A voyage of heavenly beaches and warm smiles

Viti Levu, Denarau Island, Suva, Nadi Bay, Yasawa Islands, and more

No greater hospitality has ever been offered than that by the Fijian people. Anywhere you go, warm greetings and ear-to-ear smiles abound. If you want solitude in a beachside hammock, or the chance to swim with schools of technicolour fish, or need to unwind in a resort pool by an angelic sunset, choose Fiji, and let it fill every part of your soul.

Viti Levu is Fiji’s largest island. Near its capital city, Suva, hulking mountains dominate the landscape, the largest of which is Mount Tomanivi, an extinct volcano. Nadi is the hub of luxury resorts on this central island and hosts a wide range of options suited to leisure-seeking families and sun-seeking couples.

But for true isolation, travel farther afield. Denarau Island lies west of Viti Levu. It, too, has a wide range of luxury resorts and hotels, most of which sit on beaches overlooking the resplendent waters of Nadi Bay. Then there are the Mamanuca Islands, a small volcanic archipelago containing popular getaway isles like Malolo, Monuriki, and Matamanoa.

Snorkeling, diving and windsurfing are the best ways to interact with the scenery. Complete solitude is found on the Yasawa Islands, another Fijian archipelago reachable only by plane or ferry. The Yasawa group boasts a stunning array of plant and sealife. Its real estate is taken up mostly by small backpacking haunts, but there are luxury resorts along the waterfront. Couples flock to the Yasawa Islands to be with each other, alone; to sip cocktails by heavenly, personless sunsets.

Wherever you go, the Fijian people will greet you with a warm and hearty “bula!”, which is a time-honoured blessing used in place of hello, goodbye, welcome, and love. The phrase encapsulates the charm of Fiji. It’s a place visitors are made to feel truly at home. When you hear “bula,” reply with a beaming smile and the most enthusiastic “bula” you can muster. Making friends with Fijian locals connects you to the place and its stories, guaranteeing you’ll return.