Fiji Travel Guide
Often referred to as ‘the mainland’, Viti Levu is the hub of the Fijian archipelago. This island is the most developed, with the three largest cities of Suva, Lautoka and Nadi and almost three-quarters of Fiji’s population, making it the ideal destination for first-time visitors. For an authentic Fijian experience, take a scenic, southern road trip along the Coral Coast between Nadi and Suva, exploring the unspoiled wilderness and local villages on the way. This coastal stretch is also perfect for beach lovers, with many popular international resorts in prime place for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the coast.
For those who prefer a more convenient and relaxed holiday, Denarau Island is the place to go. Just a fifteen minute drive from Nadi Airport via a short causeway, this island boasts some magnificent resorts and excellent facilities, including an international standard 18-hole golf course.
A little further afield, the Mamanuca Islands lie just off the west coast of Viti Levu and can easily be reached by boat from the Port of Denarau. These islands really are a picture-perfect paradise, offering stunning, palm-fringed beaches which can be enjoyed from some of Fiji’s best resorts. One of the most popular islands in the Mamanuca group, particularly with a younger crowd, is Beachcomber Island. Famous for being Fiji’s party destination, this island has a social atmosphere, with the main emphasis being on relaxation and water sports during the day and, of course, partying at night.
The more adventurous traveller should head northwest from Viti Levu to the Yasawa Islands. These islands are generally less commercialised and more sparsely populated than the Mamanucas, perfect for those who want to get away from it all. Indeed, on Kuata Island, visitors will often find that they have the whole beach to themselves. Not only do these islands provide seclusion, there are also a host of activities on offer. The Yasawas are well known for their rugged volcanic terrain, which is excellent for hiking, and the surrounding reefs are great for water activities. Get the best view of the beautiful coral reefs by snorkelling around Viwa Island or have the experience of a lifetime swimming with manta rays in the passages around Nanuya Balavu Island.
It’s best to visit Fiji between April and November, but the average temperature throughout the year is around 29°C. So no matter when you visit, the weather is guaranteed to be warm. The only difficult part is deciding which island to visit.