The island paradise of Fiji feels like a world away, but the flight from Australia is short, so if you’re eager to escape the RAT race, there is no better place. Here’s our top tips for travelling to Fiji:
Things to do in Fiji
Go and see the technicolour coral reefs around the Mamanuca Islands on a guided snorkelling trip. The water is so warm, the coral so vibrant, it’s almost euphoric. Our guide showed us around several different spots off the coast of Port Denarau, providing close encounters with a wild array of parrotfish, clownfish and four stripe damselfish. As the bright and gentle sea creatures brushed past us, we were filled with a sense of wonderment.
We also recommend seeing Fiji’s crystal waters on a South Sea Sabre Cruise. This adventure feels luxurious at an affordable price and takes place on a French-designed catamaran. We departed early from Port Denarau for a full day of sailing. The crew served cocktails as we sped to incredible diving spots. There was time for sun-bathing on a sand bar that emerges from the warm water. We played spot the starfish and dangled our feet in the shallows. Later, we moved to deeper waters to snorkel, paddle board, leap into the waves and soak up the sun. The sunset return is a peaceful end to a day of fun and adventure.
Where to stay in Fiji
The newly renovated Sheraton Fiji Golf & Beach Resort. With modern rooms, two restaurants, a golf course, spa, beach-side pool with a swim-up bar, and glorious views, the stress of city life is no match for its airy elegance.
Where to eat in Fiji
You simply must have dinner at the Marriott International Fish Bar, where chef Ritesh Kumar has created a special menu that heroes Fijian produce. To reach the Fish Bar, we strolled past the Marriott’s over-water bungalows, fresh coconuts in hand, and enjoyed the boundless horizon and an infinity pool to die for. As the blue sky darkened to a smouldering pink, we were served the first of four courses in the salt menu, inspired by locally made wild salt harvested from the sea in Momi Bay. There are a variety of salt infusions such as chilli and lime, for a light, symphonic mix of island flavours.
Oh and make sure you try some Kava while in Fiji! This traditional drink is made from the crushed root of a local plant. It has a sedative effect, and when our group shared some with our host, we all feel very relaxed, content and at peace.
- Take a tour through Viseisei Village, Fiji’s oldest village, and soak up some culture.
- Relax in the Sabeto hot springs and mud pools and give yourself a natural mud mask.
- Explore the beautiful Garden of the Sleeping Giant on the edge of the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park.