With new nonstop flights and a culture of hospitable people eager to welcome you to their South Pacific paradise, there’s never a better time to visit Fiji’s 300+ islands. Here are five reasons to escape to this South Pacific getaway.
1. Closer Than You Think
Nonstop flights aboard Fiji Airways leave every evening from Los Angeles and seasonally from San Francisco, arriving at Nadi International Airport on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.
2. A Natural and Unspoiled South Pacific Escape
Fiji’s 333 breathtaking isles are allow you to disconnect and rejuvenate, with shallow lagoons ideal for snorkeling among colorful tropical fish and jungle hikes leading to waterfall-fed natural pools. Many of the islands remain largely uninhabited, allowing travelers to spend the day on secluded beaches, enjoying the solitude with a picnic, paddle board session or swim. Each island has its own must-see natural wonders, from Fiji’s premiere coral reef of Cloudbreak off Namotu Island to the manta rays that congregate around the Yasawa Islands March through September.
3. A Culture of Song
Most evenings end with song, anchored by the guitar and ukulele. A bowl of kava— a local root-sourced drink consumed during social gatherings — is shared among the group, easing everyone into the easy rhythms of song and storytelling. It’s a tradition that is brought to most resorts, and still occurs nightly at most local homes.
4. Truly Welcoming People
For most Westerners, one of the most memorable and striking cultural differences is how welcoming the Fijian people are. Checking into a resort feels more like arriving at a family reunion. Travelers are welcomed with song, followed by friendly conversation. In most resort areas, travelers can visit schools and villages to meet the local schoolchildren and, of course, be treated to more music and dancing.
5. Retreat to romantic island escapes
From overwater bungalows and boutique resorts to villas and stand-alone beachside bures (traditional Fijian-style houses), Fiji offers everyone from honeymooners to families an authentic island experience. A handful of private-island resorts also exist throughout the islands, where guests can spend their days soaking in the sun and natural splendor in the most peaceful setting imaginable.