Parents it’s time to send off the sourdough starter and dust off the passports as Fiji is open and calling families back to its palm fringed shores. There’s no wonder Fiji holds the mantle for family friendly holidays with affordable direct flights, jetlag free vibes, abundance of family friendly resorts and the wonderful warmth of its people.
Whether families are seeking culture, an island getaway or outdoor adventures, Fiji offers a diverse mix of the most family friendly experiences.
Here’s the best things to do in Fiji for families:
Escape to Paradise
The Mamanuca’s are a sublime chain of 22 secluded islands scattered to the west of Fiji’s Viti Levu, where warm waves of sapphire blue lap white sandy beaches. A picture of secluded island paradise yet easily accessible by a scenic ferry ride from Nadi Airport. Parents can go from lugging luggage to sipping fresh coconuts before any chance of a tantrum taking hold. For a quicker transfer still, arrive in style by sea plane or helicopter.
The intimate Malolo Island Resort http://maloloisland.com/ offers 2-bedroom beachfront family bures sleeping up to 7. Kids are kept entertained from the vast and varied kids club activities. Younger kids aged 4-8 years learn to weave baskets, sing Fijian songs and race crabs at Tia’s Treehouse. Over at Khails for kids aged 9-16, there’s hikes, kayaking and guided snorkel trips to Mociu Private Island.
While kids are happily occupied, parents can take advantage of the adults only lagoon swimming pool swith swim-up bar, indulge in a couples massage or enjoy a romantic jetty dinner.
Room for the Grandparents?
For multi-generational groups who need more room in the Mamanucas, Six Senses https://www.sixsenses.com/en offer 10 private residences ranging from two to five-bedrooms, each with their own private pool and hilltop views or beachfront access. The ‘Grow with Six Senses’ kids club program includes master chef classes, kids yoga, local village excursions and Fijian dance classes.
Get Zippy with It
For family thrills head to Sleeping Giant Ziplines http://www.ziplinefiji.com/
and soar through 35 acres of Fiji’s verdant green rainforest at speeds reaching 40 kilometres an hour. One of five zips will dangle you and your nearest and dearest anywhere between 80-160 meters from the forest floor, flying over treetops and waterfalls.
After your fill of the unlimited zips offered, take a take a 35-minute guided jungle walk
to Orchid Falls. Sit amongst the rocks at the base of the falls as water rushes overhead or take a refreshing dip in its waterhole, a well-earned treat for the family after a the 35-minute walk.
Show the kids that there’s more to Fiji than sun lounges and breakfast buffets. For a glimpse into the local way of life head inland into Sigatoka River Valley, famously known as “Fiji’s Salad Bowl”. Resting on the banks of the Sigatoka River, the Sigatoka Markets are a buzz of activity in the morning.
Ladies wade knee-deep into the river to collect fresh water mussels to market; peddlers balance great baskets of cassava atop their heads and stalls stretch out in every direction displaying the bounty of colourful fruit and vegetables provided by the fertile subsistence farms.
Queue up with the locals for fresh baked bread, pick up souvenirs and sweet papaya or seek out the juice lady for a refreshing drink. Spend big, give generously knowing that your contribution goes back to the community.
Enjoy a exhilarating jet-boat ride along the longest river on Viti Levu as it snakes past jungle-clad mountains, lush green market farms and local villages. The guided Sigatoka River Safari https://sigatokariver.com/ combines adventure with an authentic Fijian village experience.
Spend a few hours being welcomed by friendly locals and explore their humble home, drink kava, dance merrily and feast on Fijian food. When songs have been serenaded and bellies are full take an exhilarating return journey zipping past farmers and kids splashing on the riverbank, with a few 360 spins thrown in.
Stay on the Coral Coast
Stay on the family friendly Coral Coast and be in Sigatoka in 25-minutes. The Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/fiji/viti-levu/outrigger-fiji-beach-resort offers recently refurbished interconnecting resort rooms and beachfront Bures. Filled with family friendly activities and two inclusive kids clubs for ages 3-7 and 8-12 that as well as a personal Meimei nanny service to take care of the little ones.
Ride into The Sunset
There are only a few places in the world where you can take the family for a beachside horseback ride at sunset. Fiji’s Natadola Bay has to be one the prettiest places for an unforgettable horseback experience.
Trot along a curve of powder white sand dotted with shady palms as your steads happy hooves play in the waves and watch the sun dips into the Pacific Ocean.
For the younger ones who aren’t able to steer their own steed, Natadola Bay Horse Riding guides can also lead the horses on foot.
Stay at the Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa https://www.fiji.intercontinental.com/ with beach front access and horse-riding at your doorstep.