Most travellers visit the main island, Viti Levu, at least twice – when they arrive and again when they leave. Those that stay find villages to explore and some thrilling activities in the Pacific Harbour region.
The Yasawa and Mamanuca Groups are the stuff tropical postcards are made of. They are easily reached from the ‘mainland’, and form the backbone of Fiji’s tourism industry.
Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu are famed for their lush forests above the water and beautiful coral gardens beneath. These islands draw yachties, explorers and divers in equal measure.
Only a trickle of trailblazers make it to the Lomaiviti, Lau and Moala Groups. Facilities are scarce and transport erratic, but there are plenty of adventures to be had here.
Nadi, Suva & Viti Levu
Prehistory & Hill Forts
Hike through tangled forest at Mt Koroyanitu, scramble up the Sigatoka sand dunes, partake in muddy mayhem near the Sabeto Mountains or dive with huge sharks at Beqa Lagoon.
Post-Colonial & Multicultural
The 'Big Island' is a melting pot of indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian cultures: take part in a meke (traditional dance performance) and a lovo (feast cooked in a pit oven) one night, and watch fire-walking while sweating over a curry the next. Experience traditional life with a village homestay.
The inland landscapes of the Nausori and Namosi Highlands sharply contrast with the coastal zone. High mountainous roads, tall forests, raftable rivers and remote villages make for a great self-drive adventure.
The Mamanuca & Yasawa Groups
Get off your towel and plunge into the splashy sports of the Mamanucas. If it's in or on the water – and gets your heart racing – it's on offer here. Choose between high-octane jet-skiing, paragliding, flyboarding and surfing, or delve deeper on snorkelling and diving trips.
If sprawling on white sands is your idea of a perfect holiday, head to the Yasawas: the sugar-soft beaches practically glow. Choose between long stretches framed by looming palms, small sheltered coves and secluded swimming bays.
Seasonal manta rays and whales add to the year-round attraction of resident armies of fish, sharks and dolphins. The islands themselves are home to native iguanas and soaring seabirds. Endangered turtles breed on several islands in the region.
Ovalau & the Lomaiviti Group
Snake Island, off Caqalai, isn’t for the faint-hearted: in addition to strong currents and a rough entry through a minefield of corals, expect to see the banded sea snakes that give the island its name. The payoff is a wonderland of soft corals, schools of fish and giant Napoleon wrasses.
Tramp through thick rainforest, splash through rivers and cool off in waterfalls en route to the Lovoni crater, home to a proud village.
World Heritage–listed colonial architecture makes Levuka one of the South Pacific's most picturesque towns. Marvel at weatherworn churches and shopfronts that look like something out of a John Wayne film.
Vanua Levu & Taveuni
The Somosomo Strait houses the Rainbow Reef, famous worldwide for its soft corals. Dive the Purple Wall, covered in violet coral trees, or the ethereal White Wall where, in the right current, snowy corals open to feed on plentiful plankton.
Taveuni is dominated by the lush Bouma National Heritage Park, home to some of Fiji’s best hiking. Other top treks include the strenuous scramble up Des Voeux Peak, where you can look for the rare tagimaucia, Fiji’s emblem flower.
Qamea island, off Taveuni, offers a few fickle, but little-known, breaks. When they’re working, expect clean, fun rides and no crowds.
Kadavu, Lau & Moala Groups
The Great Astrolabe Reef is the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef. It holds a tremendous stretch of impressive dive sites; many are yet to be discovered. Kadavu's west side holds other reef networks that are arguably as lovely and are better protected from trade winds.
You don’t have to dive to see one of the ocean’s most spectacular species: manta rays. Off the Great Astrolabe Reef near Ono island, snorkellers are almost guaranteed the life-altering experience of swimming with these graceful creatures.
Most resorts have walking trails leading to villages, waterfalls and prime birdwatching spots.