Bula! The best things to do in Fiji

Dreaming of an island getaway? Fiji has 333 of them!

Crystal clear water, white sand and palm trees on a sunny day on Dravuni Island, Fiji.
  • Jetstar
  • February 2022

Warm and welcoming, tropical and relaxing, photogenic and loaded with natural riches – Fiji is one dreamy holiday destination. It’s made up of 333 islands, more beaches than you can throw a towel on and some of the most glistening water and technicolour coral you can imagine. The main island is Viti Levu, home to Nadi, the main Fijian port of entry. Nadi, with its shops, restaurants and hotels, works as a gateway to the rest of Fiji. Loaded with eco-friendly adventures, surfing and watersports, fun resorts and cultural offerings, this lush Pacific nation will capture your heart.

Go snorkelling with tropical fish

Fiji is prime snorkelling territory, rich in coral reef ecosystems that you can safely explore. Some you can access straight from the beach, like on Mana Island. Others can be reached via a short boat ride. Check out Supermarket Reef, named for the massive variety of sea creatures you can spot underwater – psychedelic coral formations, stacks of tropical fish, turtles, even reef sharks. Check out dive sites around Beqa Island and Yanuca Island. For kid-friendly sites, try the shallow sandbar snorkel spots within the Mamanuca Islands.

Tropical fish swimming around colourful coral in Fiji.
Fiji is a technicolour underwater wonderland.

Learn to surf and SUP

So you’ve been snorkelling and seen what’s happening under the water. Now it’s time to get on the surface and learn to ride those waves. Fiji, with its perfect ocean temperature, is one of the world’s best surfing destinations. It’s renowned for massive barrels at Cloudbreak, but there are plenty of options for beginners, especially in the Mamanuca Islands and on the Coral Coast. Take some lessons, hire a board from your surf instructor and let them point you to the best spots. In general, go early in the morning as winds can pick up in the afternoon. Don’t fancy riding a wave? You’ll find Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons in many of the same areas.

Back view of a man standing on a paddle board in the water at a white sand beach in Fiji, with a child sitting on one next to him.
Surf or SUP, you can find your style in Fiji.

Visit the marine parks

Fiji has more than 200 marine parks, and with a focus on sustainable nature-based tourism and marine conservation, there are some unforgettable experiences waiting for you. Start with places like Treasure Island and Vomo Island, where you can visit rehabilitation centres for endangered sea turtles and watch little bales of infant turtles waddling back off into the wild. Other excellent marine parks include Waitabu, Namena, Na Tabu’ and Shark Reef Marine Reserve.

Close-up of a sea turtle swimming in clear, blue water.
Fiji is big on marine conservation and education.

Spend family time on Denarau Island

If you’re heading to Fiji with the fam, Denarau Island is home to eight family resorts, as well as the super-fun Big Bula Waterpark. There are heaps of child-friendly activities at kids’ clubs, or you can all play mini golf, hang out by the pool, hit the bungee tramps, see a cultural show and just generally have a blast of a family holiday. Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands are easily reached from Port Denarau if you’re planning a day out snorkelling or diving.

Curved pool surrounded by gardens and palms at a resort, Denarau Island, Fiji.
Grab a spot by the pool to relax with the whole family.

Discover history in Sigatoka Sand Dunes

If you’re looking for a national park that’s something out of the box, visit Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. Not only does this 650-hectare park have sand dunes that arc up to 60 metres in height, it’s one of the most important archaeological sites in the Pacific. It’s the site of one of Fiji’s earliest settlements and excavations have unearthed pottery shards that are 2600 years old! This wildly beautiful park offers some excellent walks, unique native flora and fauna, amazing landscapes and fascinating history.

A towering sand dune dotted with shrubs, with palms in the foreground, at Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, Fiji.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is full of striking landscapes like this.

How to get there

Fly Jetstar to Nadi (NAN), Fiji’s main international airport. From Sydney, the average flight time is just under 4 hours.

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