Our trip to Fiji was nothing short of a dream! I always had Fiji in my top 5 bucket list destinations for the longest time and I am so grateful that we were finally able to cross it from our list this year. Fiji has 333 islands, of which only around 100 are inhabited. Many of these islands have luxurious private island escapes, all-inclusive resorts, world-renowned spas, outdoor explorations, scuba diving and a wide array of culinary adventures. While we had a myriad of gorgeous islands to choose from we chose to split our stay this time for the first half in the Yasawas and in the second half on the mainland of Viti Levu. And like anyone who’s been to Fiji would tell you, one visit is certainly not enough; with so many beautiful islands to choose from you are bound to be back for more.
(above photo provided by Fiji Airways)
Fiji is located in the heart of the South Pacific, just ten hours from Los Angeles (LAX) or SanFrancisco (SFO), and only seven hours from Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL). Fiji Airways now flies directly from SFO (weekly) and LAX (daily) and is just a 10 hour overnight flight! I mean the convenience couldn’t get any better – an overnight flight which means zero jetlag, visa on arrival and all in all a pleasant experience flying to paradise. Our experience flying with Fiji Airways was amazing. I love the fact that the flight leaves SFO in the night, which gives you the perfect time to get a good nights sleep on the journey and wake up fresh at the start of the day in Fiji, albeit two days later in the future ;)! The food and entertainment options as well as the overall hospitality and service of the staff were all excellent. Since Fiji airways flies directly from SFO, LAX and HNL for the rest of the US, an easy connection to any of these 3 hubs is your go to to hop on to a Fiji Airways flight. Their frequent flyer partners include American Airlines and Alaska Airlines as well, so if you are a member of either of these you can easily add to your miles.
Fiji enjoys a tropical island climate year-round with most months getting up around 30°C (86 °F). With its gentle trade winds, the weather is always balmy and comfortable even on warm days. Some parts of Fiji get more rain than others and larger islands have their own wet and dry zones – generally the northern and western regions of the big islands. The most popular time to visit Fiji is in its drier season from May to December.The wet season runs from November to April. There are few, brief, heavy showers in the late afternoon during this time but these are usually localised. The smaller islands in Fiji typically receive less rainfall than the main Island. We chose to go in the summer/rainier season (in Feb) to experience the tropical island in all its lushness during the monsoon season. While we did get a day or two of rain, the weather for the most part was absolutely amazing! the ideal mix of rain and shine.
Since we visited two parts of Fiji on our trip this time around I will be touching base on these only :
The Yasawas are in the northwestern corner of the Fijian island archipelago and are home to some of the best remote unspoiled islands in all of Fiji. These islands represent the ultimate “island life” that you can imagine – no commercialization or modernization, just raw natural beauty that is simply breathtaking. Infact visiting the islands was once limited to cruise ships, and passengers were forbidden to actually set foot on the Yasawas until the 1950s.
The islands offer mostly backpacker accommodations and a few luxury resort options as well. If you are looking for pure luxury in the most perfect traditional setting – Yasawa Island Resort is your go to! We stayed here for our time in the Yasawas and it was beyond incredible. Read more about our stay HERE.
You can also find other options for accomodation in the Yasawa islands in THIS page.
Getting to the Yasawa Islands is a short 30-minute hop by seaplane/airplane from Nadi. Island hoppers and Pacific Island Air both offer services to the Yasawas. The scenic flight takes you along the coast of the mainland, and then over the turquoise coral reefs and gorgeous islands of the Yasawa Islands group. If you are staying at a resort, they usually organize transfers to the resort, so you can definitely check in with them. Also you’re not in a rush, you can relax on a boat trip with one of the ferry companies on the mainland. Denarau island on the mainland of Viti Levu has several boat companies that offer day trips to the Yasawas.
Well, you are honestly in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, so you dont need an itinerary right ;)?! Fiji Has Something for Everyone – not just thousands of beautiful beaches, Fiji offers both land and water activities to suit all travelers. So its totally upto to you to do it all or do nothing at all!
These beautiful islands are diverse and offer something for everyone whether you are looking to simply relax or go on an adventure. Some of the popular activities to do in the Yasawas :
Romper – c/o Juliet Dunn
Viti Levu is the mainland of Fiji. It is gateway to Fiji (Nadi airport is located on this island) and is the ideal base before you head out to discover the rest of Fiji. If you are island hopping in Fiji, you are bound to spend a few days on the mainland so that you can make your connections with ease.
Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa is the best resort on Viti Levu without a doubt and its location is to die for, it is located on the beautiful and picturesque Natadola Bay on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu. Natadola Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the world! It is protected by a reef which creates an aqua-blue ocean-facing lagoon on one side. Read more of our stay at this resort HERE.
We also visited Denarau island on one of our days here and loved the vibe here as well. It is located close to the airport in Nadi and there are tons of resorts to choose from here. Read more about where to stay in Denarau here.
The island is pretty big, so you will hav eto decide which part you want to stay at. We chose to stay at Intercon Fiji on the Coral Coast since it was just an hour from Nadi and is also close to the Pacific Harbour. We used taxis to go around everywhere since we pretty much spent most of our time in the resort. if you plan to be going around a lot more, renting a car at the airport is a great option.
Pink Dress : c/o Sundress
Anush and I are totally guilty of simply relaxing for the last 2 days at our resort since it had so much to offer ! But if you are looking for other things to do in the Coral Coast on Viti Levu, here are my suggestions :
Hope this travel guide to Fiji helps you if you are planning a trip to the beautiful islands. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by! xoxo
**This post is in collaboration with Fiji Airways but all thoughts and opinions are my own.