Fiji is synonymous with paradise, but there may be some qualities you’ve overlooked.
Think delicious cuisine fusions, adults-only resorts and tourism that makes a difference.
But we might be getting ahead of ourselves. You need to know how to get there first!
Fiji Air has a ton of flights from Australia to Fiji, and is one of the best airlines around.
Think killer service, a delicious food and comfy seats. Plus, they’re taking you to an island paradise. Which you can’t really top.
Fiji Airways also has an ultra-modern fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Both aircraft offer business and economy class options. On all international services, passengers receive a complimentary meal, drinks, in-flight entertainment options, up to 23kg of checked baggage in economy and up to 40kg in Business class.
Direct flights to Nadi depart Sydney twice daily, from Brisbane daily, from Melbourne five to six times weekly and twice weekly from Adelaide. Plus connect from Perth, Darwin, Cairns, Rockhampton, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart on codeshare flights with partner airline Qantas, via Brisbane or Sydney. So basically, getting to Fiji has never been easier!
Now, on to these so-called surprises.
Though it may not have had a reputation for great food in the past, Fiji has really stepped up its game. The islands have an amazing selection of local produce, which many chefs are using in the best way possible.
Malamala Beach Club boasts Australian chef Lance Seeto, who cooks everything from scratch – from the chipotle guacamole in the blackened fish tacos to the humble tomato sauce. Yes, please.
For your coffee fix in Nadi, head to Taste (which also has pastries to die for) or Café O, but beware, because soy milk is harder to find.
A different kind of tourism:
Sustainable and responsible tourism is on the rise, and Fiji is no exception, with many establishments becoming more eco-friendly and giving back to the community.
To experience true Fiji communities, take a five-day tour with Hands On Journeys to visit villages that rarely see tourists – you can take part in cooking classes and explore how Fijians traditionally live. The company then gives back to the village communities and helps them build a better life.
The newest eco-friendly resort on the block is Six Senses Fiji, which opened mid-April and is 100 per cent solar powered. The resort uses Tesla Battery packs to power its off-grid solar installation, which is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
It also has its own water refinery, which produces high-quality drinking water without using plastic bottles. It’s sustainability practices range from the enormous (the former) to the resort’s fruit and veggie garden and free-range chicken farm – both of which drastically reduce their environmental footprint. Staying in paradise and helping the planet at the same time? Sounds good to us.
Okay, it isn’t exactly surprising that Fiji is great for romance – but Fiji often gets pegged as a family-friendly destination, which means there can be kids running around a ton of the resorts. But not these resorts.
A few resorts have opened new adults-only sections, whilst there are many luxury, boutique properties that are kid-free, period.
Both the Royal Davui Island Fiji Resort and Qamea Resort and Spa are both completely adults-only, the latter including activities like stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling as standard. And the Royal Davui is its own private oasis, perfect for honeymooners and couples.