FIJI

WHY IT’S HOT: GET­TING THERE HAS NEVER BEEN EAS­IER.

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Wonderlust Travel Hot List 2019 -

We say: His­tor­i­cally, Fiji has al­ways been tricky to reach from the UK, at­tract­ing mostly hon­ey­moon­ers and back­pack­ers on RTW tick­ets. Yet its 300-plus is­lands de­serve far greater scru­tiny, and with eas­ier con­nec­tions now via LA, Sin­ga­pore and San Fran­cisco, 2019 might just see UK trav­ellers fi­nally say­ing ‘ bula’ to Fiji.

A new code­share with Bri­tish Air­ways flights sees vis­i­tors land at Nadi on Viti Levu. It’s a rather un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated start­ing point, as most pre­fer to head for the re­sorts in­stead of the is­land’s rugged in­te­rior where high­land treks, wa­ter­falls and vil­lage stays show a dif­fer­ent side to Fi­jian life.

That’s not to say other is­lands aren’t worth ex­plor­ing. Pad­dle the re­mote Ya­sawas – Fiji has some of the best warm-wa­ter kayak­ing on Earth – snorkel among manta rays and ex­plore hid­den lime­stone caves. Bliss.

Don’t miss: Float down­river on a bam­boo raft to Nai­hehe, Fiji’s largest cave net­work – com­plete with ‘can­ni­bal oven’.

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