Fiji’s 330 islands are a tropical utopia. Fijians are among the happiest people on earth (statistically proven). With their strong social connections revolving around an extended family unit and a chieftain system, the natural beauty of their surroundings, an abundance of fresh food and clean water and their love of song and dance it’s easy to see why! This happiness is contagious and from the moment you step off the plane to be serenaded by a group in matching tropical shirts, strumming ukuleles and beaming smiles you’ll be smiling too. Expect this smile to be a permanent fixture for the duration of your stay, as you relax by the pool sipping mai tais or pass laughing, waving children as you paddle out to sea in your canoe. Island time is absolutely everything in Fiji, and it won’t take you long to relax and forget your email inbox. Dripping in out of this world luxury resorts, talk to Oceania Expeditions about selecting the ones that are the perfect fit for you.
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Fiji is pure opulence at its very best. As your helicopter flies you over the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea, little dots of green fringed by white sands pop up across the horizon. Finally, you have arrived, and as the ever smiling concierge helps you from the aircraft you’ll know you’re in very good hands. The service, style, hospitality and cuisine in Fiji can only be rivalled by French Polynesia, and the choices for divine, luxurious resorts are plentiful. Oceania Expeditions hand pick the best of the best, and will tailor a stay and activity schedule to your heart’s desire.
Both Fiji and French Polynesia offer the ultimate in luxury resort properties. Our recommendations are to decide which one best suits your desires and take up the vast array of activities on offer.
Here is our selection of the best in each region
Dangling off the coast of Nadi, this string of 20 idyllic islands are one of Fiji’s most popular and accessible islands destinations. Regular daily boat transfers from Port Denarau on Denarau Island and even shorter flights from Nadi Airport get you to the beach quickly with plenty of time to spare for exploring the island and its garland of coral reefs.
Tokoriki – Mamanuca Islands (Adults Only)
Tokoriki Island Resort is the most awarded, adults only boutique in Fiji, having been voted both the #1 Resort in Fiji, as well as being awarded the top prize for ‘Romance’. Tokoriki prides itself on ‘relaxed luxury’, with a max of 72 guests you’ll enjoy a truly romantic beach vacation with warm Fijian hospitality and caring attention to detail. This stunning property is found on one of the most dramatically beautiful isles in the 333-island nation with consistently warm tropical weather making the resort an ideal year-round destination. The 120-acre (48.5-hectare) site encompasses an expansive and beautiful bay surrounded by lush, native vegetation and highlighted by a spectacular white sandy beach for guests.
Feel the fusion of contemporary and Fijian style Bures & Villas and indulge yourself with ‘unlimited 60 min massage retreats’ at the Spa, island beach picnics, diving, snorkelling, tennis or simply lounging poolside. This resort is a 5 star adults-only resort and the minimum age to visit is 16 years.
Six Senses – Mamanuca Islands (Family Friendly)
For families looking for the perfect combination of luxury, leisure and active fun, Six Senses Fiji strikes the perfect balance to make sure every family member leaves with that trademark Fijian smile.
The resort features an array of sport and leisure facilities to suit all ages and arguably the best kids club in Fiji. The Six Senses kids club for children between four and twelve years is designed to inspire, educate and immerse children in the local Fijian culture.
Tropical Malolo Island is a playground for adventurers of the over-and-underwater world variety, with year-round surfing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, SUPs and sailing plus nature trails and villages to explore. The fun doesn’t end with the setting of the sun, grab a torch and join a local guide on a night time nature walk, spotting owls, Fijian Crested Iguanas and other native wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Yasawa Islands
Blessed with dramatic peaks and sun-drenched white sand beaches, the Yasawa Islands is the quintessential paradise that lies Northwest of the main island Viti Levu. The region is a haven for nature lovers and a mariner’s dream for adventurous ocean escapades. Claim your patch of paradise on a single island, or sojourn through the archipelago to spots like the awe-inspiring Sawa-i-Lau caves, swim with mesmerising mantas or discover delightful underwater coral gardens.
Turtle Island – Private Island (Adults Only)
Turtle Island is a name synonymous with exclusive Fijian luxury. This all inclusive private island hosts boasts no less than 12 private beaches, and hosts only 14 couples at a time across 500 acres of paradise. The cuisine, prepared with fresh seafood from local waters and fruits and vegetables grown on the island, is a culinary delight. The paradise of this Island resort offers a cultural experience where you embrace as family our gentle, engaging, noble hosts.
Horseback riding, champagne picnics, day spas and massages, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and island tours fill your days, while your own private ‘bure mama’ or butler service ensures that leisure and decadence are your only concerns.
Pacific Harbour and Beqa Island
The thrill seeker’s destination of choice, spectacular Beqa Lagoon is a mecha for adventurous travelers looking to add a dash of adrenaline to the opulence of their Fijian stay.
Set across the backdrop of dramatic, jagged mountains with breathtaking gorges and waterfalls cascading through, spend your days here zip lining through the forest canopy, chasing waterfalls on 4WD adventures, racing jet skis across the picturesque lagoon or chasing some of the world’s most prized game fish on specialist bill fishing charters.
Undoubtedly the most spine tingling experience on offer in Beqa Lagoon is to have face to face encounters with dozens, sometimes hundreds of the world’s top predators on a Shark Dive. Bull sharks, Tiger Sharks, a variety of Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
Dive with sharks as well as many other species at the Beqa Lagoon marine park sanctuary; this is one of the only places in the world where you can come face to face with It is here, in these protected waters that divers can observe and interact with some of the oceans top predators and a multitude of fish species on ‘The Shark Dive’. Bull Sharks and Tiger Sharks.
Nanuku Auberge Resort (Family Friendly)
Our friends at Nanuku offer you five star luxury on the doorstep of this veritable playground.
Located on the southern coast of Fiji’s main island at Pacific Harbour, this property is a serene base blending the best traditional and contemporary fijian culture and hospitality. With only 18 rooms, suites and villas occupy over 10 acres of pristine coastline, leaving guests with a feeling of calmness, tranquillity and peace.
Royal Davui – Private Island Resort (adults only)
This exclusive, adults-only private island is just a short boat ride from the Viti Levu on the gorgeous Beqa Lagoon. White sand beaches, turquoise waters and tall palms silhouetted against the setting sun. Just 16 Vales nestle in 10 acres of lush tropical landscape, with exquisite design creating a seamless fusion of luxury and nature. ‘Responsible luxury’ is the mantra at Royal Davui. A one mile fishing exclusion zone around the resort make it a haven for colourful marine life with the reef here among the healthiest in the country.
Enjoy the best of both worlds: genuine care and warmth with staff calling you by name, in addition to the privacy and freedom to be secluded in your own tropical oasis. Enjoy romantic champagne breakfasts on a deserted island cay, stroll among the old growth trees and lounge on the deck of your villa taking regular dips in your private plunge pool. This is the ultimate base to unwind after a day sampling the exciting activities of the Pacific Harbour region.
Kokomo Private Island – Kaduvu Islands
The Kokomo Private Island, nested on Kadavu Island among the one of the world’s largest barrier reefs is forging a reputation as the hottest resort destinations in the South Pacific.
The Great Astrolabe Reef – one of the largest barrier reefs in the world – hugs Kadavu’s southern border reaching up east to wrap around Ono and a cluster of other small islands in the archipelago.
A plethora of water based and land based activities await you, and our your personal Kokomo Butler, assigned to you on arrival for the duration of your stay will tailor an activity schedule to suit your every whim.
Swim, kiteboard, surf or deep sea fish. Join the resident Marine Biologist for an exploratory dive or snorkel.
It’s heaven for snorkellers, divers and deep-sea fishermen; a watery Eden where you can swim alongside majestic manta rays, dive colourful coral gardens or explore remote bays on ocean-going kayaks. More adventures await you on land along hiking trails that are swallowed up by dense rainforest and re-emerge at spring-fed waterfalls and secluded white-sand beaches. Despite being only a 50-min flight from Nadi, it feels far from the beaten path. But if you love the outdoors and seek out blissful isolation, then Kadavu might be place for you.
Arrive at Nadi International Airport to meet your connecting aircraft, either a twin otter dual command seaplane, or Bel 407 Helicopter, for your scenic flight over mainland.
Fiji and on to Kadavu, home of this stunning Island Resort. Set amongst the Great Astrolabe Reef, the world’s fourth largest reef, this property is a veritable playground for water lovers. Over 40 unique locations offer unapparelled diving and snorkelling opportunities, while those who love to fish will be equally impressed by the unspoilt and thriving fishing grounds. Luxury suites are designed for privacy, comfort and relaxation. All with private infinity pool and garden. You can choose from one of 21 Beachfront Villas or opt for one of the five Luxury Residences, all boasting striking views of the island and surrounds.
Spend your days diving, swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding or sailing the azure waters.
Take a boat to neighbouring islands for a short trek to pristine waterfalls, visit nearby Dravuni or Buliya villages for that authentic Fijian experience, or even spend a morning shadowing the resort’s resident Marine Biologist Cliona O’Flaherty for a hands-on lesson in reef protection and coral cultivation. This resort prides itself on its sustainability projects to ensure the integrity of the reef is restored. Alternatively, spend your day in complete tranquility and relaxation of the award winning day spa.
Do More Things that Make You Forget Your Phone
In the remote highlands of Viti Levu (the largest of Fijian islands) lies one of the most unique river trips found in the South Pacific. Slicing a deep chasm through the island’s tropical interior, the Upper Navua River is a hidden pathway to a relatively untouched tropical wilderness. Enveloped in lush rainforest, fed by countless waterfalls and protected by challenging rapids, the Upper Navua River offers a unique river rafting experience.
Your exploration of this pristine river environment is a truly magical way to experience the inner reaches of the island wilderness. This excursion will take you through some of the country’s most formidable and phenomenally beautiful terrain in the relative comfort of inflatable rafts. This is a special trip not because of one unparalleled attribute upon which the success of the trip is based, but many special and scenically significant places; each individually worthy of special recognition. There is not one waterfall but many (some say at least seventy); not one short stretch of deep, narrow canyon, but kilometers. This is a place where black volcanic walls are at points barely five meters apart and over forty meters high and fringed by emerald rainforest. Swim in the waterfalls and enjoy the splendour of the scenery. This journey will ensure you’ve seen some of the alternative beauty Fiji has on offer.
Ramble through pristine national parks featuring waterfalls, natural swimming pools, hiking trails, lush emerald green valleys, timeless rainforests, native wildlife and unparalleled sweeping panoramic views.
An archipelago of more than 300 islands, Do you wish to dive with sharks, snorkel with hundreds of tropical fish species or visit a local village and try a traditional lovo; food wrapped in banana leaves and placed over hot stones before being covered with earth to cook for many hours? Maybe take in a fire dance, imbue kava in a ceremony with one of the local villages or hop on a luxury speed boat and explore the islands?