10 ultimate bucket list items for Fiji

10 Ultimate Bucket List Items for Fiji (2024)

I have been to Fiji twice, once with my mother and the second time solo. Both times, this island has fascinated me with so many things to do. From visiting Viseisei, the oldest settlement in Fiji, to scuba diving in the pristine and blue waters, I could tick off some unique and beautiful things. In this post, you will find the top 10 bucket list items for Fiji.

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About Fiji

With more than 300 clusters of islands, Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. It is known for its spectacular beaches, palm trees, sugar can fields and coral reefs. The main islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, and the capital city is Suva.

Viseisei, oldest settlement of Fiji

Top 10 Bucket List Items for Fiji

Diving with the Bull sharks

One of the most incredible things one can do in Fiji is scuba dive with the bull sharks. The tour operated by Beqa Adventure Divers takes the scuba divers to the dive sites on Beqa Island, where one can see Bull sharks up close.

Are you short on time? If you have only four days, read 4 Days Itinerary for Fiji.

  • To get to Beqa Island, there is a choice of flying into Nadi or Suva airports and then driving to the Pacific Harbour. The drive between Nadi Airport and Pacific Harbour is around 2.5 hours, and between Suva Airport and Pacific Harbour is approximately 1.5 hours. From Pacific Harbour, Beqa Island is about 30 to 45 minutes boat ride.

This item is on my bucket list, and I would love to dive with these amazing creatures in their habitat. I booked my trip to Fiji last year for my birthday, but unfortunately, I had to cancel it because of the pandemic. I hope to get there someday and stay on the island for an extended period. Read my scuba diving bucket list for other scuba diving adventures I want to do.

Stay at an Exotic Island Resort

Fiji is a luxurious holiday destination. This means the islands have stunning resorts with luxury and unique things to do. There is nothing better to ask for during a holiday than the views of the ocean and the plenty of activities to do on the islands. Staying at one of those exotic island resorts must be on the bucket list for Fiji.

Likuri Island Resort - Fiji

Learn the History of Cannibalism

Fiji is a very mysterious and unique place with so much history. The stories of native Fijians and the Indians sent to Fiji by the British to work in the fields are fascinating. One of the best stories I heard about Fiji was about the history of cannibalism and how it existed in Fiji. I want to learn more about the history of the locals and how the legends or the stories have been passed on through the generations.

Fiji village

Visit the Heart Shaped Island

Tavarua Island Resort is an island resort in Fiji. The resort island is close to the main island, Viti Levu, and is shaped like a heart. It is a 29-acre property surrounded by stunning coral reefs and is famous for surfing and snorkelling activities. Staying on this island is expensive but undoubtedly one of the best bucket list items.

Attend the Kava Ceremony

The Kava ceremony is a tradition in Fiji. It is a daily ritual where all family and friends gather and enjoy the kava. Kava is a local Fijian beverage served in a bowl (coconut shell) that is a massive part of Fijian culture. It is also called Yaqona by the locals. Some protocols need to be followed before drinking the kava.

Hiking Mount Tomanivi

Fiji is also famous for its rugged landscapes and has some of the best hiking trails. The trails are within the national parks and rainforests, leading the trails to the pretty waterfalls. And even the walks along the coast are spectacular.

The most famous hiking trail is climbing Mount Tomanivi from the village of Navai. Referred to as Mount Lomalagi by the locals, Mount Tomanivi is the highest mountain in Fiji, with an elevation of 1324 metres. The hike to the summit is around 4.5 kilometres and is one of the most challenging hikes because of its steep and slippery climb.

If you want to start hiking but are unsure where to start, read my beginner’s guide to hiking and trekking.

Swimming with Manta Rays

You can swim with the Manta Rays in Fiji during May and October. The Manta Ray season is ideal to swim with these gentle and majestic creatures. There are plenty of places in Fiji where swimming with Manta Rays is possible. However, the Manta Ray Island is the most famous one.

Manta Ray | Maldives
The Manta Ray that I spotted in the Maldives

Take a Mud Bath at Sabeto Thermal Mud Pool

The Sabeto Thermal mud pool and hot springs in the Sabeto Valley are excellent places to immerse in the Fijian culture of taking a mud bath. This mud bath is very relaxing and is a very unique experience. The natural phenomenon of underground volcanic activity heats hot springs.

See the Fire Walking Ceremony

The fire walking ceremony is one of the most exciting rituals in the Fijian culture. The celebration combines many activities involving music, dance and stunts. Firewalking is a tradition where men walk on the white-hot wood fire stones. According to the legend, a Sawau warrior in Fiji saved the life of a spirit god who gifted him with the ability to walk on fire without harm.

The fire walking ceremony can be found in many resorts, such as Beqa Lagoon Resort or Shangri-la Fijian Resort. It can also be seen in the Arts Village Culture Centre in Pacific Harbour.

Snorkeling with Reef Tip Sharks

Fiji is rich in coral reefs, and this, in turn, attracts many marine animals, including the reef tip sharks. Fiji has two reef tip sharks: the white reef tip and the black reef tip sharks. Fiji has many sites where one can snorkel with the reef tip sharks. The best place to inquire about snorkelling tours is at the reception of tourism offices at the resorts.

Closing Notes

Fiji, a pristine tropical paradise, offers many enchanting experiences that can easily be found on any traveller’s bucket list. From the vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life to the lush, untouched landscapes, Fiji is a treasure trove for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Whether you’re craving an adrenaline rush through heart-pounding water sports, yearning to immerse yourself in the rich Fijian culture, or simply seeking tranquillity on secluded beaches, this archipelago has it all.

Dive into the azure waters to explore the mesmerizing underwater tapestry, trek through the lush rainforests, or partake in a traditional kava ceremony to connect with the warm-hearted locals. Fiji pulsates with an undeniable allure, and these ultimate bucket list items promise an unforgettable journey through the heart of this South Pacific gem.

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