No matter which island you’re staying on or you’ll be travelling to, there are endless great attractions and things for you to see and do while you’re in Fiji, besides simply spending all your time on the beach by your hotel or resort.
Though of course that’s good too.
The best time to visit Fiji is from April to November as the trade-winds keep things cool and the rain has usually eased. Be aware that cyclone season is in December to March and many of the national parks with hard walking trails will be closed off at this time.
The Fiji Museum in Suva lets visitors experience Fiji’s historical and cultural evolution. Take yourself on a self-guided tour by starting with the displays behind the ticket counter and working your way around the exhibits clockwise. This takes you in chronological order around all the magnificent pieces in the museum’s collection. The centrepiece is the massive Ratu Finau from 1913, Fiji’s last waqa tabus or double-hulled canoe which is over 13m long and features an enclosed deck for surviving rough weather. Other treasures on display include war clubs, the rudder from The Bounty (Mutiny) and a chilling exhibit on cannibalism.
Colo-i-Suva Forest Park
Suva’s most popular forest park, the Colo-i-Suva is 2.5sq km of dense rainforest. Teeming with tropical plants and exotic bird life, you can enjoy all the park has to offer on the 6.5km of walking trails that navigate around natural water pools and stunning vistas. Get away from Suva’s sprawling urban surrounds and lose yourself in the wilderness, sitting at an altitude of 120m to 180m. Enjoy the beautiful water swimming holes along your way by the Waisila Creek and Waimanu River.
Experience another culture by taking in the sights of the South Indian Fire-Walking Festival held at the Mariamma Temple during July or August each year. This is perhaps the most impressive of all Fiji’s cultural rituals and should not be missed if you’re going to be visiting Suva at this time of year. Originally the South Indian Fire-Walking ritual was practiced on the tiny island of Beqa and by two neighbouring cultures, Indigenous Fijian and Hindu for completely different reasons.
Don’t miss the captivating beauty of the Tavoro Waterfalls in Bouma National Heritage Park. The three waterfalls, known as the Bouma Falls are in Taveuni. The first waterfall is 24m and has a change area, picnic tables and barbecues and is an easy walk away from the visitors centre, perfect for the kids. Just a half hour trek away is the second waterfall and the third is just another 20 minutes away through a muddy forest path so best to go in dry season. Don’t forget to bring your snorkels to view the hundreds of prawns in the natural swimming pools.
Kula Eco Park
The Kula Eco Park is a wildlife reserve in Korotogo and the Sunset Strip which is supported by the National Trust for Fiji and several international parks and conservation bodies. The park features some amazing wildlife for visitors to experience, including Fiji’s only native land mammal, the Fijian flying fox. The Eco Park also has an aviary full of kula parrots, Fiji’s national bird. The park is totally funded by gate receipts and donations and has wheelchair access.