Welcome adventurers! Getting ready for your expedition across the wonders of this world requires not only the lust for new things but a bit of planning. This is particularly true when it comes to organising a hiking holiday in Fiji, which boasts a lot more than just wonderful sandy beaches.
From the Koroyanitu National Park and Nausori Highlands on Viti Levu to Bouma National Park on Tavenui, there is a gorgeous variety of different trails to discover. Of course, you'll need the right equipment for this. This is where we have both good and bad news.
If you don't have some of these items at home already, the bad is that there actually isn't a dedicated shop where you can buy hiking gear in Fiji. But - and this is the positive side - you can source a number of essentials from local shops, especially in Suva. Let's first consider what you need on your hiking trip before walking through where you can get each item.
Your Fiji hiking checklist
To give you a starting point, here's a list of some of the absolute essentials you should pack for any hiking trip in beautiful Fiji:
- Trail shoes.
- Lightweight T-shirts for walking.
- Walking pants or shorts.
- A long sleeved sweater.
- A light rain jacket.
- A hat.
- Walking poles.
- A beach towel.
- Water bottle.
- Insect repellent.
- First aid kit.
- A torch.
- A small backpack.
The great thing about hiking in Fiji is that your summery essentials such as swimwear, beach towels, hats and sunnies are easily bought from the local shops. Sunscreen, insect repellent and water bottles are also a safe bet here. When it comes to clothing, because of the high import duties, it's likely you'll find much more affordable options (in your size) back home - something to keep in mind for swimwear and jumpers for example.
Since there's a range of boutiques and supermarkets in the main centres, your best bet for quality supplies will be to take a turn around Nadi, Suva and Sigatoka. There, you can expect to find the supermarket chains New World, Morris Hedstorm and RB Patel which are most likely to have toiletry essentials. Shops like Jack's, Tappo and Prouds are another option to source some of your less specific gear.
Wherever you end up buying something though, bear in mind that haggling is not an option in Fiji and you're expected to pay the prices advertised!
Where do you get your hiking gear for Fiji?
Onto the gear you can't find on the South Pacific island group. First up, we highly recommend you plan ahead before heading over to Fiji and buy things such as trail shoes, walking poles and lightweight rain jackets back home in Australia.
1. Lightweight collapsible walking poles
If you want to make sure your gear serves you the best it can, look for poles by Black Diamond or Leki. Whilst you'll need to fork out between $150 and $240 for these items, these two brands offer top quality. At only around 450 grams per pair, the poles are super easy to pack into your luggage and small enough to leave plenty of room for the rest of your things!
In terms of stores, head to a Paddy Pallin, Mountain Designs or Wild Earth.
2. Comfy trail shoes
With a price point of around $125 - $230 and weighing in at around 400 grams, you can pack your trail shoes at the bottom of your bag no problem. Or, why not save the space and wear them while you travel?
Salomon, Saucony and the usual big names like Adidas and Nike are the brands to look for to give you that comfort but durability. Your local Kathmandu or Paddy Pallin are likely to stock these.
3. Light rain jacket and small backpack
Kathmandu and Paddy Pallin will also have a wide range to pick from here. Look out for Osprey packs, which cost anywhere between $104 and $340. Alternatively, Kathmandu has a great range of their own gear as well.
In terms of jackets, look for brands like Marmot, Patagonia or Gore-Tex - and plan to spend between $150 and $400.
The most important thing about hiking holidays is that preparation is key - especially in the haven that is Fiji. Whether you're a seasoned trail walker or are trying out your taste for adventure for the first time, the South Pacific is certainly one of the best places to start.
If your interest is peaked, don't hesitate any longer - get planning for the most amazing Fiji hiking trip! And if you'd like some help put together the ultimate holiday experience from an expert, feel free to reach out to our team over at Hoot Holidays.
- Posted in Fiji