Fun Vacations for the Family in Tropical Fiji

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If you want to treat your whole family to a South Pacific vacation, make sure you consider Fiji.

While many island locations cater for couples, this is one country whose tourism industry puts family first. Many of the island’s resorts have child-friendly clubs and activities designed to give mom and dad as much private time as they wish.

The Shangri-La Fijian is one of the oldest resorts in Fiji, and one of the largest. The Shangri-La has its own island with a sheltered lagoon for safe swimming. There is also a children’s pool open during daylight hours, and a games room equipped with arcade games and snooker and table tennis tables. The biggest drawcard is the Children’s Stay and Eat for Free program. Under this scheme, up to two children under the age of 12 can stay and eat in selected restaurants within the resort for free. Another complimentary service is The Little Chief’s Club. This program amuses children aged between two and 12 with a host of activities including sports, games, and lessons in Fijian culture.

The Lagoon Pool at the Shangri-La Fijian

The Lagoon Pool at the Shangri-La Fijian

Not far from the Shangri-La you’ll find the Hideaway Resort. There are some great family-friendly facilities here, including a waterslide, putt-putt golf course, and traditional craft classes. Its Hermit Kids Club offers personalized attention, with one staff member for every three children. The club leads children in a host of cultural activities, including rainforest walks, excursions to local villages, and fancy dress parades.

A day trip on the Coral Coast Scenic Railway is great fun for the entire family. The revamped steam train runs from Cuvu Station, outside the Shangri-La, to Natadola Beach. Along the way you’ll enjoy throwing precious candy to the village children who line the tracks. Once at the beach your guides will treat you to a barbeque lunch and Fiji’s famous kava. You’ll have time for a swim in the ocean before catching the train home.

Another family favorite is Kulu Eco Park, Fiji’s only wildlife sanctuary. The park is home to many endangered animals, including the crested iguana and peregrine falcon.

And of course, families vacationing in Fiji can also make their own fun enjoying the country’s beautiful beaches and tropical weather.

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