WHY WE LOVE IT
Fiji is like Mother Nature's gift to newlyweds. Over 300 islands—most of them uninhabited—are sprinkled with deserted beaches, lush horticulture, and unexplored coral reefs.
Bures: The traditional thatched-roof hut (pronounced "boo-ray") is the dwelling of choice for many resorts’ private honeymoon accommodations. Perfect for pretending you’re castaways.
Friendly Fijians: Expect to be greeted with the traditional "Bula!" wherever you go.
Underwater paradise: Fiji’s coral reefs are unspoiled, healthy, and colorful. Once you get a look at what’s in the water (including Fiji’s famous bright-blue starfish), you won’t want to get out.
Must Buys: Sulus, the colorful lengths of fabric that both men and women wear wrapped in various creative ways; pure Fiji coconut lotions are creamy and very fragrant; tanoa bowls, from which the regional beverage, kava, is served; woven mats and fabrics from local villages.
WHEN TO GO
Fiji has no off-season. Temperatures tend to be a bit cooler from May to October and most resorts offer air conditioning.
WHERE TO EAT
Dining in Fiji is a bit different than it is in other honeymoon spots, because you'll most likely be taking most of your meals at your resort. Luckily, the resort restaurants are among the country's best. Since almost every traveler to Fiji passes through Nadi and Port Denarau, we've included some good restaurants in those areas
Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island
A great place to enjoy some of Fiji's best and most authentic Indian cuisine. You'll enjoy the choice of dining in air conditioning inside or under the stars outside. In addition to outstanding Indian cuisine you can select from an extensive Asian foods with an emphasis on Thai. A great choice for lunch or dinner.
CARDOS STEAKHOUSE AND COCKTAIL BAR
Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island
Cardos has been associated with the Marina for longer than any other establishment. Everyone knows Cardos for providing quality chargrilled steaks and fish. As with most restauraunts in the Marina you have the choice of doining inside or outside and enjoying all the people watching. Cardos is also open for breakfast if you are departing for outer islands for the Marina or looking for a different place for lunch.
Queens Road in the Martinar area
Located a short 15 minutes from Port Denarau, Daikoku is the must got to restaurant for Japanese. Daikoku is two restuarants in one, with the upstairs featuring teppanyaki cooked to order by very well trained chefs, and the downstairs sushi bar serving very fresh fish. You can also order udon, sukiyaki and other traditional dishes. Daikoku is a favorite with the locals.
CHEFS THE RESTAURANT
Sangayam Road, Nadi and Port Denaurau
Chefs is arguably Fiji's best stand-alone restaurant. The elegant tropical decor, the top-notch service, and the ambitious menu are all more of what you might expect to find in a bustling Australian city, as opposed to small, touristy Nadi. Dishes range from the familiar (you can get a good hamburger here) to the much-better regional choices like freshwater clam in wild-banana cream-and-coconut sauce. With 2 locations, Chefs is the perfect palce for a great evening before your flight back to Los Angeles.
BONEFISH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Port Denarau Marina, Denarau Island
Bonefish specializes in fresh seafood with some unique preparations. The menu extends beyond fish so it is a good choice for two different palates. It is a great place to have a romantic dinner under the stars overlooking the waterway. Staff is very attentive.
Nadi Back Road, Nadi
If you are looking to experience food the way the locals have it, and enjoy curry, then Tata's is the place. Absolutely nothing fancy and when you first see it you will wonder why you stopped. But once you try the curries you'll know why. They are the best and the hottest in Fiji. Tata's is legendary with the locals but unknown to almost all visitors.
WHERE TO STAY
As you might expect from the son of the celebrated underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel’s resort offers plenty of top-notch diving and snorkeling opportunities. The resort is also very eco-friendly, and works with the locals on a number of preservation projects. Just don’t confuse social responsibility with asceticism. Jean Michael’s offers plenty of pampering and creature comforts: Honeymooners will love the spa treatments, romantic dinners at the end of the pier, and a private island that can be all yours for the day. We suggest you shack up in the Honeymoon Point Reef Bure—it has an outdoor spa tub and is completely isolated.
Start your Fijian honeymoon holding hands in a helicopter high above the islands. Tokoriki Island is a 15-minute flight from Nadi, and it’s as stunning from above as it is on the ground. Thirty-four guest bures and villas are spread out over 160 acres, so privacy is easy to come by at Tokoriki. The bures are newly renovated, and each one comes with its own outdoor shower. Swim in the infinity-edge pool, get a coconut rub from the spa, or take one of the resort’s sailboats for a fling.
Tel: 011 679-672-2266
Arguably one of Fiji's poshest resorts, Yasawa is situated on its own private island. Of the 18 bures scattered along the beach, we think that the Lomalagi Bure, which the resort describes as "supreme," is perfect for honeymooners, as it is set farthest apart from the others. Each bure comes with a beach hut and a hammock—could a couple ask for anything more? If you’re feeling active and you can leave the hammock behind, the resort offers tennis courts, a variety of water sports, and a launch to visit the Blue Lagoon caves.
Tel: 011 679 675-0777
Hey, bures are not for everyone, and if you prefer a traditional resort, the Sheraton is a good option. The resort is located on Denaru Island, which is connected to Nadi by a causeway—making this a convenient spot en route to and from the airport. The Westin Denaru Island Resort and Sheraton Denaru Villas share the island, and guests at the Sheraton can use all of the facilities at all threeresorts. This means a selection of 17 restaurants and bars (a bonus in Fiji, where most visitors take all their meals at one or two restaurants), and the Westin’s full menu of spa services, all of which are yours for the taking. Golfers will find Fiji’s best course here, too.
MATANGI PRIVATE ISLAND RESORT
Matangi is family owned boutique resort on a 240-acre private island located in the lush tropical northern part of the Fiji Islands. Here you'll experience a horseshoe-shaped island paradise that boasts virgin tropical rainforest, and white sand beaches. Matangi Island was recently featured in December 2011 Brides Magazine as one of the "must see" resorts in all of Fiji and also featured in Patricia Schultz's book, "1,000 Places to See before You Die". Matangi offers 10 traditional Fijian designed bures and 3 unique treehouses, all with air-conditioning.
LIKULIKU LAGOON RESORT
A couples only retreat comprising 45 bures and featuring Fiji's only over-water accommodation. Likuliku was built using traditional designs and architecture to enhance your Fijian experience. Unwind at Masima Island bar surrounded by azure lagoon waters; be pampered in the spa; snorkel the incredible, vibrant reef; immerse yourself in the ancient culture; explore nearby islands or just relax and soak up the one-of-a- kind beauty that is Likuliku Lagoon Resort.
NAMALE RESORT & SPA
Namale is designed for the more discerning traveler that wants a romantic, unique and memorable experience with service oriented staff. This award winning all inclusive resort is perched on Fijian cliff tops and located at a place where the rainforest meets the ocean. Namale is spread out across 525 acres. Whether you are looking for unique Fijian experiences, adventure or pampering from a dedicated committed staff, Namale can cater to your every need.
CASTAWAY ISLAND, FIJI
Castaway Island, Fiji is one of the most established private island resort resorts in Fiji. Surrounded by white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, it is perfect for honeymooners. Castaway is one of Fiji's most popular island resorts and you'll mingle with gusts from all over the world. Whether you choose snorkelling right off the beach, PADI Five Star Gold Palm diving, catamarans, kayaks, windsurfers, parasailing, you'll find all the adventure you need at Castaway.
QAMEA RESORT & SPA
Qamea Resort and Spa is an intimate all beachfront luxury boutique set amidst 100 acres of lush tropical landscaped gardens, bush land, and jagged volcanic South Pacific mountains that soar behind the property. You'll enjoy incredible snorkelling just off the resort that has been named as one of the top ten resort snorkelling reefs in the world, hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, hiking, croquet, visiting one of the local villages and hiking. The scuba diving is world renowned. If you like to visit the spa you'll love the new one at Qamea, the only Guinot Institute- Paris spa in the South Pacific.
ROYAL DAVUI RESORT
Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a special blend of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy. With just 16 exquisitely appointed Vales nestled around 10 acres of lush tropical you'll experience genuine care and warmth where the staff know you by name, as well as the privacy and freedom to be secluded in your own tropical oasis. You'll especially like that the private plunge pools in all the villas.
WHAT TO DO
In Fiji, most activities and excursions are arranged through your resort. It's tempting to lie on the beach for your entire vacation, but there are some great experiences outside the resorts that are not to be missed. We have picked some of our favorites.
The Fiji Museum in Suva on Viti Levu provides a fascinating look at the country's diverse cultural history. Exhibits on ancient ways of life in Fiji, Fijian art, and cool archeological finds (including a cannibal fork) make a trip here worth the visit. Also on Viti Levu, in Nadi, is the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple-the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. Builders were sent from India to construct the temple in the Dravidian style rarely seen outside of India.
TAKE A BOAT
Whether you want to try your luck at fishing (Fiji's waters provide plenty of game), take a day to sail to other islands, or cruise the rivers for a look at inland villages, plan to spend some time on the water. Virtually all the resorts can arrange any kind of boating excursion for you.
VISIT A VILLAGE
Don't leave Fiji without getting insight into the traditional way of life. On Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island, the Nausori Highlands are home to several remote villages. It is not uncommon for visitors to be invited to join a traditional yaqona (kava-drinking) ceremony. Don't refuse the kava if offered, and don't be alarmed if it makes your mouth numb for a few minutes!
The islands are full of great places of natural beauty to explore. Colo-i-Suva Forest Park is a rainforest with hidden rope swings and natural swimming holes. For a distinctly non-Fijian-looking landscape, check out the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, a Sahara-like expanse where ancient archeological remains were discovered. In the northern Yasawa Islands, you can swim through the Sawa-i-Lau Caves, where The Blue Lagoon was filmed.