It is not often that a destination boasts of being an idyllic setting for all kinds of travellers. However, the archipelago of Fiji is a sun-kissed exception to this. With a myriad mix of activities ranging from water sports to exploring a village – it fits everyone’s bucket list. Couples, kids and solo travellers can all rejoice and relish under the tropical sun when in this island country. After all, age is no barrier to having fun at this tropical paradise.
A coastal paradise strewn with romantic spots, Fiji is the place to be for couples looking for an extravagant getaway. A picnic by the waterfall with the finest of champagnes or an evening watching a glorious sunset at a private island – every corner of the island makes for a picture -perfect spot to pop the question.
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An interesting intimate set-up are the traditionally infused bures (thatched houses) set along the gorgeous beaches or tucked away amid lush foliage. A recommended option would be the private island hosting Matamanoa Island Resort overlooking the tranquil waters of the Mamanuca Islands. The warm, tropical sun is a great setting to enjoy a game of mini golf. Of course, no romantic trip to Fiji is complete without a couple’s spa treatment that will help you relax and unwind. No matter what island you are on, there are numerous options to explore. If your partner and you want to explore the turquoise waters, then a private yacht is a luxurious option. Most hotels, especially the exclusive honeymoon resorts in the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands will be happy to setup a private candlelight dinner by the beach with serenaders not too far. Be sure to put in a song request. Couples looking for a special element to top it up must plan a stay at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort on Malolo island as the resort offers overwater bungalows. Also, a must visit is the majestic Sawa-i-lau caves at the Yasawa Islands, which allows one to dive through the gateway in the first cave to find the second.
A postcard perfect family vacation awaits you in Fiji. Abundant activities for kids as well as adults ensure that every minute of your vacation is loaded with memories. As you stretch your legs in the soft sands of one of the endless beaches, your kids can choose between building fish houses, clambering through guided nature walks or swimming by the stunning coast.Also known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World”, kids and adults will be left awestruck as they witness the magic of Fiji’s flamboyant coral reefs that is home to a rich and diverse collection of underwater species including turtles, blue marlin and butterfly fish. For the more adventurous families, trying out water sports like snorkeling, surfing and kayaking are the perfect ways to spend the day at the beach. If nature piques your interest, head over to the numerous breathtaking waterfalls and lush forests that are spread across the islands. The Bouma Falls in Taveuni is perhaps the most famous, and striking waterfall on the island. A short stroll away is the Waitabu Marine park. An absolute serene marine protected are where ‘big fish’ roam freely. Here, rush hour has a whole new meaning underwater. On the other hand, the Vuadomo Waterfall in Savusavu another top choice amongst visitors. Kids will love Fiji’s biggest family fun Park in Viti Levu -Kula WILD Adventure Park which is also an ecological preserve. A village visit with Sigatoka River safari allows you to connect with the living i-Taukei culture. Participating in conservation programmes such as the Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Programme, will bring to life animals seen often in books; so be sure to add these trips to your itinerary. All Fijian holidays come with quality chill-out time for the grown-ups as many hotels boast of kid’s clubs’ that offer a range of unique activities ranging from helping feed turtles to learning the Fijian dances to occupy kids and youngsters alike. Popular kid-friendly resorts include the Malolo Island Resort, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, InterContinental Golf Resort and Spa as well as The Pearl Resort.
For those looking to find tranquillity and some ‘me’ time – Fiji is a dreamy destination. Sink into a beach hammock as you watch the golden sunset or surprise yourself by doing something new. Choose between immersing yourself into the Fijian culture by taking a cooking class where locals will pass down generations-old Kokoda and Rourou recipes or diving into the pristine waters as you try scuba diving at the Namena Marine Reserve. Explorers looking at discovering the rich history of the archipelago will not be disappointed either. The island country has carefully preserved its history and there are plenty of sightseeing spots across the archipelago. One such island is the quaint port town Levuka which was listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage listing in 2013. To delve deeper into Fiji’s varied and extensive history, one can also head to the Fiji museum in Suva, whose showcases are filled with artefacts dating back 3,700 years. If you are looking at travel with more immersive experiences with the Fijians, then simply book a stay at one of the many hostels scattered across the islands. A popular pick amidst backpackers are the dorms at Nadi’s Wailoaloa Beach. If you prefer to mingle with bigger crowds, a good way to meet people is to hop on to group tours. Options range from river safaris to a beachfront horse-riding tour.
Thanks to Fiji’s rich landscape and culture, it is a destination enjoyed by everyone. Couples, kids, families & solo travellers have a myriad mix of options to choose from. Thrilling adventure sports, extravagant luxury, cultural insights, diverse wildlife and of course, the stunning beaches – Fiji truly is a holiday spot for all.
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