The Best Things to do in Fiji: 9 Must-do Experiences
There are so many things to do in Fiji – this blog is about the 9 best things to do in Fiji to help you plan your trip. These suggestions are about getting the most out of your trip to Fiji and having the most memorable experiences possible!
The Best Things to do in Fiji
Fiji is a beautiful island nation boasting incredible scenery and some of the friendliest people I have ever met! For such a small country there is just so much to see and do. With most tourists only visiting for a week or two, the limited time means you have to choose how you want to spend your time wisely.
After visiting Fiji for myself (with limited time) I have come up with a list f the best 9 things to do in Fiji!
1. Try Kava
Kava is a traditional Fijian drink. It is made from a ground-up plant root (Piper methysticum) and mixed with water. Traditionally, only village chiefs drank Kava. But nowadays, Kava is consumed at celebrations or even just socially with friends. In Fiji, alcohol is very expensive so Kava is the local people’s substitute.
Kava tastes a little like muddy water or really bad tea. After having many glasses you may start to feel “chilled out” or relaxed as Kava tends to have this side effect.
Don’t have Kava for the taste or the feeling, try Kava for the cultural experience. Attend a Kava ceremony and try one of the most popular drinks in Fiji for yourself in the traditional (ceremonial) way.
You can pay to go to a village tour and try Kava there, or, some hotels/resorts will do Kava ceremonies on certain nights (so you might just get lucky and try Kava for free!) You can also buy Kava at stores and mix it up for yourself.
2. Stay in a Bure
Another authentic Fijian experience is staying in a Bure. A Bure is a Fijian-style bungalow which many resorts have on offer as an option for accommodation. These Bures are usually on the beach and have an outdoor shower. It is a fun alternative and much more interesting and authentic than your typical normal hotel room.
Fiji is world renowned for scuba diving! There are tons of brightly coloured fish and corals to see as well as sharks. Yes, sharks! Scuba divers come from all over the world to go shark diving in Fiji.
To go shark diving you’ll need to go on an organised trip out at Beqa Island. There, you will dive with the sharks and watch them get fed. To be honest, I didn’t do this myself simply because of the high price tag ($240 USD) but I spoke to people who did and they reckon it was incredible! They felt safe the whole time and saw tons of sharks!
If shark diving isn’t your thing, there are tons of other scuba trips that will take you to brightly coloured coral reefs off the shores of isolated islands. These scuba trips are much cheaper than the shark diving trips and if you aren’t already scuba certified, there are many companies who offer the training.
4. Watch a fire show
A traditional way of dancing in Fiji is with fire. Fire dancers in Fiji are very talented and put on a unique show right in front of your eyes as they spin poles lit with fire.
If you want to see a fire dancing show, you can go to a paid show such as one at the Fiji Culture Village, or you can try and catch a free one in a bar or restaurant. Just be aware, not all fire dancers are equal. If you want to see the really impressive ones, then I recommend going with the paid experience!
Did you know there are well over 300 islands in Fiji?! Exploring islands is one of the most popular things to do in Fiji. In fact, many people base their entire Fiji holiday on island hopping alone.
Some islands are isolated with no inhabitants while others have their own little towns. Some have electricity and internet, and some don’t. Some islands are many hours away by ferry and some are just off the coast. So, choose your islands wisely!
You can either spend a few nights on the islands or just do day trips from the main island. There are day excursions leaving from Nadi and Port Denarau daily to various different islands. I went to Robinson Crusoe and had a great day out there! Expect to pay between $100-$200 FJD for a day trip to an island including lunch.
6. Eat a “Lovo”
A “Lovo” is a meal cooked in the earth oven (the ground.) This is a traditional method of cooking in Fiji and it is still used today. Meat and vegetables and potatoes are placed on hot rocks and covered with cloth and leaves to cook.
Many day excursions include the “Lovo” as lunch or dinner and it is always very tasty. Expect to have a selection of fish, chicken, beef, potatoes, cassava, and vegetables.
After the food is done cooking, you normally watch them uncover it from the ground. This is a unique and memorable experience. Once the food is uncovered, it is placed on a table as a buffet-style meal for everyone to enjoy!
7. Visit the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
There is a huge colourful Hindu temple in Nadi. This temple is open to visitors and is a great place to stop at for a few minutes and explore. Hindu is a very popular religion in Fiji due to the large Indian influence there.
Historically, many Indians immigrated to Fiji and their culture still lives on in Fiji today. In fact, Indian food is some of the most popular food in Fiji!
The temple costs $5 FJD entry fee and only takes about 20 minutes to explore. You are allowed to take pictures of the outside but not the inside. Ladies must have their knees covered but don’t worry if you are wearing shorts as they will give you a shawl to use for free.
8. Enjoy an oceanfront sunset
Fiji has some incredible sunsets. You simply couldn’t visit Fiji and not enjoy multiple sunsets over the water. Grab a hammock or a cocktail (or both) and enjoy the show!
If you are an early riser, checking the sunrise too is a great idea!
9. Have lazy beach days on “Fiji Time”
Everything in Fiji operates on “Fiji time” as the locals call it. This means that everyone takes it easy and slow and nobody rushes too much. While you’re on holidays in Fiji you should do this too! You should have some days relaxing on the beach, not looking at your watch, and just having a lazy beach day. Work on that tan and do a whole lot of nothing!
The best things to do in Fiji are a balance of experiencing the culture as well as exploring the beautiful landscapes while just enjoying a relaxing beach holiday. But the truth is, no matter what things to do in Fiji you choose, you will fall in love with the country and want to return again one day and cross more things off your list!
Need some more info on travelling in Fiji? Check out all of my Fiji blogs!
January 16, 2019