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Best Places to Visit in Fiji with Family
Fiji is made up of 333 tropical islands in the South Pacific, and it’s many people’s idea of an island paradise. However, there’s way more to it than just palm fringed beaches with powdery sand and azure waters. Although… for a holiday that’s not a bad thing to be around! Fiji is a great place for adventurers, honeymooners, and backpackers too. And you do get your fair whack when it comes to history and culture! In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best places to visit in Fiji. Across more than 300 islands, we’ve picked 11 of the top things that will make your trip completely unforgettable. We’ve had to be ruthless, but we definitely think these are the best things to put on your Fiji itinerary. Once you start reading, you’ll quickly realize that there is a lot to explore in Fiji. To make sure you don’t miss out on the best hotspots, come up with a rough Fiji itinerary before you start your travels. That way you’ll get to see everything you want to without the stress of having to plan last minute!
1- Coral Coast and Pacific Harbor
The Coral Coast is quite a lot of the southern shores of Viti Levu. It’s named after the wide bank of coral that protects this part of the island. If you don’t want to stay in a built-up area like Suva or Nadi, it’s one of the best places to stay on Fiji. That’s because there are a number of resorts dotted along with the coast catering to all budgets! Adventurers shouldn’t miss out on Pacific Harbor, the undisputed adventure capital of Fiji!
2- Udre Udre’s Grave
You’ve seen the old-time films that show cannibalism on South Pacific islands. And, you’ve probably dismissed them as a load of old rubbish really! However, these stories did come from somewhere, and cannibalism is actually a part of Fijian history. Actually, Fiji was home to the most prolific cannibal of all time (that we know of at least), Udre Udre. He is alleged to have eaten the flesh of more than 800 of his enemies! It’s a great story, and seeing his grave is one of the most unusual things to do in Fiji!
3- Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
Head to the southwest corner of Viti Levu to find this incredible national park. Sigatoka Sand Dunes are one of the best places in Fiji for hiking and seeing a variety of landscapes. The sand dunes are the most impressive part! They cover 650 hectares and some can be up to 60 metres high! That may not sound much when compared to a mountain, but you just try and climb to the summit! The park is also an important archaeological site, belonging to a primitive culture which lived here 2,600 years ago.
Fiji is known as the coral reef capital of the world. That applies to nowhere more than Monuriki Island, one of the best places in Fiji to snorkel and scuba dive. It’s actually one of the Mamanuca Islands that we’ve already mentioned earlier – but Monuriki deserves a mention all to itself! It’s uninhabited, so you won’t be able to stay here. You can take tours to it though, and they’ll be a truly memorable experience!
5- Natadola Beach
We’ve mentioned that there are some great beaches in Fiji but we haven’t talked about one specifically yet. Well, that has just changed. If you’re staying on Viti Levu, you’re in luck. That’s because Natadola Beach is one of the best on the island! As you’d imagine from a South Pacific Island beach, there are long expanse of sand that runs down to the turquoise water, which is perfectly calm. In fact, this is one of the few beaches in Fiji where you can swim no matter where the tide is.
6- Mamanuca Islands
When you travel to Fiji, you can’t do a helicopter tour. It just so turns out that the Mamanuca Islands are one of the best places to see from above, and since the archipelago is so close to the main island of Viti Levu Island, you’ll see a fair bit of that too! They’re not just great in a helicopter though – these islands are pretty sweet on land. Take a walk along the white sand beaches or take a dip in the azure waters.
7- Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Located at the base of the Sleeping Giant Mountain, near Nadi, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is a Fiji must-do. Especially if you’re into landscaped gardens and plants! Originally, this place was established to house a private orchid collection for the famous Canadian TV actor, Raymond Burr, who had a vacation home here. Nowadays, it’s been opened up to the public and it’s a lovely place to stroll around and see more than 30 varieties of orchid, both from Fiji and further afield.
8- Kula Eco Park
Named after the national bird of Fiji, you won’t want to miss Kula Eco Park. Especially if you’re travelling with the kids! It’s in the Coral Coast, another of the best places to visit in Fiji. Here, you can see a swathe of flora and fauna that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. For example, the endangered Fijian iguana and the national bird – the kula! There are also flying foxes (which are really bats) and parrots on display in the park.
9- Fiji Museum, Suva
If you want to learn more about the history of this fascinating nation, there’s no better place to do so than at the national museum. Located in the capital city, Suva, you’ll find this place inside the historic Thurston Gardens. The museum takes an in-depth look at over 200 years of history in Fiji and has more than 3,000 artifacts that tell authentic stories of indigenous life. They include traditional canoes made entirely from bamboo. For something a little darker, check out the traditional wooden cannibalism forks!
Situated on the west coast of the largest island, Viti Levu, Nadi is a tourist playground. It’s a fantastic place to get an introduction to the islands! Here, you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Fiji, the best shops, and the best bars and nightlife. There’s also a lot of variation when it comes to places to stay – including cheap and cheerful hostels, as well as a smattering of luxury hotels and resorts. It’s also the cultural hub of the islands. Don’t miss the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple. It’s the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most recognizable landmarks in Fiji!
11- Yasawa Islands
For those who are travelling to Fiji, the idea is probably a paradise island getaway. It’d be a stretch to say that Suva and Nadi have hustle and bustle, but in Fiji you can truly disconnect from everyday life and the rest of the world! This archipelago north of the main island of Viti Levu should be savoured for a few days rather than hours, but a trip here will be truly special. That’s probably why it’s so popular with honeymooners!
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