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Fiji: One week itinerary

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Bus outside Kings Hotel, Viti Levu (Photo: Lonely Planet Images / Tom Cockrem)
Bus outside Kings Hotel, Viti Levu.
With only a week in Fiji, you won't want to miss any of our favourites. Make the best of your time with this plan of attack.

Mamanuca Islands resorts

Depending on what time your flight arrives at Nadi International Airport, you should either crash for the rest of the night at a Nadi hotel or transfer immediately to a Mamanuca Islands resort if it's early enough in the day. A fleet of fast catamarans, speedboats, seaplanes, fix-wing aircraft and helicopters await you in Nadi.

The two dozen Mamanuca resorts are diverse in character, and it's important to choose the one best suited to you. Some resorts welcome families (such as Amunuca, Castaway, Navini, Plantation and Treasure), while Lomani, Matamanoa, Namotu, Tokoriki and Wadigi do not accept children at all. Beachcomber, Bounty, Funky Fish, Ratu Kini, South Seas and Walu Beach cater to young backpackers, while Likuliku, Mana, Malolo, and Vomo are more for middle-aged couples. Namotuand Tavarua are surf camps, while Musket Cove is a yachting base. Prices vary accordingly.

Unless you arrived on a prepaid package tour and will be spending your entire week at a Mamanuca resort, two or three nights there should be enough to adjust to Fiji time.

Back to the mainland

Return to Viti Levu (the "mainland") and catch a bus to Fiji's capital city Suva. Express buses leave Nadi Bus Station every hour or two. It's also possible to fly from Mana and Malololailai islands to Nadi, then on to Suva. For some insider advice on how best to spend a night on the town in Suva, drop into Traps Bar, 305 Victoria Parade.

The next morning, visit the Fiji Museum in Thurston Botanical Gardens, admire the colonial buildings around Albert Park, and stroll up Victoria Parade window shopping. After lunch, take a taxi to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park in the hills above the city for some rainforest hiking and a swim in a waterfall pool. It's easy to catch a bus from the park directly back to Suva Market with the local shops of Cumming Street nearby. Alternatively, you could catch the first flight from Suva to Fiji's old capital Levuka on Ovalau Island. You'll love Levuka's laidback, late 19th-century atmosphere and the view of six islands across the Koro Sea is enchanting. An afternoon flight returns to Suva.

Final days

Spend your final days in Fiji relaxing at a Coral Coast resort. Once again, you should select your resort carefully. The Beachouse, Mango Bay, Tsulu, Tubakula and Uprising resorts are geared toward young backpackers, while Crusoe's, Rydges Hideaway, Naviti, Outrigger, Pearl, Shangri-La's Fijian, Tambua Sands, Warwick and Wellesley are more upscale. You might chose one of the resorts at Pacific Harbour if activities such as scuba diving, whitewater rafting, jet skiing, and golf are among your main interests, although the beach at Pacific Harbour is poor. The Beachouse, Mango Bay, Crusoe's, Rydges Hideaway, Naviti, Tambua Sands, Warwick and Wellesley are located on much better beaches, but they're also more isolated with no outside restaurants or other providers within walking distance.

Do you know of any other attractions that should be included in a one-week Fijian itinerary? Tell us about them below.

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User comments
i recently took a mission trip to fiji and i didnt stay at any resorts i stayed at Coral Coast Christian Camp in coral coast and i saw so much of fiji. you dont need resorts to see fiji. if you stay at a resort usually all you see is the resort so go to the fijian villages like Numara Village adn experiance the real fiji
This planned trip would be enjoyable, but you won't experience what Fiji and it's true culture is like if you stick to resorts and tourist activities. There is so much more to se that can't be experienced when you are confined to tourist destinations.
Our family went on a 4WD tour just outside Nadi and absolutely loved it, especially the kids! It was a side to Fiji I didn't expect to see and was great to getaway from all the touristy area's. We booked through Shangri-La but this looks like the same one- Navilawa 4wd Safari www.tourismfiji.com
I have enjoyed a long boat trip from Navua along the Navua River to Na Mua Mua village. You will travel through small rapids and rain forests with beautiful waterfalls. On reaching Na Mua Mua village we were welcomed from a short distance by warrior dressed in traditional Fijian clothing blowing on a conch shell and 2 other warriors carrying traditional weapons. When we alighted from the boat we were escorted to the village where a Kava Ceremony was conducted and a welcome extended by the Chief. Then lunch was served (sandwiches & tropical fruit and juices). On our return journey the guide stopped the boat near a waterfall, so those who wanted a swim could do so. Arriving back at Navua we were greeted by a mini cyclone and sheltered under the Post Office awning to await the tour bus. I have also visited the Cultural Village near Pacific Harbour and I would highly recommend the boat tour, where you learn about Fiji, past to present. People actually using original tools.

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