Fiji

 
What's not to love about Fiji!?

 

 

There’s nothing like lounging on the beach during a tropical vacation, but even though Fiji is one of the most beautiful places you’re likely to go to, there’s more to it than just sitting in a beach chair all day (not that there is anything wrong with that). Here are some ideas to get you out of your seat and ready to enter our Crazy in Love with CheapOair competition.

 

Take a cruise: You may not be staying in the Mamanuca islands – they’re home to some of the more expensive resorts – but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit them – just take a cruise from Nadi. Full day tours zip around the blue lagoons, deserted beaches and give you time to snorkel the coral reefs as well.

 

Hit up a hot air balloon: Hot air ballooning? In Fiji? Correct – and unsurprisingly it’s the only place you can do it in the South Pacific. An hour-long dawn flight lets you see the sunrise over the hills of Nadi and float over the main island, Viti Levu (you’ll be over land, not water). Then you’ll be back at your hotel in time for breakfast.

 

Go diving: Fiji’s nickname is the “soft coral capital of the world” and there are spectacular dive sights around the Mamanuca islands. If it’s new to you, you can take a PADI course while you’re out there – and if that’s not an option, you can always snorkel.

 

Have a massage: Try a traditional Fijian massage – either a Bobo massage, using nut oils and traditional Fijian strokes, or a four-handed Duavata massage. To make it even more spectacular, choose a spa that will carry out the treatment outside.

 

Go shopping: It’s not as shallow as it sounds – there’s plenty of traditional stuff to buy here, such as hand-woven baskets, pottery, jewelry, and cotton and silk. Fancy a souvenir? Try a wood carving, replica war clubs or a sulu – the national dress worn by men and women as a skirt, dress or beach wrap.

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