Fiji vs. the World

Find out why a trip to Fiji is such a great vacation idea. Learn to surf Fiji’s great beaches, see natural wonders in Fiji, scuba dive the coral reefs and more!

Fiji is one of the top vacation spots in the world. These islands have some of the best beaches in the world, but are less known for their equally amazing culture and breathtaking natural scenery. Here are some of the best things that you can find or do in Fiji that you may not already know about.

Nadi, pronounced “Nandi,” is the third largest city in Fiji. Many people use it as a stopover to other locations, but do not be fooled into thinking that this is just the convenient center of all the hotels in Fiji! Nadi is also a religious center for Fiji’s two main faiths, Islam and Hinduism, and its Sri Siva Subramaniya temple is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Stop by to soak up some local culture, eat at some authentic Fiji restaurants and see the local museums.

You can also travel to nearby Denarau Island, home of most of the country’s top resorts (and a great place for a romantic Fiji honeymoon!) And while you are in the area, take a tour of Sabeto Valley. Among its attractions are the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, where you can enjoy the beautiful orchids of the botanical garden while relaxing with a delicious fruit drink.

The Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is another site of natural beauty, as well as archaeological treasures. The sandy hills cover about 650 hectares of the island of Viti Levu, having formed over thousands of years. The park has one of the largest ancient burial grounds in the Pacific and artifacts believed to date all the way back to the Lapita Era (1100 to 550 BC) when Fiji was newly inhabited. Come here to explore the sand dunes and maybe even trip over a national treasure!

There are several soft coral reefs scattered around the Fiji Archipelago, especially along the Coral Coast between Sigatoka and Suva. These beautiful ecosystems are the home of uncountable species of marine life which are a marvel to behold. If you enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling (or are interested in learning!) then you may want to stop by any of the numerous beach resorts that offer you a look at this grand scene.

Surfing in Fiji is legendary and, as of 2010, no longer regulated to only certain beaches. You can find good conditions throughout the country and at any time of year, but the southern islands in the Mamanuca chain and the Fijian winter (April to October) are your best choices. Fiji is home to many famous breaks, most particularly the Cloudbreak in this area.