Travel with Children

Fiji’s main island has plenty to offer families with little tackers in tow. If you’re staying in the Nadi area, try a day cruise to one of the Mamanuca or Yasawa islands or the ever-popular Robinson Crusoe Island. The Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark on Denarau Island is guaranteed to please. North of town, kids aged four and up can whiz through the rainforest on the Sleeping Giant Zipline, while the nearby Sabeto Hot Springs is a squishy, squelchy mudfest (don't fret, parents: there are pools to clean off in). Kids also love grubby buggy rides through the forest with Westside Motorbike Tours.

The Coral Coast is home to a number of attractions that will appeal to kids. A day on the Coral Coast Scenic Railway is a fun way to gain an appreciation of Fiji’s landscape; nearby, the Kalevu Cultural Centre showcases Fijian singing, dancing and ceremonies. A little more kitsch are the demonstrations, boat tours and mock battles at the Arts Village in Pacific Harbour. You could also take the kids horse riding at Natadola Beach or show them Fiji’s less-domesticated wildlife at the excellent Kula Eco Park. Hot Glass Fiji lets kids aged seven and up blow their own glass souvenirs. If your little one is an adrenaline hound, give the jet boats of Sigatoka River Safari a go.

Suva's Fiji Museum is chock-full of exhibits (including cannibal utensils) that will capture inquisitive young minds; their monthly open day (last Saturday of the month) has live music, traditional dancing, fire-walking and more. Nananu-i-Ra is a short hop from the mainland's north coast and offers calm (and very fishy) seas for child-friendly swimming and snorkelling, plus self-catering accommodation. On the east coast, Dolphin Watch Fiji trips enjoy daily spottings of spinner dolphins.

Many resorts, especially at Denarau, have abundant activities to occupy children. Some kid-friendly resorts include the following: