I want to share why you should put Fiji on your radar for your next family vacation or romantic getaway! I am so excited that Fiji is reopening. I know many of my West Coast clients are not too excited about Hawaii anymore as it’s so close and been there often. Lately, you also hear about the overtourism there. Mexico doesn’t appeal. The Caribbean is too far. Tahiti is not family-friendly ( although I disagree! ). Fiji in the South Pacific plans to open the borders again on December 1, 2021. Just in time for the holidays. The Fijians have been getting ready for the last year and a half. They have prepped well and have health and safety protocols in place and now an 80% vaccination rate as well.
Some quick facts about Fiji:
No visa is required for US or Canadian citizens.
English is the official language.
Tipping is not customary.
Their currency is Fijian Dollar FJD
Fiji is a year-round tropical destination. It is a 10hrs flight from Los Angeles. 2 meals, 2 movies, and a quick nap and you’ll arrive in paradise. Once you arrive, you will really feel a sense of relaxation like no other. It is a place for visitors to reconnect—with nature, with their loved ones, with themselves. There are no nightlives or high rise or lots of shopping. It’s a place to disconnect from every day and reconnect with your family and loved ones.
There are 2 large islands with multiple little ones. Most vacations I plan either have clients go straight to their island resort and spend a week enjoying water sports and some hikes offered on that island, or they stay in Viti Levu, the large island you arrive on, which offers much more tours and cultural activities when staying along the Coral Coast. Another fun way to see the country is to combine a resort stay with a 3-day island cruise.
Fijians are very friendly and many families take advantage of their resort staff as full-time nannies while parents enjoy R&R. Or enjoy tours like river tubing, ATV, zip-lining, golf, sailing, diving, kayaking, and more. It’s a place for adventures.
Some resorts are brands you’re familiar with—Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental, but most are luxurious independent resorts offering a very delicious travel experience. Instead of bungalows or hotel rooms, you stay in bures. There are garden bures and more popular beachfront bures. Steps from the warm water. Some properties also have overwater bures where you can just jump into the water and snorkel and swim just like Tahiti.
Fiji is a great place for divers and nature lovers. While she has some very luxurious 4, 5, and 6-star resorts, they are not overdeveloped. They are conscious of sustainable tourism. Some islands are small enough that you can take over the entire island with your own party.
I like Fiji as a destination because it exudes the no worry vibes. You arrive. You relax at the resort. If you choose to do some tours, drivers pick you up. No need to worry about driving or GPS. It’s a place with great hospitality and for some much-needed sun & fun, but learn about a different culture that is unique.
I’ve been immersed in more training the last few weeks and onwards because a lot of resorts have done renovations and upgraded their experience and I always try to stay up to date! If I can help share more about Fiji or help you plan a nice family or romantic vacation, pls go to the Plan a Trip page to get started!