Enjoy Adventure Activities in Fiji – Water Sports and Hiking in Polynesian Paradise

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Fiji is a laid back country which jokingly runs on “Fiji Time.” It’s easy to adjust to this relaxed way of life, particularly once you’ve savored a traditional hangi feast, then spent a few hours on a sparkling white beach.

But Fiji doesn’t forget adrenalin junkies, with a range of experiences designed to get your blood pumping.

Most adventure activities in Fiji will see your heading to the water. Strap on a snorkel, or a scuba if you’re feeling more daring, and marvel at all the beauty that lies beneath the surface. The country offers some of the best soft-coral diving in the world, and most resorts can organize an expedition for you. The clear waters of Fiji offer an excellent view of the native coral and marine life. If you want to ramp up the excitement consider shark diving in the Bega Lagoon.

Surfing is another popular activity in Fiji. The most popular waves are at Cloudbreak, on the southern side of the Mamanuca Islands. There are also breaks nearby at Namotu Left and Wilkes Passage. If you hope to enjoy a surfing vacation you’ll need to plan for it though, as access to these popular beaches is restricted to guests of the Tavura Island and Namotu Island Resorts. If you can’t afford the sky-high rates of the resorts, the Beqa Barrier Reef and Sigatoka River are popular amongst visiting backpackers.

The national flag of Fiji

The national flag of Fiji

If you prefer messing about in boats, you might like to try ocean kayaking or whitewater rafting. Most of the major tourist resorts will loan kayaks to their guests, but if you’re serious consider joining an organized tour group. These visit sheltered lagoons around the Yasawa and Kadavu Islands.

If you’d prefer to get out of the sheltered waters and experience some real action, whitewater rafting is for you. Rivers Fiji leads rubber raft trips around the Upper Navua Gorge every day but Sunday. These are class III rapids, so leave small children at your resort’s kids club and hang onto your hat!

But not all of Fiji’s adventure activities happen on the ocean. The Polynesian nation has many hiking trails to suit beginners and more experiences trekkers. Koroyanitu National Park has some of the country’s best trails. Along the way you can visit the local falls, the Abacu village, and breathtaking Mount Batiluva. If mountains excite you consider climbing the country’s highest summit, Mount Victoria. Most hikers should be able to reach the apex in a day with plenty of time to enjoy the views at the top. For something a little more relaxed, enjoy the coastal walk which runs from Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort to Natadola Beach.

So don’t let resort lethargy set in; Fiji offers plenty of activities to get you moving!

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