If your gap year dream involves beach paradises far from home, then Fiji will make it all come true. These are the sand and sea desert islands seen on films from The Blue Lagoon to Cast Away. Come here for diving, island-hopping, partying and surfing, and you may never go home…
It’s not hard to lie back and chill out on Fiji, but if it’s adventure travel you want you’ll find it here too. There’s trekking in the forests and grasslands at the base of Mt Koroyanitu, kayaking and rafting on the Navua River, surfing the big breaks off the tiny Mamanuca Islands, and diving with manta rays. After that, you can probably afford to have a lie down.
Fiji has a reputation for its top-end accommodation, but it also has many budget and backpacker lodges, and it’s a good destination for student travel. There’s a lively travellers’ scene focused on parties all over the islands, and if you’re after bars and restaurants, Suva on Viti Levu is the place to go.
Fiji is a place of pleasure, but there’s volunteer work if you want to get involved. We can put you in touch with marine conservation projects here.