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10 Must-See Attractions in Viti Levu, Fiji

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GVI

Posted: February 10, 2023

Welcome to Viti Levu, the largest and most diverse island in the paradise that is Fiji! Whether you’re a beach bum, a nature lover, or a culture aficionado, Viti Levu has something for everyone. To help you make the most of your trip, here’s a comprehensive guide to the island’s must-see attractions and activities, as well as some essential travel tips.

Things to Do in Viti Levu:

1) Take a Stroll Through the Capital City Suva: Suva is the pulsing heart of Fiji, and it’s a great place to start your adventure. Explore the Municipal Market to sample some of the freshest produce and local delicacies, or visit the Fiji Museum to learn about the country’s rich cultural heritage. Be sure to check out the Municipal Gardens, too, which offer a peaceful escape from the city bustle.

2) Soak in the Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool: Get ready for a scenic hike to this natural wonder, where you can soak in the therapeutic hot springs and mud pools. Pro tip: bring a swimsuit and a towel for a relaxing soak. And don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for the hike.

3) Immerse Yourself in the Culture at the Orchid Island Cultural Village: This living museum is a must-visit for culture lovers, where you can witness traditional Fijian dances, try traditional Fijian food, and learn about the island’s fascinating history and customs.

4) Marvel at the Beauty of the Fiji Orchid and Garden Show: If you’re a nature lover, this annual event is a must-visit. It showcases the beauty and diversity of Fiji’s native orchids and is a feast for the eyes.

5) Relax and Recharge at Natadola Beach: This stunning beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and pristine sand, making it the perfect place to lounge and soak up the sun. Pro tip: rent a beach umbrella and chair for maximum relaxation. You can also try your hand at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, which are both popular activities at Natadola Beach.

6) Learn About Fiji’s History and Culture at the Fiji Cultural Village: This cultural village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life in Fiji, where you can witness traditional dances, try traditional food, and learn about the country’s rich history and culture.

7) Dive into the Beauty of the Beqa Lagoon: This underwater paradise is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers, who come to explore the colourful coral reefs and see the abundant marine life. Pro tip: book a dive or snorkelling tour to make the most of your underwater adventure. And don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera to capture the beauty of the reef.

8) Get Your Adrenaline Pumping with a Whitewater Rafting Adventure: If you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, consider a whitewater rafting excursion on the Navua River. Get ready for an exciting ride through the lush rainforests of Viti Levu! And don’t worry, the rapids are suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters.

9) Discover the Beauty of Sabeto Valley: Take a scenic drive through the Sabeto Valley, where you’ll see rolling hills, lush forests, and vibrant villages. You can even visit a local farm and taste fresh, locally-grown produce! And don’t forget to stop at the Orchid Farm and learn about the local orchid species.

10) Explore the Natural Wonders of the Sabeto Mountains: The Sabeto Mountains are a must-see for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Take a guided hike to the waterfalls and hot springs, or explore the lush jungle and breathtaking views on your own. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, as well as appropriate footwear for the rugged terrain.

Travel Tips for Viti Levu

  • Respect the local culture and customs: Fiji is known for its friendly people and rich cultural heritage, so be sure to respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting villages and religious sites.
  • Pack for the climate: Viti Levu has a tropical climate, so be sure to pack light, breathable clothing and plenty of sunscreen. And if you’re planning to hike in the mountains or go rafting, be sure to bring appropriate footwear and rain gear.
  • Stay safe in the water: The beaches and waters in Fiji are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. Always swim in designated areas, and be aware of the local hazards, such as currents and stingrays.
  • Use insect repellent: Viti Levu is home to a variety of insects, including mosquitoes and sand flies, so be sure to bring insect repellent and apply it regularly to avoid bites.
  • Be mindful of your budget: Fiji is a popular tourist destination, so prices for food, accommodations, and activities can be higher than other islands in the region. Plan your budget accordingly, and be mindful of your spending.

Viti Levu is a true paradise, with something for everyone, from stunning beaches and natural wonders, to vibrant cities and rich cultural experiences. 

And if you’re looking to make an even deeper impact on the local community, consider joining a GVI volunteer or internship program while you’re in Fiji. These programs offer the opportunity to work alongside local organisations, communities, and individuals on initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability, conservation, and education. Whether you’re interested in working in marine conservation, public health or education, a GVI program is a unique and fulfilling way to experience the beauty of Fiji while giving back to the community. So why not combine your love for adventure and your passion for making a difference by participating in a GVI program in Fiji?

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