Take it slow and explore the enchanting, untamed wild that is lesser-known Fiji. With few tourists in sight, this tropical paradise is yearning to be explored by those with an adventurous spirit. From tangled jungles to sizzling hot springs, take a trip to discover the uncaptured beauty of Unique Fiji.
Despite being the second largest island, Vanua Levu remains a hidden Fijian treasure. With its biggest town, Labasa, being a simple strip of shops, remove yourself from your worries and set your watch to ‘Island Time.’
To the south lies Savusavu. Home to the island’s only Marina, the town hosts sophisticated restaurants, bustling markets and simmering hot springs nestled on the waters’ edge. Evident of the volcanic activity boiling beneath the surface, the island’s steaming vents are better seen than felt; instead, pamper yourself in one of the island’s many resorts and spas.
For the more adventurous, a challenging hike through the dense rainforest rewards you cascading waterfalls.
Lovingly known as the ‘Garden Island,’ Taveuni is an eco-tourist’s fantasy. Reminiscent of a prehistoric jungle, this slice of paradise is entangled with giant ferns, seas of palms and dazzling wildflowers – including the Tagimaucia, not found anywhere else in the world. Tailored to adventure-seekers, the steamy, rugged interior hosts a variety of untamed trails waiting to be explored on foot. Trek the overgrown paths that lead to the breath-taking Tavoro Waterfalls or hike through the Vidawa Rainforest trail.
After building up a sweat in Taveuni’s impossibly green interior, dive into the island’s gorgeous reefs and beaches. Encapsulating vibrant corals and exotic marine life, Taveuni has reached celebrity status with divers worldwide – in particular, the Great White Wall is an amazing drop-off covered in soft white coral.
DISCOVER LAUTOKA AND VUDA:
Named after a brutal war-cry, the spirit of Lautoka is far from its aggressive namesake. With an air of peacefulness, Fiji's second largest town is aptly nicknamed the 'Sugar City.' Although met with sweet and friendly locals, this nickname is a reference to the blanket of sugar cane fields that surround the area. With its central location and local feel, Lautoka is the perfect base to swing on a zip line, bathe in mud pools or jump on a boat for a day trip to the Mamanucas.
According to mythical legend, the very first Fijians arrived by canoe on Vuda's shores. Now home to some of the friendliest people in the world, see where this country first started and visit this gorgeous coastal town. Perfect for yacht lovers, settle for the night and take in the tranquil vibes of Vuda Marina. Hosting a developed restaurant scene, indulge in a sunset dinner while watching the dramatic rainbow skies at dusk.
DISCOVER THE SUN COAST:
Stretching across the North-West coast of Viti Levu, escape the hustle and bustle of Nadi and relax in this peaceful corner of Fiji's mainland. Met with abundant sunshine and a peaceful warmth, this section of Coast lives up to its name. With a backdrop of rolling green peaks covered in lush mountain grass that dances to the gentle Pacific winds, the Sun Coast offers visitors an authentic and relaxed view of everyday life in Fiji.
Having less tourists than its neighbour Denarau Island, the Sun Coast allows you to immerse yourself in Fijian culture and experience the local way of life. Spotted with quaint villages and charming market towns, try a village home stay, met with a traditional Kava ceremony.
With a rugged coastline doused in mangroves, take a break from water sports and join locals as they stroll along the waterfront. For those seeking adventure, you're just a 30-minute boat ride from the stunning Mamanuca Islands, which will take you days to fully explore.
Resting peacefully in their own little world, Kadavu island is nestled 100 kilometres south of the mainland. With minimal roads and only one small town, feel re-energised and removed from the stresses of civilisation. Surrounded by fine, white beaches, peacefully lay on the sand and admire the towering Mt Washington, standing 838 meters high on the Island’s interior. With a remote and rugged feel, Kadavu is a slice of paradise made for sun seekers and adventurers alike.
As you sail towards Kadavu, you’ll soon discover why it is the go-to destination for hiking lovers. With vibrant, green masses, rising abruptly from Kadavu’s mainland, approach this stunning island and watch the mountains dance elegantly in the ocean’s reflection. From tough treks to gentle strolls - choose from a range of beautiful hikes that will guide you through Kadavu's lush rainforest. To not disturb the local way of life, consult with your resort's friendly staff, ensuring you don't wander into villages without permission.
Attracting visitors from all over is the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. Drift lazily through the reef’s many tunnels and caverns, admiring the spectacularly coloured hard and soft corals. You may be able to glide with majestic manta rays or see reef sharks patrolling their dazzling coral home. If you prefer to view from the surface, snorkelers can view the glorious trenches, with the area allowing visibility of up to 70 meters.
ADVENTURE IN PACIFIC HARBOUR:
Known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Fiji,’ Pacific Harbour is a land waiting to be explored and experienced. Discover the enchantingly rugged Namosi highlands and raft down the white-water rapids. Laden with lush green rainforest either side of the river, take in the untamed scenery, while enjoying the thrill of a lifetime. After the rapids, you can float effortlessly downstream until you reach one of the many local villages resting on the river’s bank. This will be the perfect opportunity to experience local village life and be part of a traditional kava ceremony.
Offering another exhilarating experience, escape to Kila Eco Adventure park and discover the impossibly green rainforest from a higher view. With opportunities to bungee-jump, zipline or simply trek through the park’s untamed beauty – this experience will keep all types of adventurers happy.
BEQA ISLAND AND LAGOON:
A short boat trip from Pacific Harbour lies the small Beqa Island. Despite being quaint in size, Beqa Island has a tenacious spirit, attracting those who want to be impressed by Fiji’s most daring traditions. The birthplace of the famous fire-walking ritual, marvel as proud Fijian Men graciously glide over blazing hot embers, maintaining the poise of their chief forefathers.
One of Beqa’s most popular and adrenalin-filled activities is diving with sharks. Unlike other shark dives, Beqa island offers an experience not for the faint hearted – the dives are completely uncaged. With a blanket of dazzling coral to keep your fear at bay in Beqa’s Barrier Reef, take on this adventure and see spectacular tiger sharks up close and personal.
EXPERIENCE UNIQUE FIJI:
The experienced team at Spacifica Travel can organise a unique trip to Regional Fiji that is completely tailored to your budget, interests, travel dates and requirements. Get in touch on 1800 800 722 to start planning your adventure, or check out our Fiji holiday deals on our packages page.GREaT dEALS