Fiji is an island paradise everyone should experience at least once. Fiji`s idyllic vistas and natural beauty surpass even the glossiest brochure photos of the country. Well known for its white sandy beaches, super surfing, and pure relaxation, Fiji has much much more to offer. Although the weather is great year round with average temperatures of 25 degrees celsius, the best time to visit the country is during the cooler, drier season from May to October when both children kids and adults can enjoy range of exciting outdoor activities.
Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
The Garden of the Sleeping Giant, just 10 minutes’ north of Nadi by car, is an ideal attraction for families. These lovely landscaped gardens, situated at the foothills of the Nausori Highlands, are home to over a thousand orchid varieties plus a wide variety of Fiji’s endemic plants. Extending over 20 hectares, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant allows admiring to admire the local flora on jungle walks through the native forest.
Pump your adrenaline with Fire Walking
For those in search of a unique holiday activity, Fiji provides the opportunity of witnessing not one, but two styles of firewalking. An ancient religious ceremonial act dating back to 1200 BC, firewalking involves walking over hot stones (in the Fijian tradition) or over ashes and glowing embers (in the Hindu purification ritual). Many large accommodation providers in Fiji stage firewalking shows for tourists.
Participate in a Kava Ceremony
Kava (also known as yaqona) is the traditional drink of Fiji. The consumption of the beverage is a ceremonial and social unifier, and tourists can immerse themselves in Fijian culture by witnessing a kava ceremony. Guests take part by sitting in a circle facing a hand-carved mixing bowl called a tanoa, then the kava is sipped from a coconut shell cup with the village chief always drinking first. You can book participation in a kava ceremony through most hotels and resorts in Fiji.
Visit Kula Eco Park
Set in a beautiful coastal rainforest reserve, Kula Eco Park is a popular tourist destination dedicated to the preservation of the country’s indigenous fauna. During a visit to the park, travelerss can see creatures such as the crested iguana, experience hands-on interactions with a variety of animals, and learn about Fiji’s amazing wildlife.
Hike the Falls of Taveuni
Nature lovers are sure to enjoy hiking near the three Tavoro Waterfalls on Taveuni Island, lying just off the east coast of Vanua Levu. Taveuni is known in Fiji as the “Garden of Eden” and much of the interior and east of the island is protected within Bouma National Heritage Park. A hike through this terrain provides access to rare orchids, clear waterfalls, natural waterslides, and ancient tree ferns. Those wishing to spend longer than a day on the island can book accommodation at a variety of guest houses and resorts.
Getting there and Away
Daily flights to Fiji depart most of Australia’s major airports including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane and flights to Fiji on Fiji Airways (Fiji’s national carrier) start from as little as $259AUD one way. Direct Fiji Airways flights from points all around the Pacific Rim are also available.