Yes, Fiji is often known as a romantic, adult, island getaway but there are also a lot of adventures to be had in Fiji for kids and families too. Here are 11 of the top things kids shouldn’t miss in Fiji.
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Visiting an Island
Yes, Fiji itself is an island, but known locally Vitu Levu is known as the ‘mainland’. We highly recommend getting away from the “mainland” and staying on a tropical island for a few days! Not only was the boat trip memorable, so was the feeling of being able to walk around a small tropical island. Our kids really loved it and it was an unforgettable geography lesson!
Some of the most stunning islands – suitable for slightly older children – are the Yasawas Islands – take a look at where to stay in the Yasawas.
Learning to Snorkel, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Boarding
This of course depends on the age of your youngsters, but many of the Mamanuca Island chain offers safe snorkeling options right off the beach! With snorkel hire for free, and stunningly warm oceans, it is easy for little ones to don a mask and get the idea of snorkeling.
Kayaking is another great activity to do in Fiji for kids. The sense of accomplishment that our 7-year-old had after learning to kayak was immense! Free kayak use at many resorts is also a bonus.
There are plenty of child friendly hotels in the Mamanuca Islands. Take a look at where to stay in the Mamanuca Islands.
Exploring the Lush Jungles & Learning About the Native Wildlife
As a tropical island Fiji has some lush forest. Not actually as much as you would imagine, but certainly enough to see a wide variety of plant life and learn about species growing in different areas. A visit to Kula Eco Park on the Coral Coast allows you to get close to iguanas and the Kula, Fiji’s national bird. We stayed on the Coral Coast for these adventures. Look here for places to stay on the Coral Coast.
Ride In an Open-Sided Bus
The public buses in Fiji (on short routes) are all open sided. We used them for short rides and they are lots of fun. Not only that, it is a real lesson in humility. To go slow through the countryside, see people load on/load off their belongings, and then begin to walk was eye opening. Not to mention the fun scramble to let down the plastic sides in a downpour. The public buses are a great way to travel short distances in Fiji for kids as it is a fun and cultural experience.
Visiting a Local Village or School
Fiji has fascinating land tenure issues, and a strong tradition of inviting guests into their village via a ceremony where you drink Kava. We strongly support their maintenance of this way of life. You see a lot about people visiting schools and bringing supplies. We did visit a school as part of a longer tour, and we talked to the principal about the random supplies that were bought. They seemed appreciative but I ask myself: would I want people visiting my kids in their school daily?
Visit a Waterfall
Fiji has some wonderful waterfalls! Our trek over 9 creeks with our daughter riding a horse was a total highlight for all of us! It was an easily accessible adventure and a view into the local life as we walked through farmland. Take a look here for places to stay on the Coral Coast.
Suva’s sprawling market is right in the center of this modest city. From the fish market right on the wharf, to fruit and veggies, and the colorful flower market, this place had it all. We were the only foreigners there and felt the people were genuinely welcoming. Plus, because English is one of the main languages in Fiji, we were able to ask what certain fruit and veggies were and have little conversations with the people. This is a rarity when you are traveling overseas, and visiting markets without a guide. It also makes communicating in Fiji for kids easy. We enjoyed being in the center of the city in Suva, for a full list of properties in the capital, click here.
Whatever your creed or belief system it is powerful to be part of a village congregation assembling to share their faith and raise their voices in stunning, powerful songs. We don’t normally attend church, so this raised important discussion with our children about faith and weekly checking in with your spiritual side. We were staying at the First Landing Resort when we attended this local service. For the latest rates click here.
Learn Something Cultural at a Kids Club, Islander Dancing, Shell Necklace making, Coconut Hunting, Basket Making
Fiji is exceptionally well organized for young children. There are nannies abound for younger children, while the Kids Club programs are culturally oriented. Even if you don’t “use” kids clubs, definitely join in some of the activities. Our kids had a wonderful time with the crafty and educational options on offer. With kid’s clubs and organized activities abound, it definitely makes traveling in Fiji with kids easy and enjoyable.
Get in Some Horse Riding
Our daughter is horse mad, therefore it was a given that she would want to ride wherever possible. We rode to the Biasevu Waterfall on the Coral Coast as well as at the Double Tree Resort. Horse back riding is a great acting in Fiji for kids (and adults too). For the latest rates at the Doubletree Sonaisali Island, click here.
Getting Dirty – Take a Mud Bath
The Sabeto Hot Springs – and Mud Bath are lots of fun; and a little bit challenging for kids. We took the dark mud and smeared ourselves all over, allowing it to dry and then crack. Then, we climbed into the murky pools to wash it all off, moving through a series of the heated pools that were warm and lots of fun. And, it did have definite benefits for our skin – it was soft and smooth afterwards, and our daughter’s eczema was markedly improved for a week afterward!
Bonus Ideas For Fiji With Kids
These all might be suitable for older kids. However we did not participate in them because we felt our kids were possibly a bit young (they were 7 and 3.5). These activities were also quite expensive.
Rafting on the Sigatoka River – can jump in off the rafts and do a cave tour
Zip lining – there are a number of different locations around Nadi or Pacific Harbor.
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Want To Know More About Fiji For Kids?
Fiji with Kids: Should you do it? After a stunning Fiji holiday, filled with palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters… we reflect upon the question, “Is Fiji only a destination for those who are seeking a resort experience and kids clubs?”
Where did we stay in Fiji? During our time in Fiji, it was important to us to see out Family Friendly Fiji Hotels that would make our stay affordable and memorable!!!
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