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Reviewed on 17 Apr 2020
With a tropical climate and an ample supply of sun-soaked beaches and palm-fringed lagoons, Fiji gives the beach-loving tourist everything you could possibly want. But this is a destination that doesn’t just work for sun and sand seekers, with Fiji’s 300-plus islands promising a world of adventure too, whether through wildlife-spotting excursions, challenging mountain hikes or visits to sleepy villages where a traditional way of life endures.
With more than 300 islands in the archipelago, Fiji spoils you for choice when it comes to deciding where to stay. If you want to find a hotel near Fiji’s international airport, look on Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. Viti Levu is also home to the country’s capital city, Suva, which is a great base if you’re looking for lively nightlife.
The vast majority of visitors to Fiji stay in hotels in the ever-popular Nadi, where you will find lots of beachside family-friendly rooms as well as budget backpackers hostels, apartments and luxury villas.
For something a little more exclusive, splash out on upmarket accommodation on the private Denarau Island, where expansive resorts have multiple on-site restaurants, lavish swimming pools and an 18-hole golf course.
The 50-mile-long stretch of pristine beach that makes up the Coral Coast is equally geared up for holidaymakers, with everything from all-inclusive ocean-facing resorts to affordable family-friendly hotels.
As an eco-tourist, you might enjoy a stay in a remote, off-the-beaten-track resort on the lush island of Taveuni, while adrenaline addicts could turn the action up a notch at the adventure-filled Pacific Harbour.
Fiji provides tropical adventure by the bucket load. Known as the Garden Island, jungle-strewn Taveuni is wonderfully wild and undeveloped, and a great place to base yourself if you’re an outdoorsy type.
Hike through protected national parks to crashing waterfalls and rest your weary limbs on deserted beaches. The waters around the island’s edge are equally spectacular, concealing sea beds carpeted in strangely shaped coral, populated by schools of rainbow-bright fish. Though scuba divers and snorkellers flock here, they are not Fiji’s only underwater wonder, with miles upon miles of dive-worthy reefs to be found around the other islands, too.
Finding a spectacular stretch of sand in Fiji is no hard task. The beaches on the Mamanuca Islands, the filming location for the likes of ‘Cast Away’ and ‘Survivor’, are particularly scene-stealing. What’s more, Fiji’s beaches aren’t just good for lazing about on – they also promise world-class surf breaks, perfect parasailing and windsurfing conditions and some top-notch dolphin-spotting opportunities. For a real escape from reality, head to the gleaming white sands of the Yasawa Islands, where civilization and all its trappings feel a million miles away.
Whether you want to remain beach-bound for the entire holiday or get your blood pumping with some challenging outdoor pursuits, Fiji has an island perfect for you.