Located in the Pacific, four hours from Australia and three from New Zealand, Fiji is known as a “flop-and-drop” vacation destination. Spend some time here though, and you’ll soon see that there is plenty to do for the more adventurous traveler.
Air Pacific flights depart from Los Angeles direct into Nadi, and hopefully you can get some sleep as you’re looking at a flight time of almost 11 hours. Flights prices fluctuate from between $600 and $1200. From Nadi you can get a taxi or transfer to the Coral Coast or Denerau-where you can get ferry out to one of the other islands.
Where to go:
Stay away from the Coral Coast unless you’ve got kids. Located around two hours south of Nadi, this is where you’ll find all the “family friendly” resorts.
Denerau is a man-made island catering to those who want to lie by the pool reading a book, and this is where you’ll find the name-brand hotels such as the Sheraton, Radison and Westin. You won’t find the “postcard Fiji” here though, as the beaches are grey and the water murky.
Get off the beaten path by heading to the Yasawa Islands, where you’ll find other like-minded travelers and plenty of backpackers, as well as the white sand beaches Fiji is so famous for. Beachcomber Island is located in the Mamunaca Island group, it’s the place to go if you want to party and with dorm-style accommodation it won’t break the bank.
Fiji is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. If you’re new to diving, or after a nice relaxing dive, check out the Yasawa’s or Mamunaca’s where there are less currents. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of hard coral, and you’re likely to see sharks and wrecks as well.
Head to the island of Kadavu to get up close to eagle and manta rays in the Great Astrolabe Reef-the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. The Great Sea Reef is located near the island of Vanua Levu and here you’ll find spinner dolphins, green turtles, and around 55% of the coral fish species in Fiji.
The surfing in Fiji is incredible, and surfing legend Kelly Slater is a fan, describing surfing here as “one of the most perfect waves that I have ever surfed”. White water rafting, snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and sea kayaking are also extremely popular.