Fiji is an isolated island paradise. It is best known for white sands and crystal clear water which provides a great mix of fun and many offbeat things to do. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to some of the happiest people on Earth. Best known for its luxurious private-islands, all-inclusive resorts, top spas, culinary destinations and outdoor adventures, Fiji is most widely celebrated for its culture, which uniquely welcomes visitors home. Here are some picks for you to do the best things in Fiji:
1. Poseidon Undersea Resorts
This resort promises to be Fiji’s most unusual attractions. When it opens, not only will it be located on a private island in Fiji, it will be the world’s seafloor resort.
2. Visit Fiji’s one of the 333 islands
When most people think of Fiji, they think of the largest and the most visited island of the chain. Infect, Fiji is made up of 333 tropical islands, many deserted and private like castaway island Fiji. With 333 islands to choose from, it is bound to find that one perfect island for you.
3. Fiji’s underwater caves
The limestone caves of Sawa-i-Lau are famous for being one of the movie locations for the blue lagoon. The inner limestone cave of Sava-i-Lau is only accessible by swimming under a rocky veil, so getting there is not for the faint of heart.
4. Sigatoka sand dunes National park
The vast sand dunes set against a deep blue sea are well worth the two-hour hike that takes you along the dunes and through a mahogany forest. If you ask, the ranger will tell you about a little bit about the ancient burial site in the park that has evidence of human habitation from almost 3000 years ago.
5. Vinaka Fiji volunteering in the Yasawa islands
The Yasawa’s islands are a home to 27 villages living below world standards of health and poverty. The Vinaka Fiji trust was set up to give something back to the villagers and to thank them for welcoming them into their islands. The trust runs three main programs- marine conservation, education and sustainable communities.
6. Naihehe caves
The Naihehe cave was once a fortress for a cannibal tribe and still houses a cannibal oven. Even the cave is secluded and only accessed by a drive through the Limestone Mountains.
7. Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
The Colo-i-Suva (pronounced tholo-ee-soo -va) Forest Park is a true lush rain forest. If you’re lucky, you may spot a sulfur-breasted musk parrot, Fiji warblers or goshawks. There are natural swimming holes along the walking trails, with a rope swing in the Lower Pools to bring out your inner Tarzan.
8. Firewalking at the Mariamma Temple
Every July or August, you can watch men walk across red hot coals at the South Indian fire-walking festival at the Mariamma Temple. Indigenous Fijian fire walking (known as vilavilairevo) was originally practiced only on the tiny island of Beqa, but today you can also see fire walking years round at the Pacific Harbour Arts Village, in many major resorts, or at Suva’s Hibiscus Festival in August.