Why you Need to Pack your Bags and Go to Fiji

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I just returned from a little over a week-long trip in Fiji.

I know I know, I don’t feel sorry for myself either.ย Sun, sand, sipping out of a coconut… yes, its as gloriously cliche as it sounds.

Fiji is a tropical oasis situated in the Southeast Pacific Ocean. For anyone out there who is feeling geographically challenged by that, Fiji is close to New Zealand, meaning it is close to Australia.

It would be a severe disservice to yourself if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere to not visit Fiji at least once in your lifetime. I myself am pretty ashamed that it has taken me 23 years of existence to step foot on Fijian land, home to probably the happiest and most humble people I have encountered in my lifetime.

So why should you pack your bags and go to Fiji?

Here’s the best 10 reasons to get yourself to Fiji, pronto. Like, now.

Brooke Underwater aka Mermaid

Some of the Best Snorkelling in the World

Fiji is made up of some 330 islands, making for ample opportunities to snorkel your way around crystal clear turquoise waters and view the colourful reef marine life. Of course you can also dive if that tickles your fancy.

Adventures in Fiji Zip Line


Hanging upside down while you glide through lush green forests? Sure, why not. They have that here in Fiji.

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Allllllllll the activities…

But why stop there? There’s so much to do in Fiji with the hot sunny days that seem to last longer the more you jam-pack into them. From water sports to on-shore excursions, there’s so much to do whilst you visit Fiji. Some of my favourite activities included stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, jet-skiing, zip-lining, and so much more.


“Fiji Time”

Let me introduce you to a little concept the Fijian people like to call… Fiji time. Its the island way of living. Forget the schedule or arrange itinerary, in fact, you’d better forget the concept of time altogether. Fijians like to do things without care or regard for the time, day, or even week. Things just… flow…

The perfect shot?

The fresh fruit is out of this world

Coconuts for breakfast…. coconuts for lunch…. coconuts for dinner…. dreaming of coconuts all night…. Oh yeah, baby! Coconuts.

People in Fiji

Some of the Happiest, Friendliest locals in the world

“BULA!”, Fiji’s most audible phrase is the local’s way of meeting and greeting anyone that steps within a few feet radius. Honestly, you will find it hard to find someone who doesn’t smile and wave to welcome you “home” to their island.

Fiji Private Island

To Appreciate Nature in its Purest Form

Fiji was for a long time, an untouched paradise. While the Western World has now well and truly made its way to Fiji, there are still so many parts of the country (having over 330 islands does help) that are completely untouched, giving you the chance to appreciate nature in its purest form. Whilst staying at The Royal Davui private island resort I swam with the marine wildlife, sifted through shells on the empty beach, and watched as the resort staff gathered coconuts to make their own coconut cream. It was delightful.

smiles in Fiji

To Give Back

While the Fijian economy has come a long way over the years passed, there are still many families in remote villages living with very little. Although I didn’t have the chance to work on a program during this visit, I was fortunate enough to spend a day with these happy little humans who welcome donations and visitors to “give back” to their livelihood. Never have I felt more humbled by the happiness of those around me as I did on this day. There are many programs worth looking into, here’s a starting point to contribute to remote villages on the islands.

activities in fiji

Did I mention the activities?

So. much. room. for. activities.

relaxing in Fiji

To sit back, relax, and enjoy island life

If there’s one thing Fijians know better than anyone else, its how to live a life of enjoyment. You’ll never catch a local without a smile on their face, a warm and welcoming “Bula” or even inviting you into their home like an old friend. The best thing to do in Fiji is to switch off from ‘reality’ and enjoy the slow and steady pace of island life.

Thanks to Fiji Tourism for arranging my stay in Fiji.

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    Acey Johnson
    March 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    There is an amazing place on Fiji’s 2nd largest Island (Vanua Levu) it’s called Salt Lake Lodge. It sits on the river smack in the middle of a 100 acre Salt Lake and the Koro Sea. If tranquility is what you search for look no further. Amazing hosts and amazing staff.. If your a fisherman this place is bucket list. Kayak fishing in the lake, red snapper fishing off your private beach and floating pontoon, or casting for GT inside the crystal blue lagoons of the koro sea. One of the best places in all of Fiji.. No wonder the locals refer to the north as “the hidden paradise”

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    Jacob King
    February 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Ohh!! Fiji!! I am coming to explore you !!

    Jacob King
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    April 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Love the blog and Fiji looks amazing. However, one thing that I was surprised to find as your posts are normally so insightful was a promotion for voluntourism. Spending a day (or two or three) in an orphanage ‘volunteering’ simply perpetuates the cycle of poverty that those children live in. A lot of the time these children are not actually orphans, but come from very poor families who give (or sell) their children to orphanages in the hopes of getting some money from the stream of tourists who come to ‘volunteer’. When you are there for such a short period of time and do not speak the local language it is doubtful that you are able to contribute in a meaningful way to that organization. Think about it this way, if you went into an animal shelter (or any volunteer organization) back home and asked to start volunteering that day and that you could only volunteer for 1 day would you expect them to accept you as a volunteer? Probably not…. So why should it be any different when you volunteer overseas. It is better to volunteer for longer periods of time and think about the skills you have and how you can use them to train the local staff who will be there long after you leave working with the children. If you cannot commit the time there are a lot of other ways you can give back to the community through supporting local social businesses and donations. I know that yours and most people’s hearts are in the right place and that you want to help, but it is important to think about what your impact will be and if you are doing more harm than good before you volunteer overseas.

    April 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I ADORE Fiji thanks to your post now! i have never been there, but it is definitely in my list, thank you!

    March 31, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Looks amazing. I’ve told the bf this is non negotiable that we visit here at some point since we are so close (in Melbourne)๏ปฟ

    March 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Love that photo of your champagne glasses. What a beautiful sunset.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:13 am

    I am so glad you wrote this post! Before deciding on a trip to Fiji I found a surprising lack of articles/blogs/info about vacationing there. I booked the trip anyway, hoping that it’d be worth it. And lo and behold! WOW goes to Fiji and confirms all my hopes were valid! So glad you loved it, and thank you for being a great travel blog!

    March 20, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Iยดm always thinking about the Truman Show when someone mentions Fiji haha
    But this looks so good!! I definitely need to go to fiji! (:

    March 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Oh my gosh, I NEED to go to Fiji!! It’s definitely on my bucket list while I am living here in Australia, as a ticket from Melbourne is much cheaper than a ticket from the States!

    March 19, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have been reading it constantly ever since! It has become my go to site for travel advice and inspiration! Was one week enough in fiji or did you feel like you needed more time??

    March 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Fiji is my dream place to go! How bads this though…I wouldn’t go in the water no waayy. Absolutely petrified of sharks! But the island itself looks incredible!

    March 19, 2015 at 3:46 am

    looks beautiful not sure i’d be brave enough to do all those activites tho!!

    March 19, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Such wonderful pictures, I was sold just by your first image!

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

    March 19, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Nice article! Fiji will be added to our bucket list! Have you ever been to Raja Ampat? That’s our tropical paradise! Have a look on our website to read about it!

    March 18, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    You had me at Coconut!
    And that scenery…. WOW!

    • Brooke Saward
      March 19, 2015 at 3:44 am

      hahaha i love that – ‘you had me at coconut’ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Caroline Achieng Otieno
    March 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I have heard so much about looks quite stunning as well! I hope to visit someday..:-)

    March 18, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    One word: jealous!! This island looks amazing, and it’s seriously my dream to visit one day. So happy to see that you had such a great time and got to experience so many awesome things!

    Kirstie of Venga, Vale, Vamos
    March 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I just made my first trip to Fiji in January and absolutely loved it! I wrote about my first few days here. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

    March 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I’m already planing going there !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your Photos are great!

    March 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Your photos are incredible, definitely need to add this on my travel bucket list!

    March 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I absolutely LOVED Fiji when I went a few years ago and I remember the concept of ‘Fiji time’ being the foundation of our trip. This post makes me want to go back and visit there again! x

    March 18, 2015 at 10:52 am

    definitely Fiji is in my to go list!! Looks like such an amazing place <3

    March 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I would LOVE to go to FIJI. It looks amazing!!!

    Clipping Path Outsource
    March 18, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Friendliest locals in the world may be the best reasons to visit Fiji.

    March 18, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Sounds exactly what I experienced in the Galapagos Islands! It was a total bliss, too: sun, ocean, fruits, a looooot of snorkeling, and even more activities. I loved it there!

    Kelly | The Wandering Blonde
    March 18, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Oooh Fiji looks so lovely! It’s been on my radar for a long time–one day soon, maybe!

    March 18, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Wow what a cool experience. I would love to go to a trip to volunteer and work with kids, thats something Ive always wanted to do. Fijij sounds like a good place to go ๐Ÿ™‚
    XO Janina

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    Shumi Perhiniak
    March 18, 2015 at 4:50 am

    wow! Amazing pictures and lovely post..
    Thanks for sharing, I will be going to Cook island next year and cannot wait.

    March 18, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Fiji sounds pretty cool through your eyes! Great fun photos too!

    Jessica @ The Belle Voyage
    March 18, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Nothing like a tropical vacation is there??? Fiji looks incredible. I love how you incorporated giving back into your trip as well – something that we never think about doing as much as we should. It’s a great way to show appreciation for the privilege of traveling and visiting somewhere so special.

    March 18, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Ohhh Fiji looks so beautiful. I’d absolutely love to go! Amazing photos ๐Ÿ™‚


    Growing Positive
    March 18, 2015 at 2:19 am

    Looks like a little paradise! The views look incredible and would love to just lounge about, eat coconuts all day and enjoy some Fiji time! How long did you go for?

    Growing Positive

    March 18, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Looks wonderful there! Being from Canada its made it just a little more difficult to visit but I can’t wait to!

    March 18, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Awesome photos! Adding Fiji to my “must see” list, which seems to get longer every time I visit your site.


    March 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Great summary of Fiji! I have to agree with you in that we all need to get to Fiji at least once in our lives (even if you’re not in the Southern Hemisphere). It’s such a beautiful place with the friendliest people on Earth! I went last year and just finished posting my experience last week in my Fijiweek of posts! Have a look if you like!

    Jabeen Waheed
    March 17, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Looks and sounds gorgeous!
    Jabeen x

    March 17, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    I can’t wait to experience the ‘Island Life” one day, Fiji looks like the kind of place, that takes a piece of you with it. So beautiful!

    March 17, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve never heard anything bad about Fiji and you’ve add to the list.

    Chelsea F. B. Carter
    March 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    You are living the dream.

    Vanessa Rivers
    March 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Love all the photos Brooke! Especially the ones in your SUMMERLOVE SWIMWEAR eco bikini! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like you had a blast!!!! XO

    March 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Just loved your photos today. The sun through the wine glasses is my favorite.

    March 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Fiji is literally my dream holiday, I would pack up and go now if I could! It looks so beautiful and relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    Zoe xo

    March 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Fiji! Of course! Living here in Manila has offered me so many opportunities to explore Asia….and still I haven’t gotten myself to Fiji! That will definitely have to be rectified.


    March 17, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    So. Much. Room. For. Activities.- Love it!
    Lovely write up about Fiji. I haven’t traveled there as of yet. However, it’s definitely on the list. Some Fiji time sounds unreal. ๐Ÿ˜€

    March 17, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I want to go there now!! *_*
    Sounds amazing

    Jake Ryan
    March 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    To be honest, this post could of been just filled with the photos and I still would have been sold on Fiji ๐Ÿ˜€

    Looks incredible.


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    March 17, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Fiji is on my bucket list, along with New Zealand! I’m hoping to get there within the next 5 years, but it’s always been a place I would absolutely love to visit!

    Cat x

    March 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Always dreamed of going there! Looks AMAZING!!!
    Hope I’m making it someday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amy van Middendorp
    March 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I’d love to go to Fiji once! Just came back from Thailand, which was amazing but Fiji sounds like heave to me. Definitely on my to go list!

    March 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Ahhhh ! It’s now on my list! Thanks Brooke!

    March 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I have been thinking to go to Fiji, it’s close to Austalia and with some special offers you can get really cheap plain tickets. Now when I see your photos, I’m even more exited to take a 1 week holiday there:)

    Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}
    March 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    We spent Christmas in Fiji last year and loved it. The locals are so friendly and it is the perfect place to unplug from the rest of the world.

    Daniel Esfahani
    March 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Great Post, lots to see in Fiji!!

    March 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    There is so much more to Fiji than just relaxing on the beach! I went for the first time a few years ago and I can’t wait to go back! Like Fiji, Vanuatu is another fantastic island destination, which I highly recommend visiting! seeing the damage from Cyclone Pam is so sad. I hope they can recover and tourists can return to this beautiful part of the world asap!