Because there’s so much more than laying around on a beach. Think of Fiji and the first image that comes to mind is probably laying by the pool in a resort. But the tropical archipelago doesn’t just cater to sunbathers. There are dozens of incredible adventures to be had – you just need to know where to look.

Sabeto Hot Springs

Located between the cities of Nadi and Lautoka on the island of Viti Levu are the Sabeto Hot Springs, a cluster of naturally occurring springs, providing a rare opportunity to indulge in a therapeutic natural thermal mud spa. Locals believe that the sulphur in the hot springs has healing properties and is an ideal remedy for self-cleansing. The Sabeto Hot Springs has three pools set in lush natural surroundings and is a popular spot for both visitors and locals alike. Contact Aquatours Fiji for your own Mud Pool Tour.


Mt Tomaniivi, Fiji

Yes, there are spectacular beaches, but Fiji has plenty of pristine rivers, lush mountains and glorious waterfalls, too. When you’ve had your fill of laying around, tour operator Talanoa Treks offers three different tours to choose from, including hiking historic trails, climbing up the island nation’s highest peak, Mt Tomaniivi, or journeying upwards to a forest swathed in clouds. The local communities in the area provide all the necessary guides, food and accommodation, giving you an authentic taste of Fiji's rich culture and way of life. Whether you choose to stay in a local village or at a lodge owned by locals without skimping on creature comforts, you’ll discover a whole new side to the archipelago.

Spend a day sea kayaking and snorkelling

Snorkelling, Shangri-La-Yanuca-Island, Fiji

Beach hop your way through the unspoiled wilderness of Kadavu – Fiji’s southernmost island. On Tamarillo Active Travel’s multi-day sea-kayaking safari, you’ll explore one of the world's largest coral reefs – the Great Astrolabe Reef. The serene lagoons of this region are protected from large ocean swells, making it perfect for the whole family to go paddling. With a dedicated guide and tailored itinerary, you'll have the luxury of kayaking at your own pace with a support boat within easy reach. Paddle as little or as much as you want, with plenty of time to snorkel, hike and picnic on remote beaches in between.

Scuba diving with manta rays

Those crystal clear waters are made for more than just good Instagram pics. In fact, Fiji boasts some of the best diving spots in the world. Case in point: Mantaray island in the middle of the Northern Yasawa group of islands. Take all the heavy lifting out of your scuba adventure and let Mantaray Island resort organise everything for you, while you sleep in, relax and soak up resort life. There are two manta ray dives a day, guided by experienced SSI instructors, so no matter your experience level, you’re free to safely enjoy the underwater depths. The resort also hosts cave and coral scuba dives, too, for an unforgettable look at up to 7000 different species of tropical fish. Feel like the equipment is dragging you down? Free dives are also on offer.

Zip through the jungle

Take the excitement up a notch on a zip-lining adventure through the trees. Zip Fiji has two sites to choose from. Their original site near Pacific Harbour is a real treat with eight zip-lines that take you over the stunning Wainadoi River valley. If you're based near Nadi or Denarau Island, you can check out their other site near Momi, a half-hour's drive out of Nadi. This site boasts 16 zip-lines and five kilometres of pure thrills gliding above old-growth trees.

Drive your own dune buggy

Dune buggy, Fiji

Take charge with Fiji’s only self-drive dune buggies on a guided tour with Terratrek. Discover rainforests or head up into the mountains for panoramic views of the islands and sky-high outlooks over the Pacific Ocean.

Surf the best waves

Fijian surfer

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, Fiji has waves for everyone. For those new to the sport, paddle out with Fiji Surf Co or Endless Summer Fiji for a lesson on the more gentle waves. For experienced surfers, Fiji boasts some of the most incredible waves in the world – including the iconic Cloudbreak, one of the planet’s top 10 best surfs, just under five kilometres from Namotu Island.

Take your pick from a variety of charter companies out of Nadi or opt for a stay at one of the world-class resorts, like Namotu Island Resort and Tavarua Island Resort, located right by the adrenalin-pumping breaks. From budget-friendly options like Waidroka Bay Resort, Fiji Beachouse, Funky Fish Beach & Surf Resort or Maqai Beach Eco Resort, to boutique getaways like Mango Bay Resort and Matanivusi Beach Eco Resort to luxury surf charters from Six Senses Fiji, there’s a resort to match every type of budget.


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