Just When You Thought You’ve Seen Everything
Are you a regular traveller to Fiji? Go off the beaten track and discover Fiji beyond Nadi.
Fiji is a stunning constellation of 333 tropical islands dotting the sparkling South Pacific Ocean – but not many visitors ever see more than a handful of them. If you want to explore the lesser known areas to uncover the “real” Fiji – the places without postcards – try taking a cruise to some of its more far-flung outposts.
One cruise company offers a journey that takes passengers far off the beaten track, to islands that blend both Fijian and Tongan influences. On Kadavu Island, you might even be lucky enough to witness an ancient ceremony known as turtle calling, where villagers stand on a rocky headland and summon a turtle from the ocean waters below.
Other highlights include attending a traditional outdoor church service, visiting schools and meeting Fiji’s happy-go-lucky children, joining the crew in drinking kava from a shared coconut shell, and tucking in to a lovo feast that’s baked in a hole dug on the beach. There are also opportunities to buy shell jewellery and other souvenirs hand-crafted by village men and women.
North-east of the “mainland” of Viti Levu is the “garden island” of Taveuni. Here, you can swim next to stunning twin waterfalls or explore the rugged rainforest of Bouma National Heritage Park. Offshore is the even more hard-to-reach islet of Qamea, home to a luxury resort that features the only Guinot spa in the South Pacific. Word of warning: you will get your feet wet as you travel to the resort!
If you don’t want to spend too much time travelling but still want to feel like a castaway (while enjoying all the little luxuries), head to Malolo Island’s Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Check in to one of the overwater bures and you’ll wonder how on earth this paradise is just a 10-minute helicopter ride from Nadi.
See what else you can discover in Fiji with your Helloworld Travel agent.