Diving & Snorkelling

The archipelago’s warm, clear waters and abundance of reef life make it a magnet for divers and snorkellers. Underwater visibility regularly exceeds 30m, and when the current flows, the corals bloom with flower like beauty.

Beqa Lagoon One of the few places in the world where it’s possible to dive with bull and tiger sharks without a cage.

Snorkelling with manta rays Work your fins to keep up with the giant manta rays that cruise the nearby channel between Nanuya Balavu and Drawaqa islands.

E6, Bligh Passage, Lomaiviti Group A phenomenal seamount that brushes the surface; a magnet for pelagics.

Great White Wall, Taveuni Possibly the best soft-coral dive in Fiji; it's part of the famous Rainbow Reef.

Eagle Rock, Kadavu One of the many dives that can be had on the Great Astrolabe Reef, a 100km barrier reef with a vibrant assemblage of hard- and soft-coral formations. This dive is a maze of faults, canyons and tunnels.

Surfing

Fiji has some world-class breaks year-round but from May to October southerly swells form colossal breaks that will have most surfers shivering in their wetsuit.

Cloudbreak Fiji’s most famous break; for experienced riders only.

Namotu Left So named after the huge lefties the spot is renowned for.

Frigate Passage Consistently good with waves that seldom drop below head height, this is one of the most underrated spots in the South Pacific.

Restaurants Fast left-hander that will chew you up and spit you out.

Natadola Beach In the right conditions a small break forms that’s ideal for beginners.

King Kong Lefts Unlike most Fijian breaks, this is within paddling distance of land and holds great shape when small.

Village Life

A homestay or village visit offers excellent insight into everyday life. Bring a sevusevu (gift) of yaqona (kava) root, and a loud barracking voice for the village rugby-field sidelines. Food generally comes straight from the garden and includes such starchy staples as tavioka (cassava) and dalo (taro) roots alongside seafood in lolo (coconut cream).

Lovoni Join Epi’s Island Tours and trek to this village built inside the crater of an extinct volcano.

Navala Perched in Viti Levu’s highlands, Navala is the only community that insists all homes are built using traditional materials and conform to traditional architectural styles.

Nabalasere Locals in one of Viti Levu’s prettiest villages are the guardians of the spectacular Savulelele waterfall.

Viseisei Village Homestays According to oral tradition, Viseisei is Fiji’s oldest village, established by Melanesian explorers hundreds of years ago.

Waya Island Leave the resorts behind and lap up island life, local-style, at Waya's friendly villages.

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park Getting to the two villages here is no cakewalk, but time spent with the welcoming locals makes the trip worthwhile.

Sailing

A permanent fixture on the South Pacific 'Coconut Milk Run', Fiji has long drawn yachts from all over the globe. You must call into an official port of entry before fanning out through Fiji’s extensive archipelago.

Savusavu With two top marinas and a boatload of facilities, Savusavu is now Fiji’s best-resourced port for pleasure cruisers.

Musket Cove Home to Fiji Regatta Week – a weeklong party of fun and sun. Most skippers have this one pencilled in their cruising calendars every September.

Port Denarau Posh marina with excellent facilities; yachties can stock up with supplies and arrange repairs.

Royal Suva Yacht Club It's no longer the institution that it once was, but this is the first official port of entry for yachts arriving from Tonga and the east.

Idyllic Beaches

While the main islands have surprisingly few world-class beaches, nearly all of the smaller islands have beaches so perfect that they're practically unreal. With so many to choose between, it seems miserly to single out just a few.

Modriki Ever since the Tom Hanks’ film Cast Away was filmed here, this tiny island has become Fiji’s biggest star. Its broad lagoon and gorgeous beach have most day-trippers wondering why Tom ever left.

Caqalai This itty-bitty island – a mere speck on most maps – has golden beaches backed by swaying palms.

Long Beach The finest beach on Nacula and one of the best in the Yasawa Group; it's but a short boat ride from the original Blue Lagoon.

‘Sand bridge’ between Waya and Wayasewa With twice the amount of sandy real estate than anywhere else, this strip is lapped by water on both sides.

Birdwatching

A small but dedicated number of travellers come to Fiji in hope of seeing some of its rare and colourful birds. While some, such as the collared lory, can be seen in hotel gardens, others are more elusive.

Taveuni A top twitching site with abundant flora, the 'Garden Island' is home to more than 100 species, including the rare orange dove.

Kadavu This island enjoys a high diversity of birdlife, including such endemics as the Kadavu musk parrot.

Vanua Levu Birders should head to Tunuloa Peninsula, home to the rare silktail.

Colo-i-Suva Forest Park Only 11km from downtown Suva, a network of forest trails offers a good chance to see some of Fiji’s more common native birds.

Romantic Getaways

Beachside dinners, private plunge pools and candlelit massages – these intimate, adult-only resorts leave no pillow unplumped and provide honeymooners and lovebirds with some serious island-style pampering.

Likuliku Lagoon This resort boasts Fiji’s first overwater bungalows, each beautifully appointed with traditional touches.

Matangi Island Resort For arboreous amour, Matangi's secluded tree houses can't be beaten.

Tokoriki Island Resort With its cute chapel, photogenic knee-dropping nooks and an on-site Romance Coordinator, Tokoriki is a lovers' lair par excellence.

Emaho Sekawa Luxury Resort Couples gets looked after by their own private staff – including a gourmet chef.

Nanuya Island Resort A short walk from the Blue Lagoon, the resort has cosy hilltop nests and a new, jaw-droppingly luxurious honeymoon villa.

Family Fun

Its soft sands and warm waters make Fiji one big beachy playground. But even away from the seaside, there are plenty of jollies for the knee-high crew.

Sabeto Hot Springs Kids large and small will love slinging mud at one another in these natural outdoor pools.

Kula Eco Park This wildlife park on the Coral Coast offers youngsters a chance to get nose-to-beak with rare birds.

Coral Coast scenic Railway Chugging past jungle and villages to Natadola Beach, this former sugar train is tons of fun.

Robinson Crusoe Island Children will squeal in delight with all the activities in place.

Sawa-i-Lau Which kid can resist the storybook adventure of swimming in a mysterious cave?

Hiking

Although walking for fun might strike most locals as a little odd, Fiji is home to some spectacular treks and trails.

Lavena Coastal Walk Skirting the forest’s edge, this 5km walk links beautiful white- and black-sand beaches to isolated villages. Trekkers can cool off in a pool carved by twin waterfalls.

Koroyanitu National Heritage Park Go on rough-and-ready guided treks through dakua (kauri) forests in search of waterfalls, and tackle sweaty scrambles up mountain peaks for breathtaking views.

Colo-i-Suva Forest Park This park offers a network of trails between forest-fringed swimming holes, plus gorgeous views.

Des Voeux Peak Nature-lovers are rewarded for the challenging slog to the top of this peak with incredible birdwatching opportunities.

Mt Tomanivi Fiji's highest peak (1323m) is steep and rugged, but offers rewarding views; get there with Talanoa Treks, the country's only dedicated hiking company.