Vacationing in Fiji is probably something you’ve looked forward to for quite some time. Fiji is comprised of over 300 islands in the South Pacific so it’s only natural that you’ll want to maximize your time there as you won’t be able to do and see everything in one trip.
Researching the top things to do in Fiji is key in planning a vacation that allows you to see some of the best highlights the islands have to offer. You’ll be able to see what options you have and plan out an itinerary that best works for you. You came to the right place. Here are the top 10 things to do in Fiji, with a focus on really getting the most out of your trip.
1. Explore Nadi
Nadi is located on Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu. It’s the main transportation hub and where all international flights to Fiji arrive. This means it will be your first logical stop on your Fiji trip. Nadi offers a lot of great options for beginning your Fiji vacation so it makes sense to stay and spend some time there.
The Garden of Sleeping Giant is a must see if you’re interested in seeing beautiful tropical orchids. This orchid garden was started by Perry Mason actor Richard Burr back in 1977. Although the original idea was for it to house his own private orchid collection it has since become a very popular place to visit by tourists and locals.
For foodies that love getting an idea of local cuisine and how it’s prepared, there’s the Lautoka Fresh market. You’ll be able to see what the locals eat and even learn how things are prepared. In Lautoka, you can also visit the fish market located next to the wharf for even more local cuisine experiences.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could also try out the zip line in Nadi. You can zip over forests and streams an unlimited number of times. It’s a unique way to get an overhead view of the beautiful water and lush forests you might not be able to see otherwise.
2. The Fiji Museum
Fiji has so much culture in its history. Anyone with an interest in learning about the place they’re vacationing will love the Fiji Museum. Located in Suva, the capital of Fiji, this museum details the rich culture of all the islands.
Highlights in the museum include a giant double-hulled canoe called the Ratu Finau. The canoe is over 13 meters long and features an enclosed deck. It’s a highly unique canoe and is said to be Fiji’s last created double-hulled canoe, made in 1913.
You’ll also be able to see exhibits dedicated to Indian laborers who first arrived in Fiji as indentured workers, as well as recently completed works of art by local Fiji artists. There’s a lot of ground covered in the museum and it’s really a must see.
3. Go Hiking On The Garden Island Of Taveuni
One of the reasons people go to Fiji is because of how stunningly beautiful the scenery is. What better way to enjoy everything that scenery has to offer than to go hiking? Taveuni offers scenic hiking options that are sure to please anyone’s particular preference of view.
You can visit Tavoro Falls if you want to see some beautiful waterfall views, while The Bouma National Heritage Park is a natural choice for hikers wanting to experience the island’s unique vegitation. The Bouma National Heritage Park protects about 80% of the island’s land, so you’ll be able to see first hand what efforts to protect the lovely island environment are doing.
There are options to pay for a tour guide for your hike or go it alone, and if you’re staying at a resort like Tides Reach Resort you can even take the shuttle provided by the resort to get to Bouma. This is especially great because it saves you the stress of having to figure out how you’re going to get to your hiking destination.
4. The Monuriki Castaway Tour
A lot of the experiences you’ve read about so far will really get you into the local culture and history of Fiji. This one is a little more on the touristy side of things, but that’s just as fun when you’re on vacation.
The Monuriki Cast Away Tour is a tour that takes you through Monuriki island, the filming location for the movie Castaway featuring Tom Hanks. The beautiful island has also played host to reality TV’s Survivor.
You’ll take a boat ride to get to the island where you’ll be met by a tour guide and given a tour of the island on foot. At the end of the tour, you’ll also have the chance to snorkel in the amazingly beautiful waters. Touristy, but still beautiful and well worth your time while in Fiji.
5. Join A Kava Drinking Ceremony
Drinking Kava is a rich part of Fiji’s heritage. Kava is a mild sedative that is used in traditional ceremonies throughout Fiji. While you might get to experience a ceremony by visiting any local village in Fiji, you could also opt for a more scheduled ceremony time and experience.
Turtle Island has a ceremony on Wednesday evenings, and it’s very tourist friendly. Kava ceremonies do have specific rituals and traditions so if you’re unsure what to do at a ceremony attending one at Turtle Island is a great idea.
If you aren’t sure drinking the kava is your thing, you can still go to the ceremony and just opt out of drinking the mixture offered. As long as you’re engaged in the ceremony and having fun no one is likely to give you a hard time for not partaking.
6. Watch A Fire Walking Ceremony
While you’re thinking about local life and ceremonies, you can add a fire walking ceremony to your list of must do things while in Fiji. You can find these amazing ceremonies in many resorts throughout the islands.
You’ll be able to watch locals perform jaw-dropping walks across fire and hot stones without getting burned. The ceremonies have roots in a local legend about a man named Tunaiviqalita from Beqa Island. It’s said he made a deal with a spirit god to give him the ability to walk on scalding hot stones. The claim is that anyone in his bloodline carries the same talent.
7. Visit The Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple
Another must see in Fiji to experience more of the culture and history of the islands is the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple. The temple is located in Nadi so it could be part of the time you spend exploring there, but it’s also worth a special mention.
This temple is not only unique for being the largest in the region, but it also features ancient Dravidian architecture. Usually, you’d only see this architectural temple design in India. If you’re interested in culture, history, and enjoy beautiful designs this is a great stop on your Fiji trip.
8. Visit Kula Wild Adventure Park
This is a great option to see some pretty cool things and it’s kid-friendly. You can take pictures with iguanas or baby snakes, and even help feed sea turtles by hand. Kula Wild Adventure Park also has interesting information about local efforts to breed endangered species.
Once you have taken pictures and fed sea turtles you can also enjoy their unique roller-coaster rail, Kula’s Krazy Canopy Flier, which descends from the forest canopy. They also have fun water slides and a kiddie splash pool. If you have kids to keep entertained this is a good bet for a very fun (and interesting) day.
9. Check Out The Sabeto Mud Pools
Most spas with mud bath treatments create hot baths with their own heating elements and tubs. Sabeto Mud Pools are worth your time because they’re naturally occurring hot mud springs. You can have the spa experience in a way most people won’t ever get to experience.
There are 3 pools you can try out, and while you’re indulging in the therapeutic mud bath experience you get to enjoy the naturally lush environment you’ve come to expect while in Fiji. Sabeto is a can’t miss, especially if you’re a little worn down from other sightseeing and need a day to recuperate.
10. Go Snorkeling At Namena Marine Reserve
Fiji definitely has amazingly beautiful beaches and forests to enjoy, but if you miss out on the ocean life you really haven’t fully experienced all Fiji has to offer. The Namena Marine Reserve is a huge favorite for those looking to snorkel and see some beautiful ocean life.
You’ll be able to see massive amounts of fish, eels, coral and possibly even whales while snorkeling here. Namena also has great examples of the local conservation efforts going on in Fiji that are saving coral and fish alike.
Your Fiji trip can be as unique to you as you’d like. There are so many options for guided tours, self-guided tours, resorts featuring local events, and many other things you can try. Use this guide to help you include the best things you can do while on your trip and make sure to enjoy the beautiful islands of Fiji. You’re sure to remember it for the rest of your life.