Fiji has always been a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why with the number of interesting things to do in attractive surroundings. Fiji is not known as the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ for nothing, and here are 5 things to remember to do when you do this South Pacific paradise.
Kula Eco Park
Kula Eco Park will appeal to all the family, and it’s a place that encourages its visitors to get close to its occupants! Situated on the island of Viti Levu, Kula Eco Park is the only wildlife park in Fiji, and it’s one of the most notable nature-related attractions in the whole of the South Pacific. As well as being able to see a diverse range of creatures here, which include very colourful birds and the endangered Fijian iguana, you’ll also be able to have your picture taken with them. There will also be the opportunity to hand feed Hawksbill Sea Turtles too.
Consisting of around 20 islands, the Mamanuca Islands are a volcanic archipelago. This area is an excellent example of Fiji at its idyllic best, and free activities for visitors include the chance to snorkel and dive in unspoilt, clear turquoise waters. Plus, you can enjoy sunbathing on sandy beaches under palm trees. The coral reefs here are another major attraction, while visitors can get a real feel for Fijian life by visiting the various villages in the archipelago. Not all the islands will be accessible during high tide, however, as they will then be submerged by the Pacific Ocean.
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park
Opened in 1987, Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park on Viti Levu was the first national park to ever be established in Fiji. The park is open on a daily basis to visitors, and is open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon. There is the option to take an hour or two hour walk unaided, or to view this impressive ecosystem with a guide.
Also on Viti Levu, the Sigatoka River is a spectacular place to visit, and the river is so pristine that you will be able to see an array of marine creatures even from the surface. These include prawns and eels, as well as a wide range of fish. While, a safari cruise tour, can take you to the Sigatoka Valley. If you decide to hire a car to visit Viti Levu, don’t forget to consider car hire excess insurance.
Fiji Museum And Thurston Gardens
Set in picturesque botanical gardens in Suva, Fiji Museum’s holds archaeological artefacts that date back to nearly 4,000 years ago. Together with exhibits that represent the indigenous population of Fiji, there are exhibits that mark the inhabitation of the island by more recent settlers. Among the galleries that can be found in the museum are an art gallery, history gallery, and an Indo-Fijian gallery. Thurston Gardens surrounds the museum, and fauna such as palms and gingers adorn the area.