Fiji is the perfect family holiday destination. In Fijian culture, children are cherished and yours will have no shortage of attention from the friendly locals. Most resorts have fantastic kids clubs on site, which offer organised and fully supervised games and activities; so you're unlikely to see the kids once they've discovered these magical spaces and the many fun, free activities on offer there. However, for a terrific Fiji experience, take the kids on a family adventure away from the resort.
Here are our favourite Fiji activities perfect for the whole family.
Fiji's best kayaking trips take place between May and October in calm seas. Hire kayaks for the day from your resort or look for a family-friendly operator for an overnight kayaking experience. Be sure to book an indigenous guide so the kids can learn about Fiji's rich culture and natural history along the way. The Kadavu group of islands is an ideal kayaking destination, with calm, crystal clear waters and one of the world's largest barrier reefs at its edge.
Fiji offers snorkellers colourful coral and a vast array of fascinating marine life. Warm up with some off beach snorkelling and book a glass-bottom boat when you're ready to take the kids out a little further. Fiji boasts some of the world's best snorkel sites. Jean-Michel Cousteau called the renowned Rainbow Reef region, 'the soft coral capital of the world.' Check out little Rainbow Reef near Rabi Island where the manta rays roam.
In East Viti Levu on the Navua River, the whole family can take a traditional bamboo raft 'bilibili' trip, through mountain gorges and rainforest regions, stopping along the way to meet the locals and learn about Fijian culture at Namuamua Village. In what was once an ancient pagan sacrificial site in Sigatoka Valley, the Naihehe Caves and its history of cannibalism will fascinate and horrify kids and parents alike.
Northern Fiji retains its original, untouched rainforest, perfect for family hikes. Make your way inland on Kadavu or Taveuni Island and see the other side of Fiji, away from sea and sand. Take the kids on the clearly marked Lavena Coastal Walk through several traditional Fijian villages and then onwards and upwards to the beautiful Wainibau Falls. Walk the trail to an ancient volcano crater, now Lake Tagimaucia, or hike through the unspoiled Koroyanitu or Bouma National Park. With three waterfalls set amidst lush rainforest, the kids can swim and keep a look out for exotic flora and fauna.
Take an offering of yagona (pepper plant root) for the village chief and while the adults take part in a traditional Fijian kava ceremony, the kids can explore an old fort, listen to a storytelling session or watch authentic song and dance performances. Fijian culture is rich and the people are friendly.