Explore Fiji’s Interior Treasures
The lure of Fiji naturally comes from its beachfront beauty, where palm-lined sands touch turquoise lagoons and thatched-roof bures are tucked into lush grounds edged by the sea. Yet, as you immerse yourself in the day-to-day pleasures of this tropical archipelago, you’ll quickly discover that even more treasures lie within. Let us help you explore deeper into Fiji’s islands, where verdant forests and national parks greet you with rugged beauty and cultural encounters influence every aspect of your stay.
Let us help you create your perfect Fijian adventure, whether it’s arranging your privately guided excursion or finding your ideal luxury resort where cultural immersion is at the forefront of your experience.
Settle into your own secluded retreat at Matangi Private Island Resort. While a private picnic at Horseshoe Bay is heralded in the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” we also recommend a ridge trek for another perspective of the famous bay. On a sightseeing excursion by boat, look closely and you’ll spot sure-footed mountain goats clambering rugged rocks, while a guided rainforest hike reveals the medicinal plants and edible herbs that local Fijians have relied on for centuries.
Within easy reach of The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa on Natadola Bay, the periwinkle-framed coral caves of Navo Island are well-suited to intrepid explorers. For an outing equally stirring, we recommend a Saturday afternoon spent shopping the Sigatoka markets, when most locals descend on the stalls ripe with globe-shaped eggplants, fragrant pineapples and the catch of the day.
The interior of Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island, is beautifully rugged and untamed, with hilly paths and rainforest routes suited to trekking. Head out for a hike with a seasoned guide who leads you to hidden waterfalls, tide pools and coconut groves, or hop on horseback and ride past sugar plantations and steaming hot springs. Back along the coast, the lavish Namale Resort and Spa is paradise found, with 19 bures and villas dotted along lava pinnacles and surrounded by an old coconut plantation.
Six national parks spread throughout Fiji’s islands; they harbor another world of natural beauty. Vibrant bird life and trails punctuated by swimming holes are found in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve on the eastern side of Vito Levu. On the western side of the island, in Koroyanitu National Heritage Park, the Garden of the Sleeping Giant is the perfect place to uncover a colourful array of orchids. On the verdant “garden island” of Taveuni, Bouma National Heritage Park offers avid hikers gorgeous views and secluded waterfalls.
Our pick for the most unexpected scenery is Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park: follow a guided walk crisscrossing the four-mile expanse of wind-swirled sand dunes to discover pottery relics dating back to the Lapita people and pockets of tropical dry forests.
For the amateur horticulturist, Thurston Gardens in Fiji’s capital city of Suva is a botanical haven of towering fig trees heavy with fruit and fragrant blooms both familiar and exotic. History buffs can head indoors to the Fiji Museum to peruse 3,700 years worth of archaeological artifacts while lovers of the outdoors may wish to recline in the shadow of the 1918 clock tower, admiring pink tangles of bougainvillea against Fiji’s cloudless blue skies.
March 16, 2017