‘Fiji time’ will become a familiar phrase to anyone who visits this beautiful Pacific island. While it’s unfair to say that nothing in Fiji runs on schedule, the locals’ relaxed attitude to time seems to permeate all aspects of life from the moment you disembark at Nadi Airport.
Everything is laid back here, even the mountains! Look to the north as you leave the airport to see two mountains known as The Sleeping Giants. They’re a natural feature indicative not just of ‘Fiji time’, but the spectacular landscape that awaits further inland. As the main port of entry into Fiji with frequent ferries to surrounding islands and flights or buses elsewhere, Nadi remains a common destination for backpackers and others wanting to see a variety of destinations across the archipelago. More upscale travellers head for nearby Denarau Island, where luxury resorts rise between 18-hole golf courses and ferries to the luxurious Mamanuca Islands.
Many more resorts, catering to all budgets, dot the south coast of Viti Levu, known as the Coral Coast. Many of these resorts front a tranquil lagoon protected by the reef that earns the Coast its name. With most offering a wealth of activities, it can be tempting to never leave your accommodation. But those who don’t will miss a lot!
Rosie Holidays is a local provider dedicated to helping guests see the real Fiji, with a range of experiences including village tours, island cruises, wildlife encounters, and day trips to Suva, Fiji’s underappreciated capital.
Fiji Hideaway Resort & Spa is one of the island’s best known resorts. Located 20 minutes outside the town of Sigatoka, this affordable, family-friendly resort offers superb snorkelling right off the beach, along with a range of activities from glass-bottom boat trips, to stand-up paddle boarding, to diving on the reef. The resort also offers land-based pastimes such as volleyball, a full service day spa, and even a replica of a traditional Fijian village, where guests can enjoy a re-enacted taste of local life.
Of course, for those wanting to see the real thing, there’s a Rosie Holidays office right onsite!