10 Things to Do in Fiji, the Soft Coral Paradise for First-Time Travellers

10 Things to Do in Fiji for First-Time Travellers

Here is where the beautiful blue sky and sea merge into one.

When speaking of gorgeous beaches, beautiful corals, and adorable sea creatures, Fiji is one of the top places that come to mind. The world’s “Soft Coral Capital” is perfect for a therapeutic beach vacation and is known for being a paradise for underwater adventurers. Read on and find out the best things to do in Fiji. Perhaps, it is time to plan for a little escapade to this dazzling place in the new year. 

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1. Spend time at the Coral Coast

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Being one of the most famous Fiji tourist attractions, the Coral Coast is probably one of the greatest places to go to make your trip worthwhile. Here, you will be welcomed by pristine beaches with water so clear, you can see all the underwater creatures beneath it. Apart from swimming and kayaking at sea while getting sunkissed, you can also just enjoy the spectacular ocean view while resting in a hotel. Don’t miss the chance to try surfing, river tubing, and snorkelling for more thrilling water activities. 

2. Walk along the Garden of the Sleeping Giant

things to do in fiji: walk along the Garden of the sleeping giant

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Don’t miss out on one of the must-go places to visit in Fiji, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant. Home to more than two thousand species of orchids, huge plants, and lily ponds, this botanical garden offers tourists a picturesque landscape that will light up any Instagram feed. 

The name “Garden of the Sleeping Giant” comes from a local legend where a giant ate so many people, he fell into a deep sleep. As scary as the name may sound, many couples actually come here for their wedding parties, because who doesn’t love the tranquillity of this enchanting greenery?

3. Try scuba diving at Mamanuca Islands

fiji attractions: Mamanuca islands

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If you haven’t explored Fiji’s incredible underwater world, then it’s time to sign up for a scuba diving session. The best places to visit in Fiji for diving are Beqa Lagoon, Namena Marine Reserve, Mamanuca Islands, and many more. For first-time divers, Mamanuca Islands would be the best choice, since inexperienced divers can opt for shallow dive sites with calmer conditions. Nevertheless, you would never want to miss out on saying “hello” to the illuminating hard and soft corals, adorable turtles, manta rays, or even sharks.

4. Unwind at Bouma National Heritage Park

fiji attractions: Tavoro waterfalls

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While you’re here, check out one of the most well-known Fiji tourist attractions — Bouma National Heritage Park. Located on the third largest island in Fiji, Taveuni Island, the park features the Tavoro Waterfalls and a rainforest trail, making it one of the tourists’ favourites to be one with nature. Contrary to the usual perception of Fiji, instead of beaches and islands, here is where you can unwind and relax with the lush rainforest and hike up the hills for an enchanting view. 

5. Take pretty pictures at Sawa-i-Lau Island

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When exploring the stunning blue lagoon, remember to visit Sawa-i-Lau Island as well. Take a boat trip to the Sawa-i-Lau Cave, an ancient limestone cave also known as the shelter of the 10-headed Fijian god, Ulutini. The cave with a hole in the ceiling allows you to catch a glimpse of the crystal-clear blue water and sea creatures. Remember to take gorgeous pictures for the ‘gram at this mysterious gem before you leave. 

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6. Spend a romantic day at Tavarua Island

Tavarua Island is the best place to go with your significant other because this lovely island is literally shaped like a heart. How cute! Now open to visitors from all over the world, the island lets you immerse yourself in all sorts of activities, including fishing, standup paddleboarding, snorkelling, diving and so much more. Besides, if you need a break from the waters, enjoy activities like tennis, volleyball, and skating on the land. 

7. Go surfing at Cloudbreak

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If you fancy surfing, then Tavarua Island’s Cloudbreak is where you should go. Cloudbreak has a reputation as one of the best surfing locations in the world. Enjoy the waves and surf all you want here. There’s even a Kiddieland specially designed for family surf parties. For beginners and amateurs who prefer lower tides, there are other varieties of different breaks for surfers of all levels to enjoy. 

8. Hike and Snorkel at Dravuni Island

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A volcanic island in Fiji, Dravuni Island features a white sand beach and clear blue seas. For the best things to do on this captivating island, try snorkelling or hopping on a little boat trip. Dravuni Island is home to the fourth-largest coral reef in the world, the Great Astrolabe Reef, thus the undersea view will definitely amaze you. In addition, explore the island on foot and hike up to the inland peak for a great view. 

9. Visit the Fiji Culture Village

Make going to the Fiji Culture Village one of the top things to do in Fiji on your itinerary. Indulge in the unique Fijian culture, including fire lighting, pottery making, mat weaving and more. Both day and night tours are available here. Guided by the friendly locals, visitors get to experience the traditional kava ceremony and try the national Fiji drink; revel in the spectacular meke show; savour delectable local food like okoda and fish lolo.

10. Have fun at the Kula WILD Adventure Park

For a little adrenaline rush during your Fiji trip, visit the Kula WILD Adventure Park. You can hand feed the sea turtles; take pictures with the famous green Fiji Iguana; spend time with the Kula birds, there are just so many fun things to do in Fiji’s largest wildlife park. Some of the other attractions here include the Jungle Water Slide, Kiddies Splash Pool, and Coral Display. I guarantee you this place will leave you nothing but good memories.

For more information on things to do in Fiji, check out Fiji Tourism’s official website!

Also read: Fiji Beyond Beaches: 10 Things to Do in This Undiscovered Paradise

So here you go, a list of things to do in Fiji for first-time travellers. From exploring the magical underwater worlds via scuba diving to interacting with rare, adorable reptiles, Fiji is the right place to go if you want to get in touch with nature. For your next adventure, visit this gorgeous destination to kick-start the new year!

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Cecelia Chang
Cecelia Chang

Born in a new village in Selangor, Malaysia, Cecelia loves three things in life: Good food, good views, and good deals. She also enjoys exploring new places and experiencing new things on her travels.