Fiji is a collection of volcanic islands spanning 1,600 kilometers in the South Pacific Ocean. The country is viewed as a far-off and exotic getaway, and rightly so. There are two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and nearly 900 smaller islands and inlets. If you’re looking for privacy, chances are you’re sure to find a secluded spot somewhere in the country. Contrary to popular belief, a vacation here doesn’t need to break the bank. Yes, there are pricey resorts but there are also budget guesthouses. Inexpensive accommodation and food, combined with the fact most Pacific flights include a stopover here, makes the islands an affordable and easy place to visit. This guide can help you plan your trip so you don’t skip it like most people do. Fiji is the best budget choice in the Pacific!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Fiji
1. Explore the Mamanucas
2. Visit Suva
3. See the Fiji Museum
4. Explore the Yasawas Islands
5. Go diving
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Hike Bouma National Heritage Park
This beautiful national park is among the top attractions in the country and is located in the north of Taveuni Island. The park is famous for its deep pools, waterfalls and picturesque hiking trails. Entrance into the park is 12 FJD.
2. Go to Lautoka
Also known as “Sugar City”, Lautoka is Fiji’s second largest city and boasts the largest sugar mill in the southern hemisphere. Visit Koroyanitu National Heritage Park for an excellent day of hiking past waterfalls and through forests, or explore the city’s mosques and Botanical Garden.
3. Go whitewater rafting
For an adrenaline-packed day, choose one of the many whitewater rafting tours available. The Upper Navua River winds through the highlands of Viti Levu, creating waterfalls and all grades of rapids that are perfect for either beginners or seasoned pros. Many people combine whitewater rafting with kayaking along the rivers and mangroves. This trip is expensive at around 500 FJD.
4. Visit the old capital of Levuka
Situated on the island of Ovalau is Fiji’s original capital, Levuka. The town has largely escaped the influx of tourism, and it’s great to spend a relaxing afternoon here taking in the historical feeling of the city.
5. Go surfing
Fiji offers some of the world’s best surfing with countless famous sites like Cloudbreak, Lighthouse Rights, and restaurants. The breaks here aren’t ideal for beginners but there are calmer waters at Sigatoka. Head to the Mamanuca islands to try out windsurfing and kitesurfing as an extra bonus. Expect to pay around 50 FJD for an hour of surf lessons.
6. Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Originally the garden of actor Raymond Burr, the Sleeping Giant covers over 50 acres of land and is filled with native orchids, exotic plants, and many other flowers. Admission is 18 FJD for adults and 9 FJD for children.
7. Golf at The Pearl
The Pearl Fiji Championship Golf Course and Country club has over 60 bunkers, tons of water traps, and a winding course. It can be challenging for even those that are experienced at golfing.
8. Drink kava
Kava is famous here in Fiji, and all the locals partake in drinking quite a bit at the end of each day. It causes a numbing sensation on the lips and mouth and relaxes you a bit. It’s very interesting and worth trying – in fact, it’s impolite to say no! Make sure you go “high tide”, and get the big cup!
9. Hike Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
This is a lush rainforest park, filled with beautiful birds and tropical plants. There are several swimming holes found throughout the park too. Entry is 5 FJD per person.
10. Sri Siva Subbramaniya Swami Temple
This Hindu temple is at the base of Main Street. Behind it lies a dramatic mountain backdrop, which allows for great photo opportunities. There are very detailed wood carvings here that have come all the way from India.