There is no way of getting around it: Fiji is the embodiment of your tropical island dreams. It is located way out in the South Pacific, far from almost everything, but the amazing crystal water, palm trees and sunshine make it well worth the trip.
Fiji is an archipelago of 322 islands ranging from large to miniscule. 110 of them are inhabited, which means there are a lot of options for visitors of all budgets. In addition to its natural gifts, Fiji is a country rich in culture with incredibly friendly and welcoming people. No visit is complete without trying kava, Fiji's famous, (very) mildly hallucinogenic traditional drink. Another must is sampling a traditional lovo feast, where meat is wrapped in taro leaves and steamed underground.
Of course the biggest activity for visitors to Fiji is to simply relax. Lie on the beach, have a cocktail and soak up the marvelous sunshine. Here are some photos of the most popular islands in Fiji:
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Small ferries transport both backpackers and luxury resort guests from the mainland to one of the many small islands that make up the Mamanuca and Yasawa Island chains.
Each island is its own remote tropical paradise, with just one resort, hotel or even hostel. Castaway Island is one of the nicest luxury resorts off the coast.
Each incoming boat is met with a warm musical welcome by local staff members.
Crystalline waters showcase tropical fish and sea turtles. Snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are all popular pastimes.
Aside from water sports, the primary activity on these islands is simply relaxing and enjoying the scenery, cocktail in hand.
The second largest island in Fiji, Vanua Levu is reachable only by boat or small prop plane. The airport in Savusavu is the size of a small bus station.
Vanua Levu is home to the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, a well-known eco-resort run by Jacque Cousteau's grandson.
Savusavu bay is an ideal environment for marine wildlife to flourish.
A traditional dance performance at a local village.
Locals build a traditional thatched roof building. Many hotels and bungalows are made in this fashion.
Viti Levu is Fiji's largest island. The southern coast is the most popular tourist destination. There are many family and budget resorts here.
Kava is a ubiquitous drink, often drunk in a ceremonial setting. The earthy liquid has a mild numbing effect.
Local Fijian food, including fried potato cakes, rice and roast chicken.
Another opportunity to relax in Fiji.
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Stephanie Yoder is a girl who can't sit still! Since graduating college in 2007 she has either been traveling or planning to travel. She's lived on four continents and visited everywhere from the Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef. She now writes and travels full time, blogging about her adventures on Why Wait To See The World? (formerly Twenty-Something Travel). Follow Stephanie on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.
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