A little drop of heaven on earth, yep, it may sound a little cheesy, but there’s no better way to describe the 333 islands that make up stunning Fiji.
Tropical lagoons, coconut palms, coral reefs, hidden caves, mighty sand dunes and some of the friendliest locals you could ever wish to meet; it’s everything Mother Nature dreamed it would be – and probably a whole lot more.
Get ready to throw western concepts of clock watching out of the window and prepare for life in the slow lane because everything here runs on ‘Fiji time’.
Say ‘Bula!’ to paradise as I give the islands of Fiji a massive high 5!
Fiji offers some of the world's most spectacular tropical islands
The 5 Jewels in Fiji’s Island Crown
Mantaray, Nanuya Balavu Island
Nestled within the sprawling Yasawas, Mantaray Island has some of the best snorkelling and diving in Fiji just off the shore.
And to make things even more exciting, each year between May and October the waters around the Island host groups of manta ray, the biggest fish in the ocean, as they search for food in the channel off the coast of the resort. You can snorkel above them as they glide past just beneath you in what’s got to be one of the most thrilling marine experiences there is.
Blue Lagoon, Nacula Island
Serenity doesn’t come more perfect than this; it’s what other beaches wish they could be.
Bright white sand, palm trees and turquoise blue water, jump into a hammock and spend your day fighting the disbelief that places like this actually exist. Many of the staff here are from the near by Nacula village and will happily while away the hours chatting and sharing stories from their life – as well as making sure your cocktail glass never runs dry.
Coral View, Tavewa Island
If your patience for sunbathing only lasts for so long, Coral View is the perfect place to flex your activity muscles. Jet Ski out to the near by Sawailau caves, kayak around the coral reefs or try the shark dive if you’re brave enough.
And if you’re sick at the sight of Kava, you can sup cappuccinos and milkshakes while dipping your toe into the sparkling sea when you fancy.
One of the more basic islands in the Yasawas, Kuata is a perfect way to experience the simplicity of life in Fiji.
A little different to the rest of the islands mentioned in the list so far, Kuata hosts a backdrop of spectacular, densely green mountains that cascade down to golden beaches.
There’s an awesome summit walk you can do which, once you reach the top, provides is an incredible view over the Yasawa Islands. So don’t forget your camera!
Reset your body clock to run in 'Fiji time'. Photo courtesy of Tim Kraft
The famous party island of Fiji, Beachcomber is where party animals come to dance, mingle and sip cocktails under a tropical sky.
Full of a young, backpacking crowd, you can walk around this island in about 10 minutes so there’s no need to feel bad about doing nothing during the day except chilling and topping up your tan. In fact the walk to the waters edge may be the most strenuous activity you do all day, until the sun goes down and you get ready to experience one of the best beach parties in the world. Yep, that’s right I said it, and I believe it.