Posted by on 30 Mar 2021 , in Islands
Exuding tropical essence from every palm-fringed, sun kissed beach across 300-odd islands, Fiji offers something for everyone.
DENARAUDenarau is the gateway to the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands. It’s also home to many world-class resorts, restaurants, shops and a championship 18-hole golf course!
Denarau is less than a 30-minute drive from Nadi International Airport and is the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands. It is a man-made sanctuary and is home to many world-class resorts, restaurants and entertainment, including a championship 18-hole golf course. With all types of boats docking right up next to the shops in Port Denarau Marina, getting out to the islands has never been easier.
Staying in Denarau is a great option for people who want the luxuries of being able to eat out at multiple restaurants, have activities right on their doorsteps and not be too far away from the airport, meaning less travel time. There are a few hotel options that have apartment style accommodation allowing you to self-cater.
- The Bula Bus is a great way to get around in Denarau, for only $8 FJD (approx. $5 AUD) per adult per day you can hop on the local mini Bula Bus which will transport you between all of the hotels, Marina, Waterpark and Golf Course.
Fiji's Coral Coast
The Coral Coast is the long stretch of coastline between Suva and Sigatoka on the main island of Viti Levu and is home to many large resorts. Most of the big resorts that are located along the Coral Coast generally offer everything you need, from beautiful large swimming pools to multiple restaurants, bars, spa facilities and plenty of activities that you can choose from.
Along the Coral Coast, the reef is very close to the shore which makes its very tidal. The reef is exposed for long lengths of time (except for some of the lagoons) meaning it’s only possible to swim and snorkel off the beach at high tide. During low tide, why not spend your time swimming in the stunning pools located within your resort!
- Getting to your resort
Getting to your accommodation in the Coral Coast can take anywhere between 45minutes to 3 hours depending on where you’re staying. If your flight arrives late or you feel like getting to your resort quicker, we recommend opting for a private transfer to your resort, as the shared transfers often stop at other resorts along the way down the Coral Coast and can take a long time. The quicker you get there, the quicker you will be checked in and having your first beachside cocktail!
- Meal Plans
Most resorts are quite spread-out along the Coral Coast so you are more likely to eat at the resort you stay at, majority of these resorts offer great meal plans which are worth pre purchasing as they are generally cheaper than paying for it when you get there. This is a great way to keep the costs down by ensuring everything is taken care of before you leave, allowing you to completely budget your costs on things that matter like beachside cocktails and Fijian souvenirs!
- We usually recommend our guests to choose at least the half board meal plan so you can enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the resort, go on an adventure in the afternoon such as tour to a nearby village or a sigatoka river safari then come back and enjoy a delicious island dinner at one of your resorts great restaurants!
The Mamanuca Islands are a string of 20 idyllic islands just off the coast of Fiji, these islands are very popular and are easily accessible from Nadi. These islands are what you imagine Fiji to look like, white powdery sand, swaying palm trees reaching out to the crystal-clear waters which are teaming with tropical fish.
The Mamanuca Islands offer plenty of great options for accommodation, ranging from 5-star overwater bungalows to family style beach bures, to even budget accommodation. There is something for everyone within the Mamanuca Islands and we believe no trip to Fiji is complete without a visit to one of them even if its just for a day trip!
The Yasawa Islands consist of an archipelago of approximately 20 volcanic, remote islands. These islands are rugged and ‘real’ and undoubtedly one of the most stunning regions of Fiji. The islands were formed millions of years ago by volcanoes and many of the islands are home to traditional local villages.
There are many different styles of accommodation within the Yasawa Islands, ranging from eco-friendly boutique resorts, to budge style huts, to a 5-star Resort. The common factor with these properties is they are all located on incredible islands with palm-fringed white sandy beaches, tempting lagoons and colourful coral reefs.
The Northern Islands in Fiji are remarkably different from the other regions in Fiji, here you will find lush rainforests with hidden lakes, spectacular waterfalls and some of the best scuba sites in the world. This region is made up of Fiji’s second and third largest islands, Vanua Leve and Taveuni, plus dozens of smaller outer islands.
It’s here you will find Savusavu, located on the south coast of Vanua Levu, which is the second largest island in Fiji. Often referred to as “Fiji’s hidden Paradise”, you will be sure to find more palm trees here than people. Savusavu is home to bubbling hot springs, incredible dive sites, tumbling waterfalls, giant clams and rainbow pearls. Thanks to the rich volcanic soil, you can find an abundance of vanilla, coffee beans, cocoa, coconuts and sweet pineapples growing here.
Taveuni is often referred to as “The Garden Isle” due to its pristine rainforests which are home to some of Fijians rare flora and endemic birdlife, making Taveuni an eco-tourist dream holiday. Bouma National Heritage Park makes up one third of the island and it’s here you can find Fiji’s most iconic waterfall – Tavoro (Bouma) Falls. There are plenty of adventurous walks you can take throughout the jungle and the stunning coastline.
The Northern Islands of Fiji are full of many great adventures just waiting to be had and there’s a good chance you will never want to leave!