Travel Guide Fiji

Sun-drenched beaches, turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees – Fiji supplies all the classic images of paradise. No wonder, then, that every year thousands of travellers come to this South Pacific archipelago for the ultimate island escape. With over three hundred islands to choose from, Fiji is an amazingly versatile destination. Whether you’re after a luxury honeymoon retreat, a lively backpacker island or a family-friendly resort you won’t be disappointed. You’ll also find a warm, hospitable people, an intriguing blend of Melanesians, Polynesians and Indians. Ready to explore? Check out our Fiji travel guide!

With a reliable tropical climate, a good tourist infrastructure, English as its main language and no jabs or pills to worry about, travelling in Fiji is as easy as it gets. As the hub of South Pacific tourism, the country attracts over half a million visitors a year, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, its largest “neighbours” lying over 2000km southeast. Of the northern hemisphere travellers who arrive, many are backpackers from Europe or surfers and scuba divers from North America.

While it can be tempting to spend your whole time in Fiji sunbathing and sipping cocktails from coconuts, there are plenty of activities to lure you away from the beach. Within a ten-minute boat ride of most resorts you can find yourself snorkelling with dolphins and manta rays or scuba diving at pristine coral reefs. 

In addition, at the exposed edges of the reefs are some of the world’s finest and most consistent surfing breaks. Nature lovers are also spoilt for choice, both underwater and on dry land, and wildlife-spotting opportunities are plentiful, whether you’re seeking turtles, exotic birds or 3m-long tiger sharks.

Best things to see and do in Fiji

Our authors have island-hopped around Fiji in search of pristine beaches, vibrant markets and memorable sights. They share their personal highlights here.

Visit Navala village

Navala Village is Fiji's most scenic settlement, nestled deep in the highlands of Viti Levu. It boasts over two hundred traditional thatched bures, offering a unique glimpse into Fijian culture. The mountainous hinterland south of Ba town provides a stunning route between Nadi and North Viti Levu, with Navala being the highlight.

To visit, greet the first person you meet on the roadside. They will guide you to the village headman, where you pay an entry fee that helps maintain the village. Walking through Navala, you'll admire the elaborately designed rooftops of the chiefly bures, all neatly aligned around the village green.

Surrounded by grass-covered mountains, Navala hides secret caves used by townsfolk during times of conflict.

Navala village, Viti Levu island, Fiji

Traditional houses of Navala village, Viti Levu island, Fiji © Don Mammoser/Shutterstock

Relaxing at Savusavu

Sipping an ice-cold beer while overlooking the stunning bay at sunset is a must in Savusavu. This charming one-street town on Vanua Levu is nestled between rolling hills and a shimmering bay. Although not a typical beach spot, it’s a favourite anchorage for yachts and offers excellent scuba diving in the nearby Namena Lagoon.

Savusavu’s awaterfront boasts several excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoy peaceful walks in the Savusavu Hills, snorkelling at Lesiaceva Point, and game fishing around the bay. It’s an ideal destination for a short, relaxing stay.

Savusavu provides safe anchorage for yachts visiting Vanua Levu Island, Fiji © Bron Hogan/Shutterstock

Savusavu provides safe anchorage for yachts visiting Vanua Levu Island, Fiji © Bron Hogan/Shutterstock

Kayaking adventures in Fiji

What could be better than paddling around Fiji's islands, stopping at fishing villages, and camping under the stars?

Most resorts offer complimentary sea kayaks for guests. Always wear a life jacket and inform someone of your plans in case of dangerous currents or sudden storms.

Two companies, South Sea Ventures and Tamarillo Tropical Expeditions, offer week-long kayaking trips from May to October. These trips include snorkelling in lagoons and camping on beaches or staying in remote fishing villages.

For a shorter adventure, consider a half-day trip along the Lavena Coastline in Bouma National Heritage Park on Taveuni.

Dive into Fiji's vibrant coral reefs

With vibrant coral reefs off almost every beach, Fiji is ideal for slipping on fins and diving in.

Fiji offers superb scuba diving and snorkelling, with colourful, accessible reefs and diverse fish species, including sharks. Diving is excellent year-round, with visibility often reaching 30m (98ft). The best months are October and November, after the trade winds and before the wet season.

Scuba divers will find Fiji’s renowned soft corals most abundant in nutrient-rich channels between the larger islands. Highlights include the Great Astrolabe Reef around Kadavu, Beqa Lagoon off southern Viti Levu, the isolated Bligh Waters between northern Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and the Rainbow Reef between Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Make sure to check out all the best things to do in Fiji.


Kayaking at Mamanuca islands ©Shutterstock 

Best Fiji islands to visit

Fiji has 332 islands, of which 110 are inhabited. You can imagine it's quite a challenge to chose which island to visit. Luckily, we have selected the best ones.

Viti Levu

Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu is a hub of activity and culture. Home to the capital city, Suva, and the international airport in Nadi, it's the starting point for most visitors. Suva offers a mix of colonial architecture and vibrant markets, perfect for those interested in history and local culture. The Coral Coast, located on the southern side, boasts beautiful beaches and luxury resorts, ideal for relaxing by the sea. 

Adventure seekers can head to Pacific Harbour, known as the "Adventure Capital of Fiji," for activities like white-water rafting, zip-lining, and shark diving. Additionally, the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool near Nadi provide a unique spa experience, while the Garden of the Sleeping Giant offers a peaceful retreat with its lush orchid gardens. With its diverse landscapes and activities, Viti Levu caters to all types of travellers.

Popular Natadola Beach in Viti Levu Island, Fiji © Nina Janesikova/Shutterstock

Popular Natadola Beach in Viti Levu Island, Fiji © Nina Janesikova/Shutterstock

Vanua Levu

Vanua Levu, Fiji's second-largest island, is a paradise for those seeking a more relaxed and authentic experience. The island’s main town, Savusavu, is a charming, small town nestled between rolling hills and a pristine bay. Known as "Fiji's Hidden Paradise," Savusavu offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling and diving in the Namena Marine Reserve, where vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life await. 

The island's interior is a haven for nature lovers, with lush rainforests, hot springs, and waterfalls to explore. One of the highlights is the Waisali Rainforest Reserve, where you can hike through dense jungle and spot exotic birds and plants. Vanua Levu's laid-back atmosphere, combined with its natural beauty and outdoor activities, makes it a perfect destination for eco-tourists and those looking to escape the more touristy spots.


Known as the "Garden Island" of Fiji, Taveuni is famed for its lush vegetation and stunning waterfalls. The island is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering numerous hiking trails, including those in the Bouma National Heritage Park. The park is home to the breathtaking Tavoro Waterfalls, where you can swim in crystal-clear pools surrounded by tropical rainforest. 

Taveuni is also renowned for its diving, with the Rainbow Reef and the Great White Wall providing some of the best underwater experiences in the world. These dive sites are teeming with colourful corals and a diverse array of marine life. In addition to its natural attractions, Taveuni offers cultural experiences such as visits to traditional Fijian villages, where you can learn about local customs and traditions. The island's untouched beauty and tranquil atmosphere make it an ideal destination for those seeking a blend of adventure and relaxation.

Wainibau, Lavena Coastal Walk, Taveuni Island, Fiji © Don Mammoser/Shutterstock

Wainibau, Lavena Coastal Walk, Taveuni Island, Fiji © Don Mammoser/Shutterstock

Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanuca Islands are a group of small, idyllic islands located west of Viti Levu. Known for their stunning beaches, clear blue waters, and vibrant coral reefs, they are a favourite destination for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Many of the islands are home to luxury resorts, offering top-notch amenities and services. Activities in the Mamanucas include snorkelling, diving, sailing, and surfing. 

The islands are also famous for their role in movies like "Cast Away," adding a touch of Hollywood glamour to your visit. For a unique experience, visit Cloud 9, a floating bar and pizzeria where you can relax with a drink in hand, surrounded by the turquoise ocean. With their postcard-perfect scenery and abundance of activities, the Mamanuca Islands are perfect for a tropical getaway.


Kayaking at Mamanuca ©Shutterstock

Yasawa Islands

The Yasawa Islands, a chain of 20 volcanic islands, are known for their dramatic landscapes and secluded beaches. This remote archipelago offers a more off-the-beaten-path experience, with fewer tourists and unspoiled natural beauty. The islands are perfect for island-hopping adventures, with each island offering its unique charm. One of the highlights is the Sawa-i-Lau Caves, where you can swim in a natural underground pool surrounded by ancient limestone formations. 

The Yasawas are also ideal for hiking, with trails that lead to panoramic viewpoints overlooking the islands and ocean. Snorkelling and diving are popular activities here, with vibrant coral reefs and abundant marine life. The local Fijian villages in the Yasawas offer cultural experiences, allowing visitors to engage with the warm and welcoming island communities. The Yasawa Islands provide a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.


Yasawa Islands ©Shutterstock

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