About 300 islands in the South Pacific and two distinct cultures, native Fijian and Hindu, make up the alluring tropical nation of Fiji. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the two largest islands and many smaller islands are also worth considering. Known for its friendly people, unique lush foliage and rich sea life, Fiji is the ideal destination for couples seeking castaway tranquility. Fiji has exotic culture, unspoiled beaches and dreamy thatched bungalow accomodation for a true dream honeymoon destination.
Before You Go: Need-to-know info
Flight time: (To Nadi, Fiji) Appromimately 4 hours from Sydney and 11 hours from Perth
Getting around: Bus, taxi and ferry
When To Go: Fiji at its best
Best weather: Dry season, called Fiji Winter, is from May to October
Best prices: December to April
What To Do
Enjoy the surroundings: The garden island of Taveuni is southeast of Vanua Levu and includes Mount Uluiqalau, notable because it lies at the 180th Meridian, 12 hours east and west from Greenwich, and the Bouma National Heritage Park. Here you can stroll the Lavena Coastal Walk or take the guided Vidawa Forest Walk, ending with a natural water slide and swim in the idyllic Bouma waterfalls, which was a rain forest movie setting for Return to the Blue Lagoon. There’s plenty of nature off the coastline too, with Jean-Michel Cousteau named Fiji the Soft Coral Capital of the World.
Drink Kava: Once used as part of a spiritual ceremony, this tea like beverage brewed from the ground roots of the Piper plant is now a mainstay at every social gathering. It’s the tradition to clap once before you drink the Kava and three times after you’re finished.
Get a workout: Fiji offers terrain to suit every degree of athlete. Trek the Sigatoka sand dunes, hike Mount Korobaba, tee off on palm studded golf courses by the sea or careen down the rock mazes of the Wainikoroiluva River on Viti Levu in a white water raft.