Why Fiji is the perfect stopover destination

December 1, 2014 by Elle Croft

A series of seemingly tiny little dots in the South Pacific Ocean, Fiji will leave a big impact on visitors as they explore all that the country’s 330+ islands have to offer. It’s certainly a destination in its own right, but it’s also a great place to enjoy a few days acclimatising and recovering from a long flight before heading on to Australia or New Zealand.

Fiji Flight Times Map

As you can see, Fiji is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Australia and New Zealand, so after a few days in this tropical paradise you won’t experience any of the usual jet lag when you land Down Under. While you’re recovering in Fiji, here are some of the many things you can try to keep you entertained:

Relax

Of course, relaxation will probably be your first order of business, and you’ll find it in abundance here. Book yourself in for a stress-relieving massage, get your blood flowing after hours on a flight with some invigorating yoga or simply seek out a hammock or stretch of idyllic beach to find your ultimate relaxation.

Water sports

Woman Kayaking Fiji

It’s almost impossible to spend all of your time in Fiji on the beach when there are so many incredible watersports begging to be tried. From wakeboarding to snorkelling, jetskiing to windsurfing and even kayaking for those less likely to enjoy getting in the water themselves, you’ll find it all in Fiji.

Find your own paradise

Castaway island

Hire some quad bikes or hop on a tour to explore some of the incredible scenery on Fiji’s islands. From botanical gardens to beautiful waterfalls, everywhere you look feels like an undiscovered gem. The best thing is that you can find your own little secluded slice of paradise here and have it all to yourself for a day.

Culture

Fiji Chief

Bula!

This is the greeting you’ll receive, along with a warm smile, from the friendly locals you come across in Fiji. To experience some of their culture, attend a traditional firewalking ritual and then sit down with the warriors to share their kava drinking ceremony in a village.

To delve even further into the history of Fiji, visit the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, an ancient burial site. Pottery and other cultural items have been found here in the dunes, and it’s a great place to get a taste of what life was like in Fiji hundreds of years ago.

Cloud 9

For an experience you’ll never forget, visit Cloud 9, a bar and pizza restaurant floating in the middle of the pristine ocean. From here you can try some of the water sports mentioned earlier, or simply sit back, drink in hand, and enjoy the unparalleled views!

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About Elle Croft

When Elle is not travelling, she's blogging about it over at A Bird in the Hand Travel. She believes that you don't have to look like a backpacker to travel, and writes about the stylish side of wanderlust, from stylish destinations to packing tips.