Fiji’s natural flavour
A great way to enjoy the islands is to take a cruise, especially for a few days. Every morning you wake up to new scenery and different attractions. On Blue Lagoon Cruises, children under two are free and there are great two-cabin family rates for two adults and three children up to 15 years. Special mealtimes, cots and highchairs are offered, and during school holidays the ‘Kid’s Captain’ organises kid-friendly daily activities.
Cruising also allows you to visit remote villages – a rewarding experience. The children were fascinated by the lively dancing and kava ceremonies, and little girls onboard discovered treasure in the form of beautifully-handcrafted necklaces. Similarly, snorkelling off the boat and in blue lagoons is incredible.
As an alternative to resorts, cruising is an easy and enjoyable way for families to experience the pristine beaches and tropical scenery that Fiji is famous for without too much effort or organisation.
The all-important adventure time
Once you’ve got the accommodation sorted, there are a number of activities that are must-sees around the Fijian islands. For those who want an adrenaline rush, Zip Fiji is a fun way of soaring through the jungle canopy. Close to Pacific Harbour, children as young as five can take a ride on on the zip-line (the smaller ones are accompanied by guides). We found that pausing at different platforms along the way really gave us a chance to appreciate the lush rainforest scenery and amazing wildlife.
Also highly recommended is a cave tour with Adventures in Paradise. We visited the awesome Naihehe Caves with their fabulous rock formations and sacred pond, and remnants of ancient cultures. The tour also gave us the opportunity of experiencing the river on a bilibili (traditional bamboo raft).
On the Waterfall Tour we learned about traditional Fijian uses of plants. Root systems and hanging vines formed a backdrop to the spectacular falls and natural swimming lagoon where the kids splashed about enjoying a refreshing dip.
For a dip of another sort try the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Baths. A completely natural setting, it contains muddy pools with varying degrees of heat, and others of piping hot spring water to soak in afterwards. The kids enjoyed playing about in the mud – and laughing at the silly adults who seemed to enjoy coating themselves in it too.
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