When it comes to natural beauty, the small archipelago of Fiji punches well above its weight.

Whether you want a romantic getaway or need to top up your vitamin D levels, you’re bound to have an unforgettable time in Fiji. Blessed with year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and thriving coral reefs, you’re not going to need any persuading to get in the water. The only thing more welcoming than the ocean are the locals. To learn about the culture of the friendly Fijians, head inland and explore some of their traditional villages.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fiji

Where are the best snorkelling/diving spots in Fiji?

You can go snorkelling or scuba diving almost everywhere in Fiji. Its crystal-clear waters are filled with corals and fish of every colour imaginable. And that's not to mention the graceful manta rays and majestic turtles. The Namena Marine Reserve is one place to keep an eye on. Here you can see more than a thousand species of fish. If you're lucky, you might even spot a dolphin or a whale. Beqa Shark Dive might not be for everyone, but it's sure to be an experience you won't forget. Brave travellers can go swimming among lemon sharks, bull sharks and reef sharks. If you're planning on learning to dive on this trip, make sure you go with a PADI-accredited instructor.

How many islands make up Fiji, and which is the main one?

Many who are unfamiliar with Fiji at first assume that it is just a single landmass, however, this archipelago is actually made up of over 330 islands. Of these, 110 are inhabited and there is just a handful that holds the majority of the country's inhabitants. Viti Levu is the largest in terms of size and population, and it's where you'll find the country's capital, Suva.

What language do they speak in Fiji?

English is one of the official languages of Fiji. It's taught in primary schools and spoken everywhere throughout the islands, so you're unlikely to run into too many communication problems while you're here. The other two official languages are Fijian and Hindi. Fijian is the first or second language of half the country's population. It's certainly not mandatory to learn any, but you're sure to get a few smiles if you give it a crack! "Ni sa bula" is how you say "hello". If you want to show some appreciation for a delicious meal, say a heartfelt "vinaka" (thank you).

What is kava?

Considered a "national drink", kava is an important part of Fijian culture. It's made from the root of the kava plant, which is crushed up and mixed with water. A kava ceremony is a way of welcoming guests, so you can expect to be offered some during your stay. The drink itself may not taste too appealing to foreign palates, but its mild euphoric effect makes it the perfect way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing!