Say “Bula” to Fiji.
Everything you’ve heard about Fiji is true. It’s home to the friendliest people in the world, with smiles as wide as their stunning beaches. And yes, they really do say “Bula!” (hello) a lot. With 333 islands and year-round temperatures averaging above 25°C, it’s no wonder. Put away your watch – you won’t need it here. You’re on island time.
The award-winning Jean-michel Cousteau Resort caters to couples and families who are looking for the ultimate indulgence. Kids will love the Bula Club while parents can enjoy a romantic picnic on the resort’s private island of Naviavia.
Island-hopping is the best way to explore Fiji’s diverse islands. Meander the azure waters on an air-conditioned boat (or work on your tan on the sun deck) through the idyllic Mamanuca and Yasawa island g groups.p
On the island of Ovalau sits the oft-overlooked original capital of Fiji, Levuka. Here, the friendliness of the people and the tranquillity of island life are amplified. The town is also rich in history, leading UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site in 2013.
Make a day of it and travel with South Sea Cruises to BEACHCOMBER ISLAND, where you can swim, eat or, if you prefer, sleep the afternoon away. From $133 per person; ssc.com.fj.
Overlooking breathtaking Savusavu Bay, JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU RESORT is all about eco-friendly living. It features just 25 luxurious bures. From
Stay with John and Marilyn Milesi. The Perth couple fell in love with Fiji in 1984 and have since set up LEVUKA HOMESTAY from $105 per night for a single room; levukahomestay.com.
To experience a more traditional Fijian way of life, travel through the YASAWA’S VOLCANIC ISLANDS and meet the locals in their villages. Maybe even try kava, Fiji’s ceremonial drink.
The JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU DIVE CENTRE offers premier diving tours, so there’s even more reason to get into the crystal-clear waters; jeanmichelcousteaudiving.com.
Take a sprightly walk through the old colonial town and climb up the famous 199 steps of MISSION HILL.