Fiji holidays, island hopping tour
Description of Fiji holidays, island hopping tour
Enjoy all the delights that beautiful Fiji has to offer on an island hopping tour. This exciting 12-day trip begins on Viti Levu, heading inland to explore its ruggedly beautiful landscape and local villages, many of which still enjoy a relatively untouched existence. Accompanied by a local, knowledgeable guide youíll come to understand the traditional Fijian culture at a village. Here, youíll be warmly welcomed by village elders and invited to join a traditional kava ceremony. You also have the chance to explore the wild countryside, with its waterfalls and rainforest, mountainous peaks and hidden pools. By walking or kayaking you can get away from the main circular route around the island and discover its hidden beauty.
The beaches of the Mamanuca Islands are the ideal place to relax. The snorkelling and diving is excellent here, and many of the smaller islands still retain their local customs and traditions. The resort staff will be happy to tell you more.
Round of your trip by heading to the north, which is also like travelling back in time. Here, tourism is very low key and traditional life thrives, which is fun to see and experience. On Taveuni, visit remote, untouched villages, go walking or dive in the beautiful lagoon.
The dry season, from May to October, is the best time to visit Fiji, but the islandsí mild climate make it a great destination all year round, although cyclones are more common between November and April.
1 Reviews of Fiji holidays, island hopping tour
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2011 by Subodha Bhatt
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Fiji is an amazing destination, charming and beautiful. We enjoyed our Bure in Fiji, the snorkelling, scuba diving well everything.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go for it.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes, in every way possible.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent - couldn't have been better.
PlanetMuch of the environment in Fiji is fragile, and it is imperative that both the local population and visitors to the islands are aware of the irreparable damage which can be caused to eco-systems such as the reefs. We try wherever possible to recommend guides, activities and accommodation which demonstrate a clear commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism principles.
On the main island of Viti Levu we have suggested Sonaisali Island Resort. This was the first resort in Fiji to become Green Globe Certified, and the management are passionate about minimising the impact of the resort on the island. An example of their efforts is their hydroponic farm which supplies fresh, organic food daily for both guests and staff.
In the Mamanuca Islands we recommend Tokoriki Island Resort, a founding member of the Mamanuca Environment Society, who strive to improve and protect the local environment through awareness and education. MES contributes to the community in a number of different ways, from education programmes in schools to clean-up campaigns in surrounding villages. Tokoriki has also initiated the 'giant clam regeneration project', reintroducing three different species of giant clams which had previously disappeared to the waters around the island.
In the north, we can recommend resorts on the edge of the Bouma National Heritage Park, or adjacent to the best dive sites, depending on your personal interests. All the properties we use have a strong eco-focus, and will ensure you can spend time engaged in local cultural activities or exploring the natural environment.
PeopleThe management of Sonaisali Island Resort are committed to employing local Fijians throughout the company.
On the ground in Fiji we use an excellent, local, family-owned agent who demonstrate care for the environment, preservation of their culture and commitment to the community. As part of an on-going project they have helped create townships which provide new, cyclone resistant housing with running water where previously there had been inadequate housing. Every visitor is greeted on arrival with a true Fijian welcome, and looked after throughout the duration of their stay in Fiji.
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