Although the title makes it sound like you’re about to read another list of places to see, stop and think from a different angle. Yes, some of Fiji’s plentiful attractions are going to be focused upon. Yes, you may have heard of them already. But to appreciate the unique attractions is a whole different experience, allowing you the chance to feel the true essence of Fiji.
Beqa Lagoon is a place where you’ll start to believe time can be stopped. It takes you back to a moment in the distant past when Nature and beauty was all there was for humanity to enjoy without the fast-paced life and politics of modern day. Called “The Mecca of Pacific Diving”, this lagoon has the best diving around Viti Levu. Fiji is abundant with unique island paradises, but in Beqa Lagoon you’ll find thousands of reef fish, Nigali and Namena corals. Sharks and octopi also call this place home. You will find yourself incapable of finding the words to describe a sight as grand as this.
The botanical gardens of Thurston is stunning in its own right, possessing a rich collection of plant-life that come alive in all their greenery against the backdrop of azure skies and a sensual tropical clime. Once called the Suva Botanical Gardens, this is a must-see Fijian paradise.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes is a National Park wherein you’ll find the eponymous dunes as well as stunningly non-desert-like regions at the mouth of River Sigatoka. This place is considered one of Fiji’s most unique because of how verdant the entire location is, spreading across small dunes and filled to overflowing with cultural, ecological, geomorphological and highly aesthetic additions. To see it is to look into the eyes of diversity itself.
Imagine grabbing a picture of the best golf dreams you could possibly have and then seeing them turn into real-life championship golf courses. Well, good news, they’re quite real and they’re in Fiji! There are about 13 major golf courses here, ranging between the 9- and 18-holers. The Lautoka Golf Course (9), Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course (18), Shangri-La’s Fiji Mocambo (9) and Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club (18) are some of them.
Set in the capital of Suva, the Fiji Museum is inside the Thurston Botanical Gardens (detailed earlier) and is home to some of the finest Fijian history. Their archaeological collection dates back 3700 years and they have relics depicting indigenous culture as well.
The Colo-I-Suva Forest Park is one attraction that really does live up to its genre. From trekking, hiking and walking, to camping, exploring, spelunking and more, you can do so much here and see so much more too. The 6.5 km walking trails are a lesson in fun and the swimming holes impart a sense of wild existence. The animal and plant life are varied, the waterfalls look like they imitated something out of a postcard and the indigenous people are friendly and kind.
Fiji has too many things to show you for one section, like this, to describe, and the words here have probably not done Fiji enough justice. Your best bet is to get down to those islands and see what you’ve missed by way of beauty, thrills, fun and rich diversity. This, as they say, is the stuff dreams are made of. Check out more great Fiji attractions and make sure to order tickets ahead of time so you can beat the lines.