Welcome to the Republic of Fiji, an island nation located in the South Pacific. Fiji has long been a slice of paradise for travelers who want to escape the hustle and bustle for their dream vacation. As such, it’s popular among honeymooners. With New Zealand as the closest country of decent size, and that of over 1,000 miles away, Fiji is truly an island escape. However, Fiji isn’t a solitary island, but actually features over 300 islands. As one of my favorite destinations, I’m thrilled to explore it with you today.
If it’s clear, calm waters, sun, and white, sandy beaches you’re after, then you’re in the right place. However, with over 300 islands, how do you choose which beach to go to first? While Fiji has many different islands, it features several main islands where you’re likely to spend most of your time. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the largest and most developed islands. However, for something more exclusive, yet iconic Fiji, head to some of the smaller islands in the north such as Mamanuca, which is an archipelago, and Yasawa. You may even notice Mamanuca from the movie Castaway.
If you want some semblance of outside life, as I mentioned, you’ll head to either Viti Levu or Vanua Levu, where a majority of Fiji’s population resides. This is your best opportunity for finding the largest concentration of restaurants and nightlife. Suva, located on Viti Levu, is the main economic center of Fiji and the largest city. You may want to spend a day in Suva to shop or explore some of its dining options, but if it’s seclusion and respite you’re after, then don’t plan on spending too much time in Suva.
While you’re on Viti Levu, head to Nananu-i-ra. Nananu-i-ra is a good destination just off Viti Levu if you want a break from lying on the beach and are interested in offshore excursions. The small island features remote sandy beaches, but is also popular among hikers for trekking through the rainforest, which can be hiked on a half-day trip.
With so many islands, Fiji has a little something for everyone. That’s without even mentioning the world-class diving in and around the islands. However, there’s no shortage of pristine beaches for the traveler who just wants a relaxing beach vacation. If you haven’t already, add Fiji to your list of must-visit destinations.
What’s your idea of paradise?