Rejuvenate yourself in Fiji’s tropical tranquility!
Situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji is an archipelago of volcanic islands situated in the South Pacific Ocean. Crystal-clear lagoons, spotless beaches and a staggering seascape of coral reefs, Fiji is the choice destination for the summer. But with more than 300 islands, which should you pick to create your ideal holiday? Here are Uniq Luxe’s recommendations!
VITI LEVU ISLAND
Viti Levu Island is the largest island in Fiji with sprawling views of natural beauty to boot. Take a relaxing boat ride down Sigatoka Valley, as the winding river cuts through the verdant greenery. The Garden of the Sleeping Giant rests at the foot of the Nausori Highlands, a few miles away from Nadi. This secluded retreat offers canopied walkways and a tranquil sight of lily-ponds and healthy meadows. Stroll along Natadola Beach, one of the most gorgeous beaches of Fiji. The curve of the blue bay meeting the powder-soft sand is a scene of serenity.
Pay a visit to the capital city of Suva. Taste the tropics when you head down to Suva Municipal Market, where all sorts of vegetables and fruits are available for purchase! For a breath of fresh air, a forest walk through the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park should do the trick! Navigate through the trails around trickling freshwater pools and thick undergrowth — a cool respite from the city hub.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Birdwatchers frequent this island, home to a large population of exotic and endangered birds. Keep a look-out for the natives: the red-green Kadavu Shining (Musk) Parrot, the yellow-eyed Kadavu Honeyeater and the tiny Kadavu Fantail.
The island is also surrounded by the Great Astrolabe Reef, the largest reef in the South Pacific Ocean. As a breeding ground for tuna, marlin and sharks, it’s the ideal spot for snorkelling or scuba-diving. Swim aside huge manta-rays at Manta Reef! If you are interested in conservation or marine biology, check out Ulunikoro Marine Conservation Area, Fiji’s first legally gazetted and locally managed marine conservation area.
Mamanuca Islands are most famous for the Cloud 9 Floating Bar, which gently sits amidst the waves in the South Pacific Ocean. Accessible only by boat, this one-of-a-kind dining location serves up mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas and drinks. It also doubles up as a snorkelling destination, with watersports activities available over the counter. What better way is there to spend a day out at sea?
Mamanuca also offers sunset cruises and private waterfront dining venues such as Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Tokoriki Island Resort, complete with exquisite cuisine and sparkling wine.
ROBINSON CRUSOE ISLAND
Just as what the name suggests, the island is a place for adventure and exploration. Appreciate the Fijian way of life. Participate in kava ceremonies, fresh coconut-tasting and try out lovo cuisine. You can even stay at a Bure, a traditional Fijian bungalow made from wood and straw.
Enjoy complimentary resort activities: from sea kayaking, learning how to climb coconut trees to attending Fijian weaving to cooking and crafting sessions. It’ll be a fulfilling and interesting stay at Robinson Crusoe Island!
Known as the ‘Garden Island’, Taveuni Island is the only place in the world where the crimson-white tagimoucia flower can be found. This rare plant can be seen at the Bouma National Heritage Park. Within the park itself, people can swim under Tavoro Waterfalls.
Embark on the 5-kilometre long Lavena Coastal Walk, a well-marked guided trail suitable for families. Begin at Lavena Village, skirt along the forest edge and come upon the powdery-white Lavena Beach. Walk across the volcanic black sand beach and emerge in a fauna-covered landscape. Arrive at your final destination: marvel at the International Dateline, the 180 degrees meridian, which splits Fiji into the Western and Eastern hemispheres!
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