Tropical escapes don't get much better than the white sandy beaches and blue ocean waters of Fiji's many islands. With a relaxed pace, incredible beauty and welcoming culture, this island archipelago is the stuff holiday getaway dreams are made of. Though it's not all about shaded spots under swaying palms and stunning ocean panoramas. Fiji is home to a number of unique experiences, including these ...
Delve Into The Culture Of Nadi
Nearly everyone who visits Fiji will also visit Nadi if only because almost all international flights land and take-off from this little city. And while most will immediately board a local flight to the outer islands or head north to Denarau island, this city has more to it than meets the eye. Stroll the stalls for a traditional Fijian souvenir; get a feel for the Indian influences at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Temple; or get to a curry house to sample a melting pot of cultures in the form of deliciously fresh food. Nadi is the perfect place to start your time in Fiji, getting a feel for the diverse culture and exceedingly friendly hospitality.
Fly Over The Mamanucas
When it comes to scenic flights, you'll be hard pressed to beat the majesty of setting off over Fiji's outer islands. They are split into two groups, but the Mamanucas are the most popular. Tiny emeralds peppering a blanket of ocean, these secluded spots call to luxury lovers with exclusive resorts that pull out all the stops. Hop aboard a seaplane for a relaxing flight that offers a bird's eye view before skimming the water on approach to your stay at one of these incredible hotels. It's the perfect start to any tropical getaway!
Witness Firewalking On Beqa Island
Another great way to delve into the traditional culture of Fiji is to make your way to Beqa Island. By day, take your pick of more than 100 dive sites, and by night, witness the physical feat of firewalking. Originated by the Sawau tribe right here on this very island, the tradition is part of a fire-walking ceremony in which warriors walk over red hot embers in the earth oven called a lovo. As this tradition is a sacred right associated with the spirit god Tui Namoliwai guests are not allowed to participate. However, seeing this ceremony is enough to leave a lasting impression.
Find Pearls In Savusavu Bay
Fiji is known for its unique and beautiful pearls, and you can see firsthand just what goes into cultivating these elegant gems. Savusavu Bay on Vanua Levu is known for being the home to some of the world's best pearls. Thanks to an ideal underwater environment, and a lot of intricate care from dedicated pearl farmers, the gems are harvested here and sent across the world. Take a tour of the pearl farms to see just what goes into nurturing these oysters. Not only will you get to tour the stunning surrounds, but you'll also get to see pearls at various stages of development. If you want an even closer look, snorkelling is allowed weather permitting.
Step into the Garden of the Sleeping Giant
This beautiful green space may be one of the best hidden gems of Fiji. Not that many people take the time to discover its expanses, but it's well worth an afternoon when in Nadi. One of the most remarkable aspects is the vast collection of Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids that call this garden home. With more than 2,000 varieties growing here, you can stroll the grounds and appreciate the delicate beauty of these rare flowers. Liliy ponds, babbling fountains and towering rainforest fauna are also abundant as you make your way along a canopy-covered boardwalk.