If you know anything about Fiji, then you know that it’s a place bejeweled with some of the most stunning beaches in the world. The post-card images of turquoise water lapping gently against palm-tree crested beaches of milky white are every bit as real as you could ever expect. But unlike other beaches that you may be accustomed to in say, Australia, most of the beaches in Fiji aren’t what you’d call ‘surf beaches’. Meaning, there aren’t waves crashing on the shore and surfers pock-marked across the horizon. Due to most of the islands of Fiji being bordered by coral reefs, the waters shouldering the land are typically quite lagoon-like – perfect for snorkelling, water sports, paddling around or just admiring the natural wonderment.
But with so many beaches available to see in Fiji, it’s a common issue amongst travelers as to which ones they should visit. So we’ve come up with a list of six of the best. But you should also keep in mind that even if you don’t visit these beaches, any experience on a beach in Fiji is something you’re going to love and remember for a long time to come.
1. Mana Island – Part of the glistening Mamanucas chain of islands, Mana Island has the privilege of boasting beaches on all sides. So, if you’re staying here, there’s no chance you’re going to miss out on some time at the beach. However, while there are multiple beach options, the one on its southern coast is easily the most beautiful, and it’s so expansive you’ll never have to worry about it being over-crowded.
2. Yasawa Island – This place exemplifies the tropical island vibe. Being the northern-most blot of land in the Yasawa Islands chain, the beaches here are a combination of both the still and opulent blue that you’d find in pictures, as well as rocky outcrops pandered by waves.
3. Malolo Island – The main beach here is a hub of activity. Unlike a lot of other beaches in Fiji, where the coral reefs are exposed for half the day due to receding tidal waters, Malolo Island’s main lagoon beach is relatively deep for the entire day. The large expanse of sand and deep lagoon make it the perfect place for all kinds of water sports regardless of what the tide is.
4. Natadola Beach – It’s typically a rule of thumb in Fiji that the best beaches are found on the smaller and less developed islands rather than for instance, the main island of Viti Levu. However, Natadola Beach sitting on the Coral Coast is outside of this rule. Its long curving shape gives you a picturesque Fijian beach experience, without having to travel too far from the main resort hubs.
5. Vomo Island – Similar to the heavenly scenes you’d see throughout the rest of the Yasawa Island chain, Vomo Island’s beaches are home to arguably the best snorkelling opportunities in the South Pacific. Their ‘deserted’ nature and pearly white lined pools of deep blue are enjoyable through all times of the day, regardless of the tides.
6. Tokoriki Island – Home to one of the best sunsets you’ll find anywhere in the world, the coral reefs here are perfect for exploring aboard a kayak. You’ll also find that this place hosts some of the best opportunities to scuba dive, so if you’re up for a little bit more of an ocean adventure than your typical snorkel, then make sure you get yourself here!
Even though we’ve recommended these beaches as some of the best in Fiji, no matter which beach you find yourself on in this paradise, it’s going to be amazing. Depending on where you’re going to stay in Fiji, you may find that visiting some beaches is much easier than others – a lot of the best are located on deserted islands which are protected by Fiji’s conservation programs. However, there are plenty of options for island hopping available, and travel between beaches is very easy to do. All you have to do is book the trip!