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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!