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The Only Island Guide to Fiji You Need

August 8, 2023

Want to know where to find the most idyllic beaches, out-of-this-world diving, or greatest authentic cultural experiences in Fiji? Look no further.

Whether you're jetting off with romance in mind, or have family memories to make, Fiji has the perfect little pocket of paradise in its archipelago: it's simply a case of narrowing down the perfect island for you.

There are more than 330 in Fiji (some inhabited, some not), each with its own unique reason for visiting, whether stunning beaches, tropical rainforests and waterfalls, breathtaking coral reefs or fantastic surf breaks. Pick your holiday vibe – and how far you're willing to venture from the mainland – and let our guide do the rest.

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Yasawa Island: for deserted island vibes

Seek out some truly unique picnic spots on Yasawa Island.

Just a 30-minute flight from Nadi, yet a world away from the rest of the world, Yasawa Island is one of the sunniest and driest spots in Fiji. Part of a string of 20 jewel-like islands forming the Yasawa archipelago, this Eden-like oasis is 20km of pure postcard perfection. The island is home to just one resort, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, and six local villages, so you can expect a taste of authentic Fiji – and with 11 private beaches, you'll barely bump into anybody else.

Beqa: for scuba diving

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An underwater world awaits at Royal Davui Island Resort.

Located just a 35-minute speedboat ride from Nadi, Beqa is a haven for scuba divers keen to explore Fiji’s most spectacular coral reefs. With over 100 dive sites, there’s no shortage of underwater gems to marvel at – explore shipwrecks, admire coral and swim alongside tropical fish and tiger sharks. After a long day underwater, retreat to the exclusive and adults-only Royal Davui Island Resort, set on a 10-acre private island. With unparallel views, sumptuous meals and luxurious spa treatments, it has everything you need for an unforgettable stay. 

Viti Levu: for cultural experiences   

Immerse yourself in traditional Fijian life on Viti Levu.

Fiji isn’t just a place to reset and recharge on the beach – it has a rich cultural heritage to delve into and Viti Levu is the place to do it. It’s the largest island in Fiji and is where you’ll find the nation’s capital, Suva. Make sure to check out Navala Village to see what traditional Fijian life looked like, visit the Fiji Museum to learn about the country’s history, marvel at archaeological items dating back 3,700 years, or spend a day at Orchid Island Cultural Village, where you can watch Fijian dancers and sample local cuisine.   

Kadavu: for wave-catchers 

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The waves are on your doorstep at Kokomo Private Island Fiji.

Nestled into the country’s extreme south, Kadavu, a 45-minute helicopter flight or seaplane ride from Nadi, is Fiji’s fourth largest island but remains untouched thanks to its remote location. Wild jungles, rocky headlands and secluded beaches set the tone for an adventure here, but the real appeal is its big breaks. While Coral Coast is best for beginner surfers, seasoned pros will find a perfect playground of waves, just waiting to be conquered. You can experience a slice of Kadavu island paradise at Kokomo Private Island Fiji, and dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit.

Taveuni: for nature lovers

While Fiji isn’t lacking in lush landscapes, one island in particular is famous for them. The cigar-shaped Taveuni is known as the Garden Isle, and is the only place in the world where you can find the rare crimson-coloured tagimoucia flower. It’s all about embracing the natural world on Fiji’s third-largest island: walk through the expansive Bouma National Heritage Park to find the Tavoro Falls, the country’s most iconic waterfalls, or wander along the Lavena Coast to discover sensational beaches, rock-strewn rivers and vine-covered jungle. The perfect place to stay? Taveuni Island Resort and Spa.

Vanua Levu: for adventurous spirits 

Namale Resort and Spa is a tropical playground.

Despite being the second-largest island in Fiji, Vanua Levu remains one of the region’s best-kept secrets. Head south to Savusavu to sail, snorkel or dive, or traverse the ever-changing coastline and explore the hideaway villages that dot the rest of the island. Just make sure you don’t miss a swim at Nakawaga waterfall – a 20-minute drive from the town centre, plus a 20-minute easy hike. For all-inclusive luxury, you can't beat Namale Resort and Spa.    

Turtle Island: for spectacular beaches

Known as the filming location for the 1980s cult classic film, Blue Lagoon, Turtle Island – a 30-minute seaplane flight from Nadi – is sprawling, privately-owned island with 12 private beaches and 500 acres of protected forests. It's exclusively dedicated to the adults-only eco-retreat, Turtle Island Resort, where just 14 bures, bespoke island experiences and all-inclusive dining dial up the romance. Water adventurers will love the world-class diving, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, kayaking and even stand-up paddle boarding on offer, while those looking to relax will find solace at the spa, or along the sand.   

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