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Your guide to island hopping in Fiji

Fiji is comprised of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are occupied, ranging in size from less than one square kilometre to the main island of Viti Levu.  All of Fiji’s islands are beautiful, and each one offers its own unique highlights.  Whether you’re searching for the ultimate in barefoot luxury or a secluded spot in which to sit under a tree and soak up the scenery; whether you’re planning to stay put on a single island or treat yourself to an island-hopping buffet, this guide will help you plan your ultimate Fijian island holiday.

Best for Adventurers: Yasawa Islands

These islands are a popular choice for those seeking adventure as they're more rugged and untouched than the main islands.  There is a selection of luxury resorts within the Yasawas, the islands popular with families, and adventure seekers who are looking to experience a different side of Fiji.  Be sure to pack your hiking gear so that you’re well-equipped to venture into the islands’ lush rainforest interior, where you’ll find gorgeous waterfalls and many places to camp.  Spend your days swimming and snorkelling, exploring limestone caves, diving with sharks and manta rays before watching the sunset over a campfire barbecue.

Best for families: Mamanuca Islands

 Monuriki Island, Mamanucas

This group of tiny islands is the closest to both Nadi International Airport and the marina at Port Denarau, so you can be off the plane and away to your island destination quickly.  Their beauty and accessibility have made them a popular location choice for a number of major movies, but you don’t have to be a film fan to understand their appeal.  A mixture of luxury couples’ retreats and family-friendly resorts, you can teach the kids to snorkel and paddleboard, spend an afternoon visiting the incredible floating pontoon and pizza restaurant known as Cloud Nine or simply laze on the white sandy beaches.

Pick and mix

An island-hopping pass, such as the Bula Pass offered by the Yasawa Flyer, is a great way to explore a selection of islands within the Yasawa and Mamanuca groups.  You’ll have the freedom go where you want, when you want, on board a spacious and comfortable catamaran, travelling as far as you choose within a single journey on a single day – it’s prepaid so you can just hop off when it suits.  The boat departs from Denarau Marina every morning and calls at around 20 islands on its nine-hour journey.  Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a small ship cruise ranging from three to eleven night, waking up to find yourself on a new island every day.

Best off the beaten track: Vanua Levu

Fiji’s second-largest island is well off the beaten track, but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained here – simply hop on one of the regular flights that operate daily from Nadi Airport to the island’s gateway, Savusavu, and you’ll be there before you know it. As well as fantastic diving and snorkelling, this is a wonderful place in which to get to know the locals on a village visit, hunt for bargains in the Savusavu market or go shopping for locally-produced pearls after a pearl farm tour.

Best for eco-friendly: Taveuni

Sometimes known as “the Garden Island”, Taveuni is Fiji’s third smallest island, and can be reached by regular scheduled flight or ferry journey.  You may prefer to treat yourself to a private helicopter or seaplane charter, which will give you extra time to soak up the island’s natural delights, including the flora and fauna of Bouma National Heritage Park or the spectacular dive sites of the Rainbow Reef.  Many of Taveuni’s resorts have been built to minimise their impact on the environment and ensure that this precious corner of Fiji is preserved for future visitors.

There’s a Fijian island holiday to suit every budget and every traveller, whether your preference is for eco-conscious, barefoot luxury or family-friendly – ask your Hoot Holidays specialist for advice and recommendations.