People and Culture
While the scenery is simply stunning, it’s Fiji’s people that truly separate it. One of the highest scoring countries on the Index of Happiness (which is continuously increasing!), the locals are welcoming, warm and a big part of any visit. Experience the country’s culture on a dedicated tour to National Heritage Sites and traditional villages, learning more about their way of life as well as supporting rural communities. Catch a sacred fire walking ceremony – in which village men walk barefoot across a bed of hot stones – and immerse yourself in the costumes, singing, dancing, acrobatics and storytelling. Kava, made with the crushed root of yaqona and a mild narcotic, is the national drink of Fiji and you can join in with a traditional kava sipping ceremony alongside the lovely locals.
The beautiful blue waters and abundant reefs surrounding Fiji’s islands are renowned for their world-class snorkelling and diving, particularly during the main season between April and October. No matter whether you’re a first-timer or complete pro, get ready to be awed by the magical marine life here. Top dive spots include Beqa Island, Raikiraki, the Great Astrolabe Reef and the Great Sea Reef (the world’s third longest!). Species you may spot include several hundred coral and sponge species, around 1000 species of tropical fish, manta rays, pilot whales, hammerhead sharks and more!
Adventures Away from the Coast
While the beautiful blue ocean springs to mind at the first mention of Fiji, the islands' lush interiors also offer a range of adventures. The Upper Navua River on the island of Viti Levu is a great spot for a touch of river rafting – whether you want to relax and simply admire the rugged scenery and towering waterfalls, or get your adrenaline pumping as you crash through the white waters. Other interior adventures include super scenic hiking and ziplining through tropical forests.
Rugby – or rakavi - is Fiji’s national sport and around ten percent of the population are registered players – some of whom are among the world’s best! There are also several stunning golf courses to choose from across the islands, many with uninterrupted ocean views. Fiji attracts surfers from around the world and is perhaps best renowned for the iconic Cloudbreak, frequently ranked as one of the top ten most difficult waves in the world and a favourite with surfing great Kelly Slater.
The remoteness and natural beauty of Fiji, as well as the laid-back way of life, lends it perfectly to romance. Whether you’re on your dream honeymoon or just an unforgettable trip for two, get closer as you embrace the wonders of Fiji – from relaxing on picture-perfect beaches, to gliding side-by-side on paddleboards across the turquoise lagoon.
Fiji can be accessed via several destinations - including Australia, New Zealand, Los Angeles, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Your Luxury Travel Specialist will advise on the best flight arrangements for your bespoke itinerary.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
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