If there was ever a holiday destination designed for kids, then Fiji is the place! On top of family-friendly resorts, swaying palm trees and sandy white beaches, this South Pacific tropical paradise also boasts a wide range of sights to see and activities to enjoy.
Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador, reveals 7 things kids (and their parents) will love about Fiji.
The secrets hidden under the sea are a big drawcard for kids on holidays. There’s no better way to show your little ones the big wide underwater world than spending a day snorkelling on one of the island’s many reefs. A long-time family favourite has been the South Sea Island off the coast of the Mamanuca Islands. Here, the marine life is truly magical and it’ll bring a smile to your face as you watch your kids fall in love with all the reef has to offer.
The minute you arrive in Fiji, it truly feels like an untouched jungle waiting to be explored. Kula Eco Park has captured that magic and combines it with education – teaching kids about the incredible ecosystem that is Fiji. There are guided tours which exhibit the islands spectacular bird and reptile life. Kula Eco Park also boasts the only captive breeding facility in Fiji for endangered indigenous species. Keep an eye out for the famous crested iguana, one of the few left in the world.
Adventure and Adrenaline
You really can find anything you want in Fiji and for teenagers, who might be craving an adrenaline rush, look no further than Kila Adventure Park. Leave your fear at the door and jump in head first, taking advantage of the abseiling courses, ropes, giant swings and – my favourite – the zip line. They’ll be swinging like Tarzan in no time.
Wet and Wild
Spending a lazy day on the water is part of the Fiji experience. Aqua adventures are pretty popular, but it’s all about finding the right fit for your family. Banana boat rides are great for families with young children. If you’re after something a little more adventurous, try parasailing for a pure rush. Adrenalin Fiji offers all the best services for your day on the sea.
Kids Clubs are the perfect way for even the most patient parents to get a rest. Swing by the Shangri La and book the kids in for a day. There’s full time entertainment for your little ones, which gives them a taste of traditional Fiji. From coconut boat racing to grass skirt making, it’s a great way for them to experience the country, stay occupied and have fun. Meanwhile parents can kick back with a well-earned cocktail or massage.
Speaking of culture, it really is worth spending a day celebrating the traditions of Fiji with your family. It’s the kind of takeaway experience you’ll remember forever. A tour of Robinson Crusoe Island is the best way to get a snapshot of life in the South Pacific. The trip includes a traditional meal cooked by island elders, coconut tasting and ends with an awe inspiring Fijian war dance.
A Chance to Get Muddy
Who knew playing in the mud could be so much fun? Hidden away in Nadi, the Sabeto Mud Baths are your chance to let loose with your little ones as you slop around in the mud. The natural hot springs will work wonders for your skin, while the rest of the family will find plenty of fun just getting down and dirty!
Info from Phillipa Steele, International Model and Fiji Airways Ambassador.
Phillipa Steele is based in Fiji but for 6 months of the year, Phillipa is travelling to New York, Paris, Australia and Switzerland.