coastal hiking in fiji

In this Article by South Pacific travel expert Ian Osborn
Soft Adventure Packages  —  Adrenalin Sports  —  Exploring Fiji  —  Pacific Harbour  —  Kadavu  —  Taveuni

Adventure holidays take on two different forms: adrenalin sports, for which scuba diving and surfing are included; and exploring off the beaten track. In Fiji, both of these types of adventure holidays are absolutely fantastic.

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Adrenalin Sports

Fiji has some fantastic adrenalin sports both on land and in the water. Fiji has world class surfing, mostly breaking over treacherous coral reefs and therefore for experienced surf junkies only. The Mamanuca Islands, Beqa Lagoon and Kadavu all have exceptional breaks. Scuba divingin Fiji is also brilliant and considered up there amongst the best places in the world. Soft corals are its speciality but pelagics are also on the menu with the Beqa Lagoon shark dive being a big hit with adrenalin lovers and some awesome drift dives along both the Rainbow Reef (Taveuni) and Astrolabe Reef (Kadavu).

On land, the two centres for adventure are Nadi and Pacific Harbour. In Nadi you can do tandem sky diving from up to 4.300 metres, or enjoy mountain bike trails in the Nausori Highlands.  Pacific Harbour has zip-lining through the rainforest, and slightly inland there's white water river rafting (Grade II - III) available year-round on both the Lua and Navua rivers but best from December to May during the heavy rains of Fiji's wet season.

Exploring the Fiji Islands - off the beaten track

The best place to experience Fiji's untouched rainforest and some of the most traditional villages is surprisingly on the main island of Viti Levu, inland from Pacific Harbour. The Namosi region, and in particular the Sovi Basin, has ancient virgin forests and can be explored on 4WD drive or river tours.

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Pacific Harbour & Beqa

Pacific Harbour on the south coast of the main island of Viti Levu is the best place for thrill seekers and active holidays. Inland you'll find adventure 4WD tours exploring virgin tropical rainforest whilst river cruises visit remote villages and waterfalls and there's even a zip-line tour to get up close to the rainforest canopy. There's fantastic white water rafting expeditions which hit their peak after the summer rains in April. Offshore, the famous Beqa shark dive is one of the great diving experiences Fiji has to offer (tours depart Pacific Harbour), and there are jet-ski adventures across the lagoon also visiting Beqa Island.

picture of Lalati Resort beach
Lalati Resort is a beautiful beach retreat for honeymooners with an interest in either seclusion, adventure or 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.
Uprising Resort, Pacific Harbour F$ 255 - 395 per couple / $ 45 dorm get hotels best rate quote
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Uprising Beach Resort Fiji offers traditional thatch bures facing the ocean with an atmospheric restaurant and bar. This is a good base for enjoying an active holiday including jet ski, kayaking, scuba diving expeditions to Beqa Lagoon and adventure tours up the Navua River.

Kadavu Island

In the south of Fiji, accessible by plane from Nadi (40-mins), is Kadavu Island with some incredibly beautiful scuba diving reefs (Astrolabe Reef) and regions where manta rays can be seen in large numbers as well as well as having exceptional game fishing and where many of Fiji's big game records are held. It's also a great destination for kayaking adventures and immersing yourself in traditional village culture with excellent hiking trails and traditional villages to visit..

Matava Hideaway, Kadavu F$ 670 - 790 per couple inc meals get hotels best rate quote
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Matava is a small eco hideaway on the south east coast of Kadavu, ideal for scuba diving enthusiasts or nature lovers looking for a secluded location. Accommodation is in traditional bures set on hill with fine ocean views but the property does not have a beach.

Taveuni Island

Another island for outstanding natural beauty is Taveuni in the north of the country and here you'll find national parks with waterfalls and endemic birds to marvel at as well as some excellent hikes to mountain peaks and hidden crater lakes.

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Paradise Taveuni is a secluded boutique retreat on the picturesque tropical outer island of Taveuni. Located on a rocky outcrop with excellent snorkelling this is the closest resort to the world famous Rainbow Reef (15-mins by boat) and is popular with scuba divers.
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Bibi's Hideaway is a family run plantation with six budget self contained cottages on the gentle slopes of Taveuni's north west coast, five minutes from the airport. This spacious property has lovely ocean views which lead down to the coastal road across which is a beautiful white sand beach with excellent snorkelling.

Soft Adventure Holidays in the Fiji Islands

If you're seeking soft adventure but prefer being guided and not having to worry about transport and where you're going to stay then consider one of the following recommended Fiji adventure holidays.

The Yasawa Travel Pass is an excellent option for those who are looking for beaches, to meet other travellers but also to explore some of the more remote islands in the Yasawas where you can easily visit local villages and go on self guided hikes. The Yasawa Travel Pass allows travellers to visit up to fifteen different islands, with each having simple accommodation often in traditional bures and where you can visit the local fishing villages and immerse yourself in the culture. Several of the islands also have excellent hills and mountains for walking.

Yasawa Travel Pass, Yasawas F$ 857 pp for 4 nights - inc. meals & transfers get hotels best rate quote
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This flexible pass enables travellers to visit any one of ten islands along the beautiful Yasawa chain of islands and stay at any of the 16 accredited budget beach bures along the way. This is the best region in Fiji for meeting fellow travellers, for relaxing on gorgeous beaches and dabbling in a little snorkelling.

Another option to consider, although considerably more expensive, is the Tui Tai Cruise which sails along the southern coast of Vanua Levu crosses Buca Bay to explore the cluster of islands off the north tip of Taveuni, including a trip to Taveuni itself. This tour includes snorkelling, kayaking, hiking and mountain bike rides.

Tui Tai Cruise, Taveuni From F$ 3,995 per person for 5 nights
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Tui Tai is an adventure cruise around northern Fiji aboard a converted schooner with bunk beds and cabins. The emphasis is on exploring, with river kayaking, hiking a crater and snorkelling in an atoll plus hiking and cycling to waterfalls on Taveuni Island.