Five Things to Do in Fiji
The travel pros at Funjet Vacations know that those in search of a vacation in paradise need look no further than Fiji.
With its stunning natural beauty, this archipelago nation has earned a well-deserved reputation as the place to go for a romantic get-away, but once the candlelight has died and the champagne has lost its fizz, what can visitors do? Plenty.
Here are five of the favorites.
Great Astrolabe Reef
Not only is the reef one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, but unsurprisingly, it’s one of the world’s best diving spots. Offering up long stretches of sheltered coves, the reef encompasses Kadavu and Ono Islands, as well as a host of other small islands within its lagoon.
The reef is known for offering up an impressive display of ecological diversity, and visitors can expect to see a wide range of sea life, including manta rays, turtles, pilot whales and a variety of sharks.
Don’t miss a visit to Alacrity Rocks, which has been described as an underwater playhouse thanks to its maze of arches and tunnels. Experienced divers will enjoy the Naiqoro Passage. Strong currents make for an exciting dive, and a stunning array of brightly colored corals and fish serve up an amazing visual experience.
Thanks to remarkably clear water and relatively warm temperatures year-round, the reef is perfect for both divers and snorkelers of all levels. The water temperature ranges from the upper 70s to almost 90 degrees and is usually warmest November through April.
That said, the weather and visibility is best between August and October, something to keep in mind when planning a trip.
This port town was the first capital of Fiji and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town, which was founded as a whaling settlement in 1830, went on to be the seat of the cotton boom in the 1860s. It served as a major hub until Suva was named capital in 1877. Today, visitors can explore its colonial heritage.
A dive to these caves isn’t for the faint of heart. To reach the limestone cave, you must swim through an underwater tunnel that at high tide is pitch dark. Once inside, crystal-clear water and fascinating limestone formations make for an experience that must be seen to be believed.
Garden of the Sleeping Giant
Called one of the best-kept horticultural secrets in the South Pacific, the garden is home to more than 2,000 varieties of Asian orchids and Cattleya hybrids. (Fun fact: The plants were once actor Raymond Burr’s private collection.) Stroll along the garden paths on a canopy-covered boardwalk, and take in the lily ponds, fountains and the beauty of a South Pacific rainforest.
Don’t leave Fiji before taking in a fire-walking show. Vilavilairevo, meaning “jumping into the oven,” is a practice that dates back centuries. It’s said that the people of Beqa Island started the practice after convincing the spirit god Tui Namoliwai to let them walk on scalding stones.
Source: Travel Pulse.