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Being an archipelago of over 300 islands, Fiji has a lot to offer any tourist. From those interested in its cultural heritage to those who want to lap up its famous beaches, this Pacific country attracts a lot of travellers to its shores.
Since there’s so much to do we thought we’d make life a little bit easier by creating a handy guide to the best things to do in Fiji. We’ve included hikes to the island’s interior, visiting local schools and checking out its nightlife, so there’s something for everyone.
So what are you waiting for? See what Fiji has to offer you below…
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A holiday to Fiji is already going to be fun. But throw in some amazing activities, incredible scenery and a whole lot of culture to soak up, and you’ve got yourself a whole lot of fun to enjoy in Fiji.
When it comes to fun things to do in Fiji, surely you can’t get any more fun than taking a bath in a mud pool? This trip takes you to see some pretty cool stuff, like mountain views for example, before you get to splash about in the thermal mud baths.
Make a stop at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant where you can walk around the various pathways through the manicured gardens home to hundreds of different types of orchids and native plants. Maybe you’ll wake the giant – who knows?
And then it’s time to slip into the relaxing Sabeto Mud Baths for a good old soak in the minerals-rich mud. After getting completely covered in the bath, rinse yourself clean in the thermal hot spring to feel like a new person.
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Fiji is much more than beaches and beautiful scenery. You can discover its culture for yourself with a tour of its third largest town: Nadi.
Firstly, before you begin, head to a local Chinese cafe for some tea and tasty breakfast. What else?
You’ll get to see part of Fiji’s strong Indian heritage in Nadi. Firstly by visiting Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, a Hindu temple that’s actually the largest in the southern hemisphere. Try out traditional Indian snacks from a ‘bean cart’. They’re a hit with local kids and will be with you, too!
Then head over to Martintar, try fresh coconut juice and chat to locals. What then? Lunch, of course, in a traditional Fijian restaurant. It’s food heavy, but that’s a great way to explore a country’s culture, and also what makes this one of the most fun things to do in Fiji!
Have a fun packed adventure in Fiji and see the island like a bird as you fly across the treetops on a zip line. One of the most amazing and fun things to do in Fiji, you’ll get to try out 16 different zip lines that will give you a completely different view of the island.
Head into the jungle and up the side of the mountain to the top of the huge Vesi trees and the speed your way across 5 kilometres of amazing tropical scenery. You’ll soar over mountain tops and across canyons and see incredible views of the ocean as you go.
Lunch is included if you can stomach it after all of that zipping; there’s also lots of intriguing limestone caves to explore with your professional guide, too.
Being tropical archipelago in the South Pacific, of course, there’s going to be a lot of romantic things to do in Fiji. From hitting the high seas to eating delicious dinners, we’ve sourced activities great for a couples’ getaway.
If you and your partner are looking for romantic things to do in Fiji, we think we’ve found just the ticket. This sunset cruise has just about everything going for it when it comes to making the perfect end to a perfect day in paradise.
You’ll set sail on a three hour cruise aboard a luxury catamaran for a delicious BBQ dinner. What could be tastier than that? You could always opt for lobster instead, for a real taste of luxury if you really want it.
There’s a bar on board too, so you can order drinks to sip as the sun starts to set. And trust us: sunsets don’t get much better than this. The colours here, oranges, reds, purples, all on a huge canvas of uninterrupted horizon will really round up your day.
You can’t go all the way to Fiji with your other half and not take a cruise to the deserted South Sea Island. Step aboard the high-speed catamaran and sail out across the tantalisingly turquoise waters to spend the day together in paradise.
The island is surrounded by crystal clear water, coral reefs that are overflowing with life and magnificent views. Once on the island, you and your other half will be taken care of by a local crew who will make you have the best day possible.
You can spend your time basking in the shallows of the sea, kayaking and snorkelling, as well as eating a delicious beachside barbecue. A day on this island is one of the most romantic things to do in Fiji – you won’t want to leave on the boat at the end!
If you and your partner are all about the outdoors, then you’ll love heading out into the countryside of Fiji for some prime hiking. The drive out to where this particular hike begins is so scenic that it makes for a pretty romantic thing to do in Fiji by itself!
From Nadi, you’ll travel to Lautoka. On the way, your guide will keep you informed with tidbits of local knowledge about the life you witness as you rush by it on four wheels.
The hike itself is for active people, of course, so if you and your partner are all about a spot of trekking, this is for you. Head along a trail that cuts through the jungle: your guide will tell you about useful plants that you never would have looked at twice otherwise.
Lunch in the village of Abaca, a traditional Fijian affair, is not only great for a well deserved, tasty meal, but a chance to learn more about local life in an isolated community.
Things to do in Fiji with kids don’t all have to be about playing on the beach, although that’s a lot of fun. Show your children the real life of Fiji and spend some time immersed in local culture – and see some super stunning scenery, too.
Take a trip away from the comforts of your hotel and enjoy a fun packed day with your family on this tour of top sights around the island.
An easy and laid back way to spend a day in Fiji and packed full of fun things to do for kids, you’ll be shown some interesting local customers along with some stunning beaches too.
Stop off at Veisabasaba Village where you and your family can chat with local and see a traditional kava ceremony take place. Walk around the village and make new friends as you and your children get to see what life is like for people who live there.
After all of the fun at the village, you can cool off in the crystal clear waters of Natadola Beach, play in the sand and sit in the shade of the palms.
There’s nothing children like more than getting a little bit mucky – it’s a fun way for them to spend some time. And since you’re on holiday, why not let them get as messy as they want with a spot of clay making?
That’s right. Fiji’s traditional clay makers, in the valley of Nacava, don’t get a lot of tourists, so getting off the beaten track to see a workshop is going to be a cool experience for you and your family.
It’s one of the best things to do in Fiji with kids since they’ll get to see a side to this island country that goes beyond snorkelling and beaches. The traditional village itself will definitely be an eye-opener.
And, of course, your little ones will get to create their own pottery!
If you’ve had enough of sitting on the sand in the sun, spend a day seeing some of Fiji’s amazing ecology and get to see some local life as well. A fun, enjoyable and educational thing to do in Fiji with kids, this trip will take you along scenic roads to pay a visit to the local school.
Your family can see what it’s like for the children in Fiji to go to school and learn more about their school children’s classes. You’re welcome to bring along some much-needed school supplies to help them out too.
After all the fun making new friends at the local school, you can explore the wooden walkways that meander through the wonder that is the Kula Eco-park.
On a budget, backpacking through the Pacific, or just looking for something to do that won’t cost a penny? There are plenty of free things to do in Fiji that are just on the doorstep of wherever you’re staying.
You’re in a tropical paradise. There’s white sand beaches. Palm trees. Turquoise water. Coral reefs. Going for a little snorkel is one of the best free things to do in Fiji. It’s a no-brainer!
So it’s almost a given that any sandy beach you’ll be able to wade out into the water, don your goggles and dive in. For a start, the water is super clear, so visibility is ace; you’ll be able to see at least a few tropical fish mere feet from where the waves break on the beach.
For some of the best places, get yourself to Navini Island – where there’s a coral paradise just offshore – and Beqa Island and its lagoon, just off Viti Levu.
Fiji is an incredible natural habitat and is home to a hugely diverse array of species of animals. Spend a few hours sat silently among nature and see if you can spot some of the amazing array of birds that live on the islands.
An enjoyable and surprisingly exciting free thing to do in Fiji, bird watching here doesn’t mean spotting the odd sparrow – far from it. Keep quiet long enough and you’ll be in for a chance with catching glimpses of a whole host of brightly coloured birds.
There are some species of birds that are only found in Fiji which makes seeing them even more incredible. Look out for the bright green feathers of the Fiji parrotfinch, the magnificent red of the Kadavu crimson shining parrot or the very rare (and flightless) beci.
In a place with so much lush natural scenery such as Fiji, of course, there’s going to be waterfalls. The problem is you’ve got to hunt them down. An exciting and very fun free thing to do in Fiji, whoever said that you shouldn’t go chasing waterfalls?
Just make sure you head off on your adventure fully prepared with some sturdy footwear, a good hat and plenty of water.
Make your way on one of the many trails that lead to various falls across Fiji and be amazed at the native wildlife and plants that are native to the island’s dense forests. It might be exhausting, but it’ll be well worth it when you come across the gushing water.
Do some research beforehand to find out which is the best waterfall to swim in near where you’re staying, so when you get there you’ll be able to cool off in clear pools at the bottom of the falls.
Most of the things you’d expect to do in Fiji are decidedly day-based. Snorkelling, hiking, swimming, sunbathing – most require actual daylight. But at night the islands are a different kettle of fish altogether.
Looking up at the stars from the city isn’t that amazing, but you should really make the most of being on a remote island and look to the stars. Fiji is actually one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the immense spectrum of stars in the night sky above Fiji as you sit on a beach and wonder about the universe.
Try and spot the Southern Cross and other mesmerizing constellations; you might even be able to see some planets if you know where to look. There’s no better thing to do in Fiji at night than to simply taking some time to look at the stars.
As night falls across Fiji things start to hot up. We’re not talking all night raves, but rather a spot of live music. If you’re staying at a resort on Fiji your hotel will more than likely already provide you with a traditional musical serenade to enjoy.
Fijian music takes from the island’s rich culture and is a fantastic cocktail of Melanesian and Polynesian styles, with some traditional folk mixed in.
The best place to see some live music in an authentic setting is in downtown Suva, where there’s a collection of lively bars that hosts regular gigs.
There’s not a whole load of places in Fiji open until the early hours, but the ram jammed, raucous and ever so friendly Ed’s Bar is. A really fun and easy going place to have a few drinks and let your hair down in Nadi, heading to this place in the evening is one of the best things to do in Fiji at night.
It’s a low key kind of place full of travellers, surfers and holidaymakers who want to have a laugh together. The drinks are cheap, there’s often live bands playing and the vibe is friendly.
There’s a whole load of different areas to grab a seat for a few drinks with your mates and a burger bar next door so you can fill up on food as well as beer!
There you have it. Our guide to the best things to do in Fiji, whether you’re on a romantic getaway or even if you’re an intrepid family on holiday, we hope we’ve proved that there’s more to Fiji than beaches.
Getting to speak to the people who actually live in a country helps you understand more about it, so we’ve provided ample opportunity for that. We’ve even got some free things to do in Fiji for backpackers and bargain hunters.
All you have to do now is prepare for paradise!
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Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!