Here you can find the island used in Tom Hanks film 'Castaway' alongside traditional Fijian villages and many popular island resorts, perfect for both families and couples.
The Yasawa group is made up of some 20 islands of volcanic origin, north west of Viti Levu. The region was made famous by the film “The Blue Lagoon' starring Brooke Shields and the Blue Lagoon itself and the nearby caves are popular spots for swimming. The islands are renowned for their laid back pace and offer white sandy beaches, crystalline waters and lush forest, against the backdrop of soaring peaks. There is a wide range of accommodation types available, from budget bures to five star resorts. The Yasawas are accessed daily from Port Denarau and Lautoka by fast catamarans and resort water taxis; or by seaplane and helicopter from Nadi.
One of the first tourism areas in Fiji,the Coral Coast stretches 130 kilometres along the southern shores of Viti Levu, with easy access via the Queen’s Highway which connects the jetset town of Nadi and the capital city of Suva. It boasts large resorts, some smaller accommodation options with a distinctly Fijian feel and a world-class golf course. Many of these properties enjoy white sandy beaches and magnificent views of the waves breaking along the famous coral reef.
The northern islands of Vanua Levu (known as the Big Island) and Taveuni (known as the Garden Island) offer visitors a leisurely pace. Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second largest island and is easily accessible by flight from Nadi or Suva to the main gateways of Labasa in the north and Savusavu, located at the foot of the peninsula. Savusavu has become a popular holiday destination due to its dive spots, pearl cultivation and yachting facilities. Taveuni is Fiji’s third largest island and is world renowned for its amazing underwater habitat including the 31-km long Rainbow Reef. Taveuni is a nature lovers paradise, with unique flora and fauna and dense tropical forest, where you can enjoy pristine walks, horse riding, historical sites and bird watching. Fiji’s northern region also includes the smaller islands of Laucala, Qamea, Matangi, Namenalala, Nukubati and Kaibu which offer a range of accommodation options.
Located just 20 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport, Denarau Island is home to some of Fiji's most popular resorts as well as superb residences and facilities including a magnificent 18-hole championship golf course, an extensive array of water sports and leisure activities, tennis courts and a marina. Denarau Marina is home to a selection of boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and spas and is the major departure point for cruises and sea transfers to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.
Fiji is known as the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ and its' islands are home to a vivid array of coral and a wide spectrum of underwater life including sharks, manta rays and over 1000 species of fish. In fact, you can swim with manta rays in the Yasawas or feed tiger and bull sharks in Beqa Lagoon. Fiji ranks consistently in the top 5 dive spots in the world with Taveuni, Beqa, Kadavu and Rakiraki dive spots being of particular note.
Fiji is known as one of the world's premiere surf destinations, bringing the world's best to its waves. The Mamanuca Islands, Beqa, Kadavu and Sigatoka are home to some great surf breaks with islands like Tavarua and Namotu catering specifically for surfers. Stand up paddle boarding is also becoming increasingly popular.
Charter a fishing boat and hit Fiji's deep blue for a game-fishing experience of a lifetime. Expect to catch amazing mahimahi, wahoo, walu (Spanish mackerel), sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna and other species.
Golf, like everything in Fiji, is a little more relaxed. Lush courses that offer a chance to unwind and enjoy. Fiji offers a wide range of quality golf courses - from international championship golf courses to small “pitch and putts”. You can play golf at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, Natadola International Golf Course (Coral Coast), Fiji Golf Club (Suva), Ba, Labasa, Lautoka, Rakiraki and Nadi Airport Clubs, Novotel Nadi and the Robert Trent Jones (Jnr)- designed course at Pacific Harbour.
Explore class II-III whitewater aboard inflatable kayaks and whitewater rafts along two of the country's premier liquid pathways, the Upper Navua Gorge and Wainikoroiluva. River rafting offers a great way to experience some of Fiji's most spectacular terrain. Just 30 minutes from Suva is Kila Eco Adventure Park with Kila Thriller; Fijis longest and fastest Zipline plus more than 20 other fun attractions including Fiji's premier adrenalin rush; the Kila Killa Giant Swing, abseiling, ropes courses, commando course and guided tours of the Kila Organics spice farm, rainforest, waterfalls and fresh water pools.
Fiji is a multicultural nation and dining options in towns and within hotels and resorts reflect this. Dishes from India and Asia, along with local seafood can be found in most restaurants, together with international favourites to please every palate and, of course, traditional Fijian cuisine. Many hotels and resorts also offer the opportunity to experience Fijian Lovo followed by a Meke. This is a colourful evening of feasting with traditional Fijian song and dance by nearby village or resort staff. Fiji’s best known and distinctive outdoor feast, the lovo, is an underground oven of heated rocks used for cooking a variety of foods wrapped in banana leaves.
Unwind with massage or beauty treatments at Denarau Marina or at any one of Fiji's resorts, most have facilities offering head-to-toe treatments. The traditional Fijian massage is known as the Bobo (pronounced mbombo).
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