Even as the world welcomes the winters, with the white Christmas and the holiday spirit, the islands of Fiji (an archipelago of over 300 sun-kissed islands) in the South Pacific, are bathed in the warm tropical sunshine, making them the ideal family getaway this holiday season. With specially curated activities for children, relaxed getaways for couples and rejuvenating natural surroundings for senior citizens, Fiji is a well-rounded package for travel enthusiasts, including young families with infants, toddlers, young adults, and teens. From craft making, easy water adventures to activities in the kid clubs; Fiji offers a plethora of activities and experiences, every day.
A kids fantasy world:
One of Fiji’s most popular attractions are the kids’ clubs at many family-friendly resorts. They provide an array of activities for the kids to do throughout the day like bushwalking, fish feeding, coconut boat racing and crab racing, to name just a few. Often considered to be the best kids clubs in the South Pacific, their standards are universally high, keeping your kids safe and entertained.
FIVE SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS
· Have a critter encounter at Kula Eco Park near Sigatoka on the Coral Coast.
· The multi- award winning Sigatoka River Safari, on the coral coast, offers jet boat tours that provide a rich experience of the area’s natural beauty, history and authentic look at Fijian village life. The kids will have a ball with the local children as they play games and kick the football around.
· Participate in the Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Program at Treasure Island Fiji. Kids have the opportunity to help out with finding forage for the turtles and other fun activities.
· Find Nemo on a semi-submersible cruise at South Sea Island.
· Head out to the Big Bula Inflatable Waterpark. Here the kids can slide, jump and bounce on multiple giant inflatable play sets that are super fun and guaranteed to exhaust the kids.
Family-friendly resorts offer a variety of kids club programmes for children from 3 or 4 years up to early teens. The programmes are educational and mostly include marine based preservation projects like building fish houses, etc. Babies and toddlers are cared for by a meimei (nanny) service. Most kid clubs run well into the evening and babysitting is also easily arranged. The jewel in the crown of Fiji’s kid clubs of course are the Fijian people: they are naturally gifted carer’s or care takers, who adore children and love spending time with them.
Paradise for couples:
While the children are cared for and entertained by the kid clubs, young parents can enjoy the much needed ‘together’ time, with a cocktail or a romantic meal or even a couples spa treatment and end the day watching the sun go down! Fiji offers an unforgettable holiday for couples and young parents, filled with sunshine, wonder, and adventure, making it the ultimate tropical paradise. Couples can embark on adventure and leisure activities, including the leisurely swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and boat rides activities from the Mamanuca Islands to the tropical greens of Taveuni, amidst the brilliant green rainforests with colourful parrots and native birds. From an assorted set of family-friendly Fijian resorts, covered with beautiful natural environments, to incredible wildlife, stunning beaches, and a huge range of adventure activities, Fiji is really one big playground for couples to explore as they re-discover and connect with each other.
Slice of culture
Flavours of Fiji in Denarau Island, VitiLevu has many cooking classes through the week, where you can learn to make authentic Fijian meal with your loved ones. You can start with handpicking fresh, seasonal ingredients and products from a local market, followed by hands-on cooking. Flavours of Fiji design their classes in such a way that people across different ages and expertise can learn, participate and enjoy. This one is ideal for children who are creative and curious about food.
Also village visits comprising traditional dance performances, or Meke, should not be missed. This performance art of song and dance dates back to the 1800s. Groups of either men or women perform the traditional dance—each of which tell legends and tales. In Nadi’s Fiji Culture Village, guests are welcomed to join the troop of dancers once the performance concludes. Be prepared for high energy involvement.