Some places are famous for being so beautiful that they are named bucket list destinations. Pieces of paradise that have to be seen to be believed.
Despite often being considered expensive or difficult to access, these bucket list destinations still continue to attract travelers from all over the world.
And this is certainly true of Fiji.
Although it is one of the most remote archipelagoes in the world, the number of recorded visitor arrivals for 2023 have now surpassed pre-pandemic levels and the country has experienced a robust tourism rebound rate.
Not surprising, given the island nation is considered to be one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world.
But Fiji has so much more to offer than just beautiful views. It is also known for its friendly people and interesting local traditions and culture.
Here are 5 reasons to visit this record-breaking bucket list destination this winter:
Late October to December is considered the very best time of the year to visit Fij because during this period, the weather is dry, settled and warm.
From late December to early April is the wet season in the country. This means that you’re likely to experience daily rain showers, but it also makes this the cheapest time to visit Fiji as well as the time with the lowest tourism crowd levels.
This means that winter in Fiji can offer both affordable breaks and brilliant weather in parts.
Whichever side of Christmas you choose, you’re almost guaranteed to find good temperatures in Fiji in winter. The warmest months in Fiji typically fall between October and April, when temperatures average around 28-30°C (82-86°F).
World-Class Scuba Diving And Snorkelling
Fiji has a well-deserved reputation for being the soft coral capital of the world. And because Fiji is made up of 330 different islands, there is a huge range of diving and scuba diving options available.
Fiji is home to healthy and thriving reefs and a huge showcase of marine life.
Natadola Bay on the main Fiji island of Viti Levu is considered the best location for snorkeling offshore. And the Mamanuca Islands are considered a renowned spot for off land diving and snorkeling.
During the winter months the water temperatures in Fiji are wonderfully warm. They typically range from 26-28°C (79-82°F). This means that you can snorkel all day and the water will feel like stepping into a bath.
Snorkeling and scuba diving aren’t the only outdoor adventures that you can enjoy during your time in Fiji.
Hikers can trek through lush rainforests and along remote beaches. The Bouma National Heritage Park is one of Fiji’s best nature reserves, and it is popular with both hikers and snorkelers alike.
Fiji is considered a surfers’ paradise, and surfers travel from around the world to ride the famous Cloudbreak waves.
And its volcanic gorges mean that Fiji is a great place for riding white water rapids. The feeling of rushing down the thrilling Navua River is an adrenaline rush like no other.
Fiji has the proud distinction of being the only country to hold UNESCO World Heritage status and as well as offering beautiful beaches it is also a great destination for cultural exploration.
Fiji is home to the largest temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami is a Hindu temple in the Fijian tourist hub of Nadi.
There are also a huge number of churches in Fiji which were built when visiting missionaries began converting Indigenous Fijians in the 1800s.
Because Fiji is such a multicultural destination there are many aspects of Fijian culture that visitors can be a part of.
These include the traditional fire walking ceremony, the Yaqona Ceremony, where travelers can try the traditional Fijan ceremonial drink, and the Meke which is a form of traditional dancing.
Finally if you’re looking for an easy fly and flop vacation then Fiji is still a great choice. The beaches are breathtakingly beautiful with snow-white sand and crystal-clear waters. You can sunbathe, relax, and swim in the sea.
All of Fiji’s islands boast beautiful beaches, and because the coastline is so expansive, it can be hard to pick the best ones.
Many of the beaches in Fiji are privately owned by resorts, and many travelers pick their resort based on the quality of its beaches.
Some of the best include Musket Cove on Malolo Lailai, Botaira Beach on the Yasawa Islands, and Seagrass Bay on Laucala Island.
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