One of the most idyllic and romantic holiday hotspots in the world, the Fiji Islands are regularly voted as the Number #1 Honeymoon Destination, and with thousands of miles of pure white sandy beaches, a network of colourful coral reefs, and over 300 islands to enjoy, this archipelago in the South Pacific guarantees a holiday of a lifetime.
A tropical paradise renowned for its island hopping adventures, stunning beaches, azure waters, and year-round warm climate, the Fiji Islands really do have it all, and if you dream of swimming amidst coral gardens, dining on the beach with the sand between your toes, and sleeping under the stars, Fiji should be right up there on the top of your bucket list.
Where are the Fiji Islands?
Fiji is made up of an archipelago of 333 islands in the heart of the South Pacific. Easily accessible by air, it takes just over 4 hours from Australia , 3 hours from New Zealand, and 10 hours from Los Angeles to get there. While it is a long way to go for those of us living in Europe, these magical islands really are worth every air mile, and as the Fiji Islands combine easily with a trip to Australasia, and they are the perfect ‘stop off’ for those on a round-the-world flight ticket.
When to Go?
With average year-round temperatures ranging between 24°C and 33°C, you can visit the Fiji Islands at any time of the year, however, like most tropical countries they do have wet and dry seasons. The ‘dry season’ runs from May to October, and the ‘wet season’ runs from November to April, with most rainfall occurring during February and March.
Where to Stay?
The beautiful thing about Fiji is that it caters for everyone, and whether you are a backpacker on a budget, or newlyweds looking for a luxurious island retreat, you will find a fabulous choice of accommodations on the Fiji Islands.
Many people choose to stay on the big island of Nadi, which homes several luxurious 5-star resorts and plenty of budget accommodation options. From here, you can take day trips to the islands of the Mamanucas or Yasawas. Alternatively, you can spend a week on one of the smaller islands where life is easy, footwear is optional, and the only thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy!
What do Do?
The Fiji Islands are a paradise for anyone who loves to swim, dive, snorkel or sail, and the activities available are endless. You can spend the day sailing the Yasawas Islands, take a day trip to Monuriki Island otherwise known as ‘Castaway Island’ where Tom Hanks filmed the award-winning movie, take a helicopter flight over the Mamanuca Islands, visit local tribes for a traditional ‘Kava’ ceremony, or hike to the Falls of Taveuni in the Bouma National Heritage Park – Fiji’s Garden of Eden.
What to Pack?
Not much! Due to the climate, the dress code in Fiji is casual, so take your swimwear, shorts, t-shirts, summer dresses, and cotton and linen separates that you can mix and match for the evenings. When heading out of the resort, dress appropriately so as not to offend the locals (especially when visiting a Fijian Village).
Other necessities include sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent (mosquito’s), and of course, your camera or mobile phone for those impromptu selfies that will have your Facebook and Instagram buddies green with envy!