Fiji, a blissful little country in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is well known for its friendly people.
This really comes into its own when you arrive into this tiny Pacific Nation with kids. The Fijian people love children and if you arrive with a baby you can virtually wave goodbye as soon as you arrive at the resort.The wonderful weather and stunningly beautiful lagoons all make for a fabulous holiday. If you are staying on one of the resorts on the outer islands there is generally great snorkelling straight off the beach and they offer daily snorkelling trips to a sandbank or reef for the more capable and adventurous.
The wonderful weather and stunningly beautiful lagoons all make for a fabulous holiday. If you are staying on one of the resorts on the outer islands there is generally great snorkelling straight off the beach and they offer daily snorkelling trips to a sandbank or reef for the more capable and adventurous.We recently travelled with our teenage children 18 and 20 and their friends, and opted to say in Denarau as they were keen to try out the nightclubs. This time we thought we would have a more action packed holiday as I didn’t want them to get bored.
Our first foray was to try out the ziplining and that was great fun. It was an hours drive away from Denarau and once there you’re quickly rigged up and briefed. The youngest kids to have ziplined was 2 and the oldest person in their 80s, so it’s suitable for all ages. I would say though that a reasonable standard of fitness is required, as you do have to walk uphill and up lots of steps in the heat, and it was tiring even for the teenagers. There were squeals of delight from everybody once they got into it, and even some upside down tricks from some of the braver individuals. There were great views as we were up quite high as well. This was well run and good equipment provided.
On another day we wanted to try out the relatively new Cloud 9, a floating bar off the island of Malolo. The transfer was on the Excitor Boat which zoomed along and was a great fun transfer, but be prepared to get wet.
Unfortunately it was very windy on the day we were there with a strong current, so swimming wasn’t very pleasant. The teenagers all jumped from the roof (which was allowed) and they enjoyed that. This is a great venue for Stag Dos and Hen Parties and that is their target market.
Our favourite excursion was our day trip on Coral Cats. We wanted to get some good snorkelling and this was recommended to us. It is a larger catamaran suitable for all ages of kids and families. It is about an hours sail and motor out to our first snorkelling location which was a reef. It was great snorkelling, no current to speak off and the staff were feeding the fish so lots hung around. Back onboard after an hour and off to Musket Cove for lunch and a walk around. Lunch was a bbq and lots of lovely salads with a bar available if you wanted to purchase drinks. Back onboard and off to the next snorkelling location which was a sandbank just off Musket Cove.
This was the best in my opinion, shallow water so you could stand up and lots of fish to see.
At the end of the day, this was voted the best day trip. However we still would like to try other activities which we didn’t get time for on this trip. The kids thought they would like to go to an island next time so they can just lie beside the pool and snorkel to their hearts content. By the way they didn’t get to the nightclub, each day they fell into bed and didn’t have the energy to go.
So you can see Fiji travel with kids is easy for all ages. The bonus is it’s only 3 hours flight away and most of the year in the same time zone as New Zealand.
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