Sand, Spa, Sport: Do Fiji Your Way

15 June 2015

Halfway between Australia and Hawaii lies a collection of 333 tropical islands. It's an all right place. Soft white sand beaches, trimmings of reef ... basically all sorts of mundane surrounds you get sick of looking at. As if!

Fiji is one of those rare places where there's still room to move. At the heart of the South Pacific, nature has put its 5-star mark all over Fiji's isles. From rafting to resort-dwelling, a Fiji holiday ticks all the boxes.

It's easy to do Fiji your way and these ideas should help get the holiday ball rolling.

 Just another day in paradise (Image: Hilton Fiji Resort & Spa)

Resort Fiji

If you're seeking a 'flop and drop' getaway, look east towards Fiji. The islands are dotted with endless resorts so lush you may choose not to stray further than the sands outside your hotel room.

For the VIP treatment, splurge on a stay at the InterContinental Fiji Resort & Spa. On the island of Viti Levu, the InterContinental is set amongst tropical gardens with rooms, dining, spa and golf course all of the highest quality. Book a beachfront view to really soak in those tropical island vibes – even from the tub!

Other resorts worthy of a check-in include the Warwick Resort & Spa, Fiji Resort by Hilton, and Outrigger on the Lagoon (perfect for families).

 Find your zen at CHI spa (Image: shangri-la.com)

Spa Fiji

Every day can (and should) be a spa day in Fiji. Depending on your accommodation, most hotels and resorts will have a luxurious spa attached for you to get your pamper on.

At the Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa, it's all about CHI. CHI's menu of treatments ranges from signature massages to refreshers and body scrubs, but the ultimate is a CHI Journey.

Take a 'Dusk Til Dawn' overnight journey with herbal steams, nourishing baths, turndown service, and dinner and breakfast served out on your own private balcony.

 Fiji means family fun (Image: Getty)

Family Fiji

Fiji is an incredibly family-friendly destination and an easy 4+ hour flight from Australia's east coast. Everything from resort kids' clubs to traditional villages will bring smiles to the faces of your little 'uns.

The Navua Village & Waterfall Tour is a standout for family fun if you have big kids in tow. It includes a traditional kava drinking ceremony, a dip under waterfall cascades, leisurely 'banana boat' trip up the Navua River, and traditional Fijian treats.

Zip-lining, jet skiing, river safaris, caving and plenty of chances to 'find Nemo' are all on the cards for a family holiday in Fiji.


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 A River Safari with a bit of oomph (Image: Sigatoka River Safari)

Adventure Fiji

However you like your adventure – soft or extreme – Fiji dishes it up in big helpings. Undersea explorers will want to jump aboard a day trip to Mana Island, where you can snorkel, dive, parasail and water-ski to your heart's content.

Crank things up a notch on a Sigatoka River Safari, jet boating your way to authentic Fijian villages, or go off-road with a Cave Safari and enter ancient caves once used as tribal fortresses and still protected by high priests.

 Feel the seaspray on a sailing tour (Image: fiji.travel)

Sports Fiji

Fancy a round of golf against one of the world's most spectacular backdrops? Fiji has plenty of places for a putt, from the 18-hole Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course (the largest at 7,179 yards), to the Sheraton Hotel's Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, which is said to be more of a 'thinking' course.

If you'd rather unwind out on the water than on the green, consider a Seaspray Day Sailing Adventure or charter a luxury yacht for the day. It won't be long before you come to understand the true meaning of 'Fiji time'.

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Fiji.

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Ashton Rigg

When I'm not at home in Brisbane, you’ll find me wanderlusting around hipster bars, eclectic boutiques and arty nooks. From bagels in Brooklyn to strudel in Salzburg, I believe the best way to experience a destination is by taking a bite! Tweets & 'grams at @AshtonRigg