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When planning your next holiday to Fiji, use this nifty insider's guide for new things to see and do.
1. VISIT A LOCAL VILLAGE
It’s easy to holiday in Fiji and see nothing of the local villages and towns, but to do so is a very rewarding experience. Certain islands in the Mamanuca’s have small villages where most of the very same staff working at your resort live. Or if you’re on the mainland, take the trip up to the Nausori Highlands to discover more traditional villages in an absolutely stunning scenic location.
HOT Tip: Pack a stash of school books and stationary for the local school where you’ll be greeted with bright eyes and the widest of smiles.
2. MAMANUCA’S OR YASAWA’S?
Viti Levu is the name of Fiji’s main island and is where Nadi International Airport is located, as well as many major resorts. But the nations best beaches are found in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains, to the west of Nadi. The Mamanuca’s have a wide range of resorts from backpackers to five star luxury, as well as great family options. The once remote Yasawa’s are more suited for couples and those wanting the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
HOT Tip: Even if you end up staying on the mainland, there are tons of day trips available out to the islands departing from Denarau daily.
3. DENARAU DECISIONS
Denarau is gated tourist area packed full of world class resorts, restaurants, leisure facilities, and most importantly, the Denarau Marina. The small beaches are complemented with amazing resort pools with everything from waterslides for the kids, to pool bars for the adults.
HOT Tip: Some resorts cater to families, other to couples; some are good for golfers, others suited to long stays. Chat with your House of Travel consultant who can help you choose the best option for your needs.
4. ENJOY FIVE HOURS OF HAPPY AT ED’S
It doesn’t look like much, but Nadi’s iconic nightspot is without a doubt, Ed’s. This is the place to go if you want a bit of nightlife or just simply want a change from the hotel bar. Ed’s is open until seven days a week from 5.00pm to 5.00am.
HOT Tip: Happy hour is from 5.00pm to 10.00pm!
5. WALK THE LAVENA COASTAL WALK
Taveuni is known as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ thanks to its lush jungles full of bright tropical flowers and birds. The Lavena Coastal Walk starts on the sparkling white sandy beaches before snaking its way through the undergrowth to a beautiful cascading waterfall, the perfect place for refreshing dip.
HOT Tip: The track passes through a couple of small villages where you can hire a guide who will show you the way and tell you all about the local flora and fauna. It’s a well needed source of income for the impoverished villages.
6. BE A RANGER FOR THE DAY
Got one of those kids who’s constantly digging up worms, catching lizards or playing with snails? Then the Kula Eco Park is the place for them! The kids are given an official Kula Eco Park uniform and spend the day feeding sea turtles, giving health checks to iguanas, checking on freshly hatched chicks, and pretty much becoming a ‘Ranger for the Day’.
HOT Tip: Parents don’t have to accompany the kids on this tour, so it’s great if you want some alone time. They’ll even collect the kids from your resort and drop them back at the end of the day!
7. PICNIC ON A DESERTED ISLAND
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be stranded on a desert island? Well in Fiji you can experience it. Remote uninhabited islands, some that would barely qualify as a sandbar, are dotted everywhere throughout Fiji.
HOT Tip: Stranded on a desert island isn’t usually a luxurious experience, but you can make it so by ordering a chillybin stocked with a gourmet lunch, beer and champagne for the ultimate day out.
8. DISCOVER WORLD CLASS DIVING
Fiji is justifiably touted as one of the best diving locations in the world. There are countless dive sites across the nation where you can spot turtles, manta rays, moray eels, sharks, shipwrecks, corals of all colours, and even an old American bomber plane.
HOT Tip: For the most avid of divers, there’s even a dive resort named after Jean Michel-Cousteau himself!
9. GO CRAB HUNTING
We’re not talking about flipping up rocks on the beach here, this is a special kind of Fijian crab hunt. Just after sunset, trek inland… yes inland… to the forests of Qamea Island. Here amongst the undergrowth you’ll find the lairo, a unique crab that spends most of its time in the forest and makes an annual migration to ocean. The tasty lairo are a local delicacy and any you catch will be served up for lunch the next day.
HOT Tip: The migration only takes place for a few days either side of a full moon in November.
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