Fiji offers adventurous souls a choice of attractions from sampling traditional Fijian life to spotting wildlife and hiking through pristine wilderness.
Explore on horseback the hilly grassland peaks of the Yasawa Islands, hike scenic trails looking out for native birdlife in the unspoiled rainforest of Bouma National Heritage Park on Fiji's ‘garden isle’ of Taveuni or journey through Fiji's archaeological and indigenous cultural history at the Fiji Museum in Suva
Fiji's choice of attractions including the following…
Explore on foot the largest rainforest preserve in Fjij – a 15,000ha tropical rainforest reserve on Taveuni Island, with trails leading to waterfalls, volcanic peaks and sea-pounded cliffs.
Try the Bouma Falls trail to Tavoro Falls (photo) or enjoy coastal breezes along the scenic Lavena Coastal Walk, which follows an ancient coastal track fringed by a forest to one side and secluded beaches and coves on the other side.
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Explore a 6km-long network of walking trails that snake through this lush 250ha rainforest park, located just a 12-minute drive from Suva.
Try to spot some of the 14 species of colourful bird life including scarlet robins, spotted fantails, Fiji goshawks and barking pigeons. Then go swimming in a natural waterhole 150m above sea level.
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Choose from several walking trails, which weave through native forest and grassland to scenic waterfalls.
Hike to the summit of Castle Rock for panoramic vistas over the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands or to Mount Batilamu for views over Nadi Bay.
Koroyanitu National Heritage Park is located in the mountains, around 15km southeast of Lautoka.
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Get up close to nature at this conservation park located on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu.
Spot many of Fiji’s rarest fauna, including the red-breasted musk parrot, golden and orange dove, peregrine falcons, crested and banded iguanas and flying fox bruit bats.
Here you can challenge an iguana to a staring competition or watch fruit bats munch on a mango.
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Rent a 4WD and discover rural Fiji amid the beautiful grassy Nausori Highlands with panoramic views over the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands from Mount Vatutoka – just don’t go on Sunday; you’ll interrupt the traditional Christian day of rest and prayer.
Hire a 4WD or join a cultural tour from Nadi to explore this picturesque village of 200 authentic single room bures made from bamboo and thatch set amid stunning mountain scenery on the Ba River.
Join a traditional welcoming ceremony over a cup of kava, made from the roots of the native yaqona tree. Navala Village is located in the scenic Nausori Highlands, around 50-minutes drive from Nadi.
Take a walk through some of these extensive sand dunes covering 650ha hectares that range from 20m- to 60m-high. Perhaps discover some ancient pottery – archaeological excavations have uncovered pottery more than 2600 years old, as well as one of the largest burial sites in the Pacific.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park is located at the mouth of the Sigatoka River on the Coral Coast.
In Nadi, pop into the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere (after first removing your shoes), admire sacred statues and colourful frescoes created by Indian craftsmen and perhaps catch the monthly Karthingai Puja Festival.
Join a rafting safari down the Upper Navua River and enjoy fast-flowing, shallow class III rapids that flow into a narrow 7m-wide, 40m-high black volcanic gorge partially covered with ferns and native vegetation.
Paddle past countless waterfalls and journey through some of Fiji’s most stunning scenery. Later enjoy a swim in the fresh mountain water.
Take a journey into Fiji's archaeological and indigenous cultural history in this excellent museum, home to a fascinating collection that dates back 3700 years.
See the massive 13.43m-long Ratu Finau – Fiji's last waqa tabus (double hulled canoe) as well as an array of war clubs, cannibal utensils, tanoa bowls, jewellery and other relics that offer a vivid insight into Fijian traditional life.
Later additions include the rudder and other items from HMS Bounty, burned and sunk at Pitcairn Island by Fletcher Christian and the other mutineers in 1789 but later recovered in the 1950s by Luis Marden, the National Geographic photographer.
Don’t miss the upstairs galleries that feature Indian art exhibits by the country's finest contemporary artists.
The Fiji Museum is located in the heart of Suva’s botanical gardens.
Location: Thurston Gardens, Ratu Cakobau Rd. off Victoria Parade, Suva; Phone: 331 5944; Admission: F$7; Hours: Mon-Thurs and Sat 9am-4:30pm; Fri 9:30am-4pm.
Latest update: Fiji Sights: 12 January, 2023