So you think you know Fiji? Here are eight activities worth adding to your Fiji bucket list.
Take a Captain Cook Cruise
The three-night Mamanuca and Southern Yasawa Islands cruise leaves at noon on Saturdays and travels to Nuku-I-Mana cay (famous for its snorkelling), Monuriki (where Tom Hanks filmed Cast Away) and the Sacred Islands. The MV Reef Endeavour is an intimate cruise ship for just 130 passengers and its size means it can go where the bigger ships can’t, giving you a different look at Fiji from the water. A Captain Cook cruise can be booked as part of your Hoot Holiday.
Take a long line
ZipFiji is just 35 minutes from downtown Nadi and it is Fiji’s largest adventure challenge. There are 16 zip lines that take you high above the canyon into one of Fiji’s largest caves. As you slide above the tree-tops along five kilometres of ziplines, you will see amazing vesi trees, and if you are game enough to look seaward you can see Tavarua, a popular surfing spot. The A$165 price tag includes hotel pick up and drop off.
Take a road less travelled
Quad bikes let you get off the beaten, sometimes muddy tracks to see the real Fiji. Go Dirty Tours will take you on a four-hour adventure to Nadi’s biggest Hindu Temple before splashing through the mud in the nearby pine forests. All you need is a valid driver’s licence, closed-toe shoes and a change of clothes. Tours happen twice a day and cost A$235. Free transfers from Denarau and Nadi hotels.
Take a wild ride
White water rafting is a bit like being trapped in a washing machine. There’s an endless succession of bumps, splashes of warm Fijian water to the face, and foaming water splurging up your nose. Weirdly though it all feels good – and it is a whole lot of fun. Rivers Fiji transport guests from their Nadi hotel to the main island of Viti Levu where you can kayak down the Luva River. The cost is A$515.
Take a deep dive
If you are staying at Mana Island Resort take time to get your PADI Diver Certificate. Mana Island Resort sits in the pristine waters, off the Mamanuca Islands, a swift catamaran ride from Port Denarau. There’s a multitude of coral sites to dive near the island and the marine life is amazing. There’s no chance you will get bored here.
Take a different view
If you have stayed in Nadi and the Coral Coast, it might be time to try one of the islands. Imagine taking a helicopter from Nadi airport and landing on Treasure Island, in the Mamanuca Islands. When you think of Treasure Island think white sandy beaches, tropical gardens and ocean view bures. You can even take some Fijian language lessons here.
Take in the rays
The name says it all really. Mantaray Island is one of the best places in the world to swim with these giant creatures of the sea - called Vai in Fiji. Some have been known to have a 6.5-metre span – that’s the height of a two-story building. This is an ocean encounter you will never forget. You can visit Mantaray Island as a day trip from Nadi. Chat with your Hoot Holidays expert about bookings.