Home to 333 tropical islands right in the middle of the endless waters of South Pacific, Fiji is more than a travel destination, it’s happiness in its finest form. From the alluring culture to the authentic flavors of Fijian delicacies, Fiji has so much to offer to travelers. Come and explore the things to do in Fiji for an awe-inspiring vacation
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1. Experience the culture of Nadi
The multicultural town of Nadi lets you experience the authentic culture of Fiji. A great place to enjoy the delicious cuisine, shop, and relish authentic drinks, Nadi is a lively tourism hub on the west coast of the gorgeous Viti Levu. Exploring the open-air souvenir market which sells wooden kava bowls, hand-painted saris, cannibal forks etc is among the most exciting things to do in Fiji.
Things to do in Nadi: Take a bath in the mud pool, try ziplining, and go snorkelling
2. Fly over the Mamanuca Islands on a helicopter
One of the best things to do in Fiji is discovering the vibrant island from above. If you want a unique view of Fiji, you can take a helicopter tour from Nadi International Airport to the Mamanuca Islands. You can get a breathtaking view of a string of islets that spread to the northwest of Vitu Levu Island.
Helicopter ride charges: INR 18,000 for a 25-minute teaser tour
3. Go on a hike through Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
A thriving national park that boasts a crystal clear river set amid the serenity of rainforests, Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is an ideal place for hiking. If you want to add a hint of adventure to your trip, hiking through the rich forest is one of the best things to do in Fiji Islands. A hike through Colo-i-Suva Forest Park doesn’t take more than an hour at avenerage speed.
Things to do in Colo-i-Suva Forest Park: Hiking, rope swinging, exploring waterfalls and swimming holes
4. Wander through the lanes of Suva Municipal Market
One of the best activities to do in Fiji is exploring the lanes of the ancient and bustling Suva Municipal Market. An experience not to be missed, Suva remains busy throughout the day. Established in 1950s, this market gets even more fascinating for street photographers and those who want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at reasonable rates.
Suva Municipal Market timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm but the best time to visit is between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Famous for: Fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, and seafood
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5. Snorkel in the azure waters of Castaway Island or Mantaray Island
More than these islands’ palm-fringed beaches, it’s the snorkelling in the crystal clear waters that’ll make you fall in love with the island. With so many islands in Fiji, it gets hard to pick the one where you can go snorkelling, but you can never go wrong with Castaway and Mantaray. The marine life of these islands knows how to put on a show.
Snorkelling charges: You can take a cruise day tour that include many water sports, food etc.
6. Meet the gorgeous coral reefs of Monuriki
Known as the soft coral capital of the world, Fiji (especially Monuriki) is a mecca for those who want to explore the marine life by deep sea diving in the blue and unspoiled oceans. A vivid rainbow of hard and soft corals, a family of colorful fishes will leave you speechless.
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7. Spend a day or two on the Wakaya Island
An unspoilt and serene island, Wakaya Island is replete with white sand beaches, azure lagoons, high cliffs, and a variety of flora and fauna. If you want to unfold into freedom under the wide blue skies, Wakaya Resort & Spa on the Island will offer you all you want. Fishing, sea kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, reef viewing, paddle boating, hiking, and nature walks are some exciting things to do in Fiji you can try on Wakaya Island.
Wakaya Resort & Spa tarrif per night: INR 2,23,000
8. Go far-far away from the crown on a Sigatoka River Safari
If you want to get deep into the interiors of Fiji, a Sigatoka River Safari is among the top things to do in Fiji. The journey usually begins from the coastal town of Sigatoka, and on the way, the coach-driver and captain provides you interesting and rich information about Fijian culture and history. The picturesque ride will bring you closer to the rich culture of Fiji in many ways.
Sigatoka River Safari charges: INR 8,500 per person
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9. Explore Navala village deep in Fiji’s interior mountainous
An authentic Fijian village, Navala is home to rugged, grassy mountains that look like a piece of expensive art. As soon as you enter the village, you are welcomed in a traditional way with kava ceremony and then given an extensive tour of the village. You can take pictures with locals, climb coconut trees, explore the village trails, get wet in the rivers. A night or two in this village can show you the Fijian way of life while absorbing the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
Navala village tour cost: Starting from INR 9,000
10. Head for the open seas on a romantic dinner cruise
If you’re traveling to Fiji with the love of your life, one of the top things to do in Fiji for you should be taking a romantic dinner cruise ride on the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the peaceful and picture-perfect Fijian sunset and relish the delicious cuisine cooked using local ingredients.
Dinner cruise charges: INR 5,500 per person
Dinner cruise timing: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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11. Relish the flavours of authentic Fijian cuisine
Fish and root vegetables are quite important for Fijian cuisine. Fijians have unique ways to cook these mouthwatering dishes using local and fresh ingredients. The most delicious dishes you must try in Fiji are Lovo (a traditional meal cooked in an underground oven); kokoda (a fresh fish soaked in coconut milk, marinated in lemon juice and spices); grilled mahi mahi fish (a fish found in deepwater either grilled or pan-fried); rourou (a dish made from taro leaves cooked in coconut milk and served with fish); Cassava chips ( made from the root of a local, starchy vegetable).
Best restaurants in Fiji: Bonefish Seafood Restaurant (Nadi), Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant (Denarau Island), Saffron Tandoori Restaurant Fiji (Suva), Tu’s Place (Nadi), Sentai Seafood Restaurant (Nadi), Lulu Bar Restaurant and Cafe (Denarau Island), Eden Bistro & Bar (Suva) etc.
12. Walk through the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
One of the best things to do in Fiji and a best kept horticulture secret of Fiji, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is home to 30-40 varieties of Asian orchids. You can easily spend a day walking on the canopy-covered boardwalk through the landscaped lawns, seeing the calm lily ponds, and listening to the croaking frogs.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant timing: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Sunday
Garden of the Sleeping Giant entry fee: INR 520