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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.

Yasawa Island: for deserted island vibes

Yasawa Island Resort & Spa.

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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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   

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. Looking for somewhere to stay on the island? Unwind at the five-star Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay or bring along the family to Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort.  

Kadavu: for wave-catchers 

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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.

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.   


Sheraton Denarau Villas.

Tucked away on the east coast of Viti Levu, attached to the mainland by a causeway, Denarau Island is a slice of paradise that requires little effort to reach (there’s no boat ride necessary to get here, just a 20-minute drive from Nadi Town). The island is brimming with top-rated resorts like Sheraton Denarau Villas, with endless activities to choose from. Peruse boutiques, bars and world-class spas around the marina, enjoy a round of golf on the island’s 18-hole course, and take the kids to Big Bula Waterpark for giant water slides, obstacle courses and splashy fun.

The Mamanuca Islands

Malolo Island Resort.

A link in the chain of Mamanuca Islands, Malolo Island is a tropical playground for the soft adventurer. Days can be spent in, on or near the water, with activities like surfing, diving, snorkelling, SUPs and kayaking the best way to discover the beauty of the lagoons. Meanwhile, nights are for sipping cocktails from the swim-up bar, sunset cruises and traditional Fijian dance and song performances. Stay at Malolo Island Resort for a family-friendly stay or opt for an Ultra-Lux stay at the adults-only Likuliku Lagoon Resort.

Castaway Island.

Modriki Island in the Mamanuca archipelago was the setting for the hit Cast Away movie starring Tom Hanks – and with postcard-perfect natural beauty, flawless beaches and turquoise waters alive with neon-bright corals, it’s easy to see why. While Modriki is uninhabited, nearby Tokoriki and Qalito both tick the boxes for a paradisical island escape. Stay in traditional bures at Tokoriki Island Resort and enjoy Fijian fine dining, or maroon yourself at Castaway Island for award-winning luxury.

Yanuca Island

Shangri-La Yanuca Island.

Connected by a causeway to Fiji’s main island on the Coral Coast, Yanuca Island enjoys all the privileges of a remote island, minus a lengthy boat ride to get there. In less than an hour's drive from Nadi Airport, you can be kicking off your shoes and walking barefoot across silky beachfront in no time. Stay at Shangri-La Yanuca Island and hire a bicycle to explore the island, take a dip in the ocean-facing swimming pool, or opt for a beach massage with botanical Fijian products.

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