At the first glance, Fiji’s tropical landscape appears to be out of a movie – beaches strewn with swaying coconut trees, hidden rainforests bustling with fauna and flora as well as private islands apt for a Hollywood wedding. It is hard to choose what to do first. The archipelago presents its visitors with a myriad mix of options and one visit is simply never enough.The country’s romantic setting and the fabulous year-round weather is just another excuse for you to pack your bags. It is no surprise that panoramic Fiji has been the homeground for endless proposals and is a sought after wedding and honeymoon destination.
Located in the South Pacific, the country is a stone’s throw away from Australia and New Zealand. After landing at the Nadi International Airport on the island of Viti Levu, one can explore the other islands by domestic flights or through ferries. Begin by surprising your loved one with a stay at the heart-shaped Tavarua Island or grab a Bula Pass and explore over 20 islands in the turquoise waters of Fiji.
Say bula to adventure and tick items off your couple bucket list while in Fiji! There are numerous sites for scuba diving and snorkelling. Popular ones include the Namena Marine Reserve boasting of more than 1100 fish species and the nutrient-rich waters of Bligh Water. Both are close to Fiji’s two largest islands – Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. More experienced divers can also head to the Astrolabe Reef, close to the Kadavu Islands. After all, the country is known as the Soft Coral Capital of the World. If the adrenaline makes you feel extra adventurous, you can take it up by a notch with your partner by swimming or diving with the sharks at the Beqa Lagoon near Pacific Harbour. While you’re hitting the beaches at Denarau, don’t forget to enjoy kayaking, canoeing and jet-skiing at this romantic paradise. As you look at the many surfers from up above while you’re parasailing, you might be tempted to try your hand at Stand Up Paddle Boarding as well. Just head to one of the surfing schools by the shore for a crash course on this unique surfing experience that originated in Fiji. If you’re looking for a change of scene where the grass is greener, you’re in luck. The islands are also loaded with an array of fun inland activities that the venturous couples are sure to love. Locals recommend the lush green Kula Eco Park for wildlife, Mount Tomanivi for hiking and the beaches of Natadola Bay and Wailoaloa for horse riding.
Looking for a more relaxing holiday? The deep, soft sand of the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of Islands will welcome you with a romantic golden sunset as you relish the ocean breeze with your loved one. Savour some coconut water on your way back to your sea-facing bure (a traditional Fijian hut). And while you’re at it, don’t forget to indulge in an unforgettable romantic experience at the luxurious spas in the country. A popular choice among visitors are also the regularly held yoga retreats at the coastal town of Savusavu. But be sure to book your sessions in advance!
For those looking for an extravagant romantic getaway, Fiji is the place to be. Surprise your partner by popping the question as you indulge in a private sandback picnic on one of Fiji’s private island resorts. Or you can head to your private waterfall where a breakfast with the finest of champagnes awaits you. For duos who want to explore the place, we’d recommend renting a boat or a sea plane to experience the islands in heavenly privacy.
Photo courtesy: Chris McLennan/Tourism Fiji
Fiji is a treasure trove for the food-lover in you. From fine-dining by the crystal clear waters to local restaurants that serve fresh food bursting with flavour, there is something for everyone’s palate. For those looking for a culinary feast, head to one of Fiji’s best fine dine restaurants – Ports O’ Call. Another must-try is a meal at Taste Fiji or Tu’s Restaurant which serves authentic Fijian food using fresh local produce. The lavish Namale Resort spread over 500 acres offers exquisite dining options from dining in private quarters, to romantic locations throughout the resort, such as next to a waterfall or in a candlelit sea cave on the beach for romantics. Similarly, the Nanuku Resort offers many secluded and romantic nooks around its luxurious property for an intimate dinner for two. Choose between an alfresco private dining by the pool, the beach or the sunset deck on the private island. Needless to say, no trip to Fiji is complete without trying the traditional food. Begin with Lovo; a feast of succulent meats, coconut infused greens and tasty root crops baked to perfection in an earth oven. Another must-try is a glass of kava. Served in a coconut shell cup, drinking kava is an integral part of the culture and fun for everyone.
Some places are just better experienced with a loved one and Fiji happens to be one of them.
No matter what piques your interest, the islands have a range of experiences to offer to all kinds of couples looking for a fairytale holiday. The glorious sunsets, starry nights at the beach and intimate candle light dinners set the ambience just right for romance. With frequent flights from across the country, it is time to begin your love affair with Fiji.
is a part time dreamer and a full time writer. She believes that a place is its people and seeks out sunsets, the ocean and the stars on her travels.
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