Things to Do in Fiji with Kids On A Short Visit
Bula! It’s a greeting you’ll repeatedly hear in Fiji from the friendly locals. This tropical paradise has over 300 islands, so there’s no shortage of activities or attractions. Fiji Airways allows a stopover of several days in Fiji for little additional cost on flights to and from Australia or New Zealand. It’s a great way to break up long flights and extend vacations. We stopped here on our way home and only spent three full days due to time constraints. We did some sightseeing, experienced cultural immersions and enjoyed plenty of beach time. We hope this list of fun things to do in Fiji can help you plan your next trip.
This man-made island has eight world-class resorts plus a championship golf course and beautiful beaches. There was a bus that went around all the resorts and to Port Denarau. The port offered plenty of shopping and wonderful dining choices. The Big Bula Inflatable Water Park is a popular attraction with giant water slides and obstacle courses that we unfortunately didn’t get to enjoy.
We stayed at the beautiful Fiji Beach Resort & Spa Managed by Hilton in Denarau. It was a beachside property with plenty of amenities and family-friendly activities. We loved the tropical grounds and the pools. It was hard to leave this resort.
We ventured to Nadi to get a taste of Fijian life, including riding on a bus with the locals. Nadi was small and busy, but we got a glimpse of bustling markets of fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts. A third of Fiji’s population are Indians who are mostly descendants of sugar cane plantation laborers from the late 1800s. The colorful Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple is the largest Hindu Temple in the Southern Hemisphere and worth a visit, but entrance requires appropriate attire.
Sigatoka River Safari
Our second day started with a fast jet boat ride that meandered through Fiji’s “Salad Bowl” (area of large vegetable productions) and Sigatoka River from Sigatoka River Safari. It was interesting to see life along the river where friendly locals enthusiastically waved to us. Along the way, we learned about the fascinating Fijian culture, history and customs.
We visited an authentic Fijian village, which was one of our most memorable experiences. The villagers warmly welcomed us with a traditional lunch in their community hall. We were served delicious, local delicacies and fruits. There was singing, dancing and the kava ceremony. Kava is Fiji’s national drink made from the roots of this plant from the pepper family. Our family also participated in a private ceremony and ritual in Nadi. Kava has a unique, tongue-numbing taste that only my husband liked.
My kids enjoyed interacting with the village children. We learned quite a bit of how they lived in this village and it was very humbling. The tour ended with the jet boat doing several exhilarating 360° turns on the river. It was so fun! We got soaked, so bring extra clothes.
Robinson Crusoe Island
The river safari was a half-day tour. Our second night was filled with feast and entertainment. We had a scenic sunset cruise to the island and were welcomed by local singers. We were treated to traditional fire walking, a delicious buffet with local dishes and witnessed our second kava ceremony of the day. The South Pacific Island and Polynesian show with various cultural dances including knife and fire dancers was amazing.
South Sea Island
We ended our last day by relaxing and playing on South Sea Island, which was a 30-minute ferry ride from Denarau. South Sea Cruises has fast catamarans that take visitors to idyllic islands for a day of fun and relaxation.
There were plenty of hammocks under palm trees and thatch palapas on the beach. All non-motorized water sports equipment was free to use. Families could also enjoy the pool, kayak, sail or snorkel in crystal clear, warm water with various colorful fish.
There were scheduled rides on the semi-submersible coral viewer. Complimentary kids club was also available and convenient for parents who want to take advantage of adult-oriented activities. Beachside massages and introductory diving were also available for fees. We enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch and BBQ while being serenaded with Fijian songs. A traditional Meke performance (traditional song and dance) and craft market greet visitors from Monday to Saturday.
This visit gave us a glimpse of Fiji’s beauty and culture. The Fijians were some of the friendliest people we’ve ever met. We’d love to return for an extended visit to this tropical paradise. I hope these gave you some ideas of what Fiji has to offer families even on a short visit.
Do you have any recommendations for fun things to do in Fiji?
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Mary lives in San Diego, California with her husband, 13 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son. She was born in the Philippines, grew up in the U.S. territory…