Dazzling sands, excellent palm bushes and waters so blue they glow – Fiji’s seashores are legendary. Whereas the nation’s essential islands have surprisingly few world-class seashores, practically all the smaller islands have seashores so excellent that they really feel just like the stuff of fantasy (and lots of of them have featured in Hollywood blockbusters).
With so many wonderful stretches of sand to select from, it appears unfair to single out just some names for reward (and a part of the enjoyment of journey right here is stumbling upon your individual private island idyll!). However, some spots merely can’t be skipped on any worthy tour of the nation. Right here’s our decide of Fiji’s must-not-miss seashores.
Tiny, uninhabited Monuriki obtained its second within the solar when it featured within the 2001 Tom Hanks film Forged Away, and each resort price its cabanas and cocktails now sells day journeys to what’s more and more known as ‘Tom Hanks Island’ (considerably confusingly, it is also referred to as Modriki).
The island is extremely stunning – it is a Hollywood star, in any case – and the huge lagoon is ideal for snorkelling. BYO volleyball for ‘Wilson’ selfies.
Natadola Seaside, Viti Levu
Beautiful Natadola Seaside is without doubt one of the greatest in Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. Its huge financial institution of white sand slides right into a cobalt sea, which offers good swimming whatever the tide.
Natadola’s robust currents typically defy the brochures although: as an alternative of glassy, nonetheless situations, chances are you’ll discover ample chop for good physique browsing – simply watch the undertows. And there’s critical browsing right here, too. Natadola Inside – which is contained in the bay (shock) – is sweet for newbies, and Natadola Outdoors – on the entrance of the channel – is for skilled surfers.
Lengthy Seaside, Nacula
Nacula, a hilly volcanic island, is the third largest within the Yasawas island group. Blanketed with rugged hills and gentle peaks, its inside is laced with well-trodden paths resulting in villages and small coves.
The island can be dwelling to Lengthy Seaside, top-of-the-line segments of coast within the Yasawas. It’s a protracted swish of powdery sand easing right into a glassy, cerulean sea. Not like many different seashores close by, it’s potential to swim right here at low tide with out trudging over an uncovered coral shelf to take action.
Teeny little Caqalai (pronounced ‘Thangalai’) is maybe the standout member of the Lomaiviti island group, a area typically missed by vacationers. It solely takes quarter-hour to stroll across the island’s perimeter, which is blessed with stunning golden-sand seashores, leaning palms, electric-blue water and spectacular reefs.
For a few of the greatest snorkelling in Fiji, stroll out to Snake Island (named after the numerous black-and-white-banded sea snakes right here) at low tide and swim across the reef, which is dwelling to a mind-boggling array of fish together with huge Napoleon wrasses. Look ahead to currents, although, and be sure to get out and in on the designated spot (marked with a buoy) so that you don’t harm the setting.
Blue Lagoon, Nanuya Lailai
Probably the most well-known of all of the Yasawas’ seashores, the Blue Lagoon is crystalline, shiny and well-deserving of its star standing (and position within the 1980 basic teen movie of the identical identify). It doesn’t disappoint the bevy of swimmers, snorkellers, divers, and other people on cruise boats or yachts who dabble in its attractive, lucent depths.
The snorkelling right here is wealthy in fish however the coral has taken a hammering over latest years – tread rigorously to keep away from including to the problem.
Lavena Seaside, Taveuni
Taveuni has achieved legendary standing amongst divers, who come to the Somosomo Strait to see vibrant coral, a profusion of fish and the occasional shark, turtle or pilot whale.
However there’s loads right here above the waves too. Golden-sand Lavena Seaside is maybe the island’s greatest spot to put your towel. Like lots of Fiji’s seashores, it too boasts cinematic credentials, serving because the setting for the little-known – and much more critically panned – sequel to The Blue Lagoon (‘Return to the Blue Lagoon‘). Simply off the coast, the tiny island of Qamea is equally wealthy in deep blue bays and successful white-sand seashores.
Waya is beautiful on the eyes, with picture-postcard surroundings. It has rugged hills, stunning seashores and lagoons, and a shoreline that alternates between lengthy, sandy seashores and rocky headlands.
A thick rim of coral follows Waya’s shoreline and offers good snorkelling simply off the seaside in entrance of Octopus Resort. Yachties typically anchor on one aspect or the opposite (relying on the wind) of the pure sand bridge that has fashioned between Waya and neighbouring island Wayasewa.
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