Roam silver-screen islands and discover some of the world’s most spectacular coral on our holidays to Fiji.
Fiji lies at the heart of the South Pacific and is one of the most postcard-esque places on Earth. Make the trip here and you’ll discover pristine white-sand beaches, breathtaking leafy landscapes and a wonderfully diverse culture spanning indigenous, Indian, European and Chinese heritage — Fijians are some of the warmest people you’ll meet, so expect friendly exchanges of bula (the local greeting) wherever you go. Hotels vary from family-friendly retreats to exclusive adults-only hideaways — most have fabulous spas and excellent watersports — and you can easily book a stay here as part of a round-the-world trip. Speak to an expert or visit your local store to start planning your Fiji holiday.
- Experiencing the main island or one of the more exclusive offshore islands
- Planning your wedding abroad — LikuLiku Lagoon Resort, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Tokoriki Island Resort offer wedding packages
- Diving and snorkelling — particularly good for spotting manta rays
- Straddling the date line — there's a spot on the island of Taveuni where you can have one foot in today and one foot in yesterday
- Meeting local people — Fijians are incredibly friendly and welcoming, so it's worth taking the time to visit local communities to learn about their history and customs.
Best time to visit Fiji
Fiji has a year-round tropical climate, with high temperatures and humidity the norm. You can expect a daily average of around six to eight hours of sunshine, with fairly consistent temperatures throughout the year. It’s unusual to experience more than a few hours of rain in a day even during the wet season, which runs from late December to mid-March.
Fiji holiday highlights
Eco-tourism leader Fiji is known as the ‘soft coral capital of the world’, so be sure to head out and discover its resplendent marine life. One of the must-sees is its picturesque Coral Coast — 50 miles of brilliant golden beaches, secluded bays and palm-fringed shores on the south coast of Viti Levu, the country’s main island. Cakaulevu Reef (or the Great Sea Reef) off the northern shore of the second largest island, Vanua Levu, is the third longest continuous barrier reef in the world.
Close to Fiji’s main airport in Nadi and a swift but scenic seaplane or helicopter transfer away, the exclusive Mamanuca Islands are the perfect spot to kick back and take things at your own pace. Their soft-sand beaches, inviting turquoise sea and exotic coconut palms feature in the classic Tom Hanks film Cast Away, and the islands of Tokoriki, Malolo and Matamanoa are home to intimate, secluded and luxurious hotels. You’ll have world-famous diving spots at your fingertips as well as other watersports ranging from kayaking to snorkelling and banana boat rides to waterskiing, or you can just enjoy the miles of spotless South Pacific coastline.
The island of Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest and known as the ‘Garden Island’, is a great place for a more active and outdoorsy Fiji holiday. Explore sprawling jungle, wander beautiful beaches and spot colourful wildlife, including over 100 species of birds ranging from Orange Doves to Parrot Finches. Swim in natural pools at the secluded Tavoro Waterfalls in the Bouma National Heritage Park, which covers a large chunk of the island, and visit the marine park at Waitabu for first-class dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall.
If you’re a keen surfer or fancy giving it a go, then April to October is the best time to catch some waves in Fiji. While most of the waves break onto the reef and so are better for more experienced surfers, there are still plenty of surf schools and beach breaks for beginners. Experts can head to the island of Tavarua in the Mamanucas, close to Viti Levu, for the iconic Cloudbreak — this is one of the finest breaks in the world, with incredible swells which often reach 20 foot and attract scores of surfers each year.
Where is Fiji?
Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific comprising 333 islands, around 1100 miles north of New Zealand. Its three largest islands are Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and Taveuni (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are home to over 80% of Fiji’s population). Fiji is a three-hour flight from New Zealand and a four-hour flight from Australia, and 22 hours from the UK including one stopover — Hong Kong and Singapore are the most popular.