If you are looking for an island paradise, Fiji is one of the best. From private island paradise to rainforest-covered mountains, luxury to adventure- Fiji has it all. In this Fiji Travel Guide, I will cover some basics for traveling to Fiji and outline five 7-day Fiji itinerary ideas.
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Fiji Guide: Some Basic Travel Info
From the USA you can catch a non-stop flight from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu. But don’t worry, even if you are coming from the East Coast, the longer flight time is definitely worth it- and still shorter than getting to the likes of the Maldives. There are also direct flights from Australia and Japan. Check flights at FijiAirways.com.
Best time to travel to Fiji? Although the rainy season is from November to April, Fiji really is a year-round destination. Most days when there is rain it is short-lived, the jungles need the rain to stay green!
The official language of Fiji is English but most locals are also fluent in Fijian.
Visiting a Traditional Village
When visiting a village it is always best to go with a guide who will guide you on the proper customs so you do not offend anyone. Women will usually be asked to cover their knees and you will take a gift such as Kava to give to the chief.
Electricity and power outlets are 240 volts AC 50Hz, they are identical to Australia and New Zealand. Most leading hotels/resorts will have universal outlets, be sure to check with your hotel before traveling.
Tipping is not encouraged but feel free to reward when you feel it appropriate.
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Five 1-week Itineraries for Fiji
Keep reading my Fiji Travel Guide to see all 5 one-week itineraries. Scroll even further for a more in-depth description of each region of the Fijian Islands.
Fiji Itinerary 1:
Best for a mix of scuba diving and luxury.
- 3 nights on Vanua Levu.
- 4 nights at a Private island resort.
Fiji Itinerary 2:
Best for easy/quick travel and families.
- 3 nights Viti Levu(main island), I would suggest the Coral Coast.
- 4 nights Denarau Island- can drive from Nadi.
Fiji Itinerary 3:
Best for honeymooners and families who want a mix of a large resort and an off-the-beaten-path experience.
- 3 nights Denarau Island.
- 4 nights Mamanuca Islands.
Fiji Itinerary 4:
Best for Honeymooners and those who want to get away from it all.
- 3 days Mamanuca Islands.
- 4 days Yasawa Islands.
Fiji Itinerary 5:
Best for adventure seekers and families.
- 7 nights Viti Levu with a mix of Denarau Island, Coral Coast and Pacific Harbor.
Bonus: Fiji Itinerary 6:
Best for a luxury escape.
- 7 nights at a private island resort.
Fiji Travel Guide to the Regions of Fiji
The second largest of the Fijian Islands but much less populated than its big sister Viti Levu. That is exactly what makes this island so irresistible, more palm trees than people. Savusavu is the main town, where the airport is located and is a favorite of yachters to restock before cruising Fiji’s outer islands. A short boat ride from Savusavu is the world-renowned diving area of Namena Marine Reserve. Some of the best coral in Fiji can be found here. Some of the other popular things to do are kayaking the salt lake, swimming under a waterfall, and hiking in the Waisali Rainforest reserve. Laid-back Paradise with a side of adventure best describes Vanua Levu.
There is no boat or seaplane ride necessary to reach this island off the coast of Nadi, connected by a short causeway. The close relation to Nadi, and the international airport, makes this easy to get to destination a family favorite. The resorts here offer award-winning spas, golf courses, conference facilities, wedding venues, and kids’ clubs. Big-name resorts like Sheraton, Hilton, Wyndham, and Sofitel are all located here. This destination is best for those looking for a large resort feel with loads of activities to keep everyone busy.
These paradise islands are located further off the coast of Nadi than Denarau but not as far as the Yasawa Islands. While being more remote they are still very accessible with either a short boat ride from Denarau or a short plane ride from Nadi. These islands are a water-lovers deam with the most popular activities being, snorkeling, diving, and boating the turquoise waters of the beaches and lagoons. Looking for an accessible island paradise with a world-away feel? the Mamanuca Islands may be right for you.
Nature lovers and remote paradise lovers rejoice, the Yasawa islands are for you! Located north of the Mamanuca Islands and even further from Nadi make these islands a dream and a favorite for Hollywood too. With natural exotic beauty full of dramatic peaks, deserted white-sand beaches, underwater coral gardens, and hidden bays are waiting to be explored. There’s a pretty high chance that if you google “paradise” a picture of the Yasawa islands will come up!
The main and largest islands in Fiji. This is also home to both international airports. There are many different areas to visit here but I will cover the two most popular, Coral Coast and Pacific Harbor.
Located only a short 1-2 hour drive from Nadi. The Coral Coast runs along Viti Levu’s southern palm tree-lined coastline. This area is known for great snorkeling off the beach, speedboat rides up the Sigatoka River, riding the coastal railway, visiting Kula Wild Adventure Park, and visiting the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. This area is great for busy couples and families who want beautiful beaches and lots to do without the big resort feel of Denarau Island.
Also known as Fiji’s adventure capitol. Some of the activities in the area include 4WD adventures, waterfall hikes, zip lining, white-water rafting, sport fishing, and surfing. This area is also the taking-off point to Beqa’s Islands, home of the fire walkers. Beqa is most known for shark diving- without a cage. If you are an adrenalin junking this is the place for you!
Fiji Travel Guide, More to Explore
While there are even more regions and islands to explore in Fiji if this is your first or even second trip I suggest starting with one of the above itineraries.