Island lovers naturally debate which paradise is truly the best. While a variety of factors come into play, the islands of Fiji stand up to “the competition” like Tahiti with aspects missing in many other many South Pacific destinations.
Here are six reasons that Fiji diehards return time and time again
1) Mellow Resorts & Private Island Vibe
While the South Pacific is celebrated for its beautiful beachfront resorts, Fiji’s bevy of small private islands truly makes you feel like a castaway. These hideaways skew toward more intimate bure accommodations in secluded settings with off-the-charts service.
Located on the island of Vanua Levu that is home to several other resorts, the 160-acre Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa is tucked within a remote sanctuary that defines paradise. The secluded, serene setting is all about privacy in a mellow island escape where a mellow mood and laid-back privacy prevail
2) Incredible Diving & Snorkeling
With pristine underwater playgrounds that top the bucket list globally, both Fiji and Tahiti present primo diving conditions. Many resorts in both destinations are home to onsite dive shops or work closely with nearby dive operators that also provide PADI certification for newbies who are ready to take the plunge.
Fiji, however, definitely has an edge thanks to its status as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World.” Fiji is ideally located along protected reefs that are lauded for their brilliant soft coral formations and 1,000 species of fish.
Koro Sun not only features the service of onsite Namena Divers, but also offers a selection of multiple-night dive packages that include two-tank adventures. Underwater aficionados can also select from an array of sites featured in experiences ranging from drift dives to dramatic drop-offs.
The underwater volcanic origins of Vanua Levu – where Koro Sun is located – have matured into such renowned Fijian scuba sites as Canyons, Nuggets, Goldilocks and Nsonisoni Pass.
Snorkelers are also in for a treat, with 30-minute guided kayaking trips to Lepper’s Wall that is outside the house reef fronting Koro Sun. Or guests can kayak across the lagoon to a variety of small islands for exploring tide pools and swimming in a cave on the open ocean side of an island.
Regardless of the way you choose to explore, count on Fiji’s below-the-surface beauty to be stunning and rich with aquatic marvels.
3) Value + All-Inclusive Ease
Aside from the convenience of English being the dominant language, this dreamy vacation destination adds the perk of the Fijian Dollar offering a better exchange rate than you’ll find with Tahiti’s French Pacific Franc. Toss in the all-inclusive aspect that’s rarely found in Tahiti, and Fiji sizes up as a stronger value for your vacation buck.
While Tahiti properties may offer a few special rates that could include breakfast, count on shelling out quite a bit for additional food and beverage. Koro Sun offers Half- and Full-Board Options that mean ultimate flexibility for travelers wanting to match their specific needs and preference.
On the package front, all Koro Sun plans include such benefits as daily continental breakfast, airport transfers to and from Vanua Levu’s Savusavu Airport, welcome coconut milk foot soak with leg massage, non-motorized sports activities, kids club and select off-property excursions.
The property’s 50 spacious, fully air-conditioned bures and villas include the adults-only Edgewater Bures and Fiji’s only Floating Bures, plus spacious two- and three-bedroom bures ideal for families and larger groups.
4) Spa Nirvana
As wellness becomes a focal point of vacation getaways, Fiji’s resorts continue to expand their treatment offerings by incorporating such local natural resources as fresh fruits, oils, sea salt and sand. Koro Sun’s Rainforest Spa is no exception.
Everything at Koro Sun Rainforest Spa is as homegrown as possible – from the three therapy bures enhanced with giant ferns to the variety of treatments ripe with ingredients like organic papaya, aloe and cucumber.
Trickling streams and calling birds are some of the sounds you’ll hear during your coconut-oil massage in the lush Fijian jungle surrounding the spa. Detoxifying bindings used in body wraps come from banana trees thriving in the resort’s grove. Even the coconut shavings used in the spa’s Sensational Scrub are gathered from a nearby plantation.
In Fiji, it’s all about cultivating nature’s most nourishing elements to make each spa lover find nirvana.
5) Warmth of the People
Native Fijians are recognized across the globe for being hospitable, happy, church-going people who love to laugh. Prepare to be enamored by these warm-hearted islanders who never treat you as a stranger and always welcome you with a warm “Bula” greeting.
What’s especially endearing is how the musical Fijians will spontaneously break out in “meke” that blends song and dance at lovo feasts, when you visit their villages on an organized excursion or when they bid farewell to new friends after sharing time together. That sheds light on why Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Fijians as the “Friendliest People On Earth” for more than two decades running.
6) Adrenaline Rush Adventure
Anyone tuning into CBS’s Survivor: Fiji in 2006 understands that Fiji’s relaxation and romance are icing on the cake. The destination’s water- and land-based recreation options thrill even the most extreme adrenaline addicts.
At Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa, all-inclusive recreation options include coral garden snorkeling, kayaking to Lotus Island to explore tide pools and swim in its Lovers Grotto, rainforest hiking, golfing on a nine-hole “pitch ‘n putt” course, handline fishing on the waterfront, playing tennis, standup paddleboarding and taking culinary classes.
Guests also have access to visiting a Fijian village school, ogling pearls on a farm tour and boating to dolphin watch. Especially with couples, the cream of the crop is a private beach excursion with picnic lunch shared on a blanket as surf laps the shore – and a dip in a pristine lagoon serves as dessert!