We all know that travelling with young children, and even teenagers, can be difficult. What may start off as a relaxing overseas break with the family, can quickly turn into an epic voyage filled with stressful situations as you try to keep the children controlled and entertained. Indeed, combating their excitement and boredom is just one of the many tasks you need to be on top of if you want to ensure your holiday remains hassle free.
That said, if you’re looking for the perfect family escape, one that is affordable, relaxing, and filled with activities for the kids to do, why not consider the sun, sand, and smiling faces of Fiji? The Fijian archipelago is made up of 330 tropical islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, and the region provides a raft of adventure options for families including swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, cruising, and kayaking. In addition, the many quality resorts on the islands offer fantastic children’s programs to keep kids amused and give parents a little alone time.
From Sydney, flights to Fiji on Fiji Airways take just three and a half hours and prices begin from AUD$254, with kids flying cheaper at just AUD$149. Once you touch down, consider staying at three of the more popular family friendly accommodation spots in Fiji: the Castaway Island Resort, the Outrigger on the Lagoon, and the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. All three resorts offer a free kids’ club where children are cared for and entertained giving you the chance to unwind. The kids are kept busy enjoying a variety of games, crafts, cultural storytelling and activities, fish-feeding, canoeing, treasure hunts, and even learning some of the Fijian language. For the teenagers, the resorts encourage exploration through their many facilities including surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking, beach volleyball, tennis, snorkelling, diving, water skiing, and cultural village tours.
Families looking to spend some time together away from their accommodation have a variety of attractions to choose from in Fiji as well. Kula Eco Park, set in a coastal rainforest reserve, is a popular spot dedicated to the conservation of the country’s indigenous animals such as the crested iguana. Kids can experience hands-on interactions with animals and learn about Fiji’s amazing wildlife at the same time. Zip Fiji is another popular family-friendly attraction to visit. The South Pacific’s first zipline experience, it’s located on a private eco-reserve in the heart of a rainforest and provides a fun day of adrenaline-pumping activity for the whole family. Children as young as five can participate in the zipline tours that soar over the rainforest canopy below, plus the attraction is just as much fun in wet weather as in dry, so it’s a great place to visit even on rainy days. The all-inclusive price, which includes zipline adventure, round-trip transportation and a snack will set you back around FJD$225 per person.