There's so much to see on Viti Levu including the stunning Upper Navua River. Photo by: Fiji Tourism
This is the largest island of Fiji, the most populated and it’s also where you’ll fly into (Nadi International Airport). Many travellers consider it a thoroughfare on the way to other islands of Fiji but don’t ignore its charms – for Viti Levu is where you’ll find the best activities Fiji offers, along with some of the most spectacular scenery available anywhere.
There are three main areas on Viti Levu where travellers stay. The first, Denarau Island, is only 20 minutes from your point of entry at Nadi International Airport. It’s connected to the mainland by bridge and is home to internationally recognised resort brands - from the Hilton to The Sheraton and The Sofitel – it’s a great area for families, with every resort offering kids’ clubs. It’s also full of bars, boutique shops and restaurants.
Travellers also stay at the Coral Coast – on Viti Levu’s southern coastline, 45 minutes south of the airport. There’s a range of couples’ and family resorts along here, such as the Shangri La and The Outrigger, as well as smaller boutique hotels and homestays. This is also where you’ll find one of Fiji’s most incredible stretches of white sand beaches, Natadola.
The third area is east of the Coral Coast, two hours from the airport. Pacific Harbour is the adventure capital of Fiji – you can try everything from zip-lining to diving and surfing. There’s a range of resorts and hotels for every budget here.
And don’t forget Fiji’s colourful capital, Suva, east of Pacific Harbour. It’s the South Pacific’s largest city and has a rich cultural heritage, some of Fiji’s best restaurants, and you can stay at historic hotels like the Grand Pacific Hotel, built in 1914 (it’s where The Royals and visiting Heads of State stay).
Viti Levu is full of hidden treats. Resorts on Viti Levu often organise village visits or Sunday morning church services to see locals congregate. There are tours, such as Off Road Fiji, which take you into Viti Levu’s hinterland to observe Fijian’s traditional way of life. Or go deeper into the mountains and white-water raft one of the Pacific’s most pristine rivers, the Upper Navua River, passing over 50 waterfalls along the way. You can also visit towns like Sigatoka and shop at its farmers’ markets or watch frenzied games of rugby (some of the players here represent the national team).
On Viti Levu’s rarely visited north coast, you can swim with dolphins or try kite-boarding in one of the South Pacific’s best regions for the sport.
The Mamanuca Islands