When you dream of a luxury holiday, chances are that what you imagine isn’t really a specific place, rather a series of exotic images; crystal-clear blue waters, expansive white beaches of silky-sand, blazing year-round sun and beautiful tropical resorts. Well, as it turns out, that series of exotic images has a name, and is a very specific place indeed. The island hotbed of Fiji, situated in the heart of the South Pacific ocean, is exactly what you’re dreaming of, and it exists to make all your exotic holiday dreams come true. Just one cursory search of Google Images should make it very obvious that this place should be at the tiptop of your bucket list.
But the idea of Fiji is so exotic that you might be stumped with things to do. And because of that, you might end up settling for the standard, for the norm. And nobody wants that for their dream holiday, right? Well, don’t worry, that’s where this handy guide comes in. After you’ve gathered some ideas from our suggestions below, jet over to the BUCKiTDREAM app and get inspired by others who’ve been on similar trips. You can save all your ideas in your handy BUCKiTDREAM planner, so that when it comes time for you to make your own once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Fiji, you won’t forget a single thing.
Here’s a rundown of the top experiences Fiji has to offer; keep your BUCKiTDREAM planner handy and start jotting down the ones that grab you most!
Take a beach day or two (or three or…)
One of Fiji’s premium attractions are its silver-sanded beaches, complete with luscious, crystal clear waters. Fiji comprises 333 separate islands, so don’t worry; there’s more than enough beach to go around.
Catch some traditional fire-walking
Vitu Levu is Fiji’s largest island, and just off the south coast of that lies Beqa Island, home to the Sawau tribe, who are the masters and creators of the traditional, potentially painful art of fire-walking. Ancient customs and cultures run strong through Fiji, and offer a fascinating glimpse into a way of life far removed from our own.
Take a walk through Nadi’s craft market
Speaking of culture, why not take an amble through Nadi’s magnificent open-air market, and pick up some souvenirs in the form of wooden goods and colourful saris. If you’re feeling brave, you can even opt for a cannibal fork; fortunately a relic of times past on Fiji.
Explore Tavenuni Island
No trip to paradise would be complete without visiting what’s known as Fiji’s ‘Garden of Eden’. The island of Taveuni is situated just off Vitu Levu’s east coast, and features a number of stunning waterfalls, lagoons, rare flowers and ancient trees.
Snorkel the Sacred Reef
Fiji’s crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling; you can spot all kinds of marine life around the reefs. Cakautabu, meaning ‘sacred reef’, is a short boat ride away from the main islands, and if you’re feeling brave, you can also chance your arm at Shark Reef.
Sunset hike up Mount Vomo
The views from Mount Vomo offer up a 360-degree panorama of Fiji’s unique topography. Ramble up there at sunset to avoid the heat, and also to take in the golden hour, orange-drenched beauty of the islands at dusk.
Become Tom Hanks in ‘Cast Away’
‘Cast Away’ was filmed on a Fiji island, and many of the resorts offer trips to private atolls, where you can kick back and pretend you’re the last person or people on earth. Most will also set you up with a picnic, snorkelling and kayak gear, and a bloodstained, half-deflated football. That last one was a joke.
Surf the Pacific
Fiji is prime surfing real estate, with waves of every shape and size a mere boat ride away from the islands. If you’re an experienced surfer, it’s a real paradise, and if you’re just starting out, this could be the place that hooks you for life.
Fiji is dream destination, and some of the places you can stay in reflect that exuberant lifestyle; however, as you’ve seen above, a lot of the natural beauty of the place is free to enjoy, so staying there cheaply isn’t so tough to pull off either. And there’s always a beach to sleep on if you find yourself at a complete loss.
High end – The absolute lap of luxury is to be found at Likuliku Lagoon Resort, who offer up over-water huts, beach-side huts, and all the assorted trappings of luxurious overindulgence such as spas, gyms, and mouth-watering dining experiences.
Medium – If you don’t want to splash out on the 5-star experience, the Warwick Fiji provides a happy middle-ground. It’s a beach-front property with stunning views and breezy, bright, spacious rooms; and with the beauty of the surroundings on offer, gives off every impression of a 5-star resort.
Budget – In Fiji, even the budget accommodation feels like a dream experience. It’s still possible to stay at a beach-side two-star hotel for less than $50 a night, or you can stay in a seafront dormitory at a cool spot like the Funky Fish Beach Resort, which caters for surfers.
Wood-fired pizza and traditional Fijian cuisine is the order of the day at the Eco Cafe, a beach-front restaurant that’s a hit with locals and tourists alike. I know, I know, it seems like everything is ‘beach-front’ in Fiji. And it pretty much is.
Ports O’ Call is another safe bet; it’s located in the Sheraton Hotel on Denarau Island and serves up a mixture of European food and Fijian options.
If you’re loving the atmosphere of Fiji, why not get in to the spirit of the place and enjoy Fiji’s famous outdoor-cooking experience, the lovo? A large underground oven of heated rocks, the Iovo serves up a number of traditional dishes, including pig wrapped in banana leaves. They can be found all over the island, and you’ll blend right in with the locals.
Drinks and Nightlife
Fiji is certainly not the place to go if you’re looking for wild nights out, though if you want to sample fine cocktails by the beach, it’s a surefire hit. Fiji is very much on island time, which translates to a very relaxed approach to life; there’s hardly any clubs and the good bars are few and far between.
Ed’s Bar is one of those bars however, and if you’re looking for a taste of Nadi nightlife, this is the spot to hit. Locals and travellers alike intersect at Ed’s, which features outdoor beer gardens, a pool, a pool table, and a Kava Bar.
Tips and Culture
Fiji is one of the most welcoming places in the world. The natives can always be found with a smile on their face, and are all too eager to greet guests and share their culture with them. They’re also a big fan of families in Fiji; families are routinely given preferential treatment and it can be a wondrous place for kids and adults alike.
It’s good practise to dress conservatively when you’re out and about in the main drags of Fiji, and this applies to both men and women. Hats and sunglasses are considered disrespectful, and like the Japanese custom, if you’re lucky enough to enter someone’s house, make sure to remove your shoes first!
Fijians rarely swear, and in fact, it’s rude to point at people. Also, raising your voice can be interpreted as a sign of hostility, so try to keep it down if you’re getting excited about something!
At the end of the day, the locals are very forgiving of tourists’ faux pas, so if you can be as respectful as you can without struggling to remember specific rules, you’ll be just fine.
It was a toss up between this and visiting the paradise of Taveuni Island; but one thing you absolutely must make time for when you make it to Fiji is a helicopter trip across the islands. Tours leave from Nadi International Airport on a regular-enough basis.
The views are incredible, and you’ll get to experience an absolutely stunning perspective on one of the most beautiful places on the planet, creating memories you’ll keep with you for a long, long time. What more could you ask for from a BUCKiTDREAM holiday?
Remember, you don’t have book the trip yet to get the most out of BUCKiTDREAM; if Fiji’s tickled your fancy, log on now and start sharing your aspirations with other users, and remember to make a note of the adventures and sites that caught your eye in your BUCKiTDREAM planner!