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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

From the Plane to the Sun-Lounger: What To Do in Fiji As Soon As You Step off Your Flight

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Close your eyes, imagine a palm fringed beach front and a glistening ocean right in front of you. Sound like a dream? Well dream no more, Fiji is once again Open for Happiness – and thank GOD because we’ve never needed a holiday more, amirite? Here’s our list of what to do in Fiji as soon as you get off the plane!

The beloved Pacific Island paradise has been open since December 2021 – and trust us (we’re so sorry but we are writing this from Fiji, check out our Instagram @capsule_nz to follow our adventures) the locals are JAZZED to see us, and the Bula spirit is vibing.

While the idea of working your way down the cocktail list parked up on a sun-lounger is hard to pass up, Fiji have gone to great lengths to ensure you can enjoy the best of the islands the minute you step off the plane, with wellbeing and safety the top priority – think arrival RATS, constant sanitising and thanks to it being the low season, great social distancing!

The Care Fiji Commitment, implemented in October 2020 is a nationwide programme approved by the World Health Organisation, World Travel & Tourism Council and accredited by Aspen Medical. It is a standard of best practice health and safety measures for travel in this new world. Here’s what you can do in Fiji as soon as you step off the plane.

All of these incredible resorts and activities are part of the more than 2,000 Fijian businesses that are part of the Care Fiji Commitment, which you can enjoy as soon as you step off the plane.

So, what’s on the agenda?

Hit up a day club

That’s right – it’s not just Bali that can boast the hedonistic joy that is a day club!

Live out your beach club fantasies with a full day at one of Fiji’s Beach Clubs. The Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa’s Waitui Beach Club is an adult-only haven where you can truly go and work your way down the cocktail list sitting poolside (DAIQUIRIS FOR EVERYONE).

There’s also Cloud 9, the original two-level floating platform in the middle of the South Pacific. Indulge in their wood-fired pizza with chill-house DJs, before checking out the marine life. Seventh Heaven, launching mid-May, is the newest floating party platform to hit Fiji with infinity sun-loungers, sand bar picnics and endless cocktails if that’s what your vibe is (YES YES YES).

Or, do you heading to an Island Beach Club? Head over to the world’s first, Malamala Beach Club and sip on endless coconuts in their infinity pool, park up on a day bed and enjoy butler service or strap on a snorkel and explore some of the world’s best marine life.

Sail the islands

If there’s anything better than exploring Fiji’s islands, it’s exploring them on a luxury catamaran and South Sea Sailing’s newest experience, Sabre allows you to do just that (imagine the Instagram shots). Jump onboard the boat and sink into a bean bag or a day bed while sailing around the Mamanuca Islands and taking in the endless postcard views before diving into the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy their mouth-watering buffet lunch and a fully-stocked bar before turning back to port and enjoying the sunset as you pull in.  

Want a taste of the real authentic Fiji? Captain Cook’s Cruises offer just that. Offering great food, spectacular views and their friendly people, you can’t beat a day out on one of their cruises. If you want to lay beach side staring out at endless ocean, their Tivua Island Day cruise is for you or if you’re looking for something a little more romantic, their Sunset Dinner Cruise offers a perfect setting in paradise that you can’t get anywhere else.

Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie

Take to the skies and zip across 35 acres of untouched rainforest just a short trip from Nadi. The eco-friendly adventure will have you zipping across waterfalls, rivers and tropical jungle.

Sleeping Giant Zipline has five zips ranging from 80m to 160m, and you’ll be flying at speeds of up to 40km/h.  If you’re looking for something on the water instead of above, hop aboard Fiji’s original jet-boat safari, Sigatoka River Safari, which cruises along the magnificent Sigatoka River. It is the longest river on the island of Viti Levu, running from the hills of the Navosa Provence right down to the sand dunes in the Kulukulu on the famous Coral Coast. Or get dirty with Terratrek, Fiji’s only self-drive dune buggies. Discover the most beautiful waterfalls and rainforests or head up into the mountains for panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean. 

Whether you fancy flopping on the beach or perching up poolside, checking in to your resort’s spa, venturing out to the islands for a day trip or heading to check out the local shops and diners, there is so much fun to be had within the first three days of your trip while sticking to CFC-approved organisations.

Fiji is open for happiness. The 333 islands are ready and waiting to welcome you back. Start booking your island adventure today.

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