Bula to Fiji! Palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear lagoons, fish-packed coral reefs and friendly locals are just some of the wonders that await on your holiday in Fiji. This archipelago of 333 islands at the heart of the South Pacific boasts a unique melting pot of cultures, adventures on land and sea, and some of the best scenery in the world.
Luxury resorts with their traditional thatched bures, infinity pools and exotic spas dot the shorelines of the Fijian islands of Viti Levu and Vanua. Create Robinson Crusoe moments aplenty on Mamanuca and Yasawa islands - the backdrop to the 'Castaway' and 'Blue Lagoon' movies. Soak up the beauty of the ‘Garden Isle’ of Taveuni and the limestone caves of Sava-i-Lau. The vibrant capital of Suva, with its new promenade, botanic gardens and Presidential Palace, is well worth a visit too.
Fiji’s soft coral reefs, sharks, dolphins, manta rays and Hawksbill turtles are a real voyage of discovery for scuba divers. Surfers can meet the challenge of the infamous Cloudbreak and Frigates waves, or the new craze of fly boarding (surfing the sky) is exhilarating. Inland adventures include zip-lining through tropical rainforests and exploring mountain scenery by ATV.
No holiday to Fiji would be complete without absorbing the local culture and heritage. Whether it’s experiencing the traditional Kava ceremony in a remote village, an authentic Lovo banquet served from a sizzling earth oven, a fire-walking demonstration or a Meke fan dance.
Fiji enjoys a warm tropical climate year-round. Expect six to eight hours of sunshine each day and the temperature gauge to hover between 26C to 31C. High season is May to October when hot temperatures are tempered by refreshing trade winds. The wet season runs from December through to mid March and brings the odd deluge of rain.
Fiji holidays are jam-packed with things to see and do. Simply relax in a hammock on the beach or take to the water on a surf board, fly board or kayak. Snorkel with manta rays and scuba dive around coral gardens or experience a boat trip through mangrove forests. Learn about the islands' culture, history and politics at the Fiji Museum or admire the beauty of the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi. Watch a game of the nation's favourite sport of rugby or take a dip in a natural mud pool or hot spring. Explore the Sawa-i-Lau limestone cave on Yasawa or the Sigatoka Sand Dunes on Viti Levu. Get close to nature and the local wildlife at the Kula Eco Park or admire over 2,000 different species of plants, shrubs and flowers at The Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
Fiji's cuisine is based around locally sourced meat, fish and tropical fruits and draws its culinary influences from both China and India. Try the island dish of Kokoda (raw fish marinated with lime juice and coconut cream) or dine on freshly caught tuna and red bass. A traditional Lovo banquet (chicken, pork and vegetables cooked in banana leaf lined earth ovens) is the perfect way to spend an evening.
The main nightlife in Fiji centres around the island's capital Suva and its plentiful bars and nightspots. Typical evenings in luxury resorts bring either traditional Fijian music and dancing, or quiet torch-lit dinners and colourful tropical cocktails.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.