This itinerary starts with a few days exploring the sights around Nadi, before taking the catamaran to island-hop the resorts of the Yasawas. Allow 12–14 days.
Though it doesn’t provide the most thrilling of starts to a Fijian visit, Nadi is a good place to recover from jetlag and organize any logistics.
2 Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Located just north of Nadi, this hillside tropical garden is a great scenic stop-off, with a spectacular display of orchids.
A run-of-the-mill Fijian town, Lautoka provides a refreshingly non-touristy experience, and has one of the finest markets in the country.
With its two hundred thatched bures, Navala is the most beautiful place in Fiji to observe traditional life at close hand.
Allow another night in Nadi before the early start required for the Yasawa Flyer catamaran. The choice of island stop-offs is yours if you buy the Bula Pass, but Waya is one of the highlights, with its rocky peaks and white sand shore.
The largest of the Yasawas, Naviti features some great snorkelling opportunities, particularly the blue depths and manta rays of the Drawaqa lagoon.
7 The northern Yasawas
You’ll find a good range of accommodation on these low-lying islands, as well as coral reefs, turquoise lagoons and the limestone caves of Sawa-i-Lau.