Located in Melanesia in the sub-tropical southern hemisphere, Fiji is a collection of over 300 volcanically formed islands. The islands are known for their exotic landscapes, pristine white beaches, crystal clear blue waters, calm lagoons, and beautiful sunsets. Each island offers visitors a unique perspective of paradise.
Activities on Fiji
Surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the planet, the islands of Fiji are often called the “Soft Coral Capital of the World” and are considered to have some of the world’s premier dive sites. It is no surprise, then, that some of the most popular activities on Fiji are snorkeling and diving. Fijian resorts are affiliated with dive schools that can bring visitors over to the best scuba diving sites. Under the water , you will find thousands of species of fish and hundreds of varieties of coral in thousands of different dive sites.
Looking to do some relaxing on land? Treating yourself to a luxurious Fijian spa treatment is a great way to unwind. Fijian hospitality is legendary, and the Fijian people are commonly cited as being the most friendly people on Earth. To get to know this friendly group even better, try a guided village tour, and see the natives’ way of life!
Other popular excursions on Fiji include guided island tours, water sports, waterfall tours, day and sunset cruises, helicopter tours!
Fiji Weather and Seasons
It’s always a great time to travel to Fiji! The islands enjoy a year-round sunny, tropical climate. Temperatures do not fluctuate very much throughout the year, and average between 78ºF– 88ºF. Due to Fiji’s location in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed and can be classified into either dry or wet season.
The drier and less humid season is from May through November. The dry season is mild, with lower humidity and temperatures reaching a maximum of 84 degrees. Rain can still occur sporadically during this season, but typically does not last very long and it’s soon replaced with more sunshine.
The “wet season” generally lasts from December through April. The wet season can be more humid, and temperatures typically reach a maximum of 88 degrees. Rain showers usually go as quickly as they come, and normally take place inland, away from the coastal resorts and outer islands.
Geography of Fiji
The islands of Fiji can generally be classified as either belonging to the Central Division, Western Division, or Northern Divison.
The mainland of Fiji is called Vitu Levu and the capital is called Suva. You will most likely arrive in Nadi, home to Fiji’s international airport. Downtown Nadi is a bustling, multicultural town that offers visitors a variety of great places to eat, shop, and visit. Less than 6 miles from Nadi is Denarau Island. Connected to the mainland by a short bridge, Denarau Island is an exclusive area of resorts, private homes, restaurants, shopping, an award-winning golf course, beautiful beaches, and the Denarau Marina.
West of Vitu Levu lie the Mamanuca Islands, a chain of approximately 20 islands. The Mamanuca’s offer an extensive variety of luxurious resorts. Extending northwest of the Mamanuca’s are The Yasawa Islands, a group of six volcanic islands. Popular for their natural beauty and gorgeous beaches, the Yasawa Islands offer spectacular snorkleing, diving and hiking.
For a more authentic Fijian experience, or for some additional adventure, travel to the Northern Division! There you will find the second largest of the islands, Vanua Levu. Offering rain forests, spectacular hiking trails, pristine bays, and scenic wild life and sea life, the islands of the Northern Division are a nature lover’s paradise. Just off the coast of Vanua Levu is the “Garden Island” of Taveuni, a paradise for divers and eco-tourists. Highlights of Taveuni include the Marine Park, which is rich with fish and coral, and the Bouma National Heritage Park, which offers excellent hiking and superb bird watching.
How to Get to Fiji
Fiji is closer than you think! Travelers can reach Fiji from Los Angeles on Air Pacific almost daily in around 10 hours. You may also reach Fiji from Honolulu in around 6 hours, and from Auckland and Sydney in around 3 hours.
Nadi is the home to Fiji’s main international airport. There are also several domestic airports throughout the country. Travelers can reach the various islands by land or by sea depending on the distance.