Fiji is an archipelago nation comprising over 300 islands in the South Pacific. Known for beautiful landscapes, tropical islands, serene beaches, and coral reefs, Fiji has emerged as a major tourist hub over the years. Located 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand, Fiji has more than 500 islets. A majority of the Fijian population lives on the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. This nation has forests, marine life, minerals, and natural beauty in abundance. This is why it is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, especially for couples.
The people of Fiji are very friendly and are always keen to help the visitors. Fijians are fond of children and hence families vacationing here are bound to have a good time. Fiji has had a history of colonial occupation and the structures there tell the story. If you are struggling with workload and stress, Fiji could prove to be a therapeutic holiday.
There is no dearth of places of attraction in Fiji and we’re going to tell you about 10 such places.
1. Colo-I-Suva Forest Park: Comprising a lavish rainforest and waterfalls, the 2.5 sq km forest park is one of the best places to visit here. The dense tropical plants and natural pools make this exotic destination look spectacular. Located at a varying altitude of 120 m to 180 m, Colo-I-Suva Forest Park is a perfect escape from the bustling city life of Suva. You’ll get to see some very amazing views during your 6.5 km long walks through the forest.
2. Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple: Hindu temples are not the first thing that will come to your mind when you think of Fiji. But people from Indian ethnicity form nearly 38% of Fiji’s population and you can find a lot of things similar to the Indian culture in Fiji. Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple is a fine example of traditional Dravidian Engineering. The marvellous temple is studded with wooden carvings of Hindu gods that were brought here from India. The temple is located in Queens Rd, Nadi.
3. Pacific Harbour: Pacific Harbour is known as the adventure capital of Fiji. Located 50 kilometres from Suva, it is an enclave of resorts and vacation homes built along a residential canal. You can enjoy doing river rafting, skiing, surfing, 4WD adventures. The most famous thing to do here is a dive with bull sharks in Beqa Lagoon. The arts village, restaurants, souvenir stalls, and cultural shows give you an insider view of Fiji’s culture and lifestyle.
4. Sawa-i-Lau-Caves, Yasawa Islands: Nothing is as creative as nature itself and the Sawa-i-Lau-Caves on Yasawa Islands validate this statement. Created by winds and waves thousands of years ago, the caves got fame after getting featured in The Blue Lagoon. While on the Yasawa Islands, you must take the joy of swimming in cool and crystal clear water. The inner caves can also be reached by swimming through an underwater tunnel.
5. Fiji Museum: If you want to know a country and its culture better, start with its history. Fiji has a very rich history and an equally diverse culture. You’ll get to know all about this beautiful nation after walking in the small museum in Central Suva. From British colonial history to the arrival of the Indian population and ancient Fiji history, you’ll get to know about everything that played a key role in Fiji’s creation as a nation. Cannibalism was practiced in ancient Fiji and the same has been portrayed in the museum.
6. Mamanuca Islands: The island has been featured in several TV shows and movies due to its beautiful landscapes and picturesque locations. Some of Fiji’s most exotic resorts are located here. This place is a haven for surfers with Cloudbreak being the most challenging of all. The globally acclaimed left reef break speeds up as it barrels over a shallow reef, dumping a massive volume of water. The reef witnesses waves as high as 20 feet and only expert surfers can survive it.
7. Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island: This place is a picture-perfect escape for nature lovers. The natural beauty in Bouma National Heritage Park is one of its kind and can attract anyone towards it. Adventure seekers and hikers dream of visiting this place. Comprising over 150 sq km of rainforests, the National Heritage Park is studded with marvellous gems like the Tavoro waterfalls. You can indulge in activities like snorkelling, hiking, and kayaking when on Taveuni Island.
8. Denarau Island: Fiji is all about islands and we just couldn’t have enough of them while preparing this list. Denarau Island is luxury personified. You can do shopping here, chill alongside the beach or enjoy a game of Golf. This place is 20 minutes away from Nadi airport. If you are looking to buy souvenirs, head to Denarau Island. Also, this place is famous for its variety of food that includes American, Indian, and Fijian dishes.
9. Beqa Lagoon, Viti Levu: Located 144 km southeast of Nadi, Beqa is pronounced as Benga Lagoon. This place is a picture-perfect destination for adventure junkies and young travellers as it offers a wide range of watersports activities with the Shark Dive being the most popular of them all. The lagoon houses over 100 dive sites and there is an abundance of adventure experience waiting for you. Viti Levu is also the largest island in the Fijian archipelago. Don’t miss to go on aqua-tours in mud pools.
10. Kula Wild Adventure Park: This wild adventure park which is located in Sigatoka is a mix of nature and adventure. This is the place where you can spot the rare Fijian crested Iguana. The endangered species of the country are preserved here and the authorities try to increase their population using captive breeding. Spread over an area of 12 acres the forest is home to tropical plants, lizards, snakes, and native birds, including doves, parrots, and waterbirds. You can also see tropical fish and sea turtles. Some people even feed baby turtles on the island. Taking a ride on the Roller Coaster Zip Rail will give you an adrenaline rush.