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5 of Fiji’s Best Beaches
Posted 15 Apr 2015

As one of the most popular holiday regions in the world, Fiji is blessed with an amazing amount of white sandy beaches, as well as crystal-clear turquoise water, and a welcoming culture. The country is made up of more than 300 picturesque islands in the South Pacific, with destinations and facilities to suit all ages, budgets and interests.

It is the best beaches in Fiji, though, that most travellers rave about when they get home. If you’re keen to find out which is the best Fiji beach to put on your itinerary, read on for five top contenders you need to check out.

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Most Romantic Beach

Planning a romantic escape with your loved one? If so, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to ideal beaches in Fiji. However, one of the best spots in the country to woo your partner would have to be Turtle Island.

A private island located within the Yasawa Island Group, this adults-only destination provides honeymooners and other loved-up couples with the perfect place to enjoy peaceful surroundings.

While you do have to book accommodation at Turtle Island Resort in order to enjoy the island’s tranquillity, that commitment is worthwhile – you’ll have not just one but 14 secluded beaches to explore. You’ll also be one of only 14 couples (at maximum) allowed on the private island paradise at once, so you know your privacy is virtually guaranteed.

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Top Family Beach

For parents travelling to Fiji with their children in tow, a top family-friendly destination to consider is Treasure Island Resort. Nestled within the Mamanuca group of islands, the resort covers the entire six-hectare island and is locally owned.

Treasure Island is easily accessible from Nadi International Airport (it’s only 17 kilometres away), and is actually the closest island resort to the gateway. When you have tired and grumpy children on your hands who can’t wait to get out of the plane and onto the beach, this becomes a key benefit!

In addition, kids are well catered to on the compact island. They can spend hours splashing and swimming around the natural marine reserve, and spot plenty of sea life and coral only metres from the shore. Bigger kids can learn to snorkel in the calm lagoon or take part in a variety of water sports.

Families can also take advantage of the island’s commitment to the environment, as it was the first resort in the Mamanuca area to employ a dedicated environmental officer. This means that families exploring the resort’s beaches can help to feed endangered turtles and monitor their nests, or take part in escorted snorkelling tours to “plant” new coral.

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Best Beach for Sunset Views

If it’s memorable sunset views you’re after on a trip to Fiji, head to Natadola Beach on Viti Levu, often considered the island’s best. You’re guaranteed to catch breathtaking sunsets along this palm tree-lined beach after a day of swimming, snorkelling, eating and just generally lazing about. You can wander along the white, sandy beach as the sun goes down, or even choose to enjoy a 45-minute horse ride during sunset for some extra fun.

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Best Party Beach

Looking for an excellent place to socialise and meet new people? If so, you can’t go past a visit to the most popular party paradise, Beachcomber Island. Here you’ll find a tiny island that’s heaps of fun. The bars stay open late and the music gets revellers dancing the night away on the sandy dance floor. Take some much-needed rest in a room in the island’s relaxing resort, then get up, enjoy some fine Fijian cuisine to replenish, and do it all again!

Best Swimming Beach

You won’t have any trouble finding amazing spots to swim in Fiji, but if you’re looking for the best beach straight out of the movies with postcard-perfect waters, head to the Blue Lagoon region on Nacula Island (in the northern part of the Yasawa islands group). That’s right, the same Blue Lagoon that was made famous by the 1980 movie of the same name, starring Brooke Shields. The azure waters, coral reefs, stunning white beaches and swaying palm trees will ensure you never want to leave.

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Whether you’re looking for an indulgent five-star vacation, a romantic escape with your partner, a family getaway, or an action-packed adventure, you will find it all on the warm sand of Fiji’s beaches.

Getting there and away

-    Fly to Suva with Fiji Airways and take an hour drive to Pacific Harbour from Nausori Airport 
-    Fly to Nadi with Fiji Airways and take a scenic 2 hour drive from Nadi Airport along the Queens Highway

Organise your Fiji Holiday

-    Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadiflights from Auckland to Nadiflights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi. 
-    Natadola is a 45 minute drive from Nadi Airport. 
-    Denarau Golf and Racquet Club is 15 minute drive Nadi Airport.

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Tagged: Adventure, Leisure, Relaxation
Wellington's Great Outdoors coastal walks tropical flora and sandy bays
Posted 1 Apr 2015

For most of us, holidays are all about taking a break from our everyday life: escaping the office, mixing up our routines and getting some much-needed Vitamin D. Whether your ideal vacation is lying in the sand soaking up the sun, hiking through lush new pastures breathing in fresh country air or a combination of both, Wellington is that close-to-home destination that offers the best of both worlds.

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It may be a treasure-trove of arts and culture but it’s also home to a wealth of bays and beaches, spots to surf or scuba dive, or just somewhere to take the family for a swim. Just a few days away and your batteries will be recharged.

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Located close to the CBD, Oriental Bay at the foot of Mt Victoria has the closest beaches to the city centre and is popular with both Wellingtonians and tourists. The golden sands are available for walking, cycling or just people watching and are a favourite with families and holidaymakers all summer.

After lunch, take a drive to Island Bay to view the suburbs of tiered colonial villas. This historic beachside location on the south coast is a traditional fishing hub where there are hints of a bygone era, including the bandstand in Shorland Park. Ardent scuba divers could check out Taputeranga Marine Reserve just offshore, home to a vast array of marine wildlife and a sunken navy frigate.

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A short drive takes you to Owhiro Bay where you can go on a one-hour walk or cycle to Sinclair Head and Red Rocks Scientific Reserves. About one kilometre west of Taputeranga, Sinclair Head is a winter hangout for up to 100 New Zealand fur seals, but you could see a few of these water babes sunbathing on the red rocks in the summer.

Alternatively, go on one of the seal safari tours available and end the day at Carlucci Land a few minutes’ drive away. There you can have an afternoon barbecue or drink and unwind by wandering through Wellington’s industrial fantasy playground. After viewing the sculptures, remarkable artworks and junkyard treasures that make Carlucci Land an exceptional home for recycled castoffs, play a round of mini golf or have a shot at paintball.

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After some downtime enjoying Wellington’s blissful bays and beaches, head back onto shore and do some exploring of the vast Wellington landscape. For film buffs, the most important thing to do is to discover the sites of Middle Earth of film and story fame.

Start at Mount Victoria, the location for the first movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy directed by Peter Jackson – who is a devoted Wellingtonian.  At the top of Mount Victoria, also enjoy the 360-degree view of the city, watch ferries sailing through the harbour and aircraft taking off from Wellington Airport. The slopes fringed by the modern Wellington city were once a hideout for hobbits. 

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Away from hobbits and Orcs, Wellington is home to some beautiful flora. For a peaceful afternoon surrounded by blooms, Wellington Botanic Garden on Glenmore Street contains a native forest and major plant collections as well as seasonal beds with more than 25 000 tulips to colour spring and summer and the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, home to some 3000 roses. Tracks weaving from the duck pond allow walkers to explore trees dating back to the 1860s including redwoods, pines and oaks.

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The Begonia House, a Victorian style glasshouse shows tropical flowers and a lily pond all year round while Picnic Café provides outdoor lunching on good organic Kiwi food amid the scent of roses.  Behind the café is a lantern where a perpetual flame lit from the fires of the Hiroshima bombing commemorates Japan’s recognition of New Zealand’s stance against nuclear weapons. 

Take an easy walk along Upland Road, Kelburn to the Carter Observatory to catch sight of the stars even if it is still daytime or raining. Learn about Maori cosmology including Matariki, the Maori New Year, and Maui navigation, while a virtual space journey makes a hit with the kids.

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A walk to the Cable Car Museum will provide a different view of Wellington from the Kelburn Lookout. Then take the iconic red cable car down the hill via picturesque Kelburn to Lambton Quay, the heart of Wellington CBD. A one-way ticket is $4 or $7.50 return.

Lambton Quay is where the city began, so you will find numerous heritage buildings such as the Harbour City Centre, Stewart Dawson’s Building and the MLC building on the site of an 1844 church.  Public art along the way ensures you’ll run into Wellington pioneer John Plimmer and his dog Fitz, and at the top of Plimmer Steps is the Big Gertrude, a brick and tile memorial depicting the ship in which he arrived. 

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Still on Lambton Quay, take a break for an afternoon coffee at Midland Park before heading off for dinner or drinks at the Concrete Bar and Restaurant at the bottom of Cable Lane. From the wrap around balcony you can see the buzz of Wellington life below. After a day- or two or three- of sandy bays and working up a thirst on coastal walks, this buzzing little place is a great way to start- or end- your Wellington break. 

Getting to there and away

Check out Fiji Airways special offers on flights to Auckland and flights to Wellington

Plan your New Zealand holiday

- Flights to Auckland - Fiji Airways operates flights to Auckland regularly from many domestic and international ports including flights from Nadi to Auckland, flights from Suva to Aucklandflights from Apia to Aucklandflights from Los Angeles to Auckland and flights from Hong Kong to Auckland.

Flights to Wellington -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Wellington regularly from many international ports including flights from Nadi to Wellington, flights from Suva to Wellingtonflights from Apia to Wellingtonflights from Los Angeles to Wellington and flights from Hong Kong to Wellington.

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Tagged: Community, Culture, Family, History, Leisure, Relaxation
A Bikini a Day Guide: to Yasawa
Posted 25 Mar 2015

Founders of A Bikini a Day blog Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman know a thing or two about great holiday destinations. They flew to Fiji with Fiji Airways for an upcoming photo shoot and kept us up to date with their adventures.

After a few fun-filled days in Savusavu they headed over to the Yasawa Islands for a few more adventures and a spot of relaxation too, combining cocktails on private beaches and indulgent spa treatments with hidden caves and traditional basket weaving. Find out more or read about their entire trip here

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Transport

We flew from LA to Nadi with Fiji Airways – a great introduction to the good-natured Fijian culture, and a lovely way to start the holiday! Although we flew to the Yasawa islands from Savusavu, there are flights from Nadi to Yasawa which take about 30 minutes. Both flights have beautiful views and the plane in Yasawa lands on a grass runway, which we loved! Hotels will provide transportation and airport transfers so no need to rent your own car.

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Accommodation

Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

Arriving at the Yasawa resort is a very cool experience, (but possibly scary for the light hearted) the pilot lands on a narrow grass runway which has a grass hut and that’s it… probably our new favourite airport! Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is best known for its 11 private beaches and get this: no wifi or TV for the ultimate getaway and relaxation zone! Our villa/bure fronted a semi private beach lined with palm trees and had its own private infinity pool, absolute perfection!

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Activities

Private Beach Day- the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa boasts 11 private beaches, all accessible by boat. The resort offers day trips for couples or groups and provides ready to go picnic baskets for a day of complete privacy on your own private beach. How cool is that!?

Basket Weaving- learn how to weave in the traditional Fijian way. We loved this; it’s always good to get involved with some culturally enriching activities!

Cave exploration- a half an hour boat ride leads you to a mountain with amazing hidden caves. Once you are inside, you swim from one cave underwater to a pitch black cave lit only by the tour guides flash light; scary but seriously amazing!

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Spa- as if this resort isn’t relaxing enough already, they also have a heavenly full service spa.

Scuba diving- exploring the crystal clear waters and marine life on a scuba diving day trip!

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Weather

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. Warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F) so there is really isn’t a bad time to visit!

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Final Travel Tips

We loved flying Fiji Airways and felt the welcoming spirit of Fiji from the minute we stepped onto the plane in Los Angeles! We would highly recommend flying with them!

Fiji is amazing for couples, families and groups of friends. There is truly something for everyone- it’s the perfect spot for a one week-10 day trip. What stood out the most about Fiji were the Fijian people, they were so friendly and welcoming, as well as and the turquoise waters, white sand beaches and warm nights!

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(Special thank you to Fiji airways for making it possible for one of our followers to win a trip to Fiji with the person of their choice. Congratulations to Carly Chambers for winning, we hope you and your boyfriend love your trip to Fiji as much as Devin and I did!)

Getting to Yasawa

- Fly to Nadi with Fiji Airways. Transfers to Yasawa Island resort are made by plane to the resorts own private air strip.

Organise your Yasawa Island Holiday

- Flights to Nadi - Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi, flights from Auckland to Nadi, flights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance
A Bikini a Day Guide: to Savusavu
Posted 23 Mar 2015

Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, founders of A Bikini a Day blog, chose Savusavu and the Yasawa islands as the perfect spot for an upcoming bikini shoot. They headed over there with Fiji Airways in order to experience that fantastic Fijian spirit the moment they stepped on the plane.

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The girls told us about their nine days in paradise starting with Savusavu, where they enjoyed candlelit dinners on the beach, horseback riding, reef walking and snorkelling – read the full experience on their blog

Transport

Savusavu Island transfers are available with Fiji Airways/ FIJI Link from one of the main islands, Nadi. The flight from Nadi to Namale is around 1 1/2 hours with beautiful views. Hotels will provide transportation and airport transfers so no need to rent your own car.

Nightlife

It’s all about the day time in Fiji. We were in bed by 8 or 9 p.m. every night, exhausted from the fun-filled days. At night, we would join the other resort guests to watch cultural performances, or enjoy a beachside dinner before heading back to our villa.

Accommodation

Namale Resort & Spa

This all inclusive resort is arguably the best in Savusavu. From the minute you arrive at the tiny airport and are greeted by your driver you feel at home and the minute you leave you definitely feel like you are leaving a new found family behind! Great for a couple wanting a romantic and relaxing getaway, Namale Resort & Spa has 1,2 and 3 bedrooms villas/”bure” options complete with their own pools/jacuzzis, ocean front views, indoor and outdoor showers and much more. Our favourite part of the hotel was the beautiful beach which was lined with palm trees. Other guests love the Bowling Alley and game room, particularly fun if you experience a tropical storm

All inclusive room rates range from $900- 2000 per night.

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Activities

Beach Day- Lined with palm trees, have lunch and cocktails delivered to your beach chair and enjoy the white sand and turquoise water until sunset (usually completely alone)!

Snorkelling/Diving- Explore the Kora Sea on a snorkelling or diving sea adventure.

Horseback riding- We absolutely loved that the Namale has horse riding as an activity. We took a ride on the beach in our bikini tops. Heaven!

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Reef Walks- The resorts water front is surrounded by reefs which are filled with wildlife, and they even have a blowhole that will go up to 6-8 meters!

“Dine out”- Dinner on the beach. The resort has many remote locations that they will organize a sunset/evening dine out for you and your friend or partner. Eating a candlelit dinner on the beach was a very special experience!

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Spa- Apart from the ocean front treatment rooms, the Namale spa features a hydro-aromatherapy area with hot tubs, steam room, plunge pool and waterfall massage pool, all which overlook the ocean… yeah, we loved it.

Sports and games - We opted for a few games of tennis; it was like bikram tennis so if you can’t handle the heat, you may want to opt for the ice cold air conditioned gym! Plus, the Namale has its own bowling alley, we repeat, the Namale has its own bowling alley! We were jumping like kids with excitement about this: the game room features virtual golf, ice hockey, a two lane bowling alley and pool. Golf is also popular here.

Weather

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm year round with minimal extremes. Warm season is from November to April and the cooler season lasts from May to October. Temperature in the cool season still averages 22 °C (72 °F) so there is really isn’t a bad time to visit!

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Final Travel Tips

We loved flying Fiji Airways and felt the welcoming spirit of Fiji from the minute we stepped onto the plane in Los Angeles! We would highly recommend flying with them!

Fiji is amazing for couples, families and groups of friends. There is truly something for everyone- it’s the perfect spot for a one week-10 day trip. What stood out the most about Fiji were the Fijian people, they were so friendly and welcoming, as well as and the turquoise waters, white sand beaches and warm nights!

(Special thank you to Fiji Airways for making it possible for one of our followers to win a trip to Fiji with the person of their choice. Congratulations to Carly Chambers for winning, we hope you and your boyfriend love your trip to Fiji as much as Devin and I did!)

Getting to Savusavu

Fly to Savusavu with Fiji Airways from Nadi or Suva. Once you have arrived, the resort is a short 15 minute drive from the airport.

Organise your Savusavu Island Holiday

Flights to Savusavu – Fiji Airways operates flights to Savusavu regularly from many domestic ports including flights from Nadi to Savusavu and flights from Suva to Savusavu.   

Flights to Suva - Fiji Airways operates flights to Suva regularly from many domestic and international ports including flights from Nadi to Suvaflights from Sydney to Suva and flights from Auckland to Suva

Flights to Nadi -  Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadiflights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Activities, Adventure, Relaxation, Romance
Kelly Slater Home Away from Home
Posted 18 Mar 2015

World champion surfer Kelly Slater has been to some of the greatest tropical destinations on earth with his career. But it’s the Fijian island Tavarua that he’s called his ‘home away from home’ for the past 24 years. For Slater, it’s the culture of the people that keeps bringing him back, which is why he always flies with Fiji Airways – our quality service and friendly crew members mean you get a truly Fijian experience the second you step on board.

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The beautiful heart shaped island may be small but it offers something for everyone. Relaxing ocean views and clear warm waters make it an idyllic place for couples or families, while the world-class breaks create perfect surfing conditions – no wonder Kelly loves it! 

Getting to there and away

The best place to stay and enjoy the surfing action on the world-class waves is Tavarua Island Resort.

If you are looking to join this year’s Fiji Pro spectacle and to cheer on your favourite surfer, Fiji Airways can get you to the reef with daily flights to Nadi from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

After touching down, head out to Tavarua Island where you can see the waves break over the reef about a mile off-shore.

Plan your Fiji Surfing holiday

Flights to Nadi - Fiji Airways operates flights to Nadi daily from many international ports including flights from Sydney to Nadi,flights from Auckland to Nadi, flights from Los Angeles to Nadi and flights from Hong Kong to Nadi.

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Tagged: Culture, Family, Relaxation, Surf and Dive
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