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Best places to stay in Fiji 2018 [best island for couples or families]


Last updated on October 7th, 2018 at 03:33 pm

Finally the ticket is booked for this amazing and idyllic destination. Now the next question comes: where to stay in Fiji? Or even better what is the best island in Fiji?

Let me say that the answer is not that easy and it mostly depends on the activities you are planning to do. I have actually organised a Fiji islands map (see below) that will help already a lot.

So, why finding an accommodation in Fiji can stress you out?

Because Fiji is not just one island. Itโ€™s actually an archipelago of islands, quite widespread too.

Add the fact that many resorts in Fiji are more catered for couples, sometimes even adult only, meanwhile others for family.

Then there are also resorts that try to mix both, offering areas for kids and areas for adults only, giving more privacy and quiet time.

In some cases, you may need an aeroplane from the main airport, in Nadi, to your island resort, or maybe just a boat will do the job.

Sometimes flights come as part of the full package deal, which may save you some bucks however you may be limited with the days you can fly.

And obviously Fiji is one of the most agonised destinations for a honeymoon, and for a good reason, spectacular sunsets, amazing beaches and unreal blue water.

But let me tell you that itโ€™s not always like that, in fact, the majority of the resorts have not actually a great beach, and you may end up disappointed

Another day in paradise - Fiji

Another day in paradise – Fiji

Before travelling to Fiji I suggest to also give a look to the free newspaper The Fiji Times. You can read through the trending stories on the right side and read more about the local lifestyle and the special events.

Letโ€™s now have a look on how the archipelago could be subdivided.

Best islands in Fiji to stay [with a map]

You will most likely arrive at the Nadi airport, on the west coast of the main island called Viti Levu.

Nadi has the biggest international airport, however, it is not the capital of the island.

If you are unsure on whether or not to visit Nadi then I may suggest to skip it all together and certainly it is not the best place to stay in Fiji ๐Ÿ™‚

Why?

Because it is a town that grew up in the last few years without a real soul, just thanks to the main growing airport. You can drive it through without even paying attention to it.  Just a few shops and eateries.

I have organised the map below with the best islands to stay in Fiji grouped in 7 areas.

This is not to say that what you see in this Fiji islands map is the best in the archipelago.

I see it as a starting point. If you plan to spend many weeks or a full season, then I suggest exploring the more remote islands and corners of this unique country.

Map of the best islands in Fiji to stay

Map of the best islands in Fiji to stay

  • Yasawa Islandsremote and unique beaches. You may recognize a few of them as they have been used for many film sets (“The blue lagoon”, probably one of the most famous movies, was filmed here). Access is by seaplane (quicker) or boat. In this archipelago, you are very likely to find the typical Fiji island resort you have seen in many postcards.
  • Mamuca Islands: closer to the main island and a short boat trip from Denarau. These islands, being closer to Nadi, are more touristic than the Yasawa Islands. Still beautiful beaches and turquoise water as in Mana Island
  • Denarau island: a man-made island with some major resorts (Sheraton, Radisson, Hilton etc) and facilities. It is a becoming a popular destination as the location is minutes from the Nadi airport. From here you can also catch the ferry to the Yasawa and Mamuca islands. Unfortunately, you will not find here the postcard’s beaches
  • Viti Levu South-West: the great advantage of this area is that it is quite close to the airport however far enough to avoid the noise and pollution of it. I found here one of favourite Fiji beaches located in Sanasana. However, the rest of the coast is not as amazing
  • Viti Levu South-East: I would not personally suggest this part of the island for the beaches. It’s more for activities, adrenaline-addicted and nature lovers (waterfalls and trekking). Suva, the capital of Fiji, is not a must-visit destination, however, few hours can be interesting. It tends to rain more on this part of the island.
  • Taveuni Island: very remote, reachable with a 1 hour flight from Nadi. It is the green hub of Fiji. Think marvellous trekking in the jungle, unique waterfalls and pristine beaches too. Surely not a place to get bored.
  • Vanua Levu, second biggest island after Viti Levu. A good destination if you are after the local Fiji lifestyle, very relaxed. It is one hour flight from Nadi and it is suggested for a second or third trip to Fiji, in case you are looking for new unexplored parts of Fiji

The macro areas above cover only a part of Fiji. There are so many islands that would require months of exploration.

Typical sunset in the Fiji

Typical sunset in the Fiji

I personally suggest to read this post as it is written, however, if you have only another 2 minutes spare you can jump straight to these two sessions at the end of the article:

  • Best islands in Fiji for couples: if you are looking for a resort, possibly adults only, to relax, recharge and spend some romantic time with your partner
  • Best island in Fiji for families: if you after a resort to cater the whole family, possibly have a kids club to leave the children and have some time off with the partner, two swimming pools (kids and adults) and a safe beach to play

Yasawa islands, resorts and transfers

Here you can find some of the most spectacular beaches of Fiji, and probably the world. Think white sand and blue turquoise water.

The Yasawa are a volcanic archipelago of around 20 islands of which 12 are occupied by 25-30 resorts. You have a vast choice that goes from secluded accommodation to a bed in a dorm room.

A good number of Yasawa islands resorts are dedicated to backpackers and flashpackers. However new luxurious accommodations are coming up with bungalows that can cost as much as $2000/night.

Moreover, here you can find also a few of the best Fiji adults only all inclusive resorts. The Yasawa Island Resort I talk later about is a great example.

Activities are pretty limited and, as you may expect, sunbathing is the most popular one. However, you can also get busy with some snorkelling or scuba diving. The price of a PADI Open Water is actually cheaper than in most Western countries.

Every island has also some trekking to offer, usually a small climb to the top of the hill (up to 600m high), nothing really demanding however it usually gives a great lookout point to the Yasawa islands.

The Sawa-i-lau caves are one of the major attractions. Part of the movie “The blue lagoon” was filmed here. It’s a good half day excursion.

If you are after some surfing then you probably need to think about another destination (Tavarua in the Mamanuca islands is the closest spot)

Transportation to the Yasawa islands can be booked through the resort or on your own. The small direct internal seaplanes and the helicopters are the quickest options, however also the most expensive one. You can check the Pacific Island Air for more information on cost and time

Amazing reef off the Fiji islands

Amazing reef off the Fiji islands

The alternative, and equally scenic, is the Yasawa flyer, a ferry that leaves Denarau harbour at 8:30am and navigates through the archipelago. The trip can take from 2 to 6 hours, based on which island of the archipelago you book your resort.

The great thing of the ferry is that you will see all of the islands, beaches and small harbors around. I like to call it an “open mouth” experience. The Yasawa island are so beautiful that it’s hard not to get impressed.

The ticket price is not cheap however if you plan to visit 2 or more islands (aren’t you ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) then the Bula Pass, valid from 5 to 15 days, is an economical alternative to the single ticket.

When you book your accommodation keep in mind that some of the resorts offer an all inclusive package meanwhile others don’t (as in most of Fiji). There are no restaurants as such on the Yasawa islands, if not just the ones of the resorts. It is therefore usually more convenient to buy the all inclusive package than every single meal.

The great advantage of the Yasawa islands is the remoteness. Much less tourism than in most of Fiji. Perfect if you are planning one or two weeks in islands hopping.

The Yasawa Island resort & spa has been up and running for almost 30 years. It’s located in one of the remotest islands and most definitely one of the best Fiji adults only all inclusive resorts. It’s the perfect location for couples looking for privacy and/or honeymooners. The flight with the seaplane offers an amazing view. You can also arrive by boat, however, budget in a 6 hours trip. Just imagine yourself in your room in a private bungalows facing the beautiful beach

Check availability at the Yasawa Island

Yasawa Island resort & spa

Yasawa Island resort & spa

The Mantaray Island Resort is more of a backpacker, or flashpacker, experience. The reef is to die for and the accommodation price can be really on the cheap side, if you want (a bed in a dormitory room). Food could be improved though. In saying that the reef around the island is unreal, think of an aquarium. 

Check the great price at Mantaray

Snorkelling at the Mantaray Island Resort

Snorkelling at the Mantaray Island Resort

Mamanuca Islands, the castaway experience

Being so close to Nadi (through the Denarau harbour), the Mamanuca Islands are a great destination for a multi-day stay as well as for a single day one.

The close vicinity to Viti Levu is surely part of its touristic success however it has to be said that the Mamanuca islands are truly beautiful. Expect blue water, palms and a volcanic scenery.

The Monuriki island was used for several months to film the famous movie “Cast Away” starring Tom Hanks. Other islands are regularly used by the American Edition of the Survivor TV show.

Expect more tourism than in the Yasawa islands, however, do not think it will be crowded, just you will not be alone at the beach ๐Ÿ˜‰

Attractions are similar to the Yasawa islands, from trekking to snorkelling, from scuba diving to sunbathing.

There is, however, a big plus of these islands, if you are into surfing. It’s called Cloudbreak and it is rated as one of the best ten surfing spots in the world, located just off Namotu Island, a tiny island quite close to Viti Levu, just 15 minutes by longboat

South Sea Cruises can quickly take you from the Denarau marina to any of the islands you want, even for a day trip. You can check the timetable here.  It is a quick trip, usually one hour or so.

The great advantage of the Mamanuca islands is the easy and quick access. This makes it a perfect destination if you have only 2-3 spare days to visit a small island and you do not want to waste time on the trip to Yasawa

The Malolo Island Resort is a perfect solution for everyone, from couples to families. It has multiple swimming pool and restaurants, including a adults only option. It has a fabulous private white beach and if you are travelling with small children then the kids club may give you a nice break. All these reasons make this resort very popular.

Check availability at the Malolo

Malolo Island Resort

Malolo Island Resort

The Mana Island Fiji Resort is another great option, especially if you are after a hotel that has a kids club. The beach is so safe too, Basically a paradise. This is the perfect place for families with small kids that would like also to take some romantic time off.

Check availability at Mana Island

Mana Island Fiji Resort

Mana Island Fiji Resort

Another place I like to mention is the Tokoriki Island Resort. This hotel is well renowned for some of the best Fiji holiday packages for couples (highly suggested for honeymoons).

Check availability at the Tokoriki

Tokoriki Resort for adults only

Tokoriki Resort for adults only

Denarau Island, hotels and things to do

Denarau island is not actually……an island, as such. You do not need a boat to access it. It’s a short 10 minutes drive from the Nadi Airport through a causeway.

It’s a man made island with an 18-hole championship golf course right in the center and a plethora of resorts around.

Now the bad news, you do not come here for the beaches, which are average. It’s more for the provided facilities, as amazing pools, great restaurants and the access to so many activities that you can do every day something different.

From the Denarau Marina you can easily visit any of the Mamanuca islands on a day trip beside taking a 4 hours or full day fishing charter.

Beautiful swimming pool in a local resort

Beautiful swimming pool in a Denaru resort

The Tivua full day sailing trip is one of the most popular activity as well as the sunset cruise, also leaving from the Denarau Marina.

Other things to do include

  • skydiving
  • snorkelling
  • scuba diving
  • cooking school
  • visits to local villages
  • SPA time
  • kitesurfing and surfing daily trips
  • zip line (across the jungle over Nadi)
  • expos and festivals
  • clubbing at the Hard Rock Cafe

just to mention the most famous attractions.

The great advantage of the Denarau island is the vicinity to the airport (just 10 minutes drive), access to some of the best resorts and restaurants in Fiji, with all the connected facilities as swimming pools and golf course. Unfortunately, you will not find the beaches you may have dreamed of.

The Sheraton Denarau Villas is one of the most elegant and exclusive resorts in Denaru. A real dream come true with a lovely infinity pool facing the open sea. There is also a kids club which comes very handy for a few hours of family relax.

Check prices at the Sheraton

Sheraton Denarau Villas

Sheraton Denarau Villas

Another great alternative is the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa. It’s a great value choice with a beautiful beach view too. Highly recommended for families. There is also an adult only restaurant. It is walking distance to the Denaru port area (Hard Rock Cafe etc).

Beast deals at the Hilton

Beach at the Hilton Resort

Beach at the Hilton Resort

Viti Levu South-West and the secret bay

Once you leave the Nadi airport and you drive south you will see on your way a multitude of resorts.

They all offer a different kind of service, mostly based on how much you pay. However they all have one thing in common, the average beach,

When I say average do not think a bad beach. It’s more of a normal beach that you can find anywhere in the world. It’s not the beach you are used to dream about Fiji.

Like in Denarau islands all these resorts have access to similar activities, although you need to budget in the short trip to the Denarau harbour.

If staying in this area, plan a walk in the never-ending Sigatoka Sand Dunes and a visit to the Sigatoka local market, the most important one in Fiji.

In my last trip I found a bay in Sanasana that is quite amazing; in fact, the beach, called Natadola, is rated as one of the best in the world, and for a good reason.

Natadola beach offers all you need in meters

  • great easy surfing 20 meters from the beach
  • snorkelling a stone away
  • scuba diving in 5 minutes by boat
  • a beautiful and easy beach with turquoise water
  • an easy to access reef with plenty of clownfish

basically a microcosmos, an oasis.

I so loved my time there.

The great advantage of the south-west part of Viti Levu is the easy access, unfortunately, the beaches are not to die for unless you stay in Natadola beach, a small heaven on the coast.

Here I suggest the amazing InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, most definitely one of my favourite resorts in all of Fiji. Located on the main island with an easy access from/to the airport, the InterContinental offers all you search for in Fiji. Amazing beach, great snorkelling, scuba diving 5 minutes by boat, easy surfing break 2 minutes from the resort, pools for kids and adults only. Multiple great food options and a friendly service. Great resort for both couples and families.

Check availability at InterContinental

Viti Levu South-East and the capital Suva

This side of Viti Levu is a great area to stay if you are a bit of adrenaline and nature addicted. Unfortunately the beach is not to call home about.

I stayed in Pacific Harbour and I had a great time there. Renting a car makes the life so much easier though.

The most famous attraction is probably the dive with the shark, just off Beqa Island, almost in front of Pacific Harbour.

White-water rafting is also a popular activity which becomes really wild and challenging at the end of the raining season, around April.

You can join trips to waterfalls (around $60-100) or organise your owns. One of my favorites is Solo-I-Suva (the actual location is on Princess Road, see link here, and not where it is originally suggested by Google Map). Admission is $2.50 and should be paid at the Park office, 200 meters from the entrance. Head to the bottom waterfall, the most spectacular one where you swing with ropes.

The Zip-Line half day tour is also very popular. This is a park in a canyon where you can “fly” between trees and mountains, 20 meters in the air, using giant zip-lines.

A visit to Suva, Fiji capital, is not mandatory. It’s a nice town however I felt it was missing a bit of character. To be organised on a morning when you have nothing else to do. Thurston Garden should be in your bucket list once there. I would not personally book an hotel in Suva, unless you are there for business.

The great advantage of the south-east part of Viti Levu is the easy access to arguably some of the most exciting activities in Fiji. The beach however is not the main attraction.

Suva city

Taveuni Island, the garden of Fiji

Taveuni Island is the eco-destination of Fiji. Hotels are rare and it’s more of an adventure in a jungle with beautiful beaches than a resort experience.

This island has some of the most exciting trekking in Fiji, in the lush jungle and between waterfalls where you can have a swim and relax.

Not to mention the abundant wildlife scene which makes Taveuni the place to be for bird watching.

The beachside is magnificent too, with fabulous snorkelling and top-notch diving, as in Eel Reef and the Great White Wall.

Lake Tagimaucia is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Why? Well, where can you find a lake in a volcanic crater at 800 meters of altitude? Unique

Waterfalls fun in Fiji

Waterfalls fun in Fiji

The Tavoro Falls on the east coast are as easy to reach as beautiful to enjoy. The first fall is minutes away from the parking area. For the other two you need some trekking (do not give up as they are both spectacular). Swimming in them is paramount. There is an entrance fee of around $25.

The Bouma National Heritage Park has plenty of trekking opportunities as the walk to the Wanibau Falls, around 2 hours.

The great advantage of Taveuni Island is the isolation, nature and great diving. You have however to budget in an extra hour flight from Nadi. The island tends to get more rain than the rest of the region.

The Taveuni Island Resort & Spa is one of the most exceptional resorts in Fiji. It has been rated with a 10 out of 10 in Booking.com, and for a good reason. It’s the representation of a paradise. Best snorkelling right in front of the resort, amazing rooms and facilities. Easy access to so many waterfalls and walks. A dream come true. Perfect for a honeymoon.

Check availability at the Taveuni resort

Taveuni Island Resort & Spa

Taveuni Island Resort & Spa

Vanua Levu, back to the old traditions

Vanua Levu is the second biggest island in Fiji. It’s not as touristic as Viti Levu and this is probably the main attraction and reason to visit it. It’s Fiji 70 years ago with not as many hotels and still living of agriculture.

The main centre for travellers is Savusavu and from there it is possible to move around and/or plan local excursions. The Savusavu bay is already by itself so beautiful, as well as the natural hot spring scattered all around the town (free to access, they are everywhere, you may check this one).

Rent a car and have a drive on the Hibiscus Highway, between the beautiful green-turquoise sea and the lush plantations of coconuts. This is another spectacular and unique road in the world.

You can organise, through your resort, trekking and hikes to some amazing waterfalls through the deep jungle.

Food is mostly Indian. The anomaly is Savusavu Wok, more Chinese style and great flavours

The great advantage of Valua Levu is the remoteness and laid-back way of living. It’s only one hour flight from Nadi, however, it’s like travelling in a Fiji time machine. Friendly and relaxed people always ready to help out. The drawback is the lack of a tourism infrastructure, in case you are looking for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just be aware that the room availability may be scarce, especially in high season. Book well in advance

Best island in Fiji for couples – 3 top suggestions

It is really hard to pick a single one as it really depends on what you are looking for.

In this respect, let me give you 3 suggestions for the best islands in Fiji for couples based on activities and lifestyle

  • if you are after some beach time as well as activities like jungle trekking, walking to waterfalls, snorkeling and possibly some diving then I feel like the best place to stay in Fiji for couples is Taveuni Island. It has the lot, really. Plan at least a 5 days stay, possibly even 7. That will give you enough time to explore the beautiful island and enjoy the amazing beaches. Here I suggest the Maravu Taveuni Lodge (great price) or the Taveuni Island Resort & Spa (luxurious resort). They both organise daily trips to amazing places

Check price at Maravu Lodge   Availability at Taveuni Resort & Spa

  • if you are after a romantic stay to enjoy the beach, the sunsets and possibly some fine dining then the Yasawa islands are the best bet. You have a wide choice of resorts too, from flashpacker style to luxurious one. Buy a Bula Pass and visit 2 or 3 islands. I suggest here a stay at the Yasawa Island resort & spa (adults only)

Check availability at the Yasawa Island

  • if you are looking for a resort lifestyle with some nightlife too then Denarau Island. There are so many facilities here, including some famous bars like the Hard Rock Cafe. Fine dining and easy access to the Mamanuca islands. Try to book at The Terraces, beautiful resort overlooking the golf course and 5 minutes walking from the bars and restaurants area of Port Denarau

Best price at The Terraces

If you have still a question on where to stay in Fiji for couples which I was not able to cover, please feel free to add a comment below. I usually answer within a day (if I am not travelling myself in areas not covered by internet)

Best place to stay in Fiji for families – 2 great choices

I came to learn myself how travelling with family and kids is a different thing all together LOL

My choice for the best island in Fiji for families goes to:

  • Mamanuca islands if you are looking for a great beach and beautiful sea. You just want to pass some time playing with the kids in the sand. And if kids are a bit older there is always the surfing options (although quite a challenging one). Access is easy too, 1-2 hours of navigation from the Denarau Marina. The perfect place here is the Castaway Island, great service, really friendly with kids, and even a wood fire pizza oven which makes amazing meals.

Check price at the Castaway Island

  • Viti Levu if you are more after a resort experience, especially with small kids and babies. Easy shallow swimming pool and possibly kids clubs to have some time off. Here I suggest staying in Natadola, at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, because it has also a great beach for postcards, with turquoise water and some very easy surfing (longboards and beginners) to entertain the all family even with grown-up kids.

Check availability at InterContinental

On either Mamanuca or Viti Levu you will most likely find the island to stay in Fiji with family, an experience to remember for a long while

Moving around Fiji

Nadi airport is the main gateway into the country. Almost all of the international flights arrive here.

If you have already booked your resort, you have been probably already offered the local transportation from/to the resort as part of the package. I would personally suggest to take it before you arrive. Just so much easier in that way.

If you plan to visit Viti Levu than you have two possibilities:

  • rent a car
  • use public transportation, buses

View to the green Fiji from the top

I personally prefer to rent a car and move around at my own pace. Hotels can be far away from the main attractions and honestly, the roads in Viti Levu are absolutely fine. Few bumps here and there but nothing dramatic. Just follow the speed limit and pay attention to the road, as you would do in any other country.

Local people drive very carefully too. I have never seen any crazy driving around (maybe I was just lucky LOL)

There are a few local operators where you can book a car. I have been using CarRentals.com for a few years now. This is an Expedia owned website that compares prices from over 30 rental companies. I always had better deals this way.

Fiji Airways is the best bet to fly between the main islands. Nadi is currently connected to both Savusavu and Labasa in the Vanua Levu island, and to Taveuni Island too. Northern Air is the alternative, however, the flights tend to be much smaller.

Seaplanes are available to access other small islands as the Yasawa. Turtle Airways and Pacific Island Airways cover these areas.

Buy a Bula Pass if you are planning to go islands hopping, so much cheaper than buying single tickets

Best time to visit Fiji

The raining season is usually between October/November to April/May while the dry season is between May and October.

I guess the main issue with the raining season is the cyclones. I just got stranded in March with a category 1 which lasted only 3 days but it was almost never-ending heavy rain and wind.

May and June are probably the best months as tourism is not at its peak, the temperature is pleasant and waterfalls are still fully loaded.

July and August tend to be the busiest months. This is not to say they should be avoided. Just book well in advance to avoid surprises.


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    • Short stay in Fiji
    • November 8, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Stefanie,
    I am 62 and would be traveling to Fiji with my wife, on a short trip of 3-4 days, from Sydney during my stay of 5 weeks with my daughter, who is residing in Melbourne.
    The purpose is to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island and particularly the beaches without venturing into sea sports activities, having done the same at other locations like Male, Mauritius etc.
    We would arrive at Nadi and have been planning to visit Fiji in first week of May, 2019
    Request you to guide us where to stay and explore Fiji as much as possible, of course with economy.
    Thanks n regards
    Surendra Chelawat

    • Reply

      Hi Surendra,
      sure you will enjoy your vacation. Great month to visit Fiji!!

      If you want to enjoy every single moment without taking any ferry to the small islands then stay in the main island, Viti Levu. My favourite option, in this case, is the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. It has a bit of everything, beautiful resort with an amazing beach, incredible sea, an area for adults only (swimming pool and restaurants).

      Alternatively, I would suggest staying in the Mamanuca Archipelago. My favourite is the Malolo island, close to the mainland (1.5 hours by boat from Viti Levu), big enough to have some nice walks, great beaches and the possibility to explore other nearby islands (as the Castaway island). You may check the Malolo Resort, great for everything really. An alternative is the Tropica Island Resort if you prefer an adult only resort.

      Enjoy your trip, sure it will be a memorable one!!

    • Is February a good month to visit Fiji? - Akshat Aggarwal
    • October 25, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks for the advice. I wanted to go diving and enjoy a private island in Fiji. Is the Intercontinental as good as a private island with regards to the beach and marine life?
    Also, I haven’t booked anything. Is it advisable to spend my bucks planning a trip to Fiji in February or should I avoid it altogether?

    • Reply

      Hi Akshat,
      The Intercontinental is as good as a private island in my opinion.
      February is a tricky month. Together with March has the heaviest rains of the year (300mm/month). I was there actually last March and out of 10 days I had 4 full sunny days, 4 days with sunny morning and rain developing in the afternoon and 2 days cloudy with some little rain. Always warm, around 30 degrees
      If I could choose then I would fly to Fiji in the June-August period when the expected rain is a sixth of February.
      Enjoy!!
      Cheers

    • 3 nights honeymoon in Fiji, Akshat Aggarwal
    • October 25, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Stefano
    Thank you so much for the comprehensively written guide. It has been a great help. I plan to visit Fiji for my honeymoon in February next year. I have a budget of not more than 700-800 FJD per night and plan to stay for 3 nights. I want the postcard beach with lots of marine life and clear blue waters. I also want to do diving and whale watching (if it happens in Fiji). Kindly suggest the best options for me. Thanks again for the wonderful guide!

    • Reply

      Hi Akshat,
      for 3 nights I would suggest staying on the main island. My favourite option, in this case, is the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. Beautiful beach, snorkelling and diving are 10 minutes from the resort and the reef is just amazing, a real dream destination. You can have a cocktail on the VIP area on the hill, a romantic dinner at the adults only restaurant and some relaxing time at the adults only pool.

      Alternatively, you could try the Malolo Island Resort, a lovely place, an amazing romantic option, however, keep in mind that in February you can experience rain and possibly a stormy week (it’s rainy season). If that is the case, you may have problems in reaching out the island or come back, which may turn a honeymoon to a bit of a nightmare time.

      Personally, I would stay on the main island and the InterContinental is a great option, to remember for a long while.

      Unfortunately, the whale “season” is from June to October.

      Enjoy your honeymoon

    • Best islandin Fiji for young (25 y.o.) travelling alone
    • October 14, 2018
    Reply

    Hi I’m a 25 years old who is travelling alone in late November. I like adventure — but will just be coming from a nature/adrenaline trip in Queenstown. I have 5 days and want beautiful beaches, remote/unique experience. Don’t needs something too touristic, ideally $50-150 per night if there is something pricier I’m open.

    Want something relaxing/beautiful ETC.

    • Reply

      Hi Allegra,
      you have two options, based on the time of the day you land/depart to/from the airport.

      If you have just 4 full day I would personally stay in the Mamanuca islands. The main reason is the transportation time. These are the closest islands to the airports for a remote/relaxing experience. There is a boat that will take you to all of the islands in 1 or 2 hours (based which one you choose).
      I can suggest here a couple of options for your budget:
      Beachcomber Island Resort: simple bures in a small heaven
      Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort: more backpacker place, still well organised
      Keep in mind that Fiji is not as cheap and food can be quite expensive for what you get.
      If you have more time you may also think to go to the Yasawa islands (more remote and idyllic). Just keep in mind you need 4.5 hours to go there (there is a ferry from Denarau around 8:30am, you can check here the schedule and buy the ticket).
      A great place to stay is the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, on top of your budget but absolutely a great experience. Really unique
      Enjoy your break!!

  1. Hi Stefano,
    Your article is so helpful and full of vital information. My adult family of 7, ages from 22 to 52 years old are planning to go to Fiji in June for just over 2 weeks. We are adventurous and active, but also want to experience the Fijian way of life along with the native food. I was wondering which islands would be best and what do you think about renting a stand alone home instead of staying in a resort?
    Thank you,
    Eva

    • Reply

      Hi Eva,
      that will be a big incredible trip. June is also a great month to be there.
      If you are after an active vacation then you should think about spending a week in the Taveuni Island. Absolutely a unique experience. Walks, trekking, waterfalls and amazing beaches, almost unspoiled.
      Home or resort? It’s a different kind of holiday. I personally tried both in Fiji. I guess with a home you have more freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want but you need to organise your food etc. With the resort you just show up and eat. They clean the room etc. I guess two kinds of vacations. I was happy with my home experiences. There was only one thing I noticed, the high smell, and sometime presence (damp), of humidity, I guess due to the fact the owners keep the place open only for customers and not on a daily basis as the resorts do.
      If you decide on Taveuni have a look to the Maravu Taveuni Lodge. You could get a villa or a bure, it’s a solution that is in the middle between a real resort and a home. It’s also catered for a young crowd so it can be fun for everyone. But again, both solution have the own benefits and drawbacks.
      Pacific Harbour is also another destination you may want to investigate. It’s the so-called Adrenaline Capital of Fiji. I was there in April this year. There are actually a few amazing activities to keep you busy like water rafting, zip lines etc. The beach, however, is not the best.
      On that occasion, I rented a house and it was a good experience, although the location was not great, too far away from the restaurant areas. You may have a look to this house instead. It’s right next to the bars/restaurants (3 of them), still very quiet I believe.
      As I said, I would not go to Pacific Harbour for the beach (nothing special). If you can, rent a car. It makes things much easier.
      Have a great trip!!

    • Teresa Olson - Where to stay in Fiji in February
    • October 6, 2018
    Reply

    Greetings! I enjoyed reading your information. I am a 65 year young wido who will visit Fiji February 8-13 th on my way to Australia. I think I picked a bad weather time to come? Where would you suggest to stay? From what I read I am thinking Natadola Beach? I would like to see or visit some other islands and do waterfalls, etc.
    Thank you for your advice.

    • Reply

      Hi Teresa,
      the weather in Fiji is usually nice and warm. In February you will be more likely to have rain, especially in the afternoon. The east side is more likely to have rain, even the all day. But that’s when the waterfalls are truly magnificent.
      In saying that you may be also lucky I was last March there (beginning of the month) and every single day was sunny (except the last 2). My day trip to a few waterfalls in the east was however wet (expected).
      If you are planning some trekking and waterfalls then Natadola Beach is the best in my opinion. Besides the beautiful location and resort, you have easy access (<1 hour) to a few walks and waterfalls. There is also an island just in front of the resort that you can literally swim there or take a kayak or just a lift. Amazing snorkelling on the ocean side (they organise half day trips). It's a tiny island. You can see a couple of videos here and here.
      If you plan to visit different islands (like day trips) then I suggest staying more in the Mamanuca Archipelago. From there you can take a 1 hour boat and move around. You can base yourself in one island and plan 2 or 3 day trips. My suggestion goes to the Malolo island, close to the mainland (1.5 hours by boat from Viti Levu), quite a big island, perfect for a walk, and close to other interesting islands (as the Castaway island).
      You may have a look to the Malolo Resort, great for everything really. An alternative is the Tropica Island Resort if you prefer an adult only resort.
      You can have a look at the Bula Pass for multiple-day boat ticket.
      The drawback of the islands is the lack of real waterfalls.
      If you want to have all then the Taveuni Island works great but you will be very likely to have rain in most parts of your 5 days, if not all. It’s the garden island, and for a good reason, lots of rain, especially in Jan-Feb-Mar.
      I hope I was able to help
      Enjoy your trip!!

    • where to stay in Fiji for some fishing too -Ann
    • October 2, 2018
    Reply

    Hoping to visit Fiji August 19

    Husband keen fisherman. Maybe do two islands.

    Which ones best for fishing?

    • Reply

      Hi Ann, I am sure your husband will love Fiji. There are some great opportunities there.
      The easiest option is to stay in the Mamanuca islands. There are many places of course, however, a few are more organised to host fishermen with day trips.
      I suggest to stay in these two islands/resorts:
      Namotu Island (Resort) more organised for fishing
      Castaway Island (Resort) better island and resort. This is where they filmed Castaway with Tom Hanks
      I would spend more time in Castaway unless fishing has the priority.
      I hope I was able to help
      Cheers

    • Fiji at Christmas, what about the weather
    • September 16, 2018
    Reply

    Great article and very helpful! Thanks! Planning to go during Christmas break, do you think it will be raining much?

    • Reply

      No worries,
      the rainy season is between January and March. That is when you will be very likely to experience rain. In saying that, unless it is a storm, you may have sunny mornings changing to rainy days around lunch time.
      December, as well as April, are shoulder months when usually there is more sun than rain.
      My 2c here is to stay on the west coast of Viti Levu (Fiji main island), close to Nadi. The east coast tends to have much more rain.
      I would personally suggest the Mamanuca area. They are close to the main island enough (just to avoid an uncomfortable ferry trip in case of bad sea conditions) and usually with better weather than Viti Levu itself.
      In saying that, the weather is nowadays quite unpredictable. So it’s hard to give any suggestion if just not probabilities.
      I was last March in Fiji, for 10 days, and I had 7 of them with sun and 3 with rain. Still, I was able to go to the swimming pool with the kid as the temperature was quite warm even in the rain
      I hope I was able to help out.
      Enjoy your trip!!

    • Anu, best place to stay in Fiji with a kid in January
    • August 24, 2018
    Reply

    HEllo

    Very helpful blog!

    We are planning to visit end of Jan next year for a week (we have a 3 year old with us). What would you suggest where to stay and what to see around!

      • Stef
      • August 24, 2018
      Reply

      Many thanks Anu, really appreciated
      I was in Fiji in April with my little kid, turned now 4. I had such a great time. Fantastic
      The weather in January can be a bit challenging (as it was during my last trip in April btw). You may experience some rain (usually in the afternoon) and possibly stormy weather. Although I love the small islands of Mamanuca and Yasawa I would personally not go there, and not recommend them. The sea can be pretty tough as well.
      In my last trip, I decided to stay on the main island, Viti Levu. I played safe and I was right, considering the rain I experienced in the last 2 days.
      My personal recommendation goes to Natadola Beach and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. The beach and the bay are rated in the top-10 in the world. They have a kids club and a fantastic kids pool. At the same time they have many adults-only areas, the perfect world to gain back some time with my partner. Awesome place for both couples and families that also want to spend some private time without kids.
      I was also in another resort called DoubleTree Resort by Hilton. They advertise themselves as located in an island (Sonaisali Island) but really it’s just an extension of Viti Levu. The people working there were awesome. The place was ok. They have a nice pool but basically no beach, which is essential in Fiji I think.
      If you are after a nice beach, besides Natadola Beach, you may look at the Plantation Island Resort in the Mamanuca. Beautiful lagoon and family oriented resort. You need to take a ferry, but it’s probably the closest island of the Mamanuca with just 1 hour navigation. It’s also cheaper too and it has that typical Fiji feeling you expect from it.
      If you stay in the mainland, Viti Levu, you will have many more activities than staying on a small island (mostly aquatic sports). This is something you may want to consider.
      I hope I was able to help
      Enjoy your trip

    • Holly - best place for couples in Fiji close to the airport
    • August 20, 2018
    Reply

    Hi, great article. I am going to Fiji for 7 nights in October and don’t want to make any internal flights after arriving in Nadi so will remain on the mainland. Based on this, what area would you recommend for a couple?
    Thanks!

      • Stef
      • August 20, 2018
      Reply

      If you want to stay in Viti Levu (main island) than Natadola beach is my top place to be. There are a couple of resorts. My favourite is the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa. I was there in April this year with my partner and I had a blast. I loved the many things organised by the resorts (snorkelling and diving just minutes away, surfing in front of the beach, amazing water, horseback riding and so many interesting excursions). Still there are also places to relax like the adults-only infinity pool facing the beach, the drinks time up in the hill, the adults-only restaurant choice, luxury spa and wellness centre, golf etc etc I could not ask for more. I had a great week.
      The alternative could be to take a ferry from Denarau harbour and in 1 or 2 hours you will be at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort, one of the most beautiful lagoons in Fiji. The ferry departs three times daily at 9.00am and 12.15 (2 hrs via other islands), and 3.15pm (55 min direct to Likuliku), which makes it an easy and enjoyable trip too. Once you see the resort photos I am sure you are gonna love it. It’s adults only, and so romantic.
      I hope I was able to help out
      Enjoy the heaven
      Cheers

    • Linda
    • August 13, 2018
    Reply

    Hi Stefano, thank you so much for the great guide, really appreciated.
    I am on an around the world trip and I am planning to be in Fiji for 4-5 days. What do you think it is the best place to stay in Fiji for such a short time?

      • Stef
      • August 13, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Linda,
      I am sure you will enjoy this heaven, even if you are on a short stay.
      In my opinion, the best island in Fiji for you should be in the Mamanuca area. The main reason is the proximity to the airport, therefore no much time spent on transfers.
      The Castaway Island is an option as well as the Matamanoa Island. Have a look at my suggested resorts up in the post. Difficult to suggest any as I am not sure if you travel as a couple, family or single and what is your budget.
      Cheers

    • Zuzana
    • August 11, 2018
    Reply

    This is very useful and most comprehensive article on Fiji I found. Thank you, it helped me a lot.

      • Stef
      • August 13, 2018
      Reply

      No worries Zuzana, enjoy this beautiful paradise!!

    • Richard
    • August 8, 2018
    Reply

    Great content. I will have 2 weeks in Fiji in December and I was wondering where to stay.
    I understand what are the best islands in Fiji but I don’t want to stay in 2 or 3 of them that look too similar.
    Which area would you suggest to stay, maybe 2, max 3 places

    • Reply

      Hey Richard,
      I understand your point. If you stay for 2 weeks you may want to organise your trip in this way:
      – week 1: book in a resort either in Mamanuca or Yasawa islands. Yasawa tends to be more remote and therefore more dreamy I think
      – week 2: explore Taveuni Island, the garden island. imagine waterfalls, great trekking and lonely beaches. So different from any other place in Fiji
      I hope I was able to help
      Cheers

    • Great Fiji places. Thanks
    • June 7, 2018
    Reply

    Wooow, what a beautiful place for honeymoon trip, i never know about this such a wonderful places if i have not seen your post.

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