Flora and fauna
Born from ancient volcanic activity and tropical waters, Fiji’s natural beauty draws people from all over the world. Plenty of activities are available for you to see the natural wildlife, whether it’s by land, sea or sky. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular water activities to catch a glimpse at the island’s lively coral reefs and sea life. Between the Nanuya Balavu and Drawaqa islands is the ideal place to swim with manta rays.
Walk along the three mile-long Lavena Coastal Walk in Taveuni and you’ll come across black and white sand, lush waterfalls, thick green jungle and even a local village. Koroyanitu National Park, with its native forests, waterfalls trails, small remote villages and tracks up Mount Batilamu, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Lautoka island.
Cheap flights to Fiji take you directly to either the main cities of Suva or Nadi. Suva, the capital, features a mix of colonial and contemporary architecture. Visit Suva Municipal Market and the Handicraft Market with baskets of island produce and many craft stalls – bartering is key. Nadi is a multicultural city with a large Indo-Fijian population. The bright and colourful Dravidian-style Hindu Temple stands at the end of the main road and provides a tranquil place to mediate and contemplate the elaborate structure.
When to go
Fiji has a warm climate that is pleasant throughout the year. It has an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius that reaches a maximum of 31 degrees Celsius in summer and a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius in winter. This makes Fiji is a wonderful year-round destination. It is important to note that because of its location in the Southern Hemisphere, seasons on the islands are opposite to the Northern Hemisphere.
In general, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons around May and October when prices drop and the climate is dry. June through September is peak season and the islands receive an influx of crowds and increase in prices. Likewise, holidays periods like Christmas and New Year are some of the busiest times. Keep in mind that November through April is ‘wet season’.
Although Fiji is a good year-round destination, some activities are better reserved for certain months and seasons. The dry season from May to October is best for hiking, biking and trekking. Summer is an excellent time to go snorkeling since water temperatures are warmest and the surf is low.
Airports and airlines
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Flights to Fiji’s top destinations like Nadi and Suva and Denarau Island are operated by a number of well-reputed airlines. These include Air New Zealand, British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways and Qantas Airways. The country’s two international airports, Nadi International and Nausori International, are within reasonable travelling distance of these destinations.
All flights to Fiji will require at least one stopover during the journey. These stopovers range from cities in Asia like Singapore and Bangkok to Middle eastern cities like Dubai and a number of Australian cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and Victoria. UK flights departing from cities other than London may also stop at Heathrow Airport.