Made up of more than 300 sun-drenched islands, Fiji is the ideal destination to live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasy. Read on to discover why you should visit this idyllic island chain on a luxury yacht charter.
Spanning across 1,600 kilometres in the South Pacific Ocean, the far-flung islands of Fiji make for an exotic getaway. From relaxing on postcard perfect beaches to discovering world-class dive sites, there are many reasons why you should visit the archipelago on a private charter vacation.
Dazzling white sands, swaying palm trees and cyan-blue waters – Fiji’s beaches are the epitome of paradise. Some of the best can be found in the Yasawa archipelago, including Likuliku Bay on Waya Island, Nalova Bay on Nacula Island and Nanuya Lailai’s Blue Lagoon.
Nearer to Vitu Levu – Fiji’s main and largest island – is Tokoriki’s Liku Beach, a 3,000-foot-long stretch of bone white sand famed for its stunning sunsets. It’s also located opposite Mondriki, the island where the 2000 movie Castaway starring Tom Hanks was filmed.
Making the journey to the remote northern reaches more than worth the while is Horseshoe Bay on Matagi Island, while Vanua Balavu in the east of the island chain regularly appears in compilations of the world’s best beaches. But, luckily for charterers, you’ll need a private yacht to reach these two secluded gems.
The Dive Sites
Dubbed as ‘the Soft Coral Capital of the World’, Fiji provides some of the best diving in the South Pacific. Warm, clear waters make diving and snorkelling possible at any time of year and, with more than 1,000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral and sponges, there is much to explore.
The Somosomo Strait is home to some of Fiji’s best soft coral sites, such as Rainbow Reef, Purple Wall and Annie’s Bommies. E6 in the Vatu-i-Ra Channel is also rated as a top soft coral dive. Formed by a 900-metre-high pinnacle, its nutrient rich waters are a magnet for hammerhead sharks.
Renowned among diving circles is the Great Astrolabe Reef. Stretching for 65 kilometres around and beyond Kadavu Island, the reef is home to a wealth of colourful dive sites, such as Naiqoro Passage where manta rays, sharks and other large pelagic can frequently be seen.
The Golf Courses
Yacht-goers after a round of golf will have no trouble finding a golf course in Fiji. There are 14 scattered throughout the island chain, with three championship courses on Viti Levu alone.
The Natadola Bay Championship Golf Couse, located on the south west coast, is one of the best. Offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as well as excellent facilities, this stunning course is the home of the annual PGA-affiliated ‘Fiji International’ golf tournament.
Less than half an hour away in Nadi is the Denarau Golf Club, a challenging and beautiful course with long, open fairways and several water hazards. Alternatively, mingle with locals at Fiji Golf Club in Suva which has long, flat fairways and less vegetation than the other two.
At the exposed edges of Fiji’s reefs are some of the world’s finest and most consistent surfing breaks. Although these waves are only recommended for experienced surfers, there are other spots more suitable for beginners.
Among the surf breaks in the Mamanuca Islands are Desperations, Namotu Left, Restaurants, Swimming Pools, Wilkes Pass and, most famous of all, Cloudbreak which, regularly voted as one of the most challenging waves in the world, attracts pros from all over the world.
There are also waves to catch in Viti Levu, with top sites including Fiji Pipe, Frigate Pass, Js Fiji, Resort Lefts and Shifties. Experienced surfers should visit between April and October – Fiji’s winter – whereas conditions are better for beginners in the summer months.
When arriving in Fiji, travellers are greeted by big, warm smiles. Fijians are world known for their hospitality and warmth, making it extremely easy to get to know the locals and immerse yourself in Fijian culture, whether visiting big cities, costal resorts or remote villages.
Village life in Fiji revolves around the church, the community, the rugby field and the garden. Much emphasis is placed on children too which makes the archipelago, despite its reputation as a romantic honeymoon destination, a brilliant place to bring the kids.
Charterers should also step ashore to sample some of the country’s cuisine. Indigenous Fijian food tends to centre on seafood, while Fijian Indian dishes feature spice, rice and chilli. Dishes cooked in a lovo – an underground oven – and partaking in a Kava drinking ceremony if visiting a village cannot be missed either.
While it can be tempting to spend your whole time in Fiji sunbathing and sipping cocktails from coconuts, there are plenty of adventurous activities to lure you away from your superyacht.
The country’s waters are not only perfect for underwater exploration, they are also ideal for a whole range of watersports, from windsurfing and jet skiing to paddle boarding and sea kayaking. White water rafting in Viti Levu's remote Upper Navua Gorge is possible too.
On land, there are ample opportunities for hikers, particularly on the islands of Kadavu and Tavenui – known as ‘The Garden Island’ - where Birdwatchers will also be in their element. While thrill seekers will have the chance to try out off-road driving, paragliding and zip-lining.
While it can be tempting to spend your whole time in Fiji sunbathing, there are plenty of adventurous activities to lure you away from the beach