Fiji for First-Timers

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Snake along gorgeous tropical coasts and go island hopping in Fiji

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Set in the tropical South Pacific, the Fiji islands are a vision of a tropical island paradise that’s real. White sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees, pristine oceans and waterways are waiting to be explored, with things to see and do that appeal to all kinds of travellers. Revel in our 5-star resorts, stroll on our glimmering white beaches hand-in-hand at sunset, snorkel, dive, surf or kayak our pristine oceans, white-water raft our clear and clean waterways, cruise the ocean around our mainland and outer Fiji Islands, trek our rainforests, visit our welcoming villages and experience sustainable living, or immerse yourself in our unique culture and history. And then there’s our most precious asset, the smiling, generous, relaxed Fijians who greet you with our famous welcome — “Bula!”.


Nearly everyone who visits Fiji comes to Nadi. On Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, this bustling multicultural town is the main hub for international travellers, and offers great places to eat, drink and shop. Main Street is the centre of action with plenty of shopping, and the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing from every storefront. With its wide range of quality accommodation and close proximity to Denarau Island and the Mamanucas, Nadi is the ideal place to base yourself during your trip.

Denaru Island

Denarau Island, on the main island of Viti Levu, is the largest integrated resort in the South Pacific. If you want to splash out and be pampered, this is where you want to be. Less than 10km from Nadi, it boasts eight large resorts, stunning beaches and an 18-hole championship golf course. You’ll find an excellent range of accommodation, with the resorts offering designer suites, stunning swimming pools and a wide range of restaurants. Whether you want to shop, have some adventure or experience some of the best dining Fiji has to offer, you’ll find it all at Denarau Island.

Mamanuca Islands

The Mamanucas are a chain of 20 islands near Nadi and Denarau. One of the most established resort areas in Fiji, the Mamanucas provide a stunning array of activities for all types of travelers. In surroundings beautiful enough to star in Cast Away and Survivor: Fiji these islands offer parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as the Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water. Young or old, party animal or looking for a family holiday, there’s an island for everyone.

Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is an 80km (50-mile) stretch of beaches and bays along the Ocean Road between Nadi and Suva. As a well-established tourist destination, the coast offers both the full resort experience and a chance to visit the real Fiji in the many villages along the way. Golf, beach life and diving are there for the taking, but for travellers who seek a more authentic experience, many villages operate home stays. From a fisherman selling his day’s catch on the roadside, to bargaining with a local at the Sigatoka Market, true island life is here.


Suva is Fiji’s capital, its largest city and one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Oceania. A bustling and highly multicultural regional centre, Suva has everything you’d expect from a large city — trendy shopping malls and farmers markets, restaurants, entertainment, and a huge range of cultural activities. A modern city which still has many buildings dating back to the colonial era, Suva offers parks, gardens, museums, outdoor activities and a vibrant nightlife. A lively and dynamic city, you’ll be dazzled by Suva’s incredible mix of cultures and range of things to do.

Pacific Harbour

Less than an hour’s drive from Suva is Fiji’s adventure capital, the Pacific Harbour. The area lives up to its reputation as a spot for adrenaline junkies, offering a wide variety of activities to get your heart racing, from surfing and shark feeding to four-wheel-drive tours. For a more laid-back experience try a round of golf on the championship course, or enjoy a spot of fishing. There’s a good range of accommodation types, from budget offerings to some of Fiji’s finest hotels, and plenty of dining options.

Sun Coast

Starting from Vuda Point just outside Nadi, the Sun Coast stretches around the northern shore of Viti Levu. A stunningly beautiful stretch of country combining cane fields, cassava patches, villages, majestic volcanic outcrops and small towns, you’ll find this part of Fiji fascinating and diverse. The Sun Coast contains historic sites of early settlement such as Vuda Point and Navatu Rock as well as Fiji in its working clothes — the sugar town of Lautoka. Hiking and birdwatching are popular, and for boaties there’s the Vuda Point Marina.

This itinerary is compliments of Tourism Fiji.

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