If you’re planning your round the world ticket, you’ll probably know that there are a few rules to go by to keep the cost down and the flexibility up - like continuing in the same direction wherever you go. Fiji is one of the most popular South Pacific destinations for travellers on all budgets from shoestring to luxury and one of the best ways to get to Fiji is to include it in a round the world ticket.
The most common option to include Fiji in a RTW ticket is as a Pacific stopover between Australasia and North America (in either direction). Fly direct from LA, Honolulu or San Francisco (seasonal) when flying via the USA or from various airports in Australia and New Zealand if travelling through Australasia. You can also fly to Fiji from other Pacific islands - but be warned, flights can be sporadic!
If you’re looking for a slightly non-standard route, then Fiji can also be a quirky stop between Australasia and Asia. Direct flights can be included from the hub airports of Singapore and Hong Kong.
Fiji is one destination where backpacking and luxury sit fairly comfortably side by side; by that I mean that whilst a luxury trip may involve transfers by private boat or even by helicopter, many of the island resort actually cater for all standards of accommodation in one place.
The Yasawa Island chain is located to the north west of the main island of Viti Levu and is accessible by boat, seaplane, helicopter and small aircraft. The most popular (and cost effective) way to travel to this region is on the Yasawa Flyer. This large boat heads out once a day from Denerau Marina and does a loop of the Yasawas dropping people off and picking them up as it goes - the whole loop taking around 8 hours. For a quicker journey there are option for private speedboats that will take you direct to your destination.
The Mamanuca Islands are closer to the mainland and are serviced by South Sea Cruises, which make several journeys out to the Mamanucas each day, stopping off at different islands depending on the route. For a super quick way to travel why not splash out on a helicopter? This will reduce your journey by hours as well as providing you with a scenic flight over Fijis glittering oceans and colourful coral.
If you want to island hop, a Bula Combo pass for the Yasawa Flyer is your best choice. You can buy a pass for different durations (from 3 to 21 days), and the pass includes pre-paid accommodation at either a “1 Coconut” or “2 Coconut” level accommodation (with 1 Coconut being the most basic, shared dorm arrangement and “2 Coconut” including basic ‘bure’ style accommodation).
The pass is very flexible , meaning you can pre-book the islands you want to stay at whilst you’re in Nadi, or simply book them up on the boat as you go – there will be a tour desk on board and someone to advise you as you go. See our backpacking ideas including the Bula Combo pass and also read our post, How to backpack Fiji on the Yasawa Flyer for more advice.
If you prefer to visit one or two places and don’t want to move around so much, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your time and to really get to know Fiji and your friendly hosts!
None of the following Fiji trip ideas include international flights, so you can either fit them in on your RTW flight plans, or just ask us for flight quotes as a side trip from Australia or New Zealand:
Pacific Harbour on the south eastern side of Fiji’s main island is and adventure sport capital, so it’s an ideal destination if you’re after water sports, adrenaline activity or a generally active holiday!
Why Pacific Harbour? The resort here offers jet-ski island tours, scuba/wreck diving, shark fishing and game fishing. On dry land, get involved with beach volleyball or touch rugby, visit a Fijian village, watch some traditional Fijian dance and see the famous Fijian fire walkers who come from these parts!
On Viti Levu, begin a self-drive in Nadi, home to rich Info-Fijian culture, before driving along the Coral Coast. Families and teens will be entertained here with the Sigatoka River Safari (jet boating), the Kua Eco Park (native Fijian birds, reptiles, bats, sea turtles, corals and fish) and the Sigatoka sand dunes (sand boarding!).
Why drive? Driving in Fiji is easy (for Brits – Fiji drives on the left like us). A self-drive allows you to linger or drive on when you’re ready.
If you’re travelling with a family, it’s likely that beaches will be high up on the holiday priority list! In which case, we suggest you head out to the wonderful Malolo Island resort in the Mamanucas; perfectly designed with both families and couples in mind, here you will find lots of activities for the children including kids club and babysitting services as well as an adults only pool and restaurant, for those times you need a bit of peace and quiet!
Why Malolo? This resort is designed with kids in mind and Fijians simply LOVE looking after little ones. The Fijian-run kids club will keep kids occupied for hours, giving you some time to unwind!
The Yasawa Islands are a little further out, to the north east of Viti Levu, and this little trip will whisk you out to the islands and waste no time in acquainting you with the laidback pace of ‘island time’. Your first treat is a stay on the magnificent Blue Lagoon, before moving on to Nanuya Island; a very small, uncrowded spot designed for maximum peace and quiet (4 villas and 8 bures).
Why the Yasawas? The Yasawa Islands enjoy spectacular beaches, a remote feeling and can be a more cost effective option than the Mamanucas. Here, you’re likely to find your own desert island, plus it’s your opportunity to visit the incredible Blue Lagoon.
If you want advice on how to include Fiji in your round the world ticket, or want to combine Fiji with another destination, we can help. We’ll talk your through possible flight itineraries, different accommodation and transfer options, whatever your style or budget. Call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.
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