dream destination, Fiji is famed for its rugged landscapes, soft white sandy beaches, vivid reefs, challenging surf and warm Melanesian hospitality.

The biggest islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which are home to an array of luxury accommodations. Close to the airport and marina, the five-star resorts at Denarau are magnificent and make a great base for exploration, adventure and island-hopping. For seclusion, check out adult-only resorts like Tokoriki Island Resort on the Mamanuca Islands, or the family-friendly Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, a tranquil eco-friendly destination on the south coast of Vanua Levu.

Local cuisine is an international affair making full use of the aquatic bounty. Must-try restaurants include Rhum-Ba at the Denarau Yacht Club, Eco Café Nadi and Bonefish Seafood Restaurant at Port Denarau Marina.

The lure of white sands and tropical sunshine is seductive, but with great sight-seeing, shopping, nature treks, diving and snorkelling, along with aquatic wildlife encounters with turtles, sharks and manta rays, Fiji is an adventure playground for all ages.

The Great Astrolabe Reef has some remarkable dive sites and the Shark Reef Marine Reserve is one of the best in the world, while the Yasawa Islands boast remarkable underwater topography and are teeming with healthy corals and fish. The 50-mile long Coral Coast is not only home to idyllic resorts like Royal Davui Island Resort, it also boasts some of the best snorkelling in Oceania. Many of the quiet beaches, like Natadola and Liku, have soft white sands and a bygone holiday vibe, but for something spectular take a trip to one of the uninhabited islands by boat, seaplane or helicopter.

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020