Best Fiji Activities Apart From Sunbathing

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I wrote a couple of posts on how to plan a trip to Fiji and why I love Fiji, but I never mentioned what you can actually do when you’re there. Many people are convinced that while the Fiji islands are gorgeous, apart from lying on the beach there’s not much to do in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

I met a lot of people who weren’t convinced about going to Fiji because they expected to quickly get bored of the beach after a whole week. Truth to be told they’re wrong, as Fiji has a lot of activities to offer!Fiji

What can you do out there apart from getting sunburned? Here are my top 7 Fiji activities:

1. Experience the local culture

Fiji isn’t just about idyllic South Pacific islands capes. What makes these islands so enchanting are the people. Starting from a friendly Bula! you can easily get lost in the Fijian party full of belly and fire dancers and experience great hospitality.

You can attend a  traditional Fijian feast centered around a traditional slow-cooked meal prepared in an “earth” oven or pit while learning to prepare a local alcohol called ‘Kava’. I’m not a big fan of kava, but it’s a must-try when you’re in Fiji.

Just don’t try to go to the village on your own. Be introduced by your guide who can familiarize you with the correct protocol.

2. See a lagoon from the sky while skydiving

Yes! If you’re an adrenaline seeker Fiji won’t disappoint you. You need to arrange your skydive in Nadi, but the company is very flexible when it comes to the specific landing point. My advice: ask to be flown over Vuda Point to see a small island shaped like a foot!Fiji activities

3. Learn how to sail

If you find yourself on Beachcomber island, you can easily book a sailing tour. Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before, as you can go with an instructor. A trip like this can be a lot of fun and it allows you to bond with your friends and loved ones while you’re learning something together.

Usually you can stop at the island where the movie ‘Cast Away’ with Tom Hanks was filmed, so movie fans will be delighted.. After I visited this island I realized that I probably wouldn’t mind being lost there for a while as it’s extremely pretty!Fiji boat

4. Swim into a cave

I always think that after seeing so many caves nothing can surprise me, but Fiji has one of the most beautiful caves I’ve ever been to. Situated inside a pretty little island in the Blue Lagoon, the Sawailau caves allow you to swim into them and if you’re brave enough, continue into a second chamber through an underwater tunnel.

5. Dive with sharks

Fiji is famous for diving, but the whole thing gets even more exciting when bigger animals than fish are involved. Fijian reefs are home to some friendly sharks (not the great white sharks like in ‘Jaws’, these are actually quite cute).

If you’re lucky you can dive with them, but be prepared to go on a few dives as you might not see them instantly. After all it’s kind of a water safari, but when you finally see a few sharks it’s amazing!

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If you’re lucky a shark might give you hi5! 😉

6.Go river rafting in Upper Navua

It’s a shame I discovered this after I left Fiji, so be better prepared than I was and do it! River rafting in Fiji is probably the most unique way of discovering islands in the South Pacific.

The views are stunning and you can go through narrow passages and pass waterfalls, but still paddle around through some rafts. I definitely want to do it next time I’m in Fiji!Fiji activities

7. Sandboard on the dunes

Fiji has basically everything including the desert. The Sand Dunes at the Sigakota National Park offer sandboarding! The dunes contain a diverse mixture of endemic and introduced plant species. So while you’re playing with your board you can also see some plants.

The National Park is also  host to 22 species of birds, eight of which are endemic to Fiji, including the Fiji Bush Warbler, Fiji Goshawk, and Orange-breasted Mycenaean. Skinks, lizards, geckos and fruit bats also find refuge in the park’s extensive habitat.dunes

Remember that Fiji islands are quite spread out. It’s not that easy to jump between the islands every day without planning things in advance. For more information regarding planning a trip to Fiji check out this post!

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20 Comments

  1. Apr 13, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    The Fiji Islands must definitely be a stunning voyage! And all the incredible things you can do there… i would love to learn how to sail or do rafting or just anything actually! Lovely post! Have a nice day,
    Vera

    • Apr 13, 2015 / 11:03 pm

      You should definitely visit Fiji! 🙂

  2. Shark
    Apr 16, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Come and give me High-fives everybody!

    • Apr 17, 2015 / 10:49 pm

      Thanks dear! Definitely go to Fiji! 🙂

  3. Apr 19, 2015 / 10:06 am

    I think that swimming with sharks… it’s not for me, but exploring island from the river perspective, during rafting, it would be exciting. Because all I can say: laying on the sand and burning in sun it is not perspective i love 🙂
    So thanks for advice!

    • Apr 19, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Hehe, you’re a guy so I’m not surprised! 😀

  4. Apr 19, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Go river rafting in Upper Navua – nice idea! I would like to try this one! 🙂

  5. Wapniaki Wdrodze
    Apr 20, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    What is preparing the Kava drink? What’s taste ?

    • Apr 20, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      Ha… Kava tastes pretty much horrible 😀 You make it on a cloth what makes the whole process look a bit strange, but it’s a must-try in Fiji 😉

  6. Apr 21, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Fiji has always been just sand, water and cold drinks for me and I would never think you can do such activities like rafting there! Sounds amazing!

  7. Jun 16, 2015 / 7:21 am

    A question, is that learn how to sail course just a day thing or do they actually have a course where you can get a license?

    • Jun 16, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      You can do an intro day sailing or a full course – same as with diving 😉

  8. Aug 4, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I have just booked my tickets to go to Samoa and Fiji in October/November for over 3 weeks and I am beyond excited!! I am starting to do some research on what to do and where to go. I would finally like to do my PADI there. Do you know anything about prices? I am seriously considering investing in GoPro or underwater housing for my camera. I am sure the underwater photos would look amazing!

    • Aug 5, 2015 / 6:37 pm

      OMG amazing! I know that this hostel I stayed at in Mana Island in Fiji offers PADI courses and they’re affordable. If Eefa is still teaching then you’d have an amazing time!

  9. CYNTHIA
    Apr 20, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Should I visit Philippines or Fiji?

    • Apr 23, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Both are nice. Philippines are cheaper, but why don’t you just visit both places? 🙂

  10. Mae
    May 3, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    Hi Anna
    We are going to be flying into Nadi From Los Angeles-
    We are looking for places to stay-preferably an over 16age hotel,or bure.
    I am not one for roughing/backpacking but would like a nice place on
    one of the islands that is not going to break the bank.. beach beach beach for me
    but some activities too.. Cleanliness and really good food are very important as
    I have health and digestive issues. Can you give me any advise?!
    Is October a good time to visit or is it too close to typhoon season. August may be an option.
    Originally we planned on Nov. but from what I read it may not be the best time..
    How are the mosquitos?

    • May 3, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Hey! I was there at the end of November and it was totally fine – great weather actually! Check out my other articles on Fiji – I gave some accommodation recommendation for Fiji there 🙂 But from the top of my head I can recommend you Plantation Island resort – great place 🙂

  11. Kevin
    Oct 16, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Hmmmmmmm……almost everything is still a water-sport activity though. I mean, yeah, those are different than sunbathing, but they are all still water sports. Sand-boarding isn’t, but otherwise.

    You did have one cultural thing. I guess that would be interesting, how are the cultural things interesting, besides the kava. I guess that is interesting too.

    Actually, my constant question to myself. Is Fiji worth it, when a person can just go to Bali, Thailand, Phils….get all the beach stuff you need PLUS have a large array of OTHER large cities and tons of other amenities that are seemingly unlimited.

    Sometimes when I think of Fiji, I image its kind of like going to an isolated island in the Phils or Thailand….but 1000s of miles away from anywhere, and not real decent cities with much to do. I have to say that reading this article just made me reinforce that same image/feeling.

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