Three days in Fiji


Only three days in Fiji? Tough luck. This South Pacific destination is so full of diverse islands and attractions that you could happily spend weeks, maybe months there.

On the other hand, three days in Fiji? Great! A short stay is better than not visiting at all, and there are still plenty of activities you can do in that space of time.

Given that you only have three days, it’s likely you won’t be ranging far from Nadi in the west of the main island of Viti Levu, where the international airport is located.

Those three days can be neatly matched with three types of activities: on the water, heading inland, and chilling out.

On the water

Fiji being an archipelago of hundreds of islands, you’re never far from the ocean. The Mamanuca group of small islands of Viti Levu’s west coast is a popular place for cruises, often done as a day trip.

South Sea Cruises offers a number of cruises to the Mamanucas and the more northerly Yasawa islands. One takes passengers to Mana Island, which has three beaches and a resort. The fare includes lunch, a semi-submersible boat ride and the use of snorkelling gear.

From Mana you can join the sailboat Seaspray, the star of a 1960s TV series, for a cruise which includes a visit to a village and a kava ceremony. A more direct sailing cruise departs from the mainland aboard the Whales Tale , and includes a champagne breakfast, snorkelling and an island visit.

Feeling more energetic? Tokoriki Diving offers dives from its position at the more secluded northern end of the Mamanucas. And on the southern Coral Coast, the Mango Surf School has a one-day “learn to surf” session at the Natadola surf break.




Heading inland

I’ve written before about the Off-Road Cave Safari, and the same Coral Coast company operates the Sigatoka River Safari. This is a jet boat ride up Fiji’s longest river, stopping at a village for a kava ceremony and lunch.

Not far away is the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. The huge dunes here can be climbed for views, but they’re also significant for their wealth of archaeological remains left behind by the earliest Fijians. 

Another way to stretch your legs is by making the five-hour hike past jungle and waterfalls to Mount Batilamu within Koroyanitu National Heritage Park .

If you want scenery without too much physical effort, a tour to the Vuda Lookout, passing through the beautiful Sabeto Valley on the way, might be the ticket.

Chilling out

Considering the number of resorts in western Fiji, it isn’t hard to find a place to relax for the day. Port Denarau, a short distance from Nadi, contains several resorts, along with a golf course and a variety of shops and restaurants. The resorts all offer spa treatments.

On the Coral Coast, one of the most memorable places for a treatment or massage is the Bebe Spa . Situated high on a hill above the Outrigger on the Lagoon resort, the treatment rooms have sweeping ocean views. Afterward, the even higher Kalokalo Bar is an exceptionally pleasant place to relax with a cocktail, as the Pacific waves break onto the reef far below.

Disclosure: Tim Richards travelled courtesy of the Outrigger on the Lagoon resort


You can get Fiji included as a stopover on a Navigator RTW or on our Discoverer RTW deal


Published by Stuart Lodge