Fiji: Which island is right for you?
Great for: Diving and eco-conscious holidays.
The alluring Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest in the world, is perhaps Kadavu’s biggest draw with some divers naming it the best in the Pacific.
However, if you prefer to spend your holidays on dry land Kadavu still has a lot to offer. With a pristine jungle-clad interior and sparkling deserted beaches you’ll feel like you’ve stepped foot back in time. This is a more authentic Fiji, and with only one town and a delicious shortage of roads on the island, Kadavu is a haven for travellers with an adventurous spirit.
There are a number of eco-resorts on the island sprouting organic delicacies in their own backyard. You can expect beyond-fresh meals steeped in tradition.
Great for: Surfing and partying.
A brilliant string of islands cast out from Viti Levu like a pearl necklace the Mamanuca Islands will have you smiling from ear to ear the moment you set eyes on them.
Their beauty is not lost on travellers, which can often be seen as their greatest downfall depending on what you’re looking for in an island holiday.
Some islands, such as Beachcomber Island, act as a gathering place for backpackers where sleep, beach, party, repeat makes for a dizzying island holiday.
If surfing is your poison of choice then the world famous Cloudbreak, located just south of Namotu Island, will leave you weak at the knees.
Great for: Diving and hiking in the rainforest.
Taveuni is home to lashings of lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and world-class reefs.
The Rainbow Reef offers up a near-dizzying kaleidoscope of corals and fish to while away the hours undersea.
With more hikes on offer than you could possibly fit into one visit, Taveuni is a hiker’s heaven. Whether you choose to trek through rainforest, to the peaks of the island, or along the coastline you are sure to encounter fantastic views.
Great for: 5 star resorts and a little bit of everything.
Fiji’s main hub has a lot going on. While many travellers land, then promptly jump a boat or plane to another island, those who give ‘the gateway to Fiji’ a little more time on their holiday agenda will be rewarded.
Viti Levu has been awarded the aptly named Coral Coast where you can find dazzling coral beaches and chic 5 star resorts.
In the island’s interior you can gallivant through jungle, traverse ancient canyons by raft, and explore hilltop villages where traditional thatched bures are still used as housing.
Great for: Relaxation and learning the true meaning of ‘island time’.
The Yasawa Islands are THE place to go to mimic a laidback island lifestyle.
Everything in this glorious island-chain moves to its own beat – also known as island time. Slow is the order of the day, and it’s addictive. The effects of which melt away stress faster than an ice cube on a hot plate.
Expect to spend hours ocean-side relaxing beneath thatched huts, powering through novel after novel, with sporadic dips in the ocean to cool off.
With over 300 islands in Fiji, these gems aren’t your only choice for an island holiday. The best of the rest include Ovalau and the Lomaiviti Group home to Fiji’s ‘old capital’, the lesser visited yet no less spectacular Vanua Levu, and the far-flung Lau and Moala Groups where you can bask in the pristine paradise of traditional Fiji.