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Although Fiji has palm-lined beaches and coral reefs like many other parts of the South Pacific, it's often the people of the islands, rather than the scenery, that make it memorable. Their friendliness to visitors is well-known, expressed with a pleasant bula (welcome) and with an invitation to join them for a bowl of tongue-numbing kava.
A Fiji vacation promises a lot of enjoyable possibilities: exquisite scuba diving, lovely natural surroundings and an appealing range of places to stay—from secluded, eye-poppingly expensive resorts to pleasant guesthouses on the beach to simple accommodations with local villagers.

GEOGRAPHY -
Located 1,300 mi/2,100 km east of Australia, the Fiji archipelago is made up of thousands of islands. Only 322 islands are considered large enough to support humans, and of these, just 111 are inhabited. Most remain uninhabited because of the lack of fresh water. Most of the islands are volcanic, although none of Fiji's volcanoes are active. On the two largest islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, sharp peaks and rock outcroppings punctuate lush vegetation.

Fiji's foremost attractions are fascinating cultures, fire walking, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, hiking, surfing, ocean kayaking, yachting, windsurfing, white-water rafting, good beaches, cruises, delicious food and small, out-of-the-way resorts.Those looking for crystal clear water and slow-paced island life will enjoy Fiji. However, anyone who goes there should be aware that other Pacific islands have more lush, tropical scenery and better beaches (many of Viti Levu's beaches turn into rather ugly tidal flats at low tide). For the white-sand beaches and blue lagoons of the brochures, one must travel to the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups.

Virtually all of Fiji's outer islands offer excellent hiking along age-old trails between Fijian villages or up grassy hillsides. The western half of Viti Levu is also an excellent hiking venue, especially in Koroyanitu National Park behind Lautoka and the Nausori Highlands above Nadi. Dense rain forests make hiking in eastern Viti Levu more challenging, but the pleasant network of trails in Colo-i-suva Forest Park is only a 20-minute taxi ride away from downtown Suva.

IMPORTANT HOTEL OVERVIEW -
Accommodations range from expensive resort hotels to modest guesthouses and huts. Most of the properties are well-run and clean. Of Fiji's large resort hotels, most are on Denarau Island near Nadi, several more are under construction south of Nadi, and the rest are on the Coral Coast. The country has one of the world's top collections of small, bungalow-style resorts offering the traditional local bures, most of them on small outer islands. Choose the place where you will stay according to what you find important—being on a beach, near town, with a dive shop and so on.

Fiji is so busy that at times there can be a serious shortage of upscale hotel rooms in the popular areas, especially during Australian school holidays. This problem has lessened in recent years with the opening of new megaresorts on Denarau Island. It's still important to have reservations if you want to be sure of staying at a particular place. The large hotels and resorts are usually less expensive when booked ahead as part of a tour package.

DAY-BY-DAY
Seven days in Fiji is ample if you plan to visit other South Pacific islands, such as Samoa, French Polynesia or the Cook Islands. If Fiji is your primary destination, 10 days is about right.

Here is one suggested itinerary (call us for more options 512-321-4678):
Day 1—Arrive Nadi. Take an afternoon tour of the Nadi area. Overnight on the Coral Coast.
Day 2—Travel to Lautoka in the morning to board a two-day, three-night Blue Lagoon cruise in the afternoon.
Days 3 and 4—Cruise the Yasawa Islands.
Day 5—Overnight in Nadi after the cruise.
Day 6—Drive or take a bus along Queen's Road to Suva. Full day. Overnight in Suva.
Day 7—Morning flight to Savusavu or Taveuni, with an afternoon tour of the island. Overnight on the island you're visiting.
Day 8—Enjoy Savusavu or Taveuni.
Day 9—Return to Nadi. Overnight in Nadi.
Day 10—Depart Fiji.Should you have more time or prefer to do more diving, stay longer on Savusavu or Taveuni or visit a small-island resort in the Mamanucas or on one of the other islands. If you're looking for sunshine, stay on the west side of Viti Levu, near Nadi, or in the Yasawa or Mamanuca islands.

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