Viti Levu is often considered the mainland of this group of islands. The most developed, it’s also the home to three quarters of Fiji's population. This Coral Coast is where you’ll find the most popular international resorts. But this island isn’t all about beaches. There’s plenty of culture, delicious cuisine and some amazing nightspots. There’s also some rather dramatic scenery in the island’s highlands. Trek through some of the most beautiful unspoilt wilderness, visit local villages away from the tourist trail or get caught up in a colourful local festival.
Upon arrival, if you don’t want to travel too far, Denarau Island is only a fifteen minute drive from Nadi airport and has excellent resorts and a golf course.
If, when you think tropical paradise and palm-fringed interiors, wall-to-wall sunshine, shimmering sand beaches and sparkling azure seas instantly spring to mind, then the Mamanuca Islands just off the west coast of Viti Levu are for you. Many of Fiji’s top resorts are based here and the islands are a picture-postcard South Pacific paradise. For the younger crowd, Beachcomber Island, known as Fiji's party destination is an idyllic location with an emphasis on fun, relaxation and water-based activities.
Northwest from Viti Levu, you’ll find the Yasawa Islands, which have rugged interiors and hiking paths galore. The islands are surrounded by reefs which are perfect for scuba diving. Nanuya Lailai Island is the paradise island where the file “Blue Lagoon” was filmed. See a traditional village on Nacula Island. Between May and October, you can swim with gentle manta rays in the passages around Nanuya Balavu Island, or see life beneath the sea in the protected bays and reefs with a spot of snorkelling on Viwa Island. If you’ve always wanted to be a castaway on a desert island, Kuata Island is the place where you are more than likely to have the whole beach yourself.
The best time to visit Fiji is between April and November, but the average temperature is around 29°C all year round. So whatever time of year you visit, you can guarantee that it’ll be warm and that with more than one island to choose from, you can mix and match to create the perfect holiday.