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15 BEST Places to Visit in Fiji

15 BEST Places to Visit in Fiji

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For such a small country, Fiji has an impressive amount of unique places to visit. Since the first time we came to this magical island, we have found countless places that wowed us. It’s one of the reasons we keep going back. There’s so much to do in Fiji!

We have been lucky enough to visit multiple times over the years and do many day trips and island tours. If you’re visiting for the first time, it can be difficult to know where to go for an unforgettable experience. That’s why we put together all of the best places to visit in Fiji in one spot to help you decide!

1. Garden of the Sleeping Giant

A tree in the jungle with a sign that says watch your step at the garden of the sleeping giant fiji
Watch your step!
A purple flower at the garden of the sleeping giant fiji
Look at those colors!

Tucked into the foothills of the Nausori Highlands outside of Nadi, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is one of the most impressive botanical showcases in the South Pacific. The first time we came here, we couldn’t believe what we were looking at – an area the size of 50 football fields covered in tropical plants and more than two thousand different kinds of orchids! It is absolutely stunning.

Interestingly enough, the orchid collection was originally started by actor Raymond Burr and has been opened to the public after his passing. While this is the highlight of this location, it is more than just flowers. Sleeping Giant is the mountain that serves as the backdrop for this incredible display of plant life and at its base is a manicured trail that will lead you through the jungle and along a path that shows off some of Fiji’s many native plants. 

If you are of moderate physical fitness, the short hike through the countryside shouldn’t be too difficult, but it can get a little hot so bring water with you. Entrance to the garden is $11 USD.

However, we think the best way to experience this place is on a guided tour. What we love about the tour is that your guide explains all of the different plants you see. What’s even better is the visits to the mud pools and a local village after! Entrance tickets for all of the stops are included as well as round-trip transportation. This tour is a great way to experience the gardens and then some all in one day. Tickets start at $105 USD if you’re staying in the Nadi area.

2. Castaway Island 

Bailey with her friends on the beach at Castaway Island Fiji

Castaway Island is a private island resort located in the gorgeous Mamanuca Islands. We visited on our last trip to Fiji and wrote an entire review of the island here (spoiler alert: we loved it!).

Now it’s important to note that this island is not the one where Cast Away the movie was shot. That island is called Monuriki and is an uninhabited island off the coast of Fiji’s main island. So you luckily won’t need any survival skills during your stay here!

This island resort boasts an impressive 4 restaurants, a pool, and a bunch of activities from snorkeling to beach volleyball. To really get the full island experience, you can actually stay overnight at Castaway Island Resort in one of their luxury beachfront bures! Staying overnight is quite pricey though and tends to book up really far in advance.

A good alternative is to do what we did and take this day trip to the island to hang out and use the resort facilities for the day! It leaves Port Denarau around 9 am and the boat ride to Castaway Island will take about 90 minutes. We had about 5 hours on the island to suntan on the beach, use the pool, eat a complimentary lunch, snorkel the reef, and enjoy some activities before heading back.

This tour costs $140 USD including Nadi area hotel transfers, boat transport, lunch, and snorkeling equipment. You’ll have to budget extra for drinks, using any water sports equipment, and accessing the kids’ club.

3. Port Denarau

Bailey and Daniel enjoy dinner out in Port Denarau, Fiji
Out for dinner in Port Denarau, Fiji
Bailey shops in Port Denarau, Fiji
This is the place to get your shopping done!

Port Denarau is a resort area only 10 km (6 miles) away from the Nadi International Airport on the main island of Viti Levu. It’s home to the Port Denarau Marina, which is where all the ferries and boats depart from on their way out to the smaller islands. Because of this, many people only visit Port Denarau briefly while waiting for their boats to depart. But we don’t think this is enough time to properly enjoy all that Port Denarau has to offer!

Port Denarau boasts 9 different resorts as well as the country’s largest collection of clothing stores, spas, jewelry stores, and restaurants. There is even an 18-hole championship golf course and a waterpark here. There is truly something for everyone!

Whenever we visit Fji we love to go shopping in the Port Denarau Shopping Center. My personal favorite store is Jack’s of Fiji, a one-stop shop for all of your souvenir needs including colorful “Bula” shirts and sarongs. As far as dining goes, there are many great ocean-front restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. Some of my favorites are Indigo for Indian cuisine, and Bone Fish for fresh seafood.

If you’re looking for some fun or have kids with you, make sure to visit the Big Bula Waterpark. This is Fiji’s largest waterpark with multiple slides and obstacle courses to keep you entertained for hours. It costs $52 USD per adult (13+) and you can purchase skip-the-line tickets in advance here to secure your spot.

We recommend staying a couple of nights in Port Denarau to see everything it has to offer. We love staying at the Radisson Blu Resort as it has a stretch of private beach out front and huge gardens! Staying in Port Denarau also makes it very easy to do island day trips since you don’t have to travel far to the marina. And if you are heading out to the islands for a few nights, Port Denarau is a convenient place to stay when you get back since the ferries usually don’t get back till around 6 pm.

4. Malamala Beach Club 

Daniel and Bailey relax in the infinity pool at Malamala Beach Club
The infinity pool!
The sliders and tacos at Malamala Beach Club
Tacos and sliders!

Malamala Beach Club is a sleek, modern beach club on a private island, and visiting here is one of our favorite tours in Fiji! We came here with some of our wedding guests and had such a fun day. 

The only way to get here is on this full-day tour that includes almost 7 glorious hours of Malamala’s beautiful scenery and awesome infinity pool, as well as free use of snorkeling, kayaking, and SUPing equipment. If you’re looking for more of a resort-style experience than a rustic beach club, then you’ll LOVE Malamala. 

The water is crystal clear and boasts an impressive reef out front – we even saw a turtle! When you’re not in the water you can relax on the beach while listening to great music and sipping a cocktail. Or visit the infinity pool for some great tropical vacation vibes!

Wide angle shot of Malamala Beach Club as you arrive on the boat
Malamala is so beautiful!

It only takes 30 minutes to get to Malamala from Port Denarau, meaning you spend more time relaxing on the island and less time traveling on a boat. Plus, the full-day pass includes round-trip hotel transfers making this a truly stress-free day.

A full-day pass to Malamala Beach Club only costs $84 USD. This doesn’t include food or drinks on the island though, so keep that in mind and budget accordingly! All in all, we LOVED our day at Malamala.

5. Fiji Culture Village 

The culture in Fiji is one of the top reasons to go!

While the beaches and islands of Fiji are usually what draw people in, there is something so special about the Fijian culture and people that make Fiji such an amazing place to visit. It is why I return time and time again!

The Fiji Culture Village in Nadi is one of the best ways to learn all about Fijian culture and history in a fun and interactive setting. To visit, there’s either a 4-hour daytime tour or an evening tour. Both tours start by exploring a re-created traditional Fijian village. You’ll follow your “warrior” guide through the village to visit different huts to see what life used to be like for the Fijian people.

We enjoyed the craft and fire-making demonstrations and even got to visit the Chief’s house. Afterward, there was the chance to participate in a traditional Kava Ceremony. Kava is a ceremonial drink in Fiji that is popular for its relaxing effects. It tasted a bit like muddy water to me – but you should try it for yourself!

Afterward, you’ll see how traditional “lovo” food is cooked in an underground oven. This will be the food you’ll get to eat for either lunch or dinner while enjoying the “Meke” show. The show was my favorite part, it was full of amazing singing, dancing, stunts, and storytelling. If you go on the evening tour, the performance even includes a fire show!

The daytime lunch tour starts at 9:30 am and costs $64 USD. For the evening dinner tour, it begins at 5:30 pm and costs $78 USD. Both tours include hotel transfers for guests staying in Nadi and Denarau.

6. South Sea Island 

Bailey and her friends pose for a photo on South Sea Island, Fiji
The highlight is the beaches!
Fijian dancers perform a show on South Sea Island, Fiji
Meke cultural performance on the island!

We loved our time on South Sea Island! There’s a ton to do on this tiny island, so it’s perfect for families or those looking for an adventurous day of island exploration. In fact, we even wrote an entire review about the island here!

Unlike Malamala Beach Club, this island gives off more rustic Robinson Crusoe vibes. However, it’s still only half an hour away from Port Denarau, giving you more time on the island and less on a boat. To get here there’s a full-day tour, or a half-day tour, which is a nice option for families with small children.

On the island, our favorite things to do are go swimming in the saltwater pool, explore the nearby lagoons in a kayak, watch a Meke cultural show, go snorkeling, or check out what’s going on underwater (without getting wet!) by taking a ride in a semi-submersible vessel. And if you have little ones, there is a complimentary kids club! So you can relax while the kids play.

A lady kayaks at South Sea Island, Fiji
I’ll never get tired of the crystal clear waters!

The full-day tour costs $115 USD and the half-day tour costs $101 USD. Included in the price is a yummy barbecue lunch, beer, wine, and soft drinks! For only $14 USD more, you get almost twice as much time on the island, making the full-day tour a much better deal.

A multi-day island hopping tour also stops by South Sea Island. If you’d rather have your full trip planned for you – check out our blog on Fiji’s best island hopping tours here!

Related Read: South Sea Cruises also does a fun island day cruise called the Sabre Cruise!

Why We Book Tours with Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! We almost always book our tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Lowest price guarantee – If you happen to find the same tour at a lower price elsewhere, Viator will refund you the price difference.
  • Pay in your chosen currency – Avoid costly international transaction fees by choosing to pay in your home currency.
  • Peace of mind – When booking with tour operators you find in person on the street or in small booking offices, you are often promised one thing and given another. This online platform holds tour operators accountable with a written description of inclusions as well as the opportunity for customers to leave reviews.

Check out the Viator website here! Or, for more info, read our detailed review about Viator here.

7. Robinson Crusoe Island, Fiji

Bailey on a stand up paddle board out in the water of robinson crusoe island fiji
Paddleboarding is so much fun!

When we’re craving a bit of island time mixed with cultural experience, Robinson Crusoe Island is our pick. Also known as Likuri Island, this pristine tropical paradise is located just 10 minutes off Fiji’s Coral Coast (just north of Natadola Beach). This island used to be a place for sacred ceremonies, but today it boasts a wonderful resort and spectacular shows to share Fiji’s culture.

One of our favorite ways to experience the island is on this sunset cruise and cultural show. This 5-hour experience starts with a beautiful sunset cruise down the Tuva River. Once you arrive on the island, there’s a traditional kava ceremony, time to explore, and then a yummy dinner. During the meal, there’s a fantastic Meke show complete with fire and knife dancers. This really brings the show to the next level! This experience costs $122 USD and we think it’s a great tour for couples and groups of friends.

The local beer fiji gold on a table as fijians perform a dance in the background robinson crusoe island
Beer and a show!

Alternatively, you can visit the island during the day on this full-day Fiji culture tour. There’s a traditional Lovo lunch with a similar Meke performance to the one on the evening tour, but you also get more time to really enjoy the island. You can relax on the beach, go snorkeling, go on a jungle walk, practice coconut tree climbing, or even participate in the highly competitive hermit crab racing competitions! We think this tour is a bargain at only $108 USD and it’s the perfect option for families wanting to experience some authentic Fijian culture and activities.

If you can’t choose between the last two tours we talked about, then do both on this Day and Night Combo Tour. Essentially the best of both tours are combined to provide a full 12-hour adventure, including a visit to a local village. This combo tour costs $141 USD and includes both lunch and dinner!

If you prefer some more island time, then stay right on the island at Likuri Island Resort. This resort offers standard “bure” accommodations at reasonable prices (typically around $100 USD). Plus, resort guests staying on the island get to watch the Meke shows for free if you are there on a Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday when the shows happen – so plan accordingly because you don’t want to miss out!

8. Fiji Mud Pools 

A woman smiles at tifajek mud pool hot spring fiji
Covered in mud!
Two people in the hot spring mud pools at tifajek fiji
Our friends enjoying the hot spring!

If you’ve never been to a mud pool before, you’re not alone. Prior to my first visit to Fiji, I knew they were a thing, but had never been anywhere that offered them. Now that I have experienced it, I would recommend that you try it – it’s such a fun thing to do!

There are two Fijian mud pools you can visit and they are right next to one another. About 30 minutes from Nadi are the Sabeto and Tifajek mud pools, the only natural mud pools you can visit in Fiji! Both locations are owned by a brother and sister duo and meticulously looked after. 

Both mud pools are identical in how they operate and offer similar experiences. Sabeto has smaller pools, whereas Tijajek has larger pools more suited for tour groups. At both, you’ll find accommodating staff ready to take pictures of you in the mud!

Sabeto Hot Spring Mud Pool 4
Sabeto Mud Pools

So you might be wondering, exactly how do you take a mud bath? For us, we stood in our swimwear and were brought a massive bucket of mud to cake our bodies in. Once we were thoroughly covered in mud, it was time to stand in the sun and let it bake on our skin. Now comes the fun part – washing it off! There are multiple pools, the first pool is to rinse off the mud while the remaining pools are to wash off even more while relaxing in the warm water heated by an underground hot spring.

After you emerge you will swear you’re a few years younger and never had better skin! The cost to enter both Tifajek and Sabeto is around $13 USD with an additional $2 USD for towel rentals. 

Daniel and Bailey go ATVing in Fiji
You can’t wipe the smiles off our faces!

While this experience is great on its own, we prefer to do it as part of one of the day tours below. You get to experience so much more, plus your transportation and entrance fees are covered, making everything much more seamless!

This ATV tour to the mud pools is one of our favorite tours since you not only get to relax at the Tifajek Mud Pools and the Garden of the Sleeping Giant but also go offroading on an ATV to experience the nature surrounding these places in an adrenaline-pumping way! By the time we made it to the mud pools, we already had some mud on us from racing down dirt paths. For $186 USD, it’s a unique and incredibly fun way to spend the day.

If you’re traveling to Fiji on a budget, then this half-day tour is for you. You will visit the mud pools, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and a local village. Considering that all the entrance fees are included, we found the $105 USD cost of this tour to be a steal since it also includes transportation and a guide.

9. Seventh Heaven Floating Platform 

A cocktail from Seventh heaven Floating Bar in Fiji
The pina coladas were so good!
A pizza from the Seventh Heaven Fiji Floating platform with views of the water
Pizza, anyone?

Seventh Heaven is a unique floating bar and restaurant in the middle of the ocean, and we’d go as far as saying it’s the best bar in Fiji! In fact, you can read our detailed blog on visiting Seventh Heaven here!

We really can’t fault this place. Not only is it beautiful and surrounded by the Mamanuca Islands, but the staff is incredible and we got table service the entire time, so we never even had to get up and go to the bar! 

The cocktails were tasty and they looked great – they were some of the best drinks we’ve had in Fiji, and we’ve done our fair share of island hopping. The food was delicious too – way better than you would expect on a floating platform! I really don’t know how they do it. 

You’re probably sitting there thinking that eating and drinking here will cost you a ton, but again, we were pleasantly surprised by how affordable the food and drinks were (only around $8 USD for a beer). 

Leaving the Seventh Heaven Fiji Floating Platform at sunset
How can you not love it?

There were also plenty of fun activities to keep us occupied. You can take the “Leap of Faith” and take a running jump from the upper level of the bar, go snorkeling, or go for a paddle in a kayak. 

This tour costs $73 USD, and includes the boat ride there and back and hotel transport from Denarau. When you book on Viator, you can choose a 9 am or 11 am departure. They both cost the same but the earlier slot will give you an extra hour at Seventh Heaven, so we recommend opting for that!

Related Read: Did you know there are 2 floating bars in Fiji? Read our comparison review here of Seventh Heaven and Cloud 9 to see which is best for you!

10. Nadi 

Bailey with the Nadi Hindu Temple in Nadi, Fiji
Bailey with the Nadi Hindu Temple in Nadi, Fiji
A local family walks into Hindu temple Sri Subramaniya Fiji
Sri Subramaniya Hindu temple

Chances are if you’re flying into Fiji, you will land in Nadi. This is great news since it’s one of the best places to be if you want to experience everything Fiji has to offer! While the city only has an estimated population of 50,000, it’s one of the best launching points to explore the nearby Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, Garden of the Sleeping Giant, the mud pools, and more.

Besides tourism, Nadi’s economy is mainly from its sugar cane production which is then used for distiling many of the country’s local rums. The city is multicultural with its inhabitants coming from all over Asia, India, and a large group of Indigenous Fijians who call it home.

Nadi is also the location of the colorful Hindu pilgrimage temple Sri Siva Subramaniya. This is the largest Hindu temple in the Pacific and is dedicated to the deity Murugan. In fact, the statue of Murugan found in the main temple was hand-made in Inda and brought all the way to Fiji! It is a beautiful and fascinating temple to see and we thoroughly enjoyed getting a guided tour of the location (more on this below!).   

Since there is so much to do in Nadi, we’ve found that the best way to experience it all is with a guided tour. It’s just so much easier to visit all of these places when round-trip transportation is provided as well as all of your entry tickets. Not to mention a guide means you will get all of the history and interesting stories you would miss otherwise. I would have never known about the handmade Murugan statue in Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple if it wasn’t for our guide Aman!

The path leading into the hills at the garden of the sleeping giant fiji
The foothills of the Sleeping Giant

This Half Day Nadi Tour makes lots of great stops including the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, mud pools, and some local markets. My favorite stop was at Viseisei village, the first established village in Fiji (as the legends go). It was a great way to experience some authentic Fijian culture and learn about the history of the country. This experience starts at $86 USD.

Another excellent half-day tour, this Best of Nadi Highlights takes you to all of the same locations we mentioned above but also includes a traditional kava ceremony! It’s the perfect way to see all the “must-dos” of Nadi. Tickets start at $80 USD.

11. Kula WILD Eco Adventure Park 

kula eco adventure park in Fiji
The Kula Adventure Park is also a wildlife sanctuary.

The Kula Eco Park is one activity I highly recommend for families visiting Fiji! Located about an hour and 15 minutes from Nadi, this adventure park is on the Coral Coast and is a fun activity for anyone staying in the area. I haven’t had the chance to visit yet, but I have heard from lots of people with kids that it is a great way to spend a day while in Fiji, and (maybe more importantly) it is sure to tire the little ones out!

At Kula WILD Adventure Park there are waterslides, canopy ziplining, walking trails, and interactive animal experiences (like turtle feeding). Yup, with the park stretching across 28 acres, you can bet they have it all! 

You can buy admission in advance here for only $44 USD per adult (12+) and $25 USD per child (3-11), including unlimited water slide rides, two rides on Kula’s Krazy Canopy Flier zipline, access to turtle feeding, and fun animal interactions – did somebody say photo op with iguanas?!

You can also opt for this full-day experience that not only visits the Kula Adventure Park but also stops at a local village for a tour. You’ll get to participate in a traditional kava ceremony and learn about Fijian culture. It costs $108 USD for adults (12+) and $46 USD for kids (3-11) and includes Nadi-area hotel pick-up and village entrance fees. It doesn’t include Kula Park admission, so you must purchase that separately.

12. Natadola Beach

Natadola Beach, Fiji
Natadola Beach, Fiji

Natadola Beach isn’t just one of the best beaches on mainland Fiji, it’s our favorite beach in the whole country!

Located 30 minutes outside of Nadi, Natadola Beach sits on the Coral Coast and is loved by tourists and locals alike. Made up of two different areas, Inner and Outer Natadola, it is a great place for both beginner and advanced surfers. I don’t surf, but if I was going to learn I was told Inside Natadola is where I would start while Outside Natadola is where you show off to everyone else.

But if you’re like me and don’t know a thing about surfing, you’ll be happy to know this is also an ideal spot to swim! The water is the perfect temperature to throw on your swimsuit and dive into the famous turquoise blue water Fiji is known for. It would also be worth your time to rent or buy some snorkeling gear since at the end of the beach are some fantastic coral reefs to explore – just don’t touch them!

I recommend bringing some extra cash if you’re interested in getting a massage, drinking a fresh coconut, or going for a horseback ride since all of these things are offered by locals on the beach. Of course, sunbathing is always free!

Fiji doesn’t have any ride-share apps like Uber, so to get to Natadola Beach, we typically set up a ride with a taxi service for the day. This is easy to do if you’re staying anywhere along the Coral Coast and most hotels can arrange transportation for you depending on what you need. If you love beaches you owe it to yourself to experience Natadola during your visit to Fiji! 

13. Suva 

at the presidents house in fiji with the guard
Mom and I posing for the camera with the President’s House guard in Suva, Fiji.

Suva is the capital city of Fiji, and while it may be the biggest city in the country, it still only has 93,000 people living. I think it strikes the perfect balance of size and convenience. With prominent nightlife, museums, and plenty of local markets to wander through, it’s a great place to explore and use as a base.

As recently as 1868, Suva was still only a village and only became Fiji’s first official city in 1910. Because of the United Kingdom’s heavy involvement in Fiji, the architecture in Suva is a mix of modern and colonial-period architecture. I love going out for an evening walk to look at all the buildings in its many neighborhoods and maybe chat with a friendly local!

If you are a night owl and love to visit local bars and clubs, Suva has something for everyone. Ranging from classy bars to dance clubs playing loud music until 3 am, all you need to do is begin walking through its downtown to see why it’s said to have some of the liveliest bars in the Pacific!

The weather in Suva is cooler with more rain when compared to other major cities like Nadi. Locals in Suva call Nadi “The Burning West” due to its lack of rainfall and higher temperatures. Due to the high rainfall, the Colo-I-Suva Nature Reserve is a popular tourist destination with excellent walking trails (over 6.5 km/4 miles of trails!) and many swimming holes. Tickets for a day pass only cost $2 USD and can be purchased upon arrival. 

We visited Colo-I-Suva on this private tour and found it to be the best way to explore the park. Our guide pointed out tons of different wildlife and plants like the golden dove that we would have missed otherwise! This experience provides pick-up and drop-off from anywhere in Suva for a stress-free morning and covers the park entrance fee. This tour costs $90 USD and you need a minimum of 4 people.

14. Beqa Lagoon 

Daniel giving a thumbs up underwater during a shark dive fiji
Shark diving at Beqa Lagoon
Bull shark eating a fish during a shark dive fiji

Located just 10 km (6.2 mi) south of mainland Fiji is Beqa Island. It’s probably most famous for the Beqa Lagoon – the absolute best place to dive in Fiji. We have been snorkeling all over Fiji and nothing comes even close to Beqa Lagoon.

Soft and hard coral, sharks, hundreds of species of reef fish, anemones, turtles, and eels. The list goes on and on! Of course, the island itself is stunning even before you take a peek at the vibrant ocean life just under its surface.

To get to Beqa Lagoon, most people stay in Pacific Harbour (on the mainland) which is located about 2.5 hours from Nadi and 1.5 hours from Suva by car. From there you can take a 45-minute boat ride out to the lagoon. Some people prefer to stay on Beqa Island itself and then organize tours to the lagoon from there. We recommend staying at Beqa Lagoon Resort if you plan on staying on the island.

As I said before, we have done lots of diving and snorkeling in Fiji but nothing has come close to shark diving at Beqa Lagoon. This Ultimate Shark Encounter Dive was one of the coolest things we have ever done! It’s the best and safest way to dive with sharks and experience the magic the lagoon has to offer with a certified divemaster. The experience includes two 50-minute shark dives. We saw multiple species of sharks and hundreds of different kinds of fish! This tour is for experienced divers and costs $191 USD.

15. Navua River

Navua Waterfall on a combination tour on the Navua River
Magic Waterfall!
Navua River River Tubing Fiji
Photo credit: Fiji River Tubing

Known for the beautiful and rugged nature through which it flows, the Navua River offers incredible opportunities to explore some of Fiji’s most beautiful outdoor locations. The river itself comes from Mount Gordon and flows for 65 km (40 mi) to the south coast. Along its banks, you will find villages, farms, and lush jungles that thrive thanks to it.

Late into the 19th century, a sugar mill was built on its banks, and although it closed in 1923, the town of Navua that was built up around it still stands to this day. Many people wanting to explore the area stay nearby in Pacific Harbour or do tours here from Nadi and the Coral Coast.

Although Fiji is mostly known for its beaches and islands we found this area of the country to be one of our favorites with tons of wildlife, lush jungles, and nature activities to take part in. Its laid-back vibe and significance in the local culture make it different from anywhere else in Fiji. We did lots of activities out of Navua and while all of them were fun we found two to be especially enjoyable.

Find me a person who doesn’t like river tubing and I’ll show you a person who’s never been tubing down the Navua River. Starting with a longboat ride up the river, we loved visiting a local village to take part in and learn about age-old customs from families who have lived here for generations. Afterward, it was a blast to jump on a tube and float back down the river! Price varies depending on where your accommodation is, but when coming from Denarau or Nadi this experience costs $110 USD.

Another fantastic way to experience the beauty of the Navua River and the culture along it is this Navua River Combo Day which has you boating up the river, swimming at waterfalls, and visiting local villages. It’s a great family activity and includes lunch, transportation, and a seasoned guide to point out lots of wildlife. Price varies depending on where your hotel is, but start at $87 USD.

Related Read: If exploring more remote island in Fiji is on your agenda, check out our picks for the best multi-day island cruises!

Where to Stay in Fiji

the private island of Beachcomber Island Resort
This place is just wow! Photo Credit: Beachcomber Island Resort

There are so many great areas to stay around Fiji. You can choose to stay on the main island of Viti Levu or venture out to the smaller surrounding islands. With so many choices, it can be hard to narrow it down. To help, these are my top picks for each area in Fiji that fit a range of budgets.

Nadi – The Ramada

Located right on Wailoaloa Beach, the Ramada Suites by Wyndham is the most luxurious hotel in this area. It features an exclusive pool and restaurant for guest use only. It is the tallest building in the area offering incredible views of the coastline and sunsets!

Because of its close proximity to the airport (only a 15-minute drive), many people stay here for a night before or after their flight. It’s a good place to spend some time before catching a ferry out to an island. A King Studio Room with a sea view goes for around $200 USD. Check availability and book a stay at the Ramada here!

Port Denarau – Radisson Blu Fiji Resort

The Radisson Blu Resort is just stunning, and for what you get, the price is very reasonable too. This resort is huge offering tons of activities for both families as well as couples. There is an adults-only pool as well as an area specifically for kids. It is beachfront and offers spa services as well.

Rooms here start from around $400 USD per night and range from standard hotel-style rooms with king beds or two queens, up to two-bedroom suites. Some rooms feature courtyard views while others have a view of the lagoon. All rooms have a balcony and minibar. Check availability and prices at the Radisson Blue Resort here!

Yasawa Islands – Barefoot Manta Island Resort

Barefoot Manta Island Resort is perfect for those wanting a real island getaway experience without paying huge amounts of money. Surrounded by a vibrant protected coral reef, this is the best place to go for ocean lovers. You can even swim with manta rays just off the shore from May-October!

You can easily get to Barefoot Manta Island Resort on the Yasawa Flyer ferry that departs Port Denarau regularly. The ride should take about 3 hours.

They offer dorm beds for only $29 USD a night. There are also private beachfront bungalows available starting at around $200 USD per night. Check prices and availability for Barefoot Manta Island Resort here!

Mamanuca Islands – Beachcomber Island Resort

Beachcomber Island Resort is one of the most popular island resorts to stay in Fiji. Its affordable pricing mixed with its close proximity to Viti Levu make it one of the best places to stay in Fiji. You can reach the Beachcomber Resort from Port Denarau by riding the Yasawa Flyer ferry. The ride should take about 2 hours.

There are many different rooms and bungalows to choose from – something for every budget! Remember all these prices also include ALL your meals. Dorm beds go for as little as $60 USD per night, whereas you can get a standard twin room for $225 USD. Check prices and availability at Beachcomber Island Resort here!

Coral Coast – Maui Palms

Mixing beach life and luxury, the Maui Palms is perfect for those wanting a bit of pampering on their holiday. There are lots of on-site activities and the snorkeling right in front of the resort is great. Expect an infinity pool, games room, bar, restaurant, and beautiful ocean-view villas with private balconies!

The location on the Coral Coast means you don’t need a boat to get there but can still experience some of the tranquility and beautiful beaches you might find on the smaller islands. There are also a few restaurants nearby, so you won’t be confined to the hotel.

Rooms and villas here start at around $250 USD and up. Check prices and availability for the Maui Palms here!

If you’re looking for more info about where to stay in Fiji, be sure to read our blog. It includes detailed info on each area, the best things to do nearby, prices, getting to hotels, and so much more.

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There you have it, the low-down on all the best places to visit in Fiji! I hope this helped you plan your vacation and gave you some inspiration on what to do while you’re here. I know you’re going to love Fiji just as much as we do!

If you found this guide helpful, then take a peek at our other Fiji blogs, including some favorites below:

12 Things to Know BEFORE Visiting Tivua Island, Fiji

13 BEST Fiji Honeymoon Resorts & Honeymoon Planning Guide

10 Things to Know BEFORE Booking a Shark Dive in Fiji