If you’ve never been to Fiji, it may be on your list of places to go; if you’ve been there, you probably can’t wait to return. And, the best way to experience Fiji is by cruise ship.
That’s because Fiji is not one island; it’s an archipelago of about 330 islands, and hundreds more small islets. The main islands of Viti Levu and Vauna Levu have been settled since at least the second millennium BC, but Fiji was also a British colony for about 100 years. So, the culture is a wonderful mix of ancient indigenous tradition with a touch of European flavor.
Still, the main attraction of Fiji is its stunning tropical beauty. These volcanic islands have mountain peaks of up to 4,000 feet, the slopes covered with green tropical forest. The white sand beaches, lined with coconut palms, are lapped by water of the deepest blue. And, it’s always warm – even the “cool season,” May to October, averages 72 degrees.
Your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can help you select a cruise that will show you as much of Fiji as you like. Some major cruise lines include one or two port calls in Fiji as part of a longer cruise of the South Pacific. Other lines offer more Fiji-intensive itineraries, calling on Viti Levu and other more remote islands.
If you can tear your eyes away from the spectacular scenery of Fiji, here are some of the activities you can look forward to:
Fiji is a great place to try out a water sport you haven’t tried before. The water is warm and crystal clear, so you can go snorkeling or diving; test your balance on a surfboard; go for the big catch on a fishing excursion; or even take a sailing lesson.
As you can imagine, the flora and fauna of Fiji is amazing. Take a guided hike through the tropical forest to see rare species – such as the Kadavu parrot or the red-throated lorikeet – and perhaps some waterfalls, too. The parks and gardens in Suva, capital of Viti Levu, are absolutely lovely.
Viti Levu’s Sabeto Valley has natural geothermal features (remember, these islands are volcanic). There, you can immerse yourself from head to toe in a therapeutic mud pool, which Fijians believe has therapeutic, age-defying benefits. At the very least, it’s a fun and memorable experience!
For more information about everything you can do in Fiji, and to select the itinerary that’s right for you, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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