Fiji easily conjures images of escapism and indulgence – pperhaps because some of the most popular Fiji vacation destinations are its exclusive private-island resorts. But Fiji is an island nation with many accommodation types, including large family-friendly resorts around Nadi & Denarau Island and along the Coral Coast, dive-centric outposts in the Mamanuca and Northern Islands, and, of course, those intimate Outer Island properties where the focus is on privacy and passion.
What holds these many personalities together is the Fijian people, who just may be the warmest and most welcoming in the South Pacific. From the first time you hear an effusive shout of “Bula!” (welcome) until the time you hear your last “Moce” (goodbye), you will be enthralled by the hospitality, laughter and singing – so much singing – all around you. And when you listen as your resort’s employees, who will now feel like friends, gather around to serenade you with “Isa Lei,” Fiji’s traditional and emotional song of farewell, you know you will be back.
Fiji’s warm translucent South Pacific water is equally inviting and home to some of the best soft coral dive sites on the planet. And the islands – there are 333 of them – are full of fascinating lore and customs, from ceremonial kava drinking and fire walking to traditional bungalow-style bure resorts located next to small thatched-roof villages where you’ll be invited to bring a sevusevu (a small gift of kava root) and meet the chief. It’s the welcoming Fijian way.
Nadi & Denarau Area
Families are drawn to the Nadi/Denarau Island area by its convenience and infrastructure. Parents and can play a round of golf, shop for souvenirs in Nadi town, or enjoy a few relaxing hours in the spa while their children participate in a kids’ program.
Coral Coast Pacific Harbor
If you prefer to stay on the main island of Viti Levu, but want the activity and resort options offered by a 45-mile, palm-tree-dotted playground, the Coral Coast is the Fiji vacation destination for you.
The Mamanuca Islands
Fiji may have the name recognition, but it’s the Mamanuca Islands that have the visual impact. This group of 20 volcanic islands is home to some of Fiji’s most escape-worthy resorts for both couples and families.
Northern Fiji destinations are among the islands’ most physically diverse. Not only do the Northern Fiji islands include Fiji’s second and third largest – Vanua Levu and Taveuni – but they are also home to some of Fiji’s most exclusive private-island resorts.
With names like Yasawa, Vatulele, Royal Davui and the Wakaya Club, these luxurious Fiji island resorts offer unparalleled, all-inclusive accommodation that places a premium on privacy and personal service.
5 Reasons to Take a Vacation to the Private Islands of Fiji
1. A Warm Welcome from your Perfect Hosts
Apart from the perfect tropical weather, to the stunning scenery and world class accommodation. The Fijian people are known to welcome every visitor with a warm smile, big heart and a flower lei! From the time you arrive on this stunning island paradise all your vacation needs will be serenaded by the hospitality of the Fijian people. Experience the gentle and joyful way of life that will renew your spirit. Fiji is one of the hottest places in the world for a vacation!
2. CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE IN PRIVACY AND STYLE.
You and your love will be secluded by the romantic ambiance of the Fijian islands. Immerse yourself in each other in style and privacy. Take a stroll on the beach hand in hand, a nap on a hammock together before experiencing the delicate flavors of Fijian cuisine. Here you will find the perfect romantic existence. The only thing between you and your love will be the white sand on the beach with a sunset backdrop. Many of the Islands in the Sun resorts cater to weddings and couples.
3. ADVENTURURE AWAITS THERE IS NOT TIME TO BE BORED.
Over 330 islands are waiting to be explored in and around the water. Partake in a variety of activities including horse riding, hiking, biking, 4WD safaris, kayaking, jet skiing, white water rafting or renowned world class surfing. Golfers will find a spectacular course near Nadi. Set sail on a yacht or spend a few hours cruising the pacific islands and laying in the sun on the deck or an evening enjoying a delicious lobster dinner while watching the sunset. A visit to local villages with rich historical and cultural treasures. You may take part in a “traditional” Kava ceremony. You may even dare to express yourself though song and dance with the locals or try Fijian fire walking!
4. RENOWNED FOR SOME OF THE BEST SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING.
The Fijian islands boast a range of incredible scuba diving and snorkeling spots. Some of the very best in the world including the world’s fourth largest barrier reef ‘The Great Astrolable Reef’. You will be sure to meet with a variety of colorful coral and marine life including coral gardens, manta rays, turtles and tropical fish.
5. DINNER UNDER THE STARS WHILE BEING SERENADED BY THE SOUND OF THE FIJIAN OCEAN.
There are four basic types of cuisine in Fiji that you’ll find served in homes or restaurants: `local’ or Fijian, European, Chinese, and Indian. Fijian fare is more or less the same as in the rest of the South Pacific—fish, shellfish, pork, beef, chicken, yams, rice, coconut milk, tropical fruits such as bananas, and various greens such as taro leaves or ferns.
- The Fiji Islands are an archipelago of over 330 islands located in the South Pacific region.
- The capital city Suva, is located on the main island of Vitu Levu.
- Nadi is the gateway to Fiji and is home to Fiji's main international airport.
How to Get There
- The Fijian Islands lie in the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of North America.
- Fiji is 10 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Nadi International Airport (NAN), located on the island of Viti Levu (one of the main airline hubs in the South Pacific region).
- There are several domestic airports throughout the Fijian islands. The major ports are Suva, Lautoka, Levuka, and Malau (off Vanua Levu).
- Travel between the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is by air and sea. There are several different air carriers, each of which has a different schedules and price. Private helicopters transfers are also available and are generally more expensive. All transfers can be arranged by our specialists at Islands in the Sun.
- For taxis or transportation needs, it is best to ask the Concierge for options available.
Fiji is 20 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard Time (e.g. 10:00am Tuesday = 2:00pm Monday PST).
Entry and Visa Requirements
Every visitor must have:
- A valid passport is required for entry for at least six (6 ) months beyond the intended period of stay
- A ticket for return or onward travel to another country, which he/she is authorized to enter
- Sufficient funds to cover the planned stay
Entry visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months or less for nationals of US and Canada. Entry requirements are subject to change without notice and it is advisable to check with your Islands in the Sun specialist before departure. For more information on Fiji entry and visa requirements or nationals of other countries, please contact one of the Fiji Embassy offices in United States or Canada.
No vaccines or certifications are required from North America. If originating from an infected area designated by World Health Organization you will require Yellow Fever and Cholera vaccinations. Regardless of the traveler's nationality, entry from high risk areas of the world as defined by the W.H.O requires certifications (please check with your airline).
Due to the prevailing southeast trade winds and the surrounding seas, Fiji’s humid, tropical climate is moderated during most of the year, eliminating extreme heat and humidity.
Dry - winter season: May - November: 66°-88°F (days are fine and warm).
Wet - summer season: December - April: 72°-96°F (humidity is higher and nights and days are warmer).
The official language is English and native languages such as Fijian and Hindustani are also spoken
Currency and Tipping
Visitors can change traveller's cheques and foreign currency at banks and larger hotels/resorts. Credit cards are widely accepted. Banking hours in Fiji are from 9:30am to 3:00pm Mondays to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays, and 09:30am to 12noon on Saturdays at selected areas.
There is an ANZ currency exchange service at the arrivals concourse at Nadi Airport, which is open 24 hours. ATM machines are located around the country and larger resorts and hotels for convenience.
Tipping is not encouraged. Some resorts may offer a staff "fund" where tips for exceptional service can be made and are shared by the staff.
Bargaining is not customary.
Visitors to Fiji are required to pay $30.00 departure tax in Fijian currency following check-in if not already included in their international tickets. Children under 12 are exempt.
Water and Electricity
Water: tap water is safe to drink in most hotels and restaurants. If in doubt, enquire with your hotel or drink bottled.
Electricity: 240 volts, if your applications are 110 volts, check for a 110/220volt switch. If there is none, you will need a converter. Fiji uses 3 pin outlets. Leading hotels and resorts may offer universal outlets for 240 volts or 110 volts shavers, hair dryers, etc. Islands in the Sun recommend bringing a universal adaptor.
Internet and Telecommunications
Internet access is readily available on most islands and at many hotels and resorts.
The country code is +679. Fiji does not have area codes. Most hotels and resorts have direct dialing facilities (IDD). Card phones are also available in urban centers and can be bought from any shop that has the Telecom Call card signage. Cell phone coverage on most islands is readily available. Vodafone Fiji Ltd operates a GSM digital mobile communications service. Please check with your home cell network providers for roaming status before travelling to Fiji, otherwise cell phones and/or sim cards are also available for hire or for purchase upon arrival from any Vodafone outlet.
As advised by Tourism Fiji, The Fijian people have their own customs and culture that are an integral part of their everyday life. To enter a Fijian village, one should seek permission from a Village Elder or be invited by one of the villagers. When entering a village there are some do's and don'ts that are more in keeping with good taste than with custom:
- Do dress modestly and comfortably.
- You may want to bring some Kava plant native to the Pacific islands also known as Yaqona (it symbolizes the giving of life) to present to the village. This is always appreciated.
- When entering a bure (house) you should take your shoes off at the door to help keep the bure clean.
- Fijians are very giving people, and this sometimes can work to their disadvantage - use common sense in taking food or family possessions. A good rule of thumb - it is better to give than to receive.
Essential Items to Pack
- Brimmed hats
- Insect repellent
Ever dreamed of getting married on your very own private island? With an undeniably romantic backdrop, whether it is a wedding, renewal of vows or specials anniversary, your celebration in Fiji will be your dream come true.
Weddings in Fiji are affordable – and legally binding. Many resorts have wedding planners. Float towards the shore on a traditional Fijian wedding raft and exchange vows under swaying palm trees as Fijians serenade you. Magic made in paradise!
Our Islands in the Sun Fiji specialists can assist you with planning your dream day. Fiji Tourism has outlined the necessary steps involved with planning your Fijian wedding.
Honeymoon Wedding Registry
Islands in the Sun offer a honeymoon wedding registry as a convenient alternative to the traditional bridal registry. Talk to our specialists to set up your free registry!
How it works:
- Add items to your registry with your dedicated honeymoon planner
- Inform your friends and family about the trip
- Guests contact us to purchase from your registry
- Collect wedding gifts
- Have the honeymoon of your dreams!
Romance and Honeymoons
Islands in the Sun offer high quality accommodation options whether it is for your dream wedding or for a romantic vacation of a lifetime. You can find your perfect Fiji romance or wedding / honeymoon package. Our specialists have helped thousands of couples have an unforgettable time in Fiji.
Why is Fiji so perfect for romance?
- A romantic getaway or honeymoon in Fiji provides a lifetime of memories.
- Fancy a moonlight swim, gazing over fiery sunsets, secluded champagne picnics on deserted beaches, exotic cocktails and private moments with your love.
- Many resorts have honeymoon specials
- You may also wish to select one of the resorts that cater to adults only.
Our Islands in the Sun properties offer a range of dining options from fine to casual dining experiences, ask our experts for more details!
Nadi and Denarau
There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from in Nadi that offer a range of local and international menus. Denarau resorts also offer a variety of dining options, including a selection of waterfront dinning options at Port Denarau, this can be great place to view the sunrise at breakfast or watch the ferries depart for the day.
Sonaisali Island Resort
The Resort's International Chefs produce innovative and fresh menu options daily using the finest ingredients, many of which are home-grown in the island's rich volcanic soil. Food is influenced by the best of Asia/Pacific, Indian and European cuisines. Dining options include Pacific Sunset Terrace Restaurant for open air dining surrounded by one of the largest lagoon style pools in Fiji. The Plantation Restaurant is renowned as one of the best fine dining Restaurants in Fiji.
Tadrai Island Resort
Dining options include Pacific Rim cuisine served in the signature Na Vatu Rock Pool Restaurant, private chef in-room dining, and gourmet picnic basket to be savoured at any of Tadrai's four secluded white sandy beaches.
Namale Island Resort
5 star ‘all inclusive’ dining in paradise with a world class menu. Resort rates are inclusive of all meals, champagne breakfast, 3 course lunches and 5 course dinners, all beverages and daily replenish of the mini bar.
Matangi Private Island Resort
Meals are served in the Vale-Ni-Kana Dining Room. The Matangi dining experience is largely influenced by the tropical surroundings blended with the Fijian heritage. Menus are prepared daily with the finest and freshest ingredients creating all the unique flavors of the South Pacific.
Tokoriki Island Resort
There is a variety of options for dining at Tokoriki. The renowned Chefs create a daily changing menu featuring a mix of European, Asian and Fijian flavors. On Wednesdays, you can experience a traditional Fijian Lovo feast complete with traditional Meke performance, followed by a Kava ceremony. Sunday nights is a Mongolian Stir Fry night.
Mana Island Resort & Spa
You can experience casual or fine dining options, with two restaurants. South Beach Restaurant offers fine dining and serves haute fusion cuisine. Mamanuca Restaurant is casual dining experience that serves buffet for all meals with a great International theme every night of the week.