Fiji for Solo Tourist – Smiling locals dressed in floral shirts will greet you by playing ukulele once you landed in Fiji. Bula! Welcome to the paradise island in the South Pacific! No need to rush, because the best thing about Fiji is, you shouldn’t worry about time while you’re there.
Wherever you come from, Fiji is a perfect place for a solo tourist because you can make the most of your “Me Time”. There are also plenty of options for accommodations, starting from budget to luxury ones. Wanna know more about some fun things you can do in Fiji? We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in this paradise island for you.
Relax, You’re on Fiji Time
Fiji is known as a place for honeymoon getaways. The thruth is, besides being a great destination for honeymooners, Fiji is also a perfect island for solo tourists. There are two main islands in Fiji, namely Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and about 900 smaller islands and inlets. To book for accommodations in Fiji, you can visit tiket.com.
Here are some activities you can do in Fiji on your visit:
1. Snorkeling or Diving Over Coral Reefs
Most solo tourists who visit Fiji island will spend at least a day snorkeling or diving its warm and clear waters. You can see spectacular scenery below the waves such as deep canyons and walls, colorful fishes, turtles, manta rays, and even sharks!
Furthermore, if you’re going solo, you can meet other people on the boat and make new friends. Almost everywhere in Fiji, the dive operators and resorts offer snorkeling or scuba diving trips. They also provide PADI certification courses so no need to worry if you’re new to the underwater world.
Some of the best diving and snorkeling locations in Fiji Island are Blingh Passage, located at the northeast of Viti Levu; Beqa shark dive; Somosomo Strait; Great Astrolabe Reef and Ono Island.
2. Explore the Beaches
Laying down on pristine beaches and have a quiet time in Fiji will surely leave a lasting impression in your mind. Remember, it is Fiji time, so you can relax on the beaches, do some water activities and watch sunsets every day. There are some favorite beaches that can make your vacay in Fiji unforgettable:
- Nadi’s Wailoaloa Beach
Many backpackers like to come to this beach because there are various types of accommodations surrounding the place. It is only 3 kilometers from Nadi International Airport. The tranquil ocean outlook and stunning views is great for a beach stroll.
- Beaches at Mamanuca Islands
If you have only a limited amount of time and budget, you can visit some of the beaches at Mamanuca Islands. The islands are located close to the Nadi International Airport and you can get there by boat. Some of the best beaches at Mamanuca Islands are Mana, Malolo Lailai, Monuriki and Malolo.
- Horseshoe Bay
This beach is situated at Matangi Private Island Resort. The horseshoe-shaped beach has powder soft sand and deep sapphire waters. The beach offers complete privacy and best for sunbathing.
- Liku Beach
Liku means sunset in the local language of Fiji. Liku Beach is located along a 3,000 foot stretch of Tokoriki Island. The beach is surrounded by a lush, green background of rain forest and vertical rock cliffs.
3. Go Kayaking
Many resorts in Fiji offer kayak hire. Not only that you can soak up the sun and see the amazing corals and fish underwater, you can also have a good exercise 🙂
You can kayak at the Yasawa Islands and see the azure waters and white sandy beaches for hours and have fun! Join the tours available at most resorts and meet some new friends.
4. Hiking Trip
Looking for a nice hiking trip? Visit the Bouma National Heritage Park in Taveuni Island. You can see the beautiful unspoiled nature with local flora and fauna there. Be sure to wear hiking shoes so you can walk through the trails comfortably.
Moreover, Taveuni is also known as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ as it is covered with lush rain forest. You can trek along muddy paths and rocky terrain and observe the island’s awe-inspiring surroundings.
Another scenic hiking route in Fiji is at Koroyanitu National Park at Viti Levu. You can hike to the top of Mount Batilamu. The mountain stands at 1,110 meters and offers panoramic views of the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups.
5. Participate in a Kava Ceremony
A local ceremony that you shouldn’t miss in Fiji is the kava ceremony. During this ceremony, participants will sit in a circle on the floor while the host prepare drinks made from the bare root of a pepper tree.
The village chief – the eldest male in your group – will be the one who drinks kava first, and it will be passed down to others. When receiving kava, you should clap once with a cupped hand and make a hollow sound. After that, together yell Bula! drink again in one gulp, clap three times and say Mathe.
Kava tastes like water, only slightly bitter and it gives a mild tingly sensation in the mouth. You may feel the numbness in your tongue after drinking kava.
6. Watch Fiji Fire Dance
The ancient art of fire dancing began hundreds of years ago by the people of Polynesia. During the fire dance, the dancers spin sticks of fire, throwing them up into the air and catch them again. Dozens of dancers are ready to entertain the guests during this performance.
Capture the performance with your camera and you’ll always remember the awesome fire-dancing that involves several skills such as twirling, spinning and even fire eating!
7. Try a Banana Leaf Massage
Try the native Fijian massage with banana leaf wrapping your body, coconut oil-massage, in the middle of rain forest setting. The products that are used will be of fresh ingredients such as aloe vera, cucumber, organic papaya and many more.
Trying out Fijian spa will make you feel relaxed after a long day swimming on the beach. Generally, you can find this kind of massage at the resorts. When trying out the banana leaf wrap, the treatment will benefit your skin from this anti-oxidizing and anti-aging treatment.
Skydiving in Fiji is going to be an experience that is worth every penny! Feel the adrenaline rush during the free fall and see from above the magical view of clear waters, coral reefs and sandy beaches. Skydiving surely will be a memorable experience for a solo tourist in Fiji.
Nevertheless, Fiji has a year-round tropical weather. You can do the skydiving from Denarau Island. Tandem skydiving is the best way to introduce you to the world of skydiving. You can jump from 8,000 to 14,000 feet and go free fall. Isn’t that cool?
The price for skydiving is depending on the height from between F$670 to F$830 or about $316 to $392.
Experience the Fijian Way of Life as a Solo Tourist
When you come to Fiji, you’ll feel the warmth of the local people as they will greet everyone who passes by with “Bula”. However, just like in any other places in the world, it is just a precaution that it is better not to walk alone at night. When it gets dark in Fiji, it is best to take a taxi for solo tourist.
Apart from Fiji, there are another paradise island that you can visit which is called Maldives. This is a nice place for getaways with your spouse or your family. Most importantly, you can spend a few days in Maldives without breaking the bank!