Tropical Island Resorts with Traditional Fijian Festivities and Guided Tours
The dazzling white-sand beaches and turquoise waters that comprise Fiji’s 333 islands have become synonymous with paradise. But Fiji is more than just eye candy—it’s a thriving archipelago with rich cultural traditions, welcoming locals, and a booming tourism industry.
With a getaway from Travelscene Fiji, you can explore one of three of these islands: Viti Levu, Mana, or the private island Matangi. No matter which resort you choose, you can wile away afternoons on sugar-sand beaches, explore bright green rainforests, and retreat to ocean-view digs in this South Pacific paradise.
All vacations begin the same way: flights depart from LAX to Nadi, Fiji, via Air Pacific. Aboard the economy-class Boeing, you can play video games and watch movies on your seat's personal entertainment system. Complimentary in-flight cocktails can help you to cope with losing a day as the plane passes the International Date Line.
Option 1: Sonaisali Island Resort
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Day 3: After arriving in Nadi, you’ll take a 45-minute transfer to the family-friendly Sonaisali Island Resort. During this day of leisure, take advantage of Sonaisali’s many outdoor activities. With this package, the resort can set you up to undertake nonmotorized watersports such as surfing, kayak racing, or fishing. If you want to take a break from the water, climb a coconut tree or learn to speak Fijian. When the day winds down, take in the resort's nightly entertainment, which ranges from poolside frog races to native Fijian dancing.
Each night, retire to a quiet ocean-view bure, outfitted with vaulted ceilings and a private patio that looks out to the sea.
Day 4: On a half-day trek, you will explore a few of the distinct cultural and geographical sites in and around Nadi. This leg of the tour features a stop at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, originally a small garden constructed by Perry Mason actor Raymond Burr; it now houses thousands of brilliant orchids. After heading to Viseisei Village—the reputed landing site of the first Fijians—you’ll explore a massive Hindu temple and the busy Nadi market, where locals hawk fresh fruit and kava peppers.
Day 5: You’ll get closer to Nadi’s pristine, diverse natural landscape on a jungle excursion. After hopping on a tour boat, you’ll sail along the Nadi River under the shade of mangrove trees and past cane fields. One highlight of the tour is the Bubbling Spring, a geothermal pocket where water and untapped supplies of New Coke bubble at an elevated temperature.
Day 6–8: The remaining days are yours for exploring and relaxing. On the evening of the eighth day, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Option 2: Mana Island Resort & Spa
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Days 3–4: After arriving in Fiji, you’ll be transferred to Mana via catamaran. Spend the first day settling into your ocean-view room, from which you can catch a glimpse of neighboring islands. On the fourth day, you’ll embark on a sailing excursion from Mana to the neighboring Mamanuca Islands, where several scenes from Castaway were filmed.
Days 5–9: Spend the remainder of the vacation as you wish. Mana Island Resort & Spa has a host of activities to choose from: you can watch a Polynesian show, attempt to make your own grass skirt, go snorkeling, or rent a kayak to explore the surrounding waters.
Day 10: Travelscene provides a transfer from the island back to the airport, where you’ll depart for the States in the early evening.
Option 3: Matangi Private Island Resort
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Once you arrive on Matangi, you’ll head to Matangi Private Island Resort, which caters to couples looking for a quiet, romantic escape. Located on a 240-acre private isle, Matangi is covered with white-sand beaches and lush rain forests, and exploration is encouraged.
You’ll spend seven nights in an ocean-view bure, a private bungalow with a palm-frond roof and stylish rattan furnishings worthy of a travel-magazine spread. From the patio, you can watch epic sunsets.
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included with this Getaway, so fuel up at the Vale-Ni-Kana Dining Room, which has 270-degree panoramic views from its perch. The restaurant serves up fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishers, as well as locally grown vegetables and tropical fruit from the surrounding gardens.
You’re free to rent kayaks to see Horseshoe Bay, a paradisiacal inlet featured in Patricia Schultz's 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Guided tours run through the property’s hiking trails, and the resort rents out complimentary snorkel equipment.
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