Various life events lead you to different places, and it was our friend’s wedding that bought us to Fiji.
I’ve had heard so much about Fiji from my sister and her beautiful Fijian friend, Tia. I was so excited to visit the place that I was told had such friendly hospitality especially towards families, clear coral reefs and lots of island treasures.
Limited time obviously meant limited adventuring. Nevertheless here are the five things I’d recommend on doing when staying in Fiji.
1. Stay at Castaway Island Resort
Transport: An hour cruise on the SOUTH SEA CRUISES catamaran or a private transfer.
One resort one island. A very family orientated resort. I was super impressed with their freshly refurbished beach, ocean view and land bures. The resort is at the end of the island swaddled by both the north and south beaches. Having both beaches means you can find a calm beach spot no matter where the wind is blowing from.
I’d recommend staying on the north side especially if you want to stay close to the action. North Beach has the all the free watersports and of course the beach bar. It also allows you to lye in your cozy king bed and watch the kids playing on the beach without leaving the comforts of your aircon room.
TIP: Bring snacks and even drinks from the main island. Like the rest of Fiji its not cheap when buying from a resort convience store.
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2. Paddle across to the Castaway Island Pontoon
Grab a free kayak or a stand up paddle board and paddle your way around the east side of the island to your private floating pontoon. Grab lunch and drinks for the day, and spend the day exploring the reef and the nearby secluded beaches.
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3. Take a boat to the Inner Reef
Even though Castaway Island is situated within swimming distance of the reef and has the most amazing snorkelling, we still opt to see more. The inner reef was a Fijian aquarium. Much bigger fish, reef sharks, turtles and of course the most amazing clear water.
We paid about 70 Australian dollars each, but it was money worth spent. The boat ride was only 10 minutes from the Castaway Island, and you got about an hour and a half in the water. Life vest, snorkels and flippers were all provided free of charge.
4. Visit Boro Finau Waterfall at Biausevu on the main Island of Fiji
We could have organised a tour, but we chose to hire a car and drive out to the village on our own. Not only was this a cheaper option but it also allowed us to stop and see other places along the way. No need for a 4WD, I think we had the worlds smallest car, and it made it comfortably up to the village on the dirt road. This was in dry weather conditions; a 4WD might be a better option in the rain espacially in their wet season.
On entry to the village, we were greeted by one of the locals. We were asked to join in on their welcoming ceremony and share a cup of kava.
A village tour is available and encouraged by the locals. You can see and say hi to the kids at school, see how the Fijians live, walk or ride a horse to the waterfall and even buy some locally made souvenirs.
Village entry: FJD 25 per adult/kids free
Horse ride into the waterfall: FJD 40 person
Coconut at the end of the tour FJD 7 each
+ +TIPS, so bring cash
The walk in was easy and had a thin concrete path for the majority of the way. The swim in the waterhole was beautiful and refreshing. Toilets and change room were also provided. We stayed for a while and somehow managed to convince the young local boys to show off some of their Fijian tricks.
The drive to the waterfall from Denarau was over an hour and a half. Both kids and I loved it and would give it 10 out of 10!
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5. Zip line canopy tour
Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to doing this flying adventure, but it was the last must do on our list. Our kids are up for anything that flies you through the air and gets them screaming!
Zip Fiji is a canopy tour and is only 35 minutes out of Nadi! The giant zipline acts as a vehicle for an ecological and cultural appreciation.