More to Fiji than beaches

Bored by beaches? Fiji offers an interesting range of distractions:

  • Visit the ‘Garden of the Sleeping Giant’, a collection of tropical orchids started in 1977 by Raymond ‘Perry Mason’ Burr in his home.
  • Visit the Sawa-i-lau Caves, sculpted over the centuries by limestone erosion and famous as the location for Brook Shields’ 1980 movie, Blue Lagoon.
  • Play golf, with many courses offering wonderful (but distracting!) views of the ocean, lagoons, rainforest and valleys. The 18 championship holes at Denarau Golf and Racquet Club are considered the number one course in the entire South Pacific.
  • Go diving. In the words of Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques, ‘Few places remain on the planet as beautiful as Fiji – the diversity of life on these vital coral reefs is overwhelming’. Dive sites are both exciting and varied, with sheer 3,000-foot reef walls, shallow sunlit coral gardens and underwater caves. And if you’ve never dived, this is a great place to learn.
  • Explore the Sigatoka River by jet boat, a scintillating 4-hour ride through pristine scenery.
  • Offer the village chief a gift of yoqona, the mildly narcotic, tongue are numbing ceremonial drink made from from the dried root of the kava plant. You can ask questions about village life at his feet. Most Fijians live traditional rural lives, bound by clans chiefs and communal property.
  • Visit a factory where perfumes and premium body lotions traditionally are blended coconut, frangipani, mango, passion flower and gingerlily.
  • Put one foot in today and another ways, in yesterday at the International Dateline which runs though the island of Taveuni (although, for obvious reasons, the line is ‘bent’ around Fiji so that all the islanders share the same day of the week).
  • Go on your honeymoon. Few places in the world offer such a romantic setting. You can even get married ‘on location’, weddings being legal under British Law and very easy to organise.

The facts

There’s a wide choice of places to stay. Among our most popular resorts are Royal Davui, Yasawa Island Resort, Likuliku, Matangi and Matamanoa.

Weather wise, Fiji is at its best from May to October, which conveniently coincides with ‘honeymoon season’. Yes, you can drink the water and everyone speaks English.

Visas can be obtained on arrival at no additional charge for British citizens.

Costs for a 2-week stay,combining Matangiand Likuliku, are from £1,800 per person including all meals but not flights.

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