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5 ways Australian travelers are drawn to Fiji

By Daniel Hochuli Posted 29 Dec 2014

It’s no secret that Australians love Fiji. In fact data released by the Fijian Bureau of Statistics reveals the tropical archipelago attracted over 300,000 Australian tourists a year since 2010, making Aussie travellers and families one of Fiji’s main tourism demographics.

As two of the Pacific’s leading nations, Australia and Fiji share both a long history and a strong bond. There are is plenty of sporting and cultural ties that ensure Aussies travelling to Fiji feel right at home. Likewise, the tropical island archipelagos and Fiji’s warm hospitality feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s sprawling capital cities. For many Australian’s, flying to Fiji is like flying to their second home.

If you need a reason to visit Fiji, here are five revealing why Aussies keep coming back:

1. For the luxury hotels and resorts

When Australian’s look for a holiday, they often consider the sun, sand and surf beyond their borders and with Fiji being just a few hours’ flight from Brisbane and Sydney, the accessible destination is ideal for both singles and families of all budgets.

Visitors can choose to stay in rustic resorts, five-star hotels or everything in between, but those who want to holiday like a celebrity can take inspiration from the stars. Russell Crowe (an honorary Aussie) has reportedly had a break at Namale Resort on Vanua Levu and the private island Wakaya Club Luxury Resort; while Aussie supermodel Elle ‘The Body’ McPherson has stayed at private island Vomo.

Namale

2. For the water sports

Aussies and Fijians share a great love of the beach, surf and water. Fiji is world-famous for its soft coral reef snorkeling and scuba diving at sites such as Big W and Gotham City and surf fans should head to the Mamanuca islands beaches and the legendary Cloudbreak

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3. To get hitched

Thousands of Aussie couples get married or honeymoon in Fiji each year. And who can blame them? With tropical locations and luxurious resorts just a few hours’ flight away, a wedding in Fiji is a great choice for romantic nuptials. No doubt Elle McPherson would agree – she tied the knot with billionaire Jeffery Soffer at Laucala Resort off the coast of Taveuni in 2013. While the Luacala might be out of the price range for many engaged couples, resorts such as Castaway Island have amazing wedding packages for those looking to tie the knot.

Castaway

4. For the fresh Fijian cuisine

Blessed with a warm climate, an abundance of produce and locally harvested seafood, Fiji is a fresh food heaven. Little wonder top Aussie chefs Lance Seeto and Peter Kuruvita have each set up shop in Fiji.

Seeto is head chef at Castaway Island, home to Lali Sandbar, which has been awarded Fiji’s Restaurant of the Year with its signature 1808 concept menu. Another famous Aussie chef, Peter Kuruvita, heads up Flying Fish Fiji at the Sheraton on Denarau Island and the newly opened Steakhouse by Peter Kuruvita at The Westin, Denarau Island.

5. To keep active

Fijians are mighty athletes, as anyone who has seen Fiji’s rugby and sevens teams clash with Australia’s will know. Luckily things are more relaxed away from the international stage and Yasawa Island Resort’s beaches are a great location for a friendly game of touch rugby or volleyball with the locals. For the more adventurous visitor who wants to get their heart pumping, white water rafting on the Navua River is an exciting alternative.

Getting to Fiji for a holiday

- Fly to Nadi or Suva with Fiji Airways. Check out our great deals and Special offers with our partners 

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.

- Flights to Suva - Fiji Airways also operates flights from Sydney to Suva and Auckland to Suva.

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