With vaccination efforts well underway, many destinations are busily preparing for a long-awaited safe reopening. The South Pacific nation of Fiji has been no exception, developing strict protocols to keep guests and locals safe without compromising its famous Bula! welcome or the ‘Fiji time’ experience. No matter what kind of traveller you are, there’s a Fiji vacation perfectly suited to you.
December 1 will mark Fiji’s official re-opening to vaccinated leisure travellers from approved countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and most of the South Pacific, with tourist flights resuming on Fiji Airways. Visitors must show proof of vaccination, plus a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 72 hours before their flight. On arrival in Fiji, guests are transported to their accommodation, where they are free to enjoy the entire resort (no more hotel room quarantine) and settle into ‘Fiji time’ for 48 hours before a final Rapid Diagnostic Test grants them access to the rest of Fiji’s approved safe travel areas.
The only question remains, what kind of Fiji traveller are you?
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Fiji for Families
Fiji is a great destination for kids, particularly if you’re staying on Castaway Island in the beautiful Mamanucas. This resort is ideal for a family getaway, with the option of an Adventure Pass that includes a range of Fiji activities such as a Banana Boat ride, taking advantage of the calm waters that surround the island. Alternatively, parents with younger children might opt for some free babysitting and enjoy some time alone. Kids play an important role in Fijian culture, and with so many family-friendly activities on offer, Fiji is a great destination to create some cherished family memories.
Fiji for Couples
Fiji’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu, is one of the South Pacific’s admittedly surprising great secrets. It’s hardly a hidden destination, yet it sees only a fraction of the tourists that visit Vitu Levu, making it an ideal choice for couples who want to get away somewhere just a little more secluded. Reached via Savusavu, this is the gateway to Fiji’s famous Rainbow Reef, where some of the country’s best snorkelling awaits. Savasi Island Resort offers the perfect secluded home base, with beachfront views, private infinity pools, and first-class service all the way. Guests can also enjoy candlelit dining, daily beach yoga led by a qualified instructor, and a guided herbal walking tour before a cooking class.
Fiji for Adventure Seekers
A large part of Fiji’s population lives in Viti Levu, home to both Nadi, the country’s main international airport, and Suva, Fiji’s capital. It’s also home to the Sigatoka River, where visitors can partake in some of Fiji’s most exciting activities. Off-road safaris, ziplining, jetboating down the river, and village visits are all within easy reach, along with the Coral Coast and all the watersports it has to offer. For an extra treat, we recommend having champagne and canapes waiting at your deluxe accommodation. Who said adventure couldn’t be that little bit luxurious?
Fiji for Relaxation and Wellness
If all the action of Viti Levu sounds like too much, get away to the Yasawas. This is one of Fiji’s most remote, yet beautiful island chains, and an ideal place to relax and recharge. Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is one standout property that offers daily spa treatments, and a welcome gift package. But the Yasawas are also a great spot for wellness-minded travellers. There are no televisions and no traffic on Yasawa Island. You might even take things a step further, turn off the wi-fi and ‘digital detox.’ You can always Instagram those amazing shots of the folklore-rich Sawa-i-Lau caves later!
With the success of its vaccination program keeping Fijians safe, and a practical, visitor-friendly plan in place to restore Fiji’s all-important tourism industry, one of the world’s friendliest nations is poised for a big, safe 2022 of travels, adventures, and warm Fijian smiles.
18 Oct 2021, 9:37 p.m.