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FIJI FOR NOVICES: HOW TO CHOOSE AN ISLAND

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Fiji is blessed with turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and an authentic culture that seems almost unfair. Whether you’re looking for a decadent vacation spot, a family getaway or a backpacker adventure, these islands have it all. 

Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcome in the world. But there is not only one Fiji, so which island contains your ideal tropical vacation? Here is the bottom on the main options. 

Discover All This In Viti Levu 

Viti Levu, an international gateway to Fiji, offers a taste of all that the country has to offer, whether it’s world-class resorts like the all-inclusive Denarau Islands and design, to the mountain village of Navala, where the inhabitants live in thatched roofed houses. 

Dive with resident tiger sharks in the Beqa Lagoon, kayak or raft on the Navua River, snorkel with the outrageous Nananu-i-Ra Reef or simply tan on the beautiful white sand of the Coral Coast on your beach towel. or not) on this island. 

The capital Suva is the largest metropolis in the South Pacific outside of New Zealand and is worth a visit to see the liveliest modern Melanesian life. Meanwhile, Nadi, the main transportation hub, showcases the country’s Indian heritage through sari shops and many delicious curries. 

Paradise Found In Mamanucas 

Ah, the Mamanucas. Here is an almost perfect chain of islets of white sand that float in the blue waters like a hallucination of paradise. Most are only one hour by boat from Viti Levu. The Mamanucas are so perfect islands that the movie Cast Away was filmed on the uninhabited island of Monuriki, in this chain – visit it during a day trip. 

Meanwhile, famous surf spots such as Cloud Break are attracting wave runners and their families, while Beachcomber Island is known as the country’s leading resort island. You are not going to have a lot of cultural bling here, but if you want good weather, sand worthy of bragging, waiters brandishing cocktails and lots of pet tourists, Mamanucas are made for you. 

Enjoy An Isolated Happiness In The Yasawas 

The Yasawas pick up the beautiful tropical tail of the Mamanuca Islands and drive them north to a more peaceful and secluded happiness. A high-speed catamaran makes getting there from Viti Levu or Mamanucas a snap, and accommodations range from lush resorts to laid-back resorts. 

Sparsely populated, the land is relatively dry and white beaches. While the Mamanucas have Tom Hanks, the Yasawas have Brooke Shields when the 1980 film, Blue Lagoon, was shot here. Island Hop, explore the clear, dark waters of Sawa-i-Lau Cave, snorkel and dive like crazy on the beautiful reef frequented by manta rays. 

Lose Yourself On The Ovalau Islands And The Lomaiviti Group 

Levuka, on Ovalau, was once the capital of Fiji and is now one of the only cities in the South Pacific to boast of its Far West-style colonial buildings. Outside the city, roam the jungle-covered mountains and underdeveloped coasts of traditional villages. 

Despite the fact that this main island and its dozen smaller sisters are so close to Viti Levu, few visitors go there. Islands like Leleuvia, Naigani and Koro have very discreet seaside resorts on alabaster beaches with a lost atmosphere, while Wakaya is home to the Wakaya Club, one of the most exclusive and beautiful resorts in the country. 

Get Off The Beaten Path In Kadavu 

Remote and authentic, but easily accessible by plane or boat from Viti Levu, Kadavu is one of Fiji’s best off the beaten track. Eco-adventurers will find happiness in the dozen resorts that grow their own organic products and work in harmony with local villages. 

Wherever you stay, you will have to travel by boat from the main village through prehistoric jungle creeks resembling rare and colorful endemic birds. The eastern part of the island is bordered by the Great Astrolabe Reef, the fourth largest barrier reef in the world, renowned for its underwater landscapes filled with caves and tunnels, manta rays and phenomenal fishing. 

Also Read: THINGS TO DO IN HANOI VIETNAM: A STORY ABOUT THE CITY OF LAKES, BIKES AND A BEAUTIFUL CHAOS

Written by Qasim Naqvi

I question everything that I cannot see, and especially what I do. I present my thoughts, which are merely just observations of what surrounds my existence.

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