Written by Drew, @drewinsky
Fiji is paradise — in every sense of the word.
Prepare yourself for incredible beaches, diverse marine life, and some of the most picture-perfect tropical scenery out there. I visited the Yasawa Islands, as I heard they possessed some of the most amazing beach spots in Fiji! And they were right.
So pack that swimwear and dive into the turquoise ocean followed by hammock swimming and sipping on piña coladas. Sound pretty great?
Here’s 8 reasons why you need to make Fiji your next holiday destination.
1. Beach bum heaven
Are you a beach lover? If so, then look no further than Fiji’s world-famous beaches. I have been to my fair share of beaches around the world and I haven’t seen any better than the ones in Fiji. Take the Yasawa Flyer (a speed boat/ferry) up to the beautiful Yasawas and discover crystal clear water, pristine white sand, coconut trees and huts on the beach!
2. Down-to-earth locals
I met dozens of Fijians during my trip (I even made some good friends) — and they were all super friendly and welcoming. Prepare to say “BULA” every time you encounter with a Fijian person — it’s their friendly greeting meaning “Hello” and also wishing you in good health!
The Fijian culture is incredibly unique – if you get the chance I recommend taking a trek into one of the villages to interact with the people and hear their stories first-hand.
3. Underwater wonderlands
Fiji sets the bar high when it comes to marine life. Before I went to Fiji, I had been on about 12 dives, and was completely blown away by the diversity of fish that I saw underwater. I swam with dozens of white-tip sharks, and saw stingrays, eels, and thousands of kinds of fish. No matter where you are in Fiji, you will find plenty of dive and snorkel sites so you’re guaranteed to experience life under the sea!
Fiji is also known as the “soft coral capital of the world”, as most of the corals are undamaged and untouched.
4. Tropical resorts
Fiji has a variety of of nice resorts that will cater to your budget and needs. On the Yasawa Islands, I stayed at a few resorts on a couple different islands: Octopus Resort, Blue Lagoon and Barefoot Kuata. I have to admit that of the 3 resorts, Barefoot Kuata was my favorite because it was less crowded and I felt like I owned the entire island! The diving and scuba diving there was the best I found in Fiji as well. Highly recommend, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
5. Fresh fruit
Given the warm climate, Fiji is home to many natural fruits including pineapples, watermelons, coconuts, cantaloupe, bananas and more. I discovered a new addiction to pineapples— they were so sweet and delicious!
6. The perfect sun-lovers climate
Fiji has balmy temperatures ranging between 26 and 31 degrees Celsius (79 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit) year round. You can leave your jackets at home, because it’s always warm in Fiji!
The best time to visit is during peak season (July – September) because it is mostly dry and sunny during these months. If you choose to go from November to April, then you may experience some stormy and wet/rainy weather.
7. Fiji rhythms
Something I loved about Fijians is that they are always singing songs on the guitar! Whenever I arrived at a new resort or island (even if it was raining) people were outside singing, smiling and having a great time.
8. Take it easy on Fiji time
Don’t have a watch? No problem!
Nobody (and I mean NOBODY) is in a hurry in Fiji. Everything is late, and that’s because people live on “Fiji time.” This is actually a popular expression in Fiji, because everyone lives by it! So — don’t freak out if plans are delayed or people are late. Most likely, someone is taking a nap or drinking a bowl of kava. It’s a much less stressful life!
And if those 8 reasons haven’t convinced you enough, maybe this will.
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