Exploring The Main Islands
Fiji, roughly a four-hour flight from much of Australia’s east coast, makes an ideal getaway with its warm waters, cool tropical drinks, beach living and island culture. But with 333 islands, how do you know which one’s right for you? While most are accessible, two-thirds are uninhabited. Sure, you can book an island to yourself if your budget permits but travellers usually head to one of Fiji’s 13 tourist areas and island groups. Let’s look at the two main islands.
Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, is home to the capital, Suva, and the country’s major airport in Nadi (which is pronounced ‘Nandi’). Many of Fiji’s holiday resorts are located in the area stretching from Denarau Island near Nadi to the area known as the Coral Coast. Most of these are attached to a global brand name you’ll recognise such as Sheraton, Hilton, Sofitel, Westin, Marriott, Radisson and Shangri-La. If you’re looking for something with more Fijian flavour, Aussies love properties including the Warwick, Naviti, Gecko’s and many others owned or run by Fijians.
The Coral Coast features beachfront resorts nestled deep in regional Fiji. Your Helloworld Travel agent will be able to share with you many of the great features of staying along the Coral Coast, which includes proximity to many of Fiji’s coolest attractions such as the Sigatoka River Safari – a white-knuckled jet boat ride along a lazy river followed by kava and lunch with the locals.
If you’re more of an adventure seeker, your Helloworld Travel agent can advise on the country’s second largest island – Vanua Levu. If your international flight arrives in the morning, there are domestic flights to either Labasa or Savusavu. If you arrive in Fiji later, you’ll most likely need to overnight on the main island and take the domestic flight the next day.
Vanua Levu is less developed than Viti Levu. This tropical paradise features hiking and biking trails for those keen to get into nature to explore dense rainforests. Beach lovers will find fewer fellow travellers sharing the golden sands with them. For divers and snorkellers, Vanua Levu’s turquoise waters feature excellent year-round visibility and a bounty of technicoloured marine life. There’s even a resort with a resident marine biologist who can guide you through a PADI diving course and showcase the best spots to explore during your stay.
Other island destinations
Many families head towards one of the smaller islands in the Mamanucas or the Yasawas. Some feature outstanding kids’ clubs running supervised activities all over the island. Other islands best suit couples looking for the ultimate retreat. No matter your speed, Fiji welcomes travellers of every kind.
Ask an agent if you’re not sure which island best matches your dream Fiji getaway.