Think of Fiji and you’re naturally drawn to sun, sand, culture and lazy days on the beach with swaying palm trees and perhaps a cocktail in hand. It’s enough to put anyone in a holiday state of mind.
In the Fijian archipelago, there are over the 330 dreamy islands, of which around 106 are inhabited. Fly and choose any number of resorts to suit your budget or choose to cruise to the islands and relax all the way.
Here’s a beginner’s guide to Fiji’s more popular islands.
Viti Levu is the largest of Fijian islands, and at over 10,000 square-kilometres, it’s one of the largest in the South Pacific.
You’ll find the main airport here, Nadi International, and also the capital Suva, about 200 kilometres away.
The Yasawas lay north-west of Viti Levu and their remoteness is part of the appeal.
There are a handful of upscale resorts but plenty of affordable accommodation to escape somewhere quiet.
And you won’t find banks or shopping malls here either, instead, plenty of outdoor adventures like hiking, snorkelling and diving.
GETTING THERE – Captain Cook Cruises sail these spectacular islands, or choose a sea plane and helicopter transfers can be arranged with your resort. Ferry or catamaran connections take about 3.5-hours and depart daily from Denarau Island Marina.
This island complex is on the island of Viti Levu, joined by a small causeway and where you’ll find all the big hotel brands like Sheraton, Hilton, Westin, Sofitel and more.
It’s the perfect place for families with over-sized pools, nannies, kid’s clubs, multiple bars, restaurants and so much more.
Sea transfers to the Yasawa Islands or the Mamanucas Islands depart from the marina also.
GETTING THERE – shuttles, local buses and taxis are available from Nadi airport and the city.
With very few roads and only one small town, Kadavu is where you’ll get back to nature.
It’s also home to the stunning Great Astrolabe Reef where you can explore a vibrant underwater world. Back on land, it’s all about the lush tropical rainforests, bird watching and relaxing.
GETTING THERE – Flights to Kadavu are available on Fiji Airways from Nadi and Suva.
Many resorts offer connecting boat transfers from Suva or land transport from the airport. There’s also a ferry that departs daily from Suva.
Made up of 20 islands, the Mamanucas are a mix of large scale resorts and more intimate and boutique style hotels.
The islands may have a familiar look about them as several movies and TV shows have used them as a backdrop including Tom Hanks’ Castaway and the reality TV smash, Survivor.
GETTING THERE – Captain Cook Cruises are specialists on the Mamanuca Islands. Helicopter or sea plane transfers are the fastest and most streamlined method of travel. South Sea Cruises provides three daily boat departures from Denarau Island Marina.
The island nation’s first capital of Lavuka, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, was here in the Lomaiviti group of islands.
Parts could be described as rustic, but a stay here is a fascinating look into Fiji’s colonial past.
You will also find a selection of private and exclusive resorts.
GETTING THERE – Private flights are available from Nadi and Suva.
Fiji Airways offers scheduled flights to the island of Koro from Suva. There are also regular ferry services from Suva.
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