With it being a tropical paradise hidden halfway across the world deep into the Pacific Ocean, Fiji isn’t somewhere you get to go very often, so making sure you plan your trip is a must. There’s so much to consider: should I include a stopover? How many islands should I visit while I’m there? Where should I stay? Luckily, your favourite travel experts are here to put your mind at ease and answer those burning questions.
Including a stopover on your way to Fiji is a really good way to break up such a long journey and, in fact, is an option most people go for when planning a trip here. That’s because a stopover in a big, international city makes for a perfect pairing with an idyllic island getaway. The intoxicating bright lights and bustle of a city like Hong Kong kicks you fully into travel mode and satisfies your appetite for an urban escape, making a detoxifying break in the lush natural surroundings of Fiji all the more pleasurable. So, where then?
Hong Kong: From towering skyscrapers to bustling street markets, Hong Kong is a vibrant blend of cultures, experiences and history. Visit Hong Kong’s dynamic neighbourhoods, explore the mixture of traditional and colonial architecture, eat as much delicious food as you can and discover the city’s lively art scene.
Singapore: Another great option for a stopover is Singapore. With its futuristic architecture, lush gardens, and diverse culinary scene, Singapore is a destination in itself. Take a stroll through Gardens by the Bay, visit Cloud Forest, marvel at the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel or simply enjoy an eclectic mix of cuisine in this thriving yet sophisticated metropolis.
Los Angeles: An option you may not have considered is Los Angeles. The city of angels is a gateway to Fiji, and it offers endless entertainment options. From the iconic Hollywood sign to the glamorous beaches of Malibu, you can immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of LA before your tranquil island escape. Hollywood may represent the American dream and all the debauchery and glamour that comes with it, but Fiji is the real dream and perhaps a great to wash away the sins of LA.
Australia and New Zealand: Probably the most popular option of all is to combine a holiday to Fiji with Australia or New Zealand. Being in such close proximity, a stopover in either Australia or New Zealand is both convenient and means you can choose to pair an epic itinerary like our Sydney self-drive tour before finishing with a relaxing beach stay in Fiji.
As Fiji boasts 333 islands, planning ahead which ones you’d like to visit is definitely recommended. To make the most of your visit, consider these island-hopping tips:
1-2 Islands: For a shorter trip, focus on exploring a couple of islands like Viti Levu and the Mamanuca Islands. You can experience the vibrant culture as well as the stunning beaches.
3-4 Islands: If you have a bit more time, add islands like Yasawa for remote and unspoiled island experience and Beqa for thrilling shark dives to your itinerary.
5+ Islands: To truly immerse yourself, embark on a more extended adventure while on a small ship cruise, allowing you to visit multiple islands without having to unpack your suitcase.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort: Built in the style of a traditional local village, the resort is an idyllic combination of subtle luxury and ancient Fijian culture.
Tokoriki Island Resort: This award-winning boutique resort is situated just 15 minutes from Nadi by helicopter, but a million miles from the stresses and strains of daily life.
Yasawa Island Resort & Spa: The only hotel on this island, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa promises a true tropical escape and immersion in genuine Fijian culture.
Tropica Island Resort: A very private, adult-only, boutique resort set in the secluded Na Toba O Lakalaka Bay on the gorgeous island of Malolo.
Castaway Island Resort: Tucked away on a serenely beautiful tropical paradise, Castaway Island Resort is a hideaway located in the Mamanuca Island archipelago off the coast of Fiji, close to the island where Tom Hank's "Cast Away" was filmed.
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa: One of the world's best InterContinentals, this is a deluxe resort set in 35 acres of spectacular garden grounds on the flawless Natadola Beach. Thanks to its location, guess can gain access to a world-class golf course.
Nanuku Resort: Where the undulating waves of the Pacific Ocean meets a pristine two-mile stretch of white sands lies the impressive Nanuku Auberge Resort in Pacific Harbour, Fiji.
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa: A Fijian welcome combined with the French hospitality Sofitel resorts are renowned for awaits at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. Lush gardens, impeccable dining options and ocean facing rooms and suites guarantee pure relaxation.
Matamanoa Island Resort: A luxury adults-only boutique resort in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji.
Remember, Fiji is about relaxation and embracing the laid-back lifestyle. Don't rush through your visit; take your time to savor the beauty and warmth of this South Pacific paradise. With the right stopovers, accommodations, and a well-planned island-hopping itinerary, your Fiji trip is sure to be a dream come true. Pack your bags, get ready for some "Bula" hospitality, and let Fiji's enchanting beauty capture your heart.