From cave swimming to kayaking and scuba diving, these water-based activities in and around the Fijian Islands will help you create unforgettable memories.
With pristine white-sand beaches, dreamy lagoons and sparkling ocean for as far as the eye can see, Fiji is made for adventures in and around the water. From thrill-seeking activities like parasailing, jet skiing and white-water rafting to blissful experiences like kayaking, snorkelling and sipping cocktails at a swim-up bar, there is something for every kind of traveller.
Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to completely unwind or an action-packed week of fun in the sun, Fiji is home to a selection of water-based experiences bound to become a highlight of your next holiday.
1. Cave swimming
Create lasting memories on your Fijian escape with a cave swimming tour. This activity is easily accessible with a stay at the secluded adults-only Yasawa Island Resort where, just a short boat ride away, you will find the spectacular Blue Lagoon Caves. This unique limestone cave system is hidden beneath a dramatic volcanic peak and is known as the resting place of Ulutini, the ancient 10-headed Fijian god. The remarkable lagoon and half-submerged caves are the perfect places to swim, snorkel and free dive in secret pools of cool water.
2. Jet ski reef safari
Take your island escape to the next level on a jet ski reef safari. Whether you prefer a single or tandem adventure, a safari allows you to explore white-sand beaches, hidden coves and vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. The iconic Shangri-La Yanuca Island offers a guided jet ski tour along the majestic Coral Coast up to a secluded beach where you can spend the afternoon snorkelling. The lavish adults-only Royal Davui Island Resort also offers a thrilling safari through the crystal-clear marine reserve that surrounds the island.
Kayaking is one of the most popular water-based activities in Fiji – and with so many resorts located within pristine marine reserves, we can certainly see why. Stay on a private resort, like the exclusive Dolphin Island, and explore palm-fringed beaches, dreamy lagoons and untouched reefs at your own pace with a complimentary sea kayak. Take a break from paddling and enjoy a picnic on a deserted island beach or pack your snorkelling gear and look for clownfish, angelfish and sea turtles among the abundant coral gardens.
For an adrenaline-pumping way to experience Fiji, try your hand at parasailing – no experience necessary. Unlike skydiving, there is no freefall in parasailing – you will simply glide over the azure waters of the South Pacific. One of the most spectacular places for parasailing is the award-winning Six Senses Fiji, located within the picturesque Mamanuca archipelago. Here, you can fly high and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the nearby Malolo Lailai and Castaway Islands or hang low and allow your legs to dangle in the perfectly warm water.
5. White water rafting
Experience a different side of Fiji with a thrilling white water rafting adventure on the Upper Navua River. Located on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, the Navua Valley is home to stunning scenery – from hundreds of cascading waterfalls to towering cliffs and lush rainforest. Admire these truly stunning surrounds as you test your skills and navigate tight bends, narrow canyons and raging rapids, with the help of an experienced local guide. For a seamless experience, stay at the indulgent Royal Davui and organise your tour directly through the resort.
6. Sunset cruising
After a day of exploring, treat yourself to a blissful evening on the water with a luxury sunset cruise. While Fiji has no shortage of stunning spots to watch the sun go down, there’s something special about a Malolo Island sunset. Due to its westerly location, Fijians believe this island was created by the gods as a place for the sun to come and rest after a day of wandering. Malolo Island Resort offers a magnificent sunset cruise that allows you to soak up all the natural beauty of the Mamanuca Islands with a champagne flute in hand.
7. Waterfall tour
If it’s adventure you seek, embark on a waterfall tour through the lush rainforest of Colo-I-Suva Forest Park. Located just 20 minutes from Suva, the 2.5km square national park is home to two cascading waterfalls, including the famous Waisila Falls. These pristine falls lead into a 15m deep pool in the middle of the rainforest, making it a perfect spot for a dip. Enjoy a full-day waterfall tour to Colo-I-Suva Forest Park as part of a stay at The Pearl Resort on Pacific Harbour – adventures can be booked directly with the activities team.
8. Scuba diving and snorkelling
Fiji is one of those unique destinations where the underwater world is just as magical as the one above sea level. So, what better way to explore than with a scuba diving or snorkelling experience? One of the best places for underwater adventure is Malolo Island, which is surrounded by a protected coral reef brimming with tropical fish, large marine creatures and hard and soft coral. From renowned resorts like Six Senses Fiji and Malolo Island Resort, you can snorkel directly off the beach or book a tour to the Malolo Barrier Reef where you can swim alongside dolphins, manta rays, turtles and reef sharks.
9. Water park
Travelling with family? You won’t want to miss Fiji’s action-packed water parks. Spend a jam-packed day at the tropical-themed Big Bula Waterpark on Denarau Island, which has something for every family member – from giant water slides to exciting obstacle courses and inflatable climbing towers. If one day isn’t enough, book a stay at Shangri-La Yanuca Island and enjoy endless hours of fun at their onsite water park, which floats in the resort lagoon. With a rodeo slide, monkey bars, wiggle bridge and action tower, it’s bound to keep the little ones busy for your entire stay.
10. Swim-up bar
A visit to Fiji is hardly complete without a day spent sipping tropical cocktails at a swim-up bar. For a blissful experience, Mana Island Resort & Spa Fiji is home to a large infinity edge pool and swim-up bar which overlooks the sparkling ocean. Swim up to the undercover bure and sip on ice-cold piña coladas while you enjoy the stunning resort surrounds. If you prefer to stay on Viti Levu, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort offers a peaceful adults-only lagoon pool with a swim-up bar known for its excellent cocktails and tapas-style share plates.
Whatever resort or island you choose to stay on in Fiji, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to water-based activities.
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