The tropical islands of Fiji are the perfect home for lovers with its deserted, sandy-white beaches, playful warm lagoons and breathtaking sunsets. But for those who would prefer to immerse themselves in adventure and the island culture, Tourism Fiji has plenty to offer lovers visiting the islands.
Not for the faint-hearted! Experience one of the world’s best shark encounters with Brandon Paige of Aqua-Trek (aka the ‘Shark Whisperer”). A ‘shark lovers’ dream dive, people from around the world come to experience this unique dive with 8 species of sharks – bull sharks, whitetip reef sharks, blacktip reef sharks, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, grey reef sharks, silvertip sharks and 16-foot+ tiger sharks. Not to mention over 300 species of fish too!
Take to the sky and zipline across 35 acres of lush green rainforest, just 35 minutes from Nadi. The eco-friendly zipline adventure will have you flying over rivers, waterfalls and through the jungle like a bird. Sleeping Giant Zipline has five zips ranging from 80m to 160m and flying at speeds up to 40km/h.
Afterwards, take a guided walk through the jungle to see the Orchid Falls. Walk amongst grand rain trees covered in jungle vines, coffee trees that grow wild along the path and birds dancing amongst the flowers and fruit.
Between Nadi and Lautoka you will find one of Fiji’s hidden jewels. The Sabeto Hot Springs are a series of natural hot springs providing a rare opportunity to indulge in a therapeutic natural thermal mud spa. Locals believe that the sulphur in the hot springs have healing properties and is an ideal remedy for self-cleansing. The Sabeto Hot Springs has three pools set in lush natural surroundings and are a popular spot for both visitors and locals.
Challenge yourself and climb the highest mountain in Fiji, Mt Tomaniivi (Mt Victoria). The best way to tackle the mountain is with Talanoa Treks on their overnight excursion. Walk through some magnificent cloud forest to reach the summit at 1,323m. On a clear day, you will have some amazing views across Viti Levu. Be rewarded at the end with afternoon tea and a dip in the river before heading back to the coast.
Discover Nakabuta Village, one of the villages still making traditional Fijian pottery. Watch as the ladies demonstrate the traditional pottery-making methods which has seen a renaissance of late. Visitors will find Nakabuta-made bowls, plates and other items in craft shops all over town.
Get yourself on Fiji’s only self-drive dune buggies on a guided tour with Terratrek. Discover Fiji’s most beautiful waterfalls and rainforests or head up into the mountains for panoramic views with outlooks to the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re in search for some geological history, spend the day with Off-Road Cave Safari taking you see the beauty of Fiji’s interior and learn about the cannibalism history of Fiji’s largest cave system, the Naihehe Cave. More than 170m long, the cave was once a fortress to the Nabuavatu clan during tribal warfare days and still has remainders of its cannibal history.
For a true local experience, rise early and visit the Sigatoka market, situated in the heart of the bustling local town. The markets come alive in the early hours of the morning and can be particularly busy on Saturday with farmers bringing their products from all over the Sigatoka River Valley, known as “Fiji’s salad bowl” from its fertile land. The market represents how the economy in Fiji really works as locals come to trade, barter and sell their produce.
Hop aboard Fiji’s original jet-boat safari which cruises along the magnificent Sigatoka River. It is the longest river on the island of Viti Levu, running from the hills of the Navosa Provence right down to the sand dunes in the Kulukulu on the famous Coral Coast. The river was used as the only means of transport from the coast to the interior right up until the late 1950’s. Along the way, visit authentic Fijian villages and experience a day in the life of a real ‘kaiviti’ (Fijian). The emphasis is to enable guests to interact and engage with the Fijian people as they truly are.
Have a go at making your own unique glass piece at Fiji’s first and only glass blowing studio, Hot Glass Fiji. The studio is located along the tranquil Sunset Strip in Korotogo with views out to the sea. You can choose to partake in a glass blowing workshop or you can watch Alice and her assistance in action as they gather, shape and colour the golden molten glass.
WHERE TO STAY:
Set your watch to island time and escape to one of Fiji’s most renowned private island resorts, Castaway Island Fiji.
Embrace laid-back island life staying five nights in a traditional bure with all-inclusive dining featuring full buffet breakfasts, delicious à la carte and themed buffet lunches and dinners, choice of a family pass (including a beachfront dining experience, bottle of sparkling, five hours of babysitting and family activities) or R&R pass (including a romantic beachfront dinner, bottle of sparkling, couple’s spa treatment, manicure/pedicure or head and shoulder massage) and more.
Images courtesy of Tourism Fiji
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