Reset your body and mind to ‘Fiji time’. Fijian people are some of the warmest, kind (and relaxed!) people in the world. The Fijian philosophy is of a slower pace of life and no stress – everything is done without a rush and with a friendly, welcoming smile. Fijians love and cherish children, making this island nation the perfect destination for a family holiday!
Choose from countless kid-friendly resorts, or for a more authentic experience opt for a villa or homestay. All are surrounded by coconut palms and are a short stroll to idyllic sandy beaches. The natural sounds of frogs, quiet bird calls and soft rolling waves will lull you to sleep.
Most resorts offer ‘Kids Clubs’ for free where the kids will be involved in an exciting array of group and some traditional Fijian activities, as well as offering Fijian babysitters and nanny services for younger children.
Embrace the culture of ‘Fiji time’ – put away your watch, be greeted by the locals with a wide smile and a welcoming “Bula”, and truly immerse with your kids in the refreshing island life experience – kids will love the freedom and adventure and, guaranteed, you will come away with a great appreciation for the memorable ‘Fiji time’ philosophy.
The Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands, hosting some of the most kid-friendly resorts and hotels on the planet, are the best options for young children’s snorkelling. Encounter colourful corals and fish, sea turtles and even friendly sharks!
Most resorts offer a range of group water-sports activities or equipment for hire. Kiteboarding, paddle-boarding, windsurfing and boating trips around remote islands are fantastic way to spend the day with older kids – Nananu-i-Ra is a great island for these. Water diver courses are also available for the adventurous (ages ten and up) – head to www.padi.com for more information.
Kula Eco Park is a wildlife sanctuary featuring all native Fijian animals, including the Fijian flying fox, rare iguanas and giant aviaries of kula parrots and other native birds. Children can learn about the park’s vital breeding programs for Fijian wildlife. Swim with manta rays on islands Kadavu, Lau and Moala and visit Treasure Island for unforgettable turtle and iguana feeding!
Kid friendly resorts, particularly at Denarau and Robinson Crusoe Island, host a number of traditional cultural shows and live interactive entertainment. Arts Village, described as ‘Fiji in a theme park’, features mock battles and performances with traditional arts and costumes in a Disneyland-like atmosphere.
Fiji is a vibrant and family-friendly destination all year round. The middle part of the year, May through October, is the most comfortable time to travel, with low rainfall and milder levels of humidity. The ‘wet seasons’, February to April and November, have higher humidity levels and sporadic heavy rains. However, this low season boasts competitive discounts unavailable at other times of the year.
The two high seasons, June to September and December to January, coincide with school holidays for Australia and New Zealand. Prices can hike up to 20% in these periods, peaking in June and July.
Car: Renting a car is a terrific way for getting around the islands on your own time. 4WDs are great for the adventurous, enabling families to venture on out-of-town explorations. The majority of the islands have completely paved roads suitable for cars and are safe for the whole family to explore.
Ferries and boats: There are regular ferries between the main islands, including Nadi, Viti Levu, the Mamanuca and Yasawa island group. Gaze upon the gorgeous dark blue seas and lush green islands – this is one of the most picturesque ways to get around! Be sure to check the returning schedules for remote islands, as some only run once or twice a week.
Bus: Fijian buses truly embrace the iconic concept of ‘Fiji time’ – friendly, windowless and affordable, they are a great way to get around the islands, particularly for long distances – and you’ll have a memorable experience riding them! Again, be sure to check the timetables – sometimes erratic, but all a part of the Fiji experience.
Air: Fiji Airways and Northern Air, both friendly and affordable airlines, fly from Viti Levu to most outer islands. Alternatively, take a helicopter ride for unparalleled panoramic views of the sprawling green islands and beaches – a fun and fearless way to get to your destination!
Romantic beaches, heritage and culture, world-class snorkelling, amazing natural wonders – the South Pacific has it all.
Fiji is made up of 333 islands but most families stick to the same six. This guide will tell you where the popular family resorts are and how to get to them.
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