tourists enjoying a beach holiday in fiji

In this Article by South Pacific travel expert Ian Osborn
Secluded Beaches in Fiji  —  Beach Holidays for Families  —  Fijian Beach Weddings  — Guide to Fiji's Best Beaches

The majority of tourists arrive in the country for a relaxing Fiji beach holiday and for these people the islands and their pristine beaches seldom disappoint. Perhaps the only let down is the quality of the beaches on the main island of Viti Levu, but even here the lively atmosphere and friendly resort environment do well to compensate for the lack of white sandy beaches and turquoise snorkelling lagoons.

Our Favourite Secluded Beaches in Fiji

Here are some of our favourite secluded beach resorts in Fiji:

picture of Matangi Island Resort beach
Matangi Island Resort is a family owned private island resort with just fourteen traditional hand crafted bungalows. Renowned for its down-to-earth atmosphere Matangi offers the perfect tropical holiday atmosphere for honeymoons, nature lovers and diving enthusiasts.
picture of Matamanoa Island Resort beach
Matamanoa Island is a small, intimate and secluded boutique resort for romantic couples. The island boasts excellent snorkelling in a turquoise lagoon littered with coral reefs. Created for those who dream of peace and tranquillity, the resort has adopted a year round policy of not permitting children under the age of 12-years.
Octopus Resort, Waya F$ 200 - 550 per couple / $ 35 dorm get hotels best rate quote
picture of Octopus Resort beach
Boasting a stunning white sand beach with good offshore snorkelling and fabulous mountain views, Octopus is a popular although pricey budget retreat. With private thatch bures, air-conditioned rooms and dormitory beds, Octopus appeals to the more sedate budget traveller seeking comfort rather than raucous fun.

Our Favourite Family Beach Holiday Locations

Here are some of our favourite family beach resorts in Fiji:

picture of Castaway Island Resort beach
Castaway Island Resort Fiji is a 174-acre island in the heart of the Mamanuca Islands with a truly relaxing holiday atmosphere. Spacious traditional thatch bures with high ceilings are spread along the beachfront and amongst tropical gardens. Castaway is ideal for couples or those looking for quality time with children
Intercontinental Resort, Natadola F$ 575 - 1,337 per couple - inc. breakfast get hotels best rate quote
picture of Intercontinental Resort beach
The majestic Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort is a large resort with beautifully appointed contemporary styled rooms and suites aimed at both couples and families. With direct access to the fantastic white sands of Natadola Beach, the Intercontinental offers a private golf course, three swimming pools and a spa centre.
picture ofPlantation Island Resort beach
Plantation Island Resort is the second largest of the Mamanuca Island resorts and is set along a picturesque beach with excellent swimming lagoon. Its focus is on activities, especially on the water, and along with its wide price range and accommodation styles, this is Fiji's most popular family resort.

Getting Married on the Beach in Fiji

Here are some of our favourite resorts for a beach wedding in Fiji:

picture of Yasawa Island Resort beach
Yasawa Island Resort Fiji offers luxurious accommodation and service in one of the most splendid beach settings in Fiji. Isolated, traditional, great for exploring and scuba diving, this is the ultimate pampered small resort beach holiday in Fiji. Yasawa Island offers one of the most secluded honeymoon bures in Fiji.
picture of Lalati Resort beach
Lalati Resort is location on the west coast of Beqa Island and is ideal for a honeymoon, adventure and scuba diving. Set at the foot of tropical mountains with forest tracks and facing a deeply indented bay ideal for kayaking, Lalati offers just ten traditional style bures.
picture of Musket Cove Resort  beach
Musket Cove Resort is set on 600-acres on the island of Malolo Lailai, adjacent to the Musket Cove Marina and overlooking a sandy beach. Musket Cove offers a spacious relaxing environment ideal for older families or couples looking to participate in water activities, exploring the island and relaxation.

Regional Guide to Fiji Beach Holidays

Nadi Beach Guide

natadola beach in fiji

There are few beaches in Nadi, with Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi Bay having the nicest stretch of sand, albeit grey-brown in colour, with wonderful views looking down the coast to the mountains and often with beautiful sunsets looking out to the offshore islands. The beach at Denarau is a disappointment, with its attempt of a man made beach covering the river sand is far from the brochures these resorts promote, and the murky lagoon is impossible for snorkelling. The best beach on the mainland is at Natadola, an hour drive to the south of Nadi with its frisky surf and long curve of sand for beachcombing - some rate it as one of the best in Fiji but these people must not have ventured to the outer islands.

Coral Coast Beach Guide

coral coast beach and palm trees

The beaches along the Coral Coast are better than around Nadi, with several picturesque beaches backed by towering coconut trees but often the sand is coarse and with chunks of sharp coral pieces and the lagoon too shallow for swimming. Most resorts have some decent patches of coral within the lagoon for snorkelling, and with guides its possible to venture to the reef edge where the water drops off dramatically.

Mamanuca Islands Beach Guide

For a beach holiday in Fiji, the Mamanuca Islands comes out with flying coclours. It's hard to find a resort with a poor beachfront, with the tidal beaches on Malolo Island being the only disappointing spots and at times there can be copious amounts of seaweed swirling around Tokoriki Island when the summer winds blow from a certain direction. Otherwise, the soft white powdery sands and safe swimming lagoons make the Mamanucas an ideal spot for families as well as those looking for watersports from kayaking, jet boat rides, parasailing to surfing, scuba diving and wonderful island hopping trips. Romantic couples will prefer the outer Mamanucas which have a more secluded feel. Our favourite island for beaches is Mana Island - the main resort beach on the north side of the island is absolutely stunning with great snorkelling from the beach, and its easy to go exploring to find a secluded palm tree to sit under - you can walk around in about four hours and see many variations of beaches along the way. Another gem is the small curve beach at Castaway Island Resort or the palm fringed beach alongside Plantation Island and Lomani Resort.

Yasawa Islands Beach Guide

To explore some of Fiji's best beaches, head up to the Yasawa Islands. This long chain of islands has breathtaking remote beaches with few commercial watersports and make an ideal spot for romantic couples or those looking to get away from the crowds and mainstream package holidays. One of the great attractions of the Yasawa Island beaches is that there are fabulous snorkelling reefs right off the beach. Our favourite beaches are on Waya Island which is also great for exploring - the deep sand at Octopus is almost picture perfect whilst the sand spit on the south side of Waya is a unique wonder; and on Yasawa Island in the far north where the sand is so fine it will stick around in your hair for ages - try Yasawa Island Resort. Other great beaches include the brilliant white sandy beach fronting Oarsman's and Blue Lagoon, the kilometre long curve of Long Beach on Matacawalevu; Honeymoon Beach on Naviti Island.

The Outer Fiji Islands Beach Guide

Beaches in the Fiji outer islands are a bit hit and miss. Some are stunning, remote, backed by lush tropical rainforest in hidden in secluded bays. Others can have coarse sand and brackish lagoons, particularly those on the larger islands of Kadavu, Taveuni and Vanua Levu.