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Yasawa Islands

Yasawa Islands

Yasawa Islands

Yasawa Islands – located northwest of Viti Levu (Fiji Island), these islands were once off-limits to tourism. In more recent times, the Fiji government has opened these island up as minimal impact eco-tourist destinations. For that reason, lodging options are more limited there. While luxury resorts are starting to pop up in these islands, the Yasawas are better-known for the backpacking traveler. Many of the affordable resorts and lodges are run by locals, giving travelers a true Fijian experience.


Viti Levu (island)

Viti Levu (island)

Viti Levu (island)

Viti Levu (island) – this is the largest island in the Fijian archipelago, home to more than 70% of the country’s population, as well as the capital city (Suva). With rainforest, peaks, spectacular sand dunes, and waterfalls, it is also an island of outstanding natural beauty.


Thurston Gardens

Thurston Gardens

Thurston Gardens

Thurston Gardens (Cakobau Road, Suva) — originally located near Waimanu Road, a Botanical Garden was first established in Suva back in 1881 by the Colonial Secretary Sir John Bates Thurston, a knowledgeable amateur botanist. In 1913, the Botanic Gardens were moved to their current location and eventually renamed Thurston Gardens in 1976.

The drinking fountain was presented by Henry Marks for the use of the public visiting the gardens in 1914 and shortly after that the Marks family presented the octagonal bandstand with its classical, columned clock tower. The clock tower and bandstand were officially opened in 1918, and were often used for musical concerts.

In 1949, the Garden’s collection of plants consisted of twenty types of ornamental and timber trees, seventeen types of palms, various trees and shrubs, grasses, orchids and ferns. Thurston Gardens are currently going through a redevelopment phase to restore them to their former glory and make them a more usable place for the Suva public.

Taveuni (island)

Taveuni (island)

Taveuni (island)

Taveuni (island) – this is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Viti Levu (Fiji Island) and Vanua Levu, with a total land area of 434 sq. kilometers. The cigar-shaped island, a massive shield volcano which rises from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, is located 6.5 km. east of Vanua Levu, across the Somosomo Strait. Taveuni is known as the Garden Island for good reason: Lush jungle, gorgeous beaches, secluded waterfalls and abundant wildlife make Taveuni an eco-tourist’s dream.

With the Bouma National Heritage Park making up more than a third of the island, and an extensive marine park at Waitabu – home to world-renowned dive sites such as Eel Reef and the Great White Wall – Taveuni is the place to go if you want to immerse yourself in nature.

Tavarua (island)

Tavarua (island)

Tavarua (island)

Tavarua (island) – this is a heart-shaped island resort in Fiji. It has an area of 29 acres. The island is close to the main Fijian island, Viti Levu, and is surrounded by a coral reef. Activities on Tavarua include surfing, sport fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking.

For surfing enthusiasts, Cloudbreak is just about three miles straight south of Namotu. A world famous left reef pass that is regularly voted one of the 10 Best/Most Challenging waves in the world, Cloudbreak is a powerful open-ocean reef with three main sections. The Point, the Middle and Shish Kebabs that occasionally link up to offer a screaming, 200-yard-long ride, with a number of tube sections. Like many tropical reef-pass breaks, Cloudbreak tends to get faster, shallower and more critical as it goes. Waves here are regularly four to six feet, and it does not seem to close out no matter how big it gets.

Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Sigatoka Sand Dunes

Sigatoka Sand Dunes — this vast stretch of dunes spans an impressive 650 hectares, forming a magnificent barrier between Viti Levu’s lush interior and the southern Pacific Ocean. Some of the dunes offer incredible views back upon the island’s emerald hills and out towards the deep blue coastline. These sand dunes are now a national park and are protected by the Fiji government.

Sigatoka has interesting archaeological digs which reveal pottery shards dating back over 2,600 years, as well as human remains. Excavations support assertions by archaeologists that Fiji’s early inhabitants were the Lapita people – a prehistoric people thought to have lived in the Pacific. Sigatoka also has one of the largest burial sites in the Pacific.

Sigatoka River

Sigatoka River

Sigatoka River

Sigatoka River – this river weaves south from the heart of Viti Levu to its Coral Coast, passing through a fertile, lush-green valley. A great way to admire its beauty is by following the river’s gentle course by boat and winding through the numerous vegetable and sugar plantations that line its banks.

Savusavu

Savusavu

Savusavu

Savusavu (Vanua Levu Island) – this is a town in the Fijian Province of Cakaudrove. The town is located on the south coast of Vanua Levu Island – Fiji’s second main island (northwest of Fiji Island) and had a population of 3,372 in the 2007 census. Savusavu is known as “the hidden paradise of Fiji.” Savusau is a relaxed, beach-style town with a cool waterfront vibe, friendly faces everywhere and plenty of things to do. It’s also one of the best places to go scuba diving in Fiji due to the thriving colorful soft coral.

For nature lovers visiting Savusavu, there’s the Flora Tropica Gardens. This botanical garden looks out to Savusavu Bay and has a palm collection of over 300 species of palms from around the world! Along with that, there’s also the Waisali Rainforest Reserve (a 120 hectare reserve with stunning flora and fauna). In addition, there’s the Nakawaga Waterfall (a 20-minute drive outside of Savusavu) (note: It takes about 20 minutes to walk through a bit of jungle to find the waterfall). For those wanting a thermal bath, there’s Savusavu Medical Centre (which has three healing spa baths — available for FJ$15 for a soak.

Sabeto Hot Springs

Sabeto Hot Springs

Sabeto Hot Springs

Sabeto Hot Springs (Waloko Road, Sabeto, Fiji Island) — the Sabeto Hot Springs, also known as the Sabeto Mud Baths, are one of Fiji’s hidden jewels. They provide a rare opportunity to indulge in a therapeutic natural spa.

The therapeutic mud pool of Sabeto is an ideal remedy – the sulphur in the hot springs is believed by locals to have healing properties. This a popular spot for both visitors and locals, providing a great social experience. The Sabeto Hot Springs has three pools set in lush natural surroundings. Have fun applying rejuvenating mud on yourself and your friends! Immerse yourself in the warm spring pool and discover authentic Fijian warmth.
Entrance fee: FJ$30 (adult), FJ$15 (children), Fijian Massage: FJ$70

Pacific Harbour (town)

Pacific Harbour (town)

Pacific Harbour (town)

Pacific Harbour (town) – this is a town in Fiji Island, located about an hour (49 km) west of Suva. Originally developed in the 1970s as a residential canal subdivision catering to both expats and locals, today Pacific Harbour is a destination for adventure tourists looking for new experiences.

Visitors can dive and feed the sharks just off the coast at Bega Island, jump on a jet ski or head inland for a white-water rafting adventure. For something a little more laid back, one can play a round of golf on the championship course, try your luck on a fishing charter, or explore the Pacific Harbour Arts Village (which offers local food & crafts).