Published on April 24th, 2012 | by Emma Hackwood0
How to Make the Best of Fiji
With over 333 islands making up the nation of Fiji, planning a trip there can sometimes be overwhelming. Our Flightie Allyson is here to take the guessing out of your trip as she shares a how-to on Fiji, and making the most of your time there:
“Bula” as they say in greeting in Fiji. Fiji is an amazing destination with something for everyone, and the key is to plan your time right, in order to take advantage of everything this beautiful place has to offer. Going with the flow is great if you have lots of time on your hands, but if you are limited to one or two weeks, it is a good idea to divide your time wisely so you don’t miss out.
Flying into Nadi, puts you on the main island of Viti Levu which is a convenient place to begin your holiday. There you will find the more popular resorts that offer luxury, beachfront accommodations, fabulous amenities, and are within walking distance of Port Denarau with shopping, bars (including the Hard Rock), and ferries to the other islands. Spending a few days on the “main land” or “Main Island” allows you to get over your jetlag while you get acquainted with what Fiji has to offer. Take advantage of resort amenities such as relaxing spa treatments, eating at fantastic restaurants, or just soaking up the sun as you lie on the beach or by the pool. Then you can venture off the resort and take in a game of golf at the Intercontinental with its spectacular views from the Green, or take a day trip to one of the nearby villages to be welcomed as a guest with their traditional Cava ceremony, and witness the rich culture of the Fijian people. This is a must do when in Fiji, as the generosity of the people is part of what makes this destination so special.
After a few days or so, head to the smaller islands. This is where you really see the natural beauty of Fiji. You will be able to take advantage of some of the World’s best snorkelling and diving, or just enjoy beautiful turquoise water and sandy beaches. Most resorts will offer a wide range of water sports and activities and the more luxurious resorts will have fine dining options and spa treatments that indulge the senses. For the ultimate experience stay at the Liku Liku resort which boasts the only overwater bungalows in Fiji, gorgeous beaches, all inclusive high end dining and lots of activities to keep you busy. This is my pick for honeymooners or anyone that is just looking for exceptional quality and service and a resort that has large modern rooms, with a Fiji flare on an island with breathtaking scenery.
Or for the same type of luxury in a smaller setting, try Tokoriki resort, definitely for spa lovers and those wanting true romance. Though, Fiji is not just for couples or those wanting high end resorts. Families and friends traveling with more of a budget may want to look at staying at the Plantation resort on Malolo Lailai Island. It is a basic resort, but has everything you need, and perhaps most importantly a beautiful beach.
In short, you are not truly experiencing Fiji unless you spend some time visiting the smaller islands, so plan on spending about 20-30% of your time on the larger island of Viti Levu to get your bearings and then pick one or two islands and divide the rest of your time there. Remember to research carefully (and ask your travel agent) to make sure you are picking resorts and islands that will fit your expectations and suit you best. Some islands have fantastic beaches and some are not the best but may be better for diving. Some resorts are the ultimate in luxury and some are quaint and basic. Whether you are going as a couple, family, group of friends, and whether you are young or young at heart, there will be the perfect resort and the perfect island for you, and picking the right one(s), will make Fiji a place you will fall in love with and surely return to.
Want to take Allyson’s advice and start planning your trip to Fiji? Contact a Flight Centre Travel Consultant at 1-877-967-5302, connect with us online, or find your closest store.