The friendly islands of tropical Fiji offer a wide range of attractions and activities, from just relaxing by the pool or soaking up some sun on the beach to a range of water sports including swimming, snorkelling, sailing, scuba diving, fishing, parasailing and golfing. Although it’s very easy to spend your time flat out in a hammock, there are an excellent range of Fiji attractions around the islands, well worth visiting. The ideal way to discover the region’s fascinating culture, history and incredible natural environment, these Fiji attractions offer a taste of the colourful yet laid back life of the Pacific.
Located on Viti Levu, the largest of the Fijian islands, Kula Eco Park is an amazing ecological preserve near the town of Sigatoka. With a focus on the preservation of indigenous plants and animals, the park features a vast range of walkways where guided tours are also available, taking in wildlife such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, butterflies, tropical fish and the Fiji Flying Fox, the only mammal native to Fiji. Aiming to increase environmental awareness, the park is a fantastic, family friendly attraction that educates children about conservation in a fun and engaging way, the park is a five time recipient of Fiji’s ‘Excellence in Tourism’ award.
Nearby, at the mouth of the Sigatoka River, another popular Fiji attraction is the famous Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Part of a National Park, the dunes are located approximately 3km west of the township of Sigatoka. Caused by erosion of the coastal hinterland and dune-forming process, the extensive system of sand dunes stretches for 650 hectares. Ranging from 20m to 60m in height, the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park features a number of parabolic dunes of various ages. Having formed over thousands of years, archaeological excavations have uncovered artefacts dating back over 2,600 years old. One of the largest Pacific burial sites have also been discovered here.
For a shot of culture, you can’t go past the colourful shrine of the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, you can’t miss it either thanks to its gaudy colour palette. Located in Nadi at the end of the main road, Sri Siva Subramaniya is the southern hemisphere’s largest Hindu temple and is a rare opportunity to see traditional Dravidian architecture outside of India. Painted in bright colours, the temple also features Hindu deities carved from wood, brought all the way over from India. Murals cover the ceilings and if you are lucky, you may even see a new painting underway complete with scaffolding to the ceiling. While visitors are welcome, it is expected that you will dress modestly and remove your shoes before entering the temple. Photos are permitted in the grounds but not once you are inside the temple. The inner sanctum is reserved for Hindu devotees offerings and therefore, non-Hindus are asked not to enter.