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High Five… South Pacific

This week, we’re giving a High Five to the South Pacific region, in particular the nucleus of many round the world trips: Fiji.

On one hand, it’s one of the world’s most romantic island nations. On the other, it’s a thrill-seeker’s paradise, with a colourful pallet of unbridled adventure.

From the rush of white-water rafting to the more relaxed pace of bamboo rafts; meanwhile the islands’ rainforests offer fantastic hiking and mountain biking; while offshore, immerse yourself in the realm of the mesmerising manta ray.

That’s enough whimsical waffling; let’s get straight down to it and High Five the South Pacific:

Swim, Snorkel, Dive… or Swinorkive

Fiji boasts not one, not two, not… OK, it boasts 333 islands and atolls, each rising above vibrant coral reefs, sparkling from the 1000s of fish that inhabit the pristine waters. Whether you’re kicking out your most stylish doggy-paddle, chomping down on a snorkel, or blowing bubbles through your SCUBA getup (or all three and swinorkiving) no trip to Fiji is complete without at least a peak below the surface.

Pacific Ocean off Fiji

You could think of worse views to while away the day, right?

Ships Ahoy!

What could possibly improve on all those cultured islands, surrounded by diamond waters? Why, a massive tall ship, that’s what! Stowaway (or pay for a ticket) aboard a ship, such as the 108ft Spirit of the Pacific, and you’ll be on a cruising for a perusing amid the archipelagos of the southern Yasawa Islands.

Island. Boing. Island. Boing. Island…

Hopping around Fiji‘s islands is not as tiring as it sounds. You don’t actually have to hop at all. But what you do need to do, is embrace your spontaneous side as you leap and bound between islands on a whim and a prayer (and a boat). The Yasawa and Mamanuca island groups make the ideal hopping ground, throughout the year.

Canoeing in Fiji

Fiji's bamboo 'bilibili' rafts are nicknamed HMS No Come Back because they can only travel downstream!

Make a Difference

There a few better ways to really gets to grips with the things that make a country tick, than to scratch the surface and get involved. There are several community-focused operations throughout Fiji, not least the volunteer projects around the Yasawa Group, an archipelago of 20 spellbinding islands where you can expect a warm welcome.

Party on Beachcomber Island

The Fijians were born to party, so it’s little surprise that it’s one of the best places in the world to feel the warm sand between your toes as you let loose for a long night of partying. You’ll find good times throughout the country, but for the quintessential high vibes, head to Beachcomber Island for a night of ‘Fiji Baby’ (Fijian beer) and a jolly ‘bula’ (good) time.

So there we have it, High Five South Pacific! High five swinorkiving, high five sailing through the seven (one) sea(s), high five hopping between islands, high five getting stuck in, and high five partying the night away.

High five you. High five me. High five the person next to you (or high five yourself again). High five the air, and before you go… stick a high five in the comments (and add your opinion on the South Pacific’s most highfivaricious spots).

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  1. Spent a fantastic two and half weeks in Fiji earlier this year covering five islands, an immense amount of reading/laying/swimming/snorkeling, bula dancing, kava drinking and bare feet living. Actual heaven.

    2245 days ago
  2. Julia gosling

    Heading to Fiji next may but wondering where to stay and what are the best islands and what to see and do. Any suggestions massively appreciated.

    2244 days ago
  3. lina

    Bula!!!!!!! Thats how you say HELLO here in Fiji

    2238 days ago
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    387 days ago