Are you trying to create a travel itinerary of things to do in Fiji? A good itinerary should cover the typical touristy stuff but also include activities that are off the beaten path. The itinerary here includes some of the best things to do in Fiji planned over six days (excluding the days of travel). It covers a wide range of activities like white-water rafting, island crawl, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sight-seeing attractions like temples, caves, local villages and more. In my opinion, the activities listed here should be among top 10 things to do in Fiji to make your Fiji holiday unforgettable. This itinerary works best if you stay in a resort in the main island of Fiji.
Day 1 - Water sports activities in the resort and Fijian sunset
If you are an international traveler, you are likely to arrive in Nadi international airport around early morning hours. Most top resorts are about 45 minutes to an hour and a half of drive away from this airport. As you arrive at your resort, please note that the check in time wouldn’t be until 10 am or 11 am in most resorts. So, if you arrived a wee bit early, you may have to wait until you are shown to your room but of course it depends the season and availability of rooms. Your first day in Fiji is a perfect day to explore all the amenities that the resort has to offer. Most resorts that are 3-stars and up provide good set of water sports activities like snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking and in some cases, even scuba diving. Water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving are among the best things to do in Fiji. So, get some rest, freshen up a bit and plan a day of water activities in your resort. These activities should also help you get acclimatized to the local weather, which is typical tropical weather of being hot and humid. If you are done with all the activities, hit the pool and relax with a couple of nice cocktails or Fijian beers. Whatever you do, plan to wrap up your activities by 6 pm and get ready to watch the most beautiful sunset. This would be a good occasion to have your DSLR cameras out and be clicking shots for about an hour. Smartphone cameras work too but a high quality camera sure does capture this sunset much better. Trust me, it will be one of the most beautiful sunsets you would witness in your lifetime.
Day 2 - Naihehe caves + shopping in Nadi and Sigatoka
Day 2 is a good day to get warmed up to the local crowd and get to know them up close. Plan a visit to the Naihehe caves located deep inside the forest, which happens to be one of the top tourist attractions in Fiji. An off-road safari to Naihehe caves, also known as cannibal caves, is one of the top things to do in Fiji. The view on the drive to the caves is stunning. You will be taken through the muddy roads that the village residents use every day. Along the way, you will get the opportunity to interact with village residents and get to know their culture. Depending on your tour guide, you may also have the opportunity to brush shoulders with the local priests in the villages and go through their welcome ceremony.
After you are done with the wonderful cultural tour around 3 pm, go on a shopping expedition to Nadi or Sigatoka downtown. Fiji is known for wonderful crafts created by members of the local tribes. If you are the type of person who likes to adorn your house with off-the-beat pieces of art, Nadi and Sigatoka would be great shopping goldmines. From hand-crafted necklaces to wall-hanging art pieces, from little wooden houses to wooden tribal faces, from unique summer wear to variety of accessories, you will find it all here.
By end of day 2, you have gotten to know Fijian people and culture. But what better way to put your vacation in top gear fun mode than indulging in interesting water sports. White water rafting in upper Navua river, which is definitely one of the best things to do in Fiji, is the perfect way to explore nature in its best form. Believe me when I say that it will be the experience of a lifetime. Please note that this is not an adventurous ride as the water flow is not rough enough for the ride to be scary. Most parts of the river are classified as rapids 2 and occasionally some parts could be classified as rapids 3. For those of you who seek thrill rides, this one is not for you. However, this rafting trip would be a good adventure if you want to explore the beautiful waterfalls (ranges somewhere between 70 and 160 waterfalls depending on the season), naturally formed caves, the opportunity to swim in clear water, take a shower in fierce waterfalls and most importantly learn about how the tribe members use this river for transportation. The tour starts at around 7:15 am in the morning and lasts until 7 pm in the evening inclusive of travel from and to your resort. The rafting lasts about 6 hours. GoPro cameras or any sports activity cameras would be a great asset to carry while doing this rafting trip.
Day 4 - Cruise to Tivua island
A trip to Fiji would not be satisfying if you have not visited the remote islands and spend some time away from mainstream life just the way Tom Hanks did in Cast Away. To say that a cruise trip to Tivua island is a visual treat would be an understatement. Almost every Fiji travel guide would list this island as one of the top tourist attraction. A visit to Tivua island is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Fiji. The locales would be so visually stunning that you would not want to come back from this island. On the way to Tivua island, you would also get to see Cast away island, which according to the tour guides is a name given to the island after the movie was shot here a few years ago. Tivua island is about 2 hours boat ride away from Denarau port near Nadi. Tivua island is also known for providing one of the best snorkeling and scuba diving experiences in Fiji. Coral reefs are absolutely stunning in the waters around this island. And if you are fan of Finding Nemo movie, you will find Dory, Nemo and the variety of fishes that represent almost every character from the movie. After you are done with water activities, grab a drink or two, lie down in a comfy chair and gaze into the layers of white sand, and layers of colored water ranging from blue to turquoise to green. Note that once you leave the island, you will yearn for these stunning views. You have been warned!
Day 5 - Be on Cloud 9
One of the most sought after attractions in Fiji is a Cloud 9, the floating bar that it is often considered as one of the top things to do in Fiji. If you want to close out your visit on a high note (pun intended), floating bar is the perfect place. Floating bar is located about an hour by boat from Nadi. The place has very little to no restrictions in that you are allowed to jump into the water from the 2nd level of the bar. Pizza and other food items are fairly inexpensive. The place is reasonably well maintained. This bar sure seems to be one of the favorite visiting spots for tourists.
When you are done grabbing a few drinks at the floating bar, after the boat drops you off at Nadi or after your tour guide drops you off at your resort, get some rest and plan for a visit to Suva, the capital city of Fiji. Suva, much like Nadi is filled with shops that offer a wide range of options. Suva is also home to a lot of watering holes. So, if you are into nightlife, Suva would be one of your target destinations. According to Fijian residents, there have been a few occasions where the tourists were mugged and robbed. So, beware while you go pub crawling. They suggest that it is typically a good idea to plan pub crawling as a group of 4 or 5 people.
Day 6 - Temple visit, Fijian massage and back to airport
If you get a chance, you must visit Sri Sivasubramaniam swamy template, the crown jewel of main island in Fiji. For those of you who are into architecture and paintings, this temple is one of the must see places to visit in Fiji. The paintings in the walls and ceilings are so intricate that you can spend a couple of hours just gazing at them. Each painting has a beautiful story behind it. If you find the right tour guide or a good storyteller in the temple, you will have a great time learning about Indian folklore.
Before you choose to head back to the airport, set aside an hour to 90 minutes to experience a good old fashioned Fijian massage. Their deep tissue massages are truly focused on relaxing your muscles from all the physical stress of roaming around in the first 5 days. The massages are fairly inexpensive and are available inside most resorts. After the massage is done, you are all set to head back to your home country - calm, relaxed and rejuvenated.
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