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Fiji Islands

Nadi Airport welcomes the majority of international travellers to Fiji, a suburban tourist hub on the dry west side of Viti Levu. Most stay here for a day or two to organize travels to other parts of Fiji, or use it as a convenient and affordable base for exploring the surrounding countryside and offshore islands.

The most popular holiday destination in Fiji is the Mamanuca Islands, a gorgeous collection of small islands just off the coast from Nadi. Here you’ll find sublime beaches, lots of organized water activities, tiny coral cayes and commercial boutique resorts. Almost as popular, especially with families, are the beach resorts south of Nadi Airport either at Denarau Island or along the Coral Coast - the large hotels usually offer good value all inclusive packages but there are a handful of small inns and holiday cottages which make a great base for sightseeing or to indulge in adventure tours around Pacific Harbour.

Budget holiday-makers in search of sun and sand tend to head straight to the Yasawa Group, a string of pretty volcanic islands with great snorkelling and plenty of budget beach resorts between two and five hours by boat from Nadi.

Scuba divers and nature lovers are drawn to either Kadavu, in the south, which has great snorkelling and remote villages, or north to Savusavu or Taveuni, between which lies the exceptional Rainbow Reef. The most beautiful of the two northern islands is Taveuni - almost half of the island is dedicated as a National Park with lush tropical rainforest, hundreds of waterfalls and several excellent hiking trails.

To get off the beaten track though you’ll need to head to the inner coral islands of the Lomaiviti Group with a side trip to tropical Ovalau boasting the quirky old capital and several eco retreats. Otherwise, some of the best adventures are in exploring the mountainous interior or rugged east coast of Viti Levu, the main island, which ironically has some of Fiji’s remotest and most traditional of villages.

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Fiji Islands Holiday Guide

Viti Levu

Nadi Area, Viti Levu
Location of International Airport
Scenic rural countryside and mountains
Denarau Island and Wailoaloa Beach resort areas
Several large and medium-sized resorts
Ideal location for day tours, exploring and island hopping
Beaches not that great

Coral Coast, Viti Levu
Main centre for large and medium sized family resorts
Good beaches, tours and attractions
Numerous budget beach resorts

Suva Area, Viti Levu
Capital and cosmopolitan city (Suva)
Pacific Harbour resorts for adventure and activity vacations
Coast mostly mangrove forests

Sunshine Coast, Viti Levu
Traditional villages in interior, good exploring
Laid back Nananu-i-Ra island with lovely beaches
Coast mostly mangrove forests

Mamanuca Group
Fiji's Vacation Playground

Fiji's prime island resort destination offshore from Nadi Airport
Sailing, snorkelling, water-skiing, parasailing or simply relax
Palm fringed coral islands and small volcanic islands
Good for cruises and island hopping
Extensive dive locations including soft coral and wrecks
World class surfing at Tavarua and Namotu

Yasawa Group
Beach Paradise

Stunning hills, bays and beaches throughout group
Destination for luxury cruises
Three elegant beach resorts
Backpackers' paradise - 20 hideaways on 10 different islands
Limited transport to islands but once there, easy to get around
Limestone caves at Sawa-i-Lau
Traditional fishing villages

Southern Islands
Adventure Destination

World famous Great Astrolabe Reef for diving
Small specialist resorts from luxury to budget
Waterfalls and bush trekking throughout Kadavu
Ancient rock paintings on Vatulele Island
Frigates Passage surf off Yanuca Island
Firewalkers of Beqa
Difficult to move around islands

Northern Islands
The Friendly North

Numerous eco-tourist and dive resorts
Lush tropical environment, National Parks and hiking
World famous Rainbow Reef for diving and snorkelling
Easy to get to and easy to get around
Stunning Savusavu Bay and Natewa Bay on Vanua Levu
Bouma Waterfalls and rare Tagimaucia flower, Taveuni
Tuvaluan and Banaban settlements on Kioa and Rabi islands

Lomaiviti Group
Something different

Historical old capital of Levuka on Ovalau
Unexplored large islands of the Moala Group
Mabualau Nature Reserve
Popular small coral islands for backpackers
Several exclusive hideaways and family style resorts

Lau Group
The Remote Islands

Outlying traditional islands - good for adventurers
Difficult to move between islands
Stunning sailing around Bay of Islands - Vanua Balavu
Only a handful of homestay style accommodation
Excellent handcrafts
Tongan influence

Fiji's Hidden Paradise

Fiji's remotest island
Indigenous Polynesian culture
Some of the best beaches in the South Pacific
Spilt island of Hofliua
Kota natural stone bridge
Accommodation very limited