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Fiji for First-Timers

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or a holiday with friends, Fiji has something for everyone. Here are our top tips and answers to the most frequently asked questions about beautiful Fiji.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a family holiday or a holiday with friends, Fiji has something for everyone. Here are our top tips and answers to the most frequently asked questions about beautiful Fiji.


How to Get There

You can fly directly to Nadi International Airport from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Flight times depend on your location of departure but are generally between three and five hours. Just enough time for a movie, a snack and a nap!


Other major Australian airports may require a connecting flight to get you to paradise. Ask our specialists for the best way to get there from your closest departure location.


How Long to Stay

The length of your stay is ultimately up to you and your budget. Most commonly, guests choose to stay between five and seven days. This should give you enough time to unwind and explore Fiji before heading back to reality. Book your trip with Hoot and we will take care of planning the accommodation, flights and airport transfers for you.

Where to Stay

Coral Coast

Just a one to two hour transfer from Nadi International Airport and set upon 40-acres of tropical heaven is Fiji’s beautiful Coral Coast. For accommodation, we recommend staying at Outrigger FijiShangri-La’s Fijian Resort & SpaWarwick Fiji or The Naviti Resort.


How to get there: Return transfers included in packages when you book with Hoot Holidays.


The Islands

If you’re looking for a quiet Fijian escape, why not stay on a secluded island? Just a 30-minute boat ride or eight-minute helicopter ride east of Nadi is the small group of islands called Mamanuca. Choose your dream island and check out the divine resorts on offer:


Denarau Island

Denarau Island is accessible by car and is only a 22-minute drive from Nadi International Airport. The island is one of the most accessible locations to stay in Fiji and has more than enough incredible rooms and facilities. We recommend the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji and the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. The choice is yours!


Learn the Fijian Basics

There’s nothing the locals love more than visitors doing their research and learning some of the native language. Use these words to impress the locals.


  • Hello – Ni sa bula (or just bula) (“Ni sahm boola”)
  • Yes – Io (“Ee-o”)
  • No – Seqa (“Senga”)
  • Please – Yalo vinaka (“yalo vee naka”)
  • Goodbye – Ni sa moce (“Ni sa mothey”)
  • Thank you – Vinaka (“Vee naka”)
  • Drink – Gunu (“Goo noo”)
  • Eat – Kana (“Ka na”)

When to Go

July and August are peak season but the best time of year, as they are the drier months. Christmas and New Year is also a peak season for Fiji when people from all over the world fly into experience Fiji in its prime.


Off-peak season months in Fiji are February, March, June, October, and November. This is the recommended time for couples, groups or families wanting to enjoy peace and quiet in Fiji. Off-peak is also a great opportunity to get a great deal on travel to Fiji.


Ready to Book?

If you have any questions, we are more than happy to help. Contact one of our holiday specialists today and start planning your trip to beautiful Fiji.


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Fiji is a paradise for all age groups, but if there is one demographic that is ready to take maximum advantage of all that’s on offer, it’s surely children. Particularly if they’re old enough to have gained a bit of independence and are happy to sign up for the kids’ club. This means they get to enjoy Fiji holiday adventures and relaxation time with the family while also having some experiences all of their own. Fiji resorts cater to children in both entertainment and dining, and kids’ clubs are one of the facilities that make this the ideal family getaway destination. The clubs are usually divided into groups to ensure each child gets to enjoy activities suitable to their age. These examples of in-house kids clubs in Fiji are just a few of the scores available across Fiji’s islands. Let Hoot Holidays help you choose the location that best suits your family’s needs. The Naviti Resort ~ Coral Coast The Kids Club caters to children aged 5-12 years. Open from 10am until 5pm daily and complimentary for hotel guests, with a fun-packed daily kids program, Naviti youngsters are engaged in fun, educational activities with a combination of art and crafts, and Fijian cultural experiences and games to keep kids happy during their stay. Radisson Blu Resort Fiji ~ Denarau Blu Banana Kids Club sessions are available for children 4 – 12 years of age. Infants aged 0-3 years play for free, however must be accompanied by a babysitter (charges apply). There are 3 sessions offered throughout the day: 9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm & 6pm-9pm. Until 31 Mar 2025 kids play free for the morning session 9am-12pm (to a maximum of 2 children per room 4-12 years). Additional children and all other session times – charges apply. The dedicated Blu Banana team will entertain your children with a variety of exciting activities, Fijian games and crafts. Many of the activities take place around the resort, on the beach or at the lively Blu Banana Kids Club playground. The Kids Club is located near the resort lobby on the ground floor. Kids also have the opportunity to participate in a special torch lighting ceremony at sunset each day and theme nights, three nights per week. Charges apply for both. InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa ~ Coral Coast The resort’s signature kids’ club Planet Trekkers, is designed to entertain and inspire kids in this beautiful Natadola Bay location. Planet Trekkers caters to two groups 4-7 and 8-12 years. Children under four may attend in the company of a resort nanny (nanny charges apply and children 1-4yrs are not allowed to take part in organised activities). Planet Trekkers is open from 9.30am – 10.30pm, offering 3 x sessions each day: 9:30am – 12:30pm, 2.00pm-5.00pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm. Each session includes a snack pack. At time of publication Planet Trekkers is FJD$30 per child, per session to attend (subject to change). Shangri-La Yanuca Island Fiji ~ Coral Coast The activity coordinators at Little Chief’s Club entertain children with fun activities throughout their stay. It offers a range of supervised activities, allowing parents to enjoy some time to themselves while ensuring their children are well taken care of. Many of the activities take place at the children’s pool, on the beach, or at the children’s playground. Children aged under four require a babysitter. Registration is at 9.30am daily. Plantation Island Resort ~ Mamanuca Islands Kids of all ages will be swept away by the holiday magic offered by Plantation Island Resort’s Coconut Kids Club. Each day offers a range of activities to keep your kids occupied and having fun from 9am – 8:30pm. Better still, there’s activities to ensure even the shyest of kids have a blast. With offerings ranging from traditional crafts such as coconut boat making and meke preparation to tie dye, beach games, and evening movies, your kids’ time in Fiji will be their best holiday ever. They may even find their new best friend! Three complimentary sessions are offered each day from 9.00am-12.30pm, 2.00pm-4.30pm, & 6.00pm-8.30pm. Plantation Island also offers the Lairo Club for kids aged 12 to 16 years who are too young for adult activities and too old for kids activities. The club offers the group the idea to make new friends and compete at their own age level when it comes to activities. It also makes it easy for the age group to relate to each other. ~ Hoot Holidays wants nothing more than for you and your family to enjoy the happiest of holidays, and that means helping you find the right family holiday destination. Contact us today!

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So you’re starting to prepare for your dream holiday in Fiji, but you’re stuck on where to stay? It can be tricky deciding between some of the most spectacular destinations in the country – but it’s a good problem to have! Lucky for you, we’re here to help. Here’s how to choose between a holiday full of island living or an all-inclusive holiday on the mainland. Fiji Islands We all need to get away to a faraway island from time to time. After stressing about deadlines and spending every morning to night working, you need some quiet time on a tranquil island. This is precisely what you will find on your holiday in the Fijian islands. The Fijian islands are a great place for a quiet escape with fewer crowd numbers than the mainland. The majority of resorts in the islands are purely based on providing tranquillity and relaxation to its guests so expect a very relaxing atmosphere wherever you decide to book. Choose between the magnificent Mamanuca Islands, Yasawa Islands or the Northern islands, and you’ll have a selection of high-class resorts at your fingertips. You’ll also be surrounded by some of the friendliest staff in the world. The Fijian locals always welcome visitors with cheerful smiles and incredible customer service. You will be in great hands! Access to Island Resorts Getting to the islands takes an extra boat or plane ride. If you’re set on an island escape, make sure to book a package deal. This will take out all of the stress of travel and accommodation so you can enjoy your holiday from start to finish. Hoot Holidays offers plenty of incredible Fiji Island deals that include flights, luggage and airport transfers. Fiji Mainland The Fijian mainland is a popular destination for visitors. The Fijian culture, townships and people are the main appeal to staying on the mainland. Choose between the tropical Coral Coast, picturesque Denarau Island, and plenty of other mainland locations. We certainly recommend staying at Coral Coast and Denarau if you are looking for an incredible beachfront resort. Resorts on the Coral Coast and Denarau Island offer fantastic facilities and Kids Clubs to cater for every family holiday. If you do plan to have the little ones in tow, check out some of the very accommodating resorts on the Coral Coast and Denarau. Located on the Coral Coast is the popular Shangri-La Yanuca Island Fiji, Warwick Fiji, The Naviti Resort and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. All four resorts offer fantastic Kids Clubs as well as all the facilities you and your family could possibly need. If Denarau is more up your alley there is also the 5-star Radisson Blu Resort Fiji – upgrade to a suite with kitchen, and laundry for all the creature comforts of home. Access to Mainland Resorts Fly direct from Australia into Nadi Airport, hop in your airport transfer and arrive at your hotel. No-fuss travel is certainly a bonus when you’re taking the little ones! Why Not Both? Of course, there is also the option to cover both. If you’re planning on spending a week or two in beautiful Fiji, you will have plenty of time to discover both the mainland and some of its islands. Book Your Ideal Fiji Holiday Today So which one is it? Or maybe you’ve decided on both! If you’re still making up your mind, contact one of our friendly holiday specialists today!

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