THE HARDEST CHOICE YOU’LL HAVE TO MAKE: DENARAU, THE CORAL COAST OR A FIJIAN ISLAND
Picture credit above: Vomo Island
With over 300 Fiji islands, and a huge offering of resorts and spas, hotels, beachfront bures and jungle getaways, it can be hard to narrow down just where you want to go in Fiji. But picking out your dream holiday shouldn’t be hard work, so we’ve done the hard work for you!
We’ve compared Fiji’s top tourist spots and while each offers a unique charm and experience, they all offer an incredible Fijian holiday for adults and families alike. Here’s everything you need to know about Denarau, The Coral Coast, and choosing a Fijian private island.
Picture credit above left Hilton Fiji Resort Denarau. Right: Vomo Island.
Denarau for The Home Away from Home
Exclusivity and true luxury are what Denarau is known for and what you’ll get. The island might be small, but it offers larger-than-life accommodations and experiences for the whole family. Home to nine world-class hotels, and 40 restaurants, there’s something for everyone, but the good times don’t stop there!
Denarau Island is also home to a shopping centre, golf course and marina, so whether you’re hoping to indulge in some retail therapy, hit the green, or hit the waves, you’re sorted. As it’s only a 15-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, you’ll be able to get straight into holiday mode and not worry about long transfers with the kids.
Top 3 Things to do in Denarau
1. Jet Boat Tours
Touring waterfalls, gorges and the stunning coastline, jet boat tours are an exciting adventure for the whole family that allows you to go sightseeing at speed. (The family will never complain about boring sightseeing again!)
2. Big Bula Waterpark
Another family-oriented destination is the Big Bula Waterpark. It’s not just for the young ones but also for the young at heart too! With giant slides, obstacle courses, surfing waves, palm trees, and is one of the largest inflatable waterparks in the world. There’s an endless amount of fun waiting for anyone who steps into the park.
3. Relax in the Spa
For the adults, or those looking to keep things more low-key, Denarau Island is also host to award-winning spas and treatments like the aptly named Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa or Port Denarau’s Spa Denarau.
Picture credit above Left: Pullman Nadi Bay Resort. Right: Sigatoka River Safari.
The Coral Coast for Connecting with Fijian Culture
The Coral Coast is one of Fiji’s most famous tourist spots, and it’s not hard to see why. The 130-km stretch of coastline between Suva and Sigatoka is one of the first locations developed for tourism and boasts the perfect island vibes with natural beauty aplenty.
Of course, you can relax on the beach and sip cocktails under the palm trees, but it’s the authentic experiences on offer that make this place stand out – the Coral Coast is home to a number of Fijian villages where tourists can learn about Fiji’s history and rich culture.
You can truly embrace the Fijian culture thanks to the fishermen selling the day’s catch or the Sigatoka Market, where you can bargain with locals. In Coral Coast, you get to have an experience that can add a deeper connection between you and the island.
Top 3 Things to do in The Coral Coast
1. The Nadi Zip Line Tour
If you want to take on adventures away from the sea, why not do a unique Zip Line Tour only 35 minutes from Nadi. Safely harnessed, you’ll enjoy the birds-eye 360 degree view of canyons, mountaintops, rainforest and even limestone caves as part of the course.
2. Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
As a UNESCO World Heritage site with historical significance, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park have multiple trails and treks of both the sand dunes and the nearby Sigatoka River. River Safaris are also popular on the island but will take you outside of the national park.
3. Kula Wild Adventure Park
For the animal lovers, Kula WILD Adventure Park is the only conservation center in Fiji for endangered species. You’ll find birds, reptiles, and marine live as well as a nature walk through elevated forest boardwalks.
Picture credit above Left: Zip Fiji. Right: Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.
Private Fijian Islands for Exclusivity and Luxury
The last word in luxury has to be Fiji’s private island resorts. Choose from any of the amazing boutique resorts and you’ll be able to relax in style and privacy, knowing only a handful of people will be sharing this secret spot in the middle of the Pacific. The islands are the perfect option if you’re interested in privacy, intimacy and boutique experiences, and there’s not much you can’t find, depending on your budget.
Top 3 Things to do on a Private Fijian Island
1. Be Waited on Hand-and-Foot
The private island spa resorts have to be the most decadent option, where you can enjoy options like all-day unlimited spa treatments in a totally private space, while your personal butler organises your dining and other experiences for you.
2. Discover Eco-sanctuaries
There are also some incredible resorts doing amazing work to look after their small space of the world. With initiatives to protect coral reefs and endangered marine species, as well as those that provide work and development opportunities for the people of their local communities.
Solar-powered eco-sanctuaries like Turtle Island allow children and families at certain times of the year to discover their practices and how they built their ‘farm of light’.
3. Escape to Paradise
Enjoy privacy and seclusion as well as what the island naturally has to offer. Matangi Private Island Fiji for example boasts tropical rainforests to enjoy. While the child-friendly exclusive Dolphin Island has amazing rock pools, snorkeling, and incredible Indo-Fijian cuisine.
There’s something for everyone in Fiji from authentic cultural experiences to world-class facilities and exclusive luxury. Whatever you choose, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s stunning beauty and feel the incredible warmth and hospitality of the Fijian culture. So, the hardest choice you have to make now, is which island will you pick?!
Need a hand deciding? Get in touch and we can help you plan your perfect break!