When you’re looking for a tropical holiday destination, you can choose from a range of islands such as Tonga, Samoa, Rarotonga, and Fiji. Fiji is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and has everything you could want from a tropical holiday - beautiful weather, white sandy beaches and a friendly culture. However, there are many different places and islands in Fiji where you can stay. But how do you choose which island is right for you? The key is to do your research, so let’s take a look at the different island groups in Fiji:
Viti Levu is Fiji’s biggest island, measuring 10,390 sq. km, and take up almost two thirds of the country’s total land mass. Viti Levu is an easy choice for many travelers - international flights arrive at Nadi airport, and most resorts are within a short driving distance. If you’re staying at a resort on Viti Levu, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Fiji’s capital, Suva, and hot tourist spots Denarau and Nadi. The south coast of Viti Levu features stunning white sandy beaches, and most resorts have their own swimming pools for guests.
If you’re a fan of scuba diving, these Islands may be the right choice for you. The Northern Fiji Islands consists of two large islands and several smaller offshore islands and coral atolls. These islands are renowned for eco-tourism opportunities - the scuba diving in Rainbow Reef is considered to be some of the best in the world, and there are several National Parks and Nature Reserves with hiking trails, waterfalls and exotic birds.
Close to the coast of Viti Levu are the Mamanuca Islands, a collection of 32 small islands in 35 sq. km. of warm ocean waters. The Mamanuca Islands are a popular destination for backpackers and young people, especially the well known Beachcomber Island and Mana Island. The Mamanuca Islands are known for their year-round excellent weather and calm seas, so if you’re looking to experience all the best things Fiji has to offer, but you’re on a tighter budget, the Mamanuca Islands are a great place to stay.
The Yasawa Islands are a group of 20 volcanic islands in the western division of Fiji, with an approximate total area of 135 sq. km. The islands feature approximately 30 resorts spread out over the 12 main islands - so there’s plenty to choose from! Most resorts provide basic accommodation and meals with access to natural and cultural sites, so they are ideal for backpackers or those wishing to experience the untouched-wonders of tropical Fiji.
The Southern Fiji Islands include Kadavu Island, the fourth largest island in Fiji, Beqa, Vatulele and many smaller offshore islands. The Southern Islands are a popular destination for scuba diving, game fishing and surfing, or for those wanting to experience the more secluded way of life in Fiji.
The sixteen islands of the Lomaiviti Group are located twenty kilometres east of Viti Levu. Well off the beaten track, they are a destination best suited to those wanting to explore the “real” Fiji.
If you’re still unsure of which part of Fiji is right for you, it may help you to go on the recommendations of friends of travel agents. But wherever you stay in Fiji, you’re always going to enjoy beautiful blue oceans, white sandy beaches, tropical fruits and an amazing cultural experience. Happy travels!