Fiji’s breathtaking coral reefs, turquoise lagoons, white sand beaches, family-friendly resorts, welcoming locals and a relaxed island vibe make it one of the Pacific’s favourite holiday destinations. But there’s more to Fiji than beaches. River safaris, caving, ziplining, sailing, and small ship cruising are just a taste of the islands adventurous offerings.
Here are our favourite family-friendly experiences in Fiji.
1. Visit Viti Levu’s Kula Eco Park for a walk on the wild side with all creatures furry, feathered and fishy. There are stunning tropical plants and plenty of animals to spot that are native to Fiji. This small wildlife facility lets you walk along elevated boardwalks through acres of natural forest, marvelling at the canopy and valley floor at the same time. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare crested iguana, peregrine falcon and ground frog!
2. Explore the beauty of Fiji’s interior as you learn about the fascinating history of Fiji’s largest cave system, the Naihehe Cave with Sigatoka Off Road Cave Safaris. Learn all about the amazing culture of the native people, spot the home of the once native cannibal tribe, as well as the stunning landscape both above and below ground. Meeting locals is a great way for kids to gain a greater appreciation of the friendly Fijian way.
3. A Sigatoka River Safari will take you into the Fijian interior on a custom built safari jet boat to explore authentic Fijian villages. Thrill seekers will love the speed and adrenalin rush as you race the waterways! A true highlight of this safari is meeting the local community and participating in a traditional kava ceremony.
4. Kids as young as five can soar through the jungle canopy with Zip Fiji, which operates both in Nadi and Pacific Harbour. Not only will you get a good dose of adrenalin, you’ll also be able to marvel at a unique view of the rainforests and the islands beyond! See if you can spot any local wildlife from up high.
5. Enjoy a night of traditional Fijian entertainment with a lovo (food cooked in an underground oven) accompanied by meke (songs and dancing). Many resorts will showcase local Fijian culture with music and performance and will urge you to join in! Some Kids Clubs will even teach you national dances and provide you with your very own woven grass skirt. Try a sip of ‘kava,’ a drink enjoyed during celebrations and ceremonies all over the Pacific.
6. Wallow in the mud at Sabeto Mud Baths and Hot Springs to fully immerse yourself in the local way of life. Have some fun getting down and dirty in the mud for some natural skin therapy or even a good old mud fight. When you are well and truly covered from head to toe, plunge into the geothermal pools to clean up. Believed to have healing properties, their waters can reach up to 60 degrees!
7. Take an island cruise on a small ship. Captain Cook Cruises offer 3, 4 and 7 night cruises of the Yasawas with special mealtimes for families as well as great kid-friendly daily activities during school holidays.
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