The hardest choice you'll have to make: Denarau, the Coral Coast or a Fijian Island

Picture credit above: Vomo Island

With over 300 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. Picking out your dream holiday shouldn’t be hard work though, so we’ve done the hard work for you, comparing Fiji’s top tourist spots to work out what makes each one special.

Picture credit above left Hilton Fiji Resort Denarau. Right: Vomo Island.

The Coral Coast

The Coral Coast is one of Fiji’s most famous tourist spots, and it’s not hard to see why. This stretch of coastline between Suva and Sigatoka was one of the first places in Fiji to be developed as a tourist destination, and boasts natural beauty and plenty of perfect island vibes. 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. Add to this the fact that this special stretch of land on Viti Levu Island (the largest island in Fiji) is only a short journey from some of Fiji’s most lush scenery with the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and the highest peak in Fiji, Mt Tomanivi, and you have a perfect holiday destination where you can truly embrace Fijian life.

Denarau

If you’re looking to experience true luxury, you can’t look further than Denarau, a small private island set up entirely to provide travellers with a world-class holiday. While the Coral Coast provides travellers access to authentic Fijian culture, Denarau is perfectly appointed to answer all of your vacation needs. With a range of nine hotels to choose from, and over 40 restaurants, there’s something for everyone, and 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. Only 15 minutes away from Nadi International Airport, Denarau Island is a real hub, allowing travellers to get into holiday-mode the moment they arrive. 

 

Picture credit above Lomani Island Resort.

Fijian Island Resorts

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. 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. 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, and solar-powered eco-sanctuaries that provide work and development opportunities for the people of their local communities. 

The Verdict

There’s definitely something for everyone in Fiji, and while this guide was intended to help you narrow down your options, now I just want to go to all of the above. Have a think about what you’re really looking for in your holiday – authentic engagement with the people and nature of Fiji, luxury holiday experiences in world-class resorts, or a personal and private boutique stay in one of the outer islands? No matter what you choose, you’ll experience the incredible warmth and hospitality of the Fijian people, and the idyllic weather and unparalleled scenery of Fiji.

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