Fiji (sometimes called Fiji Islands) is one of the world’s most friendly nations, and is blessed with lush green tropical forests, white-sand beaches which dip into a lagoon, rugged highlands, incredible marine life, great flora and fauna and cloudless skies all through the year. Fiji is a blend of fascinating ancient cultures and natural beauty which creates an atmosphere for you that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. A holiday in this country with the calm, cool pacific breeze is just what honeymooners will treasure all their lives and it would be just what a couple would want to have their wedding on these shores with flowers on their head and the white sands beneath their feet. Fiji has dazzled her visitors from across the globe with all the gifts that Mother Nature has blessed her with! Though Fiji was once known as the ‘Cannibal Isles’, it is now the very essence of a tropical island paradise.
Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean and covers an overall land area of 18,376 sq km, and is an archipelago made up of 332 islands of which only about 110 are inhabited and of these, very few have been developed for tourism. Fiji is dominated by volcanic mountains which are mostly dormant. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the two major islands and has almost 80 % of the population. Viti Levu is the heart of the country with high tropical mountains, rivers, waterfalls, rainforests and the rich wildlife and offers a plethora of both land and water adventures.
Fiji enjoys an ideal tropical maritime climate with very slight variations in temperatures; during summer the temperature hovers between 23C-30C and in winter between 20C – 26C. The wet season is from November to April, with heavy but brief coral downpours. The best time to visit the Fiji Islands is from
May to November.
Suva, Fiji’s capital is the largest city in the region and the most cosmopolitan. It is a very beautiful harbor city, perched on a hilly peninsula in the southeast corner of Viti Levu. The country’s two cities –the capital Suva, and Lautoka, a port town which relies on the sugar-cane farms which surround it, has two-thirds of the urban population living here. Fiji is a treasure trove of many places of interest some of which include the Victoria Parade, Suva Central, Fiji’s tallest building, the Fiji Museum, Thurston Botanical Gardens, Albert Park and loads more. There is a wide selection of restaurants which offers a huge variety of cuisines to please anyone’s palate and purse. There is a wide range of options for accommodation which ranges from budget hotels and affordable inns like the Capricon Suva Apartment Hotel, Tanoa Plaza and the Suva Motor Inn to posh up-market boutique hotels, such as JJs on the Park Hotel, Five Princes Hotel and Novotel Suva Hotel, to name just a few.
Places of Interest
Fiji is has something to offer all the guests who reaches her shores. Tourist attractions, include Nadi, the first island which is famous and appreciated for its architectural diversity, Yasawa, is another region in Fiji which boasts of beautiful cobalt blue waters and sandy beaches, the Sunshine Coast with its amazing mountain views, the Pacific Harbor or the ‘Adventure Capital of Fiji’, Kadavu, one of the most pristine regions with its lush rainforests and wildlife, etc. Fiji also offers a load of entertainment activities, lively nightclubs and pubs, promising a truly Fijian experience, with plenty of other exciting activities like snorkeling, surfing, cruising, scuba diving, fishing, fire walking eco tours and bird watching.
Fiji is a complete island paradise with something for everyone to see or do which is why there are so many people who decide to make this dreamland their vacation destination. The three things that are typical of a Fijian vacation would include the friendliest of people, the word ‘Bula’ which means ‘welcome’ and ‘be at ease’ and the world-class resorts on the private islands.
The beaches in Fiji are ranked as some of the finest that you can find on the face of the earth! Located deep in the heart of the South Pacific and with over 300 islands, Fiji features a wide range of beaches which will be irresistible to beach lovers – from the white, golden or even black sand beaches to choose from. But it has to be mentioned that the most popular among these are the ones in the island of Yasawa, which has stunning private lagoons that is the ideal spot for just relaxing or exploring if you are the adventurous sort! The Lovers Beach, Champagne Beach and Paradise Beach are just a few worth mentioning. Then there are others like Turtle Island which is lovely with its 14 palm fringed beaches, the main island of Viti Levu which has so much to offer not to mention the miles of the most popular stretch of beaches in the Coral Coast with cool, cobalt blue lagoons and its cool dancing palm trees, and the ones in the Mamanuca Islands, where the beaches lie just adjacent to the serene sea and is ideal for those interested in snorkeling and diving.
Island hopping is the best way to explore Fiji and one can see catamarans threading its way from one bay to the next, dropping off and picking up travelers as it goes. The Fiji Cruises are another way to get around and explore beauty of these scenic and breathing islands which sure is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. From both day and sunset cruises, to the luxury yachts with all facilities, Fiji also guides you on how you can sail along the Pacific’s most friendly isles!
When one thinks of taking a vacation in the Fiji Islands the first picture is of scuba diving since it offers such a diversity and spectacle in the coral structures and underwater life. The underwater scenery here is simply spectacular and one of the finest, and the most accessible, dives in the whole of Pacific can be found here. It is no wonder that it has earned the reputation of being the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ and it is justified all the more with the country opening of the its first overwater bungalow resort on Malolo!
Fiji is popular for its snorkeling, sea kayaking with the ‘glass bottom’ vessels which allow coral viewing while you paddle, mangrove adventures, windsurfing, and fishing and local village excursions. Another fast growing attractions in Fiji is kayaking which is a truly exciting way to explore the Fiji Islands. You can bask under the warm sun lying in a comfortable hammock or take a dip in the crystal clear blue waters of the lagoon, or take a hike or go for trekking adventures. Other land activities include 18-hole courses, which can be found mainly in Viti Levu, or hiking through canopied jungle trails, horseback riding, and climbing a challenging hill.
Resorts and Hotels in Fiji
The Fiji Islands boast affordable accommodation options that cater to all budgets throughout the paradise islands. From, backpacker lodges, beach huts and budget hotels to the luxury resorts with a bungalow-style accommodation which is known as “bure” or cottage and 5-star hotels and villas which gives top-notch service and facilities. Luxury hotels in Fiji offer excellent and affordable packages for honeymooners, for romantic tropical wedding, and for family holidays.
The Capricorn International Hotel which is conveniently located in the heart of the ‘Restaurant Row’ in Nadi, is the perfect place to relax in and is about 5 kilometers from the airport. Surrounded with gardens, fresh water swimming pool, a spa, and a pearly harbor, a restaurant and a bar, The Capricorn International Hotel is just the perfect hideaway for honeymooners, business travelers who are looking for a quiet holiday. The hotel features 72 air-conditioned, well appointed and smoke free guestrooms with the best amenities, including a private bathroom, writing desk, fridge, mini bar, balcony, direct dial telephones, satellite TV, in room digital safe, hair dryer and shaving universal adaptor. Cribs and rollaway beds are also made available.
The restaurant offers an excellent cuisine and serves a choice of Fijian, European, Indian, and Asian dishes. Guests can pursue activities, like golf and squash, tennis, and later rejuvenate themselves at the spa or relax by the pool with a coo, relaxing drink. Later we can take a walk to the nearby attractions which include the Nadi shopping center, Nadi Bay, and other garden tours.
The Grand Melanesian Hotel is located just three minutes from Nadi Airport and offers quality service, and is a good choice for staying during your vacation. The hotel has 46 spacious air conditioned rooms set on two levels, all with modern amenities, of which 14 rooms are Deluxe, and have most of them overlooking the large swimming pool. Other facilities include car parking, lounge area, currency exchange, games room, 24 hour reception, 24 hour hot showers, and high speed internet. Recreation facilities though available may sometimes be charges. The restaurant serves excellent dishes and everything possible is done for the gusts’ comfort. Because of its location, it is convenient to go exploring in the mainland and surrounding islands.
Located in Fiji’s capital Suva and spread across 15 acres of bright, colorful tropical gardens, the Tanoa International Hotel, provides a relaxing and comfortable accommodation for families, singles, couples, and business travelers. It is the biggest hotel near the Nadi airport offering quality service and facilities. The impressive 148 elegantly designed rooms and suites feature private balconies or patios, air conditioning, in room digital safe, IDD telephone, iron and ironing board and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel boasts of a 24-hour open air restaurant, a well equipped fitness centre, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, retail shops and a pool side bar.
Located along the white sand beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the scenic Natadola Beach, the pride of Fiji’s Coral Coast, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa provides a 360-degree view of the Natadola Bay and boasts of 307 aesthetically appointed spacious guest rooms and contemporary suites, with excellent amenities and facilities like Cleopatra baths, high speed internet access, BOSE sound system, bathrobes and slippers, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities and turn down service. The rooms overlooking either the Natadola Bay or the colorful and exotic landscaped gardens and the beach, is a real feast to the eyes!
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The hotel has 6 restaurants and bars, gift shops, a serene day spa offering various treatments where one can experience the mixture of Eastern and Western traditional techniques, 4 outdoor swimming pools, a18-hole championship golf course, kids club and a wedding chapel. The recreation facilities include a whole range of activities, which will interest all ages and interests. With its captivating design and natural Fijian ambiance, the authentic hospitality and its world-class dining options, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is ideal for family holidays and wedding celebrations, and for those travelers in search of more than just a vacation.
The Taveuni Island, which is also referred to as the ‘Garden Island’ is Fiji’s third largest island and the perfect destination for the active and adventurous traveler and for honeymoon/wedding vacations. With its lush tropical rainforests, beautiful flowers and flowering trees, lagoons, and cascading waterfalls and greater diving sites, the accommodation here, caters to the different needs of its guests.
From the laid-back budget “bure” options to the luxurious and stunning resorts, is the award-winning Taveuni Island Resort & Spa, which is only a two-minute drive from the airport, and offers a very romantic vacation with personalized attention. The resort boasts of 12 luxurious ocean-facing bures with spectacular views of the surrounding islands and exclusive villas that is all-inclusive and facing the ocean which can be anyone’s idea of sheer bliss!
All the bures have comfortable indoor and outdoor furniture, IDD telephones, large covered decks, unlimited hot water, imported linen and fresh baked cookies daily which is out of this world! Recreation activities include bird watching, game fishing, massage, romantic themed activities, such as picnics and romantic dinners, island tours, world-class diving, adventure walks through the rainforest and kayak tours. The warm friendly staff, fabulous cuisine, romantic atmosphere and luxury in every corner of the resort are what make Taveuni Island Resort & Spa the perfect choice for their stay for any traveler.
Just a 25 minute drive from the Nadi International Airport, is the beachfront Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, which is one of the luxury resorts on the mainland. It is nestled within a secluded, lush tropical garden featuring exotic scented flowers and colorful native birds. The resort boasts of 271 elegantly furnished guestrooms, each with either a balcony or a verandah. The five-star resort has its own private beach, superb dining restaurants with excellent cuisine to suit your palate, 2 outdoor swimming pools, a full-service health spa, a fully-equipped gym and an air-conditioned fitness center. It also has both meeting and banquet facilities. In order to get the best out of your stay you can take part in land and water adventures like windsurfing, site scuba diving, canoeing, motor boasting and fishing, golf, volleyball, skydiving, hiking and biking, etc. Baby sitting service, spa/wellness center, shopping arcade, library and billiards are also made available.
It is totally justified that Fiji known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World’ and is a heaven for adventure seekers, fun lovers, honeymooners, romantic couples and for anyone who wants their “dream-holiday” to become a reality and an experience of a lifetime!